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Praying and Acting in Love for Our Ukrainian Neighbors

A Prayer of Christian Faith for Ukraine    O Lord, God of life, as you care for all creation, give us your peace. May our security come not from weapons, but from respect. May our strength come not from violence, but from love. May our own wealth come not from money, but from sharing. May...

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Climate Panel Report “Dire Warning” with Narrow Window for Action

Climate change is causing widespread and dangerous threats to nature and billions of people around the planet, but especially those least able to cope, according to a report released this week by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warns that humankind has a narrowing window for action. “This report is a dire warning...

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Report Shows Analysis of Evictions in PA Since Start of Pandemic

Although renter protections and economic assistance programs implemented since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have reduced the overall number of evictions filings over the past two years, communities across Pennsylvania are still struggling with evictions, according to a recently released study by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, of which LAMPa is a member. Read...

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New Report Shows Impact of School Nutrition Waivers, Calls for Extension

Student participation in school breakfast and lunch dropped dramatically across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, and child hunger would have spiked even more dramatically without waivers that allowed schools and community organizations to creatively adapt to keep feeding programs going, according to a new report by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). LAMPa advocates...

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LAMPa Welcomes Dillon Epler as NEPA Representative

LAMPa’s policy council welcomes Dillon Epler as its newest representative from Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod. Dillon is a seminarian at United Lutheran Seminary and is currently working to earn his Master of Divinity. He is a candidate for rostered ministry in the NEPA Synod of the ELCA, and serves as Vicar at St. John’s Lutheran Church...

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Governor’s Budget Proposal Includes Investments in Education, Jobs, Protections for Vulnerable

Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget proposal contains historic increases for education, among investments in infrastructure, jobs, and services for vulnerable Pennsylanians. Continuing a focus on improving public education and erasing one of the largest funding equity gaps in the country, Wolf outlined an additional $1.9 billion to benefit students from pre-k through college as he...

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Rogation Stories: Church & Community Gardens

In late April this year LAMPa joined with United Lutheran Seminary in the celebration of rogation. ULS’s spring convocation around the theme “The Theology of Gathering” helped Lutherans across Pennsylvania think about the ways in which we are connected, even as we distanced ourselves due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognizing this theme, and seeking to honor creation as spring bloomed, LAMPa staff facilitated the gathering of...

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LAMPa Supports Efforts to Address High Prescription Costs in PA

One in five Pennsylvanians has chosen not to fill a prescription because of cost, and another one in six has cut pills in half or skipped doses for the same reason, according to a study shared by the Pa. Health Access Network (PHAN). LAMPa Director Tracey DePasquale joined PHAN partners,  the American Association of Retired...

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State OKs $10M in Tax Credits as Report Outlines How Far Out of Reach Housing Remains for Workers

The Pennsylvania General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf  approved $10 million for the Pa. Housing Tax Credit program aimed at closing the gap in affordable housing just before the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released its report documenting how far out of reach housing is for workers in Pennsylvania and across the Country. “We’re grateful...

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LAMPa Welcomes Dennis Groce to Policy Council

Dennis Groce was confirmed as a member of the LAMPa Policy Council by vote of the Northwest PA Synod Assembly in June, 2021. Dennis and his wife Marcia have been members of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in North East, PA (Erie County) since 2006. In addition to congregational roles, Dennis is the current chairperson...

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