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October 2, 2014

The Results Are In: 2014 Issues Survey

One hundred and twenty-four individuals completed the LAMPa stakeholder survey over the summer, creating a snapshot of interests, issues and hopes for our shared advocacy ministry. The data collected in the survey will be used by the LAMPa Policy Council to shape the advocacy agenda for the 2015-16 legislative session. Some specifics from the survey...

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September 9, 2014

Progress on Affordable Housing

We’re making progress toward ensuring that all counties benefit from the State Housing Trust Fund (PHARE). Thanks to your efforts, 22 state Senators and 24 Representatives are now cosponsors of the Housing Trust Fund bills, SB 1380 and HB 2434. SB 1380 was voted out of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, and HB 2434 is ready for a...

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September 9, 2014

#ELCADayofService Included Advocacy In PA

Putting their voices as well as their hands to God’s work, some congregations added advocacy to their day of service on September 7. In Gettysburg, Lutherans picked up litter, cleaned a soup kitchen, worked at a homeless shelter, served dinner at a migrant work camp, gleaned apples for the area Community Action Program and hosted...

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September 8, 2014

High Rates of Hunger Persist in U.S.

More than 17.5 million Americans, or 14.3 percent of households, struggled against hunger in 2013, according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The percentage of households with children unable to eat nutritious food on a consistent basis was 19.5 percent. Across the country, food insecurity in 360,000 households was so severe...

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September 5, 2014

Church Participation in an Election Year

The staffs of the Southeastern Pennsylvania  and Lower Susquehanna Synods made a public commitment to vote in 2014! Churches have a unique role to play at election time. With all of the cynicism and apathy that exists around politics and the electoral system, your efforts can act as a beacon of light encouraging those around...

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August 15, 2014

Advocacy for ELCA Day of Service

LAMPa has identified four advocacy opportunities for congregations to engage in during God’s Work. Our Hands. Day of Service. Each come with background materials and ideas and ideas for action. Need a hand getting this off the ground? Contact the LAMPa office for ideas and support. 1. HOUSING Support expansion of affordable housing in Pennsylvania...

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August 13, 2014

Lutherans Speak Out for Clean Air for All God’s Children

LAMPa coordinated the faith community voice at the Environmental Protection Agency public comment sessions in Pittsburgh on July 31 on new regulations to require carbon-pollution controls at existing coal-fired power plants. Lutherans testifying included The Rev. Dr. Leah Schade (Upper Susquehanna Synod), Mr. John Bechtel (Lower Susquehanna Synod), The Rev. Paul Lubold (Southwestern PA Synod)...

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July 24, 2014

Clean Air for All God’s Children Campaign

“We are called to act with justice, We are called to love tenderly, We are called to serve one another, To walk humbly with God.” David Haas, “We Are Called”, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 720 As Christians, we think and talk about what we may be “called” to do out of faith for our families,...

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July 23, 2014

2014 Assembly Actions

2014 Synod Assemblies in Pennsylvania passed resolutions on Employment Non-Discrimination, Fracking and the Dream Act. SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA SYNOD The Pennsylvania Dream Act – This memorial commends Senator Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) for being sponsor of Senate Bill 713, the Pennsylvania Dream Act, which would grant in-state tuition to qualified, undocumented student and state system colleges and...

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July 23, 2014

Two Steps Forward on Affordable Housing

Your advocacy is working and members of the General Assembly are catching on: Investing in the housing market is good for the Commonwealth. It creates jobs and encourages community revitalization and reinvestment, all while helping to end homelessness and expand the availability of homes within reach of low wage workers and people on fixed incomes....

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