May 26, 2017

Assembly 2017 Report

For Such a Time As This Many voices offered perspectives on racism and reconciliation at the 2017 Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Assembly May 5-6. Bishop Claire Burkat encouraged those gathered to be “more open to engage, to explore, to repent, to be humbled, to align ourselves with this incredible and abundant new life in Christ.” She called on congregations and leaders to take...

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May 25, 2017

Lutherans, Catholics To Mark Reformation Anniversary

Salvadoran Cross Detail Lutherans and Catholics will mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with an ecumenical seminar and worship on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 am to 2 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale. The event – 1517-2017, From Conflict to Communion – Together in Hope – features a seminar highlighting the common commemoration between Lutherans...

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June 26, 2017

Sing “Now Is The Time” In Your Congregation

Hymn Now Is The Time SEPA congregations may use the hymn commissioned for the 2017 Assembly, “Now is the Time,” in worship and may reproduce the hymn with permission for one year. The hymn by composer Paul Friesen-Carper is available as a lead sheet, accompaniment, and C-instrument score for download. Watch Video of “Now is the Time” from Assembly worship When...

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June 26, 2017

Contact U.S. Senators About Health Care

Health Care Advocacy The Senate is now considering legislation that would make it harder for millions of Americans to access affordable health care. ELCA Advocacy says that this legislation cuts Medicaid for low-income working families. It also rolls back improvements recently made for women and people living with disabilities, mental health challenges, or pre-existing conditions. Please tell your Senators...

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June 12, 2017

Bp. Eaton: Ministry In Charged Times

Bishop Eaton In her June column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on serving the neighbor in politically charged times. She reminds us that “active participation in public life and the duty of government to care for its people, especially the most vulnerable, have been part of the Lutheran movement since its beginning.” Read her...

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June 12, 2017

The Well Helps Women Find Housing

The Well Philadelphia’s large-scale homeless shelters are not always a good fit for single women. This past winter, The Welcome Church and a number of partners opened “The Well,” a new-concept micro-shelter, to provide a warm and safe place for a dozen women. The concept worked better than expected, with The Well able to serve a total...

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June 7, 2017

Give the Gift of Family

Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services There are Central American children and youth in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, specifically in Roslyn, PA that are in great need of either short or long term family foster care. You can help through “Give the Gift of Family,” a joint initiative of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services and the ELCA AMMPARO program. LIRS is one of just...

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