In response to God’s love in Jesus Christ, we advocate for wise and just public policies in Pennsylvania that promote the common good.
“As Lutherans, our understanding of Scripture and our theology provide a moral obligation to get involved with the public debate as a concrete expression of loving and saving our neighbor. The ELCA Constitution calls us to advocate dignity and justice for all people, working for peace and reconciliation among nations, and standing with the poor and powerless and committing itself to their need. This church shall study social issues and trends, work to discover the causes of oppression and injustice, and develop programs of ministry and advocacy to further human dignity, freedom, justice, and peace in the world.” - Lutheran Advocacy Ministries of Pennsylvania
Social issues relevant to the mission of the Lutheran Church as identified by LAMPa:
- Civil rights
- Creation justice (environmental stewardship)
- Child protection and welfare
- Economic justice
- Predatory lending
- Racial justice
Ways that we seek to fulfill our mission:
- Interests/priorities of the congregation within the 12 social issues defined by LAMPa.
- Directory of interested members in order to mobilize participants and direct them to relevant activities and actions.
- Resources within the congregation which can be utilized for advocacy.
- Resources within localities: Network with other religious and secular organizations for guidance, to pool resources, and to create a community around our goals.
- Invite speakers/organizations to present to congregational groups on relevant issues.
- Invite UDLC members to participate and learn with us as we engage in actions to further our mission.
- Actions may include writing to, calling, or visiting elected officials; attending rallies or vigils; sharing information with congregation and community related to actions and events in support of our mission.
We seek to support the congregation’s ability to live out our faith in a meaningful way through action.