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October 2, 2019

Impending “Public Charge” Rule Could Drive Up the Uninsured Rate for Children

The “public charge” test refers to the evaluation by federal immigration officials to determine whether a person applying for a visa or green card is likely to rely on government benefits. The final rule, which was published by the Department of Homeland Security, changes the public charge definition by adding more programs into the determination,...

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September 30, 2019

Policy Council Gathers for Annual Retreat

The LAMPa Policy Council recently gathered at Camp Hebron, Halifax, for their annual retreat.  The group engaged in discernment about strategic direction as policy council to support LAMPa’s mission and to foster being church in the public square.  Their work built upon responses to a statewide survey of ELCA rostered leaders and LAMPa’s advocacy network. ...

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September 27, 2019

Lutherans Raise Their Voices For God’s work. Our hands.

ELCA congregations across Pennsylvania shared their voices for “God’s work. Our hands” Sunday by addressing letters to legislators, federal and state, advocating on behalf of those whose voices may not always be heard.  As a result of their thoughtful advocacy, several hundred letters were shared with state and federal lawmakers. “It was the first time...

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September 16, 2019

ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Shares Pastoral Message on Racism and White Supremacy

“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). “Racism — a mix of power, privilege, and prejudice — is sin, a violation of God’s intention for humanity” (Freed in Christ: Race,...

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September 10, 2019

UN Climate Action Summit 2019

Global emissions are reaching record levels and show no sign of peaking. The last four years were the four hottest on record, and winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3°C since 1990. Sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying, and we are starting to see the life-threatening impact of climate change on...

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September 2, 2019

State of Working PA 2019

The Keystone Research Center released the 24th edition of its report “The State of Working Pennsylvania.” The report finds that, despite low unemployment and a glimmer of good news on the wage front, economic gains are still disproportionately going to Pennsylvanians at the top of the income distribution at historic rates. Changing that requires bold...

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August 22, 2019

Ensure Your Schools Are Welcoming with Welcoming Schools Survey, Toolkit

In 2017, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) launched the Welcoming Schools Campaign to ensure that immigrant students and parents had the tools they needed to advocate for welcoming policies at their schools. Last year, PICC members, partners, and allies worked together to pass Welcoming Schools Policies in Reading City, Allentown, Havertown and Upper Darby....

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August 15, 2019

2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly Summary of Actions

​Gathering under the theme “We are church,” voting members of the 2019 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) made a number of key decisions to further the mission and ministry of this church. The assembly, the chief legislative authority of the church, met August 5-10 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee....

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August 14, 2019

ELCA Churchwide Assembly Adopts: Faith, Sexism, and Justice Social Statement

At the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, gathered in Milwaukee August 5-10, voting delegates adopted a social statement focused on sexism and gender justice: “We believe all people are created equally in the image of God. Every individual is dependent upon God, and all share in the God-given vocation to contribute their gifts to help all...

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August 8, 2019

ELCA Churchwide Assembly Declares ELCA Sanctuary Church

​In a key action, the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted to approve a memorial that declares the ELCA a sanctuary church. The ELCA is the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church body. As a sanctuary church the ELCA is committed to serving and supporting migrant children and families in communities across...

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