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Your invitation to Washington!

We certainly live in frustrating times.  Reverberations of the struggling U.S. economy are felt across the globe through unemployment, homelessness, hunger, and injustice.  The economic downturn has thrust many once-stable families on the cusp of poverty, and further hurt those...

Into His Harvest Field

Greetings from our nation’s capital!  I join the ELCA Washington Office as the new Director for Grassroots Advocacy and Communication, where I look forward to working with Christians as we connect faith and public life. Humbled by Christ’s constant inclusion...

Nutrition Issues and Childhood Obesity

Submitted by Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy is working with the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth on an initiative to impact the issue of childhood obesity in Virginia. The Center is raising...

Ecumenical Position Lifts Up God’s Message of Love

By Sarah Dreier, Legislative Representative for International Policy and Advocacy for the ELCA Washington Office and the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations I’m the new Legislative Representative for International Policy and Advocacy for the ELCA Washington Office and the...

Time for School and Investing in Our Children

By Amy Johnson, director, Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin This month Wisconsin students will return to their classrooms and take on the challenges of the year ahead. Far too many students will also be battling hunger while they...

Safe Drinking Water for All Californians

By Mark Carlson, director, Lutheran Office of Public Policy – California In California, a couple of well-known sayings are imprinted in the minds of those who care about water.  The most famous is attributed to Mark Twain: “Whiskey is for...

Fracking in Pennsylvania

By Amy Reumann, Director, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania The federal budget matters…in order to preserve clean water in Pennsylvania where a new American gold rush is on. This time it is to mine natural gas trapped a mile underground...

Flooding, Water Management and Budget Cuts

By Mary Minette, ELCA Director of Environmental Education and Advocacy This month our series on the federal budget is focusing on how water programs may be affected by cuts in the federal budget.  The opening reflection focused on water quality...

A Season of Prayer for Peace in Sudan

In solidarity with our brothers and sisters serving, working, and living in Sudan, the ELCA encourages you to pray for peace for all of Sudan as South Sudan approaches its independence from the North on July 9th, 2011. Here is...

Human Dignity: LIRS’s Work of Welcoming Refugees to the United States

Guest blog posting by Eric Sigmon, director for advocacy, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. This posting highlights the human dignity issues with regards to welcoming refugees into the United States. On June 20th, the United States will celebrate World Refugee Day...