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January 24, 2020

New Resource: “Unpacking White Privilege: The Important Work of Making the Church Less Harmful”

For years, the ELCA has been working to educate and inspire Lutherans to promote fairness and racial equity in our churches, communities and country. At the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, the “Strategy Toward Authentic Diversity in the ELCA” was adopted. This strategy includes a commitment to digging deeper into the history and theology that “ground, clarify,...

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January 17, 2020

Non-Profit Security Grant Applications Available Through Feb. 14

Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of $5 million in funding for security enhancement projects for nonprofit organizations serving diverse communities throughout Pennsylvania. Applicants are eligible for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the commonwealth that is owned or operated by the nonprofit organization....

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January 16, 2020

LAMPa Welcomes the Rev. Glenn Beard to Policy Council

The Rev. Glenn Beard, Jr. recently joined the LAMPa Policy Council as one of two representatives of Lutheran Services in America – Pennsylvania on LAMPa’s policy council. Beard is an ELCA pastor under call as the Director of Church Relations and Pastoral Care at Luthercare. Pastor Beard has been in the ministry since 1990. From...

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January 9, 2020

Bishop Eaton Issues Pastoral Message On Iran

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9). The current crisis between the United States and Iran is worrisome for many of us in our church, in our nation and in the world. Our country and Iran need urgently to find ways to resolve our differences through a de-escalation...

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January 8, 2020

Rick Steves: Why I Support ELCA World Hunger

Hear from travel author, TV host and Lutheran Rick Steves about why he chooses to support ELCA World Hunger. ELCA World Hunger is a recipient of a climate-smart grant from Rick Steves to support its work to fight hunger and poverty around the world.  As a partner with ELCA World Hunger, LAMPa equips Lutherans in...

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January 6, 2020

DEP Seeks Professional Volunteers to Serve on State Water Plan Committees

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking professional volunteers statewide to serve on the State Water Plan Committees to help guide DEP’s decisions affecting water resources. Pennsylvania wouldn’t have a State Water Plan without the help of a broad range of professionals who volunteer their expertise by serving on Regional Advisory Committees. They...

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January 6, 2020

LAMPa Policy Council Sets 2020 Priorities and Elects Officers

LAMPa’s Policy Council met on December 5, 2019 and adopted a broad agenda that encourages disciples to act where they are called, lifting their ministry context, lived experiences, vocations and gifts for public witness. Alleviating hunger, protecting all of creation, especially the most vulnerable, and addressing poverty and its root causes remain central to the...

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January 3, 2020

Penn State Extension Offers Master Watershed Steward Programs

The Penn State Master Watershed Steward Program (MSW) was established to educate and empower volunteers to protect the environment by providing extensive training in watershed management and natural resources. Each year 15-20 people per county are selected for the program.  Trainees attend classes that focus on a broad range of water and natural resource topics,...

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December 30, 2019

ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Anti-Semitic Incidents in New York

​December 30, 2019 Today is the last day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. As our Jewish siblings lighted the menorah, they sang this blessing: We kindle these lights because of the wondrous deliverance You performed for our ancestors. During these eight days of Hanukkah,...

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December 11, 2019

Farm to School Grant Program​ Applications Available

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Farm to School Grant Program. The Pennsylvania Farm to School Grant Program will provide elementary schools with funding to improve access to healthy, local foods and increase agriculture education opportunities for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The program aims to enrich the connection communities have...

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