July 1, 2015

Breaking: Child Protection Law Changes

keystone2 According to the Center for Children’s Justice, Gov. Wolf today signed into law child protection reforms approved by the General Assembly this week. Highlights of HB 1276’s changes: Establishes Aug. 25, 2015 as the date by which new volunteers must have background checks Permanently waives fees for volunteers completing state background checks Extends to 60 months (vs...

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July 1, 2015

Presiding Bishop on Supreme Court Marriage Decision

Bishop Elizabeth A Eaton Select 10 The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), offered a pastoral letter June 30 to the 3.8 million members of the denomination in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples may now exercise the right to marry. The full text of the statement follows: Dear...

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June 30, 2015

Search for Youth, Young Adult and Spiritual Formation Position

Official Documents The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod invites applications for the position of Assistant to the Bishop for Youth, Young Adult and Spiritual Formation. Position summary: The Assistant to the Bishop for Youth, Young Adult and Spiritual Formation provides leadership and support to the youth, young adult and spiritual formation initiatives of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod. The work...

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June 29, 2015

Bishop’s Reflection on Marriage Equality

Bishop Headshot Small Last Friday’s Supreme Court decision striking down bans against same-sex marriage “knocks the power out of long-standing assumptions that most but not all people are equal,” Bishop Claire Burkat writes in a pastoral message. “For our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, as well as all those who have worked for marriage equality here in...

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June 26, 2015

Tanzania Diocese Celebrates 125th

ned_emblem Congratulations to our companion Synod, the North Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, on its 125th Jubilee, to be celebrated in early July. On June 30 Bishop Burkat and Assistant to the Bishop Joanne Carlson leave for Tanzania, where the bishop will preach at the Jubilee worship service on July 6. Please...

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June 19, 2015

PA Bishops Support Anti-Discrimination Bill

ELCAStacked Harrisburg, PA — The seven Pennsylvania bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released a letter June 18 in support of legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Public Relations Act to prohibit discrimination in areas of employment, housing and public accommodation on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity or...

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June 17, 2015

Updates on Background Check Requirements

keystone2 Under the state’s new child protection laws, pastors, staff and volunteers who are responsible for or have direct contact with children must have current background checks. Checks must be in place July 1 for employees and for new volunteers approved after July 1. Current volunteers have until July 1, 2016 or three years from the...

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June 4, 2015

2015 Assembly Highlights

15highlightpro At the 2015 Assembly, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod articulated a new vision for what it means for the Synod, congregations and leaders to move Forward Together in Faith and launched a three-year capital appeal to allow us to live into that vision. The Assembly also heard that congregations’ mission support increased for the second year...

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July 1, 2015

Pray and Support 500 Youth Gathering Participants

ELCA_RiseUp_Logo_72 Did you know that about 500 youth and adults from our SEPA Synod representing 39 congregations will be among 30,000 Lutherans at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit July 15-19? A group of about 20 will also attend the Minority Youth Leadership Event prior to the Gathering. Please keep these young people, their adult leaders,...

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July 1, 2015

Synod Searching to Fill Staff Positions

Official Documents We are in the process of filling two positions that have been vacant for a number of months, and a replacement position with Forward Together in Faith. The synod invites applications for the position of Assistant to the Bishop for Youth, Young Adult and Spiritual Formation and a Coordinator who will support this new staff...

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July 1, 2015

Lutherans Raise Voices For School Funding

Lampa Lutherans from around the state raised their voices in Harrisburg at a rally for fair education funding June 23. Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) started the day by leading a prayer service on the steps of the capitol, joining other faith groups fasting there to protest Pennsylvania’s distinction of being the least equitable state...

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June 25, 2015

A Day of Repentance and Mourning

ELCA Service of Repentance and Mourning “As we mourn and remember” the six Christian martyrs murdered at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last week, “it is also a time to repent of the sin of racism that continues to plague our nation and our church,” Bishop Burkat wrote in a pastoral message June 25. She joined Presiding Bishop Eaton’s call...

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June 25, 2015

Charleston Day of Repentance and Mourning June 28

ELCA Service of Repentance and Mourning In a public statement following a shooting that claimed the lives of nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), called for a “day of repentance and mourning.” Local authorities called the killing racially motivated. In a June...

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