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February 16, 2016

LAMPa Welcomes Annette Sample to Policy Council

Hunger Leader Annette Sample joins LAMPa’s policy council as a representative from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod.  An active member of Reformation Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, Annette is a committed advocate on issues of hunger and education.  She began teaching in 1996, and through her work with the National Writing Project, remains passionate about teaching writing as a form...

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February 15, 2016

Ashes to Go at Capitol

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa), the Pennsylvania Council of Churches, the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, offered Ashes to Go at the state Capitol on Ash Wednesday – the first time for the practice there. The response from passersby and hurried lawmakers and government staff — caught in an 8-month budget stalemate and a bitter...

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November 23, 2015

Syrian Refugee Resettlement in PA

Lutherans have long supported ministries that assist people who have been forced to flee their homes or homelands due to disaster, violence, hunger and more. Lutherans in Pennsylvania have a long history of refugee resettlement, including current efforts to welcome refugees from Syria in the Lehigh Valley. Governor Tom Wolf has declared his intention to...

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November 23, 2015

Payday Lenders are Back – 2015 Edition

  Before Thursday’s frenzy of turkey, football, and family debates about politics begin, another annual tradition is taking place in Harrisburg: an attempt by out-of-state payday lenders to bring their predatory products to the Keystone state. While a bill has not yet been introduced, a draft is being circulated that would allow high cost installment...

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November 10, 2015

Gov. Wolf Signs Housing Trust Fund Expansion, Act 58

On November 4 Governor Tom Wolf yesterday signed into law an expansion of the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Act (PHARE), the State’s Housing Trust Fund. Act 58 of 2015 makes way for safe, affordable homes for Pennsylvanian in all 67 counties and creating economic opportunities in the process create. PHARE provides funds to...

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October 22, 2015

Call for A Budget That Puts Students First

As the budget impasses continues, the Campaign for Fair Education Funding this week formally called on Gov. Tom Wolf and legislators to promptly reach a budget agreement that enacts the funding formula adopted by the state Basic Education Funding Commission and increases basic education funding by at least $410 million this year. “Failure to sufficiently...

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October 2, 2015

Governor Launches Food Security Partnership

In March, LAMPa staff along with representatives of hunger agencies met with John Hanger, Pennsylvania Secretary of Policy and Planning, to share our priorities for addressing hunger in the Commonwealth. We were invited to the meeting after submitting a briefing paper on hunger for Governor Wolf’s transition team that outlined goals and steps to reduce...

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September 9, 2015

Lutherans Weigh in on PA Clean Power Climate Plan

The Department of Environmental Protection has announced 14 listening sessions and a 2-month comment period on the federal Clean Power Plan to hear from Pennsylvanians about the plan to cut carbon pollution. DEP will accept written comments on general and specific issues by November 12. “We want to hear from the people of Pennsylvania and...

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September 4, 2015

Serve. Pray. Act. on Behalf of Hungry Children on September 13

WHAT? This year on God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday, consider adding advocacy as a complement to your service. This year, you can help start a letter writing campaign to Congress. These letters will help advocate for justice by educating your representatives about an issue and showing your community’s commitment to compassionate values. WHY? In our...

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August 29, 2015

Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia Highlights LAMPa

In August at video crew from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia highlighted LAMPa Director Amy Reumann and the ministry of advocacy as part of a series about public ministry. View the clip and read the complete write-up Amy Reumann’s Advocacy Ministry Includes Concerns About Hunger, Housing and Civil Rights in the August PS. Portions.

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