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March 1, 2019

LAMPa Welcomes the Rev. Dr. Gilson Waldkoenig to Policy Council

The Rev. Dr. Gilson Waldkoenig was recently appointed to the LAMPa Policy Council by interim United Lutheran Seminary President Dr. Richard Green. Gil will represent the seminary community. Gilson Waldkoenig is the Paulssen-Hale-Maurer Professor of Church in Society at United Lutheran Seminary. Since 1995 he has taught courses on the church’s engagement in society, including...

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February 25, 2019

Community Solar Legislation Introduced

Rep. Aaron D. Kaufer, (R) serving District 120 a part of Luzerne County, recently introduced HB 531 –  Community Solar Legislation. Kaufer is the prime sponsor of this bi-partisan legislation that is co-sponsored by Rep. Donna Bullock, Rep. Peter Schweyer and Rep. David R. Millard. This Community Solar Legislation will enable community solar projects in...

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February 24, 2019

Kathryne Lohre to Keynote Lutheran Day 2019

Kathryn Mary Lohre, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations & Theological Discernment will keynote Lutheran Day of Advocacy 2019 — Set a Welcome Table — to be held May 20 in Harrisburg. The theme is based on Psalm 133:1, from the days’ lectionary:...

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February 21, 2019

Gov. Wolf Announces Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission

Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania has selected organizations to be on the Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission. The Commission will support the commonwealth’s efforts to achieve a complete and accurate census count. “Having an accurate count of Pennsylvania’s population is essential for fair representation at the federal level,” said Governor Wolf. “This Commission...

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February 11, 2019

LAMPa Featured In Living Lutheran Article

LAMPa, along with coalition partners who advocated for “Safe Harbor” legislation for the past four years are featured in a February Living Lutheran article. The article, written by Courtney Olsen, explores what happens “When Disciples Use Their Voice: Advocacy Leads to New Legislation.” The article documents the long and arduous collaborative process the passage of...

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February 11, 2019

ELCA Launches Collaboration with Blessed Tomorrow & Releases Caring for Creation Video

In its commitment to pursuing wholeness for creation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is pleased to announce collaboration with ecoAmerica and its Blessed Tomorrow program, which helps faith-based organizations elevate their leadership on the moral, religious and justice issues surrounding climate change. Learn more. In conjunction with this announcement, the ELCA has released...

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February 8, 2019

ELCA World Hunger Lent & VBS Materials Available

This ​Lent, walk with ELCA World Hunger as our church prepares us for the ministry God calls us to this season – the ministry of hope, liberation and restoration for our world. The practices of Lent – repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrifical giving and works of love – will guide our weekly journey. To access...

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February 6, 2019

2019 ELCA Advocacy Policy Priorities

God is calling us into the world to serve together. Shaped by the ELCA’s social teaching documents and experiences of its congregations, ministries and partners, the ELCA advocates to end world hunger and stands up for policies that create opportunities to overcome poverty, promote peace and dignity, and preserve God’s creation. Introduced by the ELCA...

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February 6, 2019

Legislators Learn About Hunger in Pennsylvania

A Legislative Lunch and Learn, sponsored by Hunger-Free Pennsylvania and partners was held February 4, 2019, in the East Wing of the Capitol.  LAMPa Director Tracey DePasquale served on the planning team. Tracey and Lynn assisted with the event that gathered more than 100 PA Senators,  Representatives, staffers and constituents to interact with partners in...

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January 31, 2019

Gov. Wolf Announces Proposed Overhaul of State Public Benefits Programs

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf recently announced a proposed overhaul of state programs to help Pennsylvanians receiving public benefits earn career-building skills, find good jobs, and access affordable, permanent housing, among other goals. The overhaul would create greater accountability for programs aimed at getting people into the workforce, increase collaboration between benefit agencies and...

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