Current Advocacy News
⇒ Read the Letter from the ELCA’s Presiding Bishop in response to the May 4 Presidential Executive Order titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty”.
ELCA June Advocacy Update
⇒ FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS: Last month, presiding bishops of the ELCA and The Episcopal Church issued a joint invitation to a season of prayer, fasting and advocacy. Concerned about proposed deep cuts to programs that are vital to people struggling with poverty and hunger, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shared a video inviting others to join her in a day of fasting each month, prayer and public witness. Please visit http://elca.org/prayfastact to view the video and learn how to participate.
⇒ PRESIDENT’S BUDGET REQUEST: President Donald Trump sent his 2018 budget request to Congress May 23 – a wish list of sorts that shares the administration’s hopes and priorities for the annual budget. The budget blueprint makes many cuts to non-military programs across-the-board, many of which would be devastating to poor and hungry people. Some signature programs, such as the Community Service Block Grants that address long-term poverty in local communities, have been completely “zeroed out” in the budget proposal.
For international development, Trump also proposed a 30 percent cut to foreign assistance programs, with some accounts faring worse than others. If enacted, emergency migration and refugee assistance, global health programs, development and humanitarian assistance would receive the most significant reductions.
ELCA Advocacy will be preparing action alerts around the appropriations process in the summer and fall.
Peace and Social Justice Advocacy Ministry at PHLC
Our church participates in the ELCA’s non-partisan efforts to influence state and federal governments to adopt laws that advance the social goals of the church in accordance with the church constitution. The Social Justice Advocacy display in the narthex is continually updated with information from the ELCA Offices and through LAMPa. See details about each of these initiatives below.
ELCA Advocacy – Connecting Faith and Public Life
From the ELCA website:
As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. God uses our hands, through our direct service work and our voices, through our advocacy efforts, to restore and reconcile our world. Through faithful advocacy, the ELCA lives out our Lutheran belief that governments can help advance the common good.
ELCA advocacy works for change in public policy based on the experience of Lutheran ministries, programs and projects around the world and in communities across the United States. We work through political channels on behalf of the following biblical values: peacemaking, hospitality to strangers, care for creation, and concern for people living in poverty and struggling with hunger and disease.
For more information regarding ELCA’s Advocacy, visit their website.
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa)
To advocate is to plead the cause of those suffering injustice. Advocacy ministry is rooted in Scripture, Lutheran theology and our baptismal calling to strive for justice and peace in all the earth*. It is expressed by advocating with and for our neighbors in need, for the sake of the common good, in places where important political and economic decisions are being made.
LAMPa is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and serves as a State Public Policy Office of the ELCA. LAMPa’s vision is centered in the ELCA strategic direction to “Step forward as a public church that witnesses boldly to God’s love for all that God has created.”
For more information about LAMPa, visit their website.