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National Housing Report Shows Wide Gap Between Wages, Cost of Rent

To afford a two-bedroom apartment plus utilities — without paying more than 30% of income on housing — a Pennsylvania household must earn $20.90 an hour, or $43,463 a year, according to a new national study. The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) report  Out of Reach 2022 ,   released July 28, puts the...

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ELCA Advocacy Cafes Bring Conversation, Education, to Election Season

Our Christian faith compels us to attend to the world through the lens of our relationship to God and to one another. Sometimes, we may echo the sentiment: The world’s so big and I’m so small. Yet there is much we can do act for greater justice, and we are far from alone. Drop by...

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Abortion, Elections Among Constitutional Amendments Passed By General Assembly

The Pa. General Assembly has approved five potential state constitutional amendments, including one that would add language that the Commonwealth does not recognize any right to an abortion or to public funding of abortion. The other four, passed along with the abortion proposal as part of an omnibus resolution would: Allow major party candidates for...

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Housing, Education and Creation Care Get Boost in State Budget

The 2022-23 Pennsylvania budget includes significant gains for education, housing and creation care, but only  a modest increase for anti-hunger programs. A $1.8 billion increase in education funding makes strides toward decreasing the funding gap in what has been one of the least equitable school funding systems in the country. The spending plan passed by...

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State Insurance Department Seeks Comments on Availability of Health Care

The state Insurance Department is accepting public comment through Aug. 5 on their proposed plan to investigate the availability of healthcare professionals in Pennsylvania. The department is looking for information about how easy or hard it is to find care in communities across the state. This is an important opportunity to document healthcare access issues....

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Presiding Bishop Issues Pastoral Message on SCOTUS Ruling Regarding Roe v. Wade

Dear church,   Whatever personal perspective one might take on the June 24 abortion ruling from the Supreme Court, it is the legal framework in which we now minister, and I wish to speak a pastoral word at this time.   The Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, removing federal constitutional protection...

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LSS Hunger Ministry Lifts Needs of Seniors, Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

The Rev. Angela Hammer of St. Paul, Penryn, shared the experiences of her congregation’s feeding ministry in a state Capitol press conference in support of proposed increases to minimum nutrition assistance benefits for seniors and Pennsylvanians with disabilities. Hunger leaders in all seven Pennsylvania synods have reported increasing need in our feeding ministries, particularly among...

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Introducing the Young Adult Community Resource Grant

From ELCA Young Adults: Young adults long for in-person connection, now more than ever after years of isolation. In response, ELCA Young Adult Ministry has launched a grant that will help jump-start programs that connect young adults from a defined region for in-person gatherings centered around community, justice, and love. What can this look like?...

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Advocates, Legislators, Rally for Whole-Home Repairs Bill

On May 24, LAMPa joined advocates and legislators gathered on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol to rally in support of the bipartisan Whole-Home Repairs Bill. Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) spoke of his support for the bill saying that Pennsylvania must “Fix the homes before we have to tear them down”.  “When there’s blight in a...

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LAMPa Joins Advocates, Mothers, Urging Safety Net Protections

“Through human decisions and actions, God is at work in economic life. Economic life is intended to be a means through which God’s purposes for humankind and creation are to be served. When this does not occur, as a church we cannot remain silent because of who and whose we are.” – ELCA Social Statement,...

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