Our Synod Offers Wide Welcome

Our synod became a Reconciling in Christ Synod in 2016. What does this mean? It means we offer a wide welcome to all of God’s beloved children regardless of anything that seeks to divide us. Our unity is in Jesus Christ. Learn more here! [Read more…]

A Christmas Message from Bishop Dunlop

Bishop Jim Dunlop along with our entire synod staff and officers wish you a blessed Christmas and a very happy new year. We are grateful to journey together as synod to share Christ’s light and love in Pennsylvania and beyond and to feed the hungry as we have been fed by Christ.  [Read more…]

PA Lutheran Bishops Endorse Proposed Anti-Discrimination Legislation

Harrisburg, PA (June 19, 2015) — Today, the seven Pennsylvania bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released a letter in support of publicly 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 expression.

“At this moment there is an opportunity for us to add our voices in support of a piece of legislation that could provide continuing legal protection for one particularly vulnerable group of our people,” the bishops state in the letter “Fairness for All Pennsylvanians.”

The letter anticipates introduction of legislation to update the 1955 Human Relations Act to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” to the list of groups of people who are provided legal protection from discrimination. Several ELCA synods in Pennsylvania, meeting in assembly, took action to add increased capacity to the voices of those who support this legislation.

The letter points to the imagery of the “peaceable kingdom,” described in Isaiah 11:6, in which “the wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.”

The words anticipate a renewal of all creation in which the identity of each creature remains but none experiences any harm from the others.

“It is the fulfillment of this vision for which people of faith yearn, and toward which they call their neighbors,” the bishops say in the letter. “The work of public advocacy, at its best, replaces the timid silence of resignation to what is, with a bold voice giving expression to what could be.”

Conceding that not all of the thousands of members of ELCA congregations in Pennsylvania agree on how the church should regard sexual minorities, the faith leaders state that the differences in conviction to not keep the church body from yearning for that peaceable kingdom.

“Members of our congregations who have experienced discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity have told their stories of being particularly vulnerable to harm in public settings. They are not alone, of course. Many of our people have experienced bullying because of physical attributes that make them targets. Many have suffered indignity and humiliation because their way of living stands out as different. Many know the spiritual pain of rejection and scorn because of their religious convictions. There seems to be no lack of occasion for people of faith to speak a bold word of comfort and protective welcome to those who suffer harm.”

Click here to download a PDF copy of the Bishops’ Letter.

(Nota Bene: Voting members of the 28th Lower Susquehanna Synod Assembly passed a resolution supporting proposed Pennsylvania legislation to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public services on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. The resolution urges our synodical bishop and other church leaders to speak publically in support of this legislation.)

For more information contact Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania
Web: lutheranadvocacypa.org
Facebook: LAMPaAdvocacy
Twitter: @LAMPaAdvocacy

A Message about the Coptic Martyrs

Along with all people of civility and goodwill across the globe, Lower Susquehanna Synod Lutherans share horror, outrage and sadness over the recent murder of 21 members of the Coptic Orthodox Church at the hands of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. [Read more…]

Celebrating Light: An Epiphany Message from Bishop Dunlop

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1 In this season of Epiphany, we celebrate the many bright spots where the light of Christ is shining across our synod. Click the photo for Bishop Dunlop’s message. [Read more…]

2015 Synod Assembly on the Horizon!

It’s time to begin preparing for our 2015 Lower Susquehanna Synod Assembly by electing voting members from your congregation. Check here for the official Call to Assembly, a video from Bishop Dunlop, proposed constitutional amendments, and more. [Read more…]

ELCA Bishops Respond to Immigration Announcement

The ELCA Conference of Bishops has released this statement in response to President Obama’s immigration announcement on Thursday evening (11/20/14), saying “The treatment of immigrants is a core religious value. To welcome the stranger is to welcome a child of God.” [Read more…]

Witness in Common: An Opportunity to Learn and Share

Unable to attend Witness in Common: An Exploration of Full Communion Agreements? Watch the sessions on YouTube! Click here for more information. [Read more…]

Conversations with the Bishop Return

Bishop Dunlop is on the road again and coming to a congregation near you. Don’t miss one of these opportunities to gather for conversation in congregations around our synod. [Read more…]

Loaves & Fishes: Feeding the Hungry in Central PA

Along with a few friends and guests, more than 900 Lower Susquehanna Synod Lutherans packaged more than 300,000 meals destined for dinner plates of our needy neighbors here in central Pennsylvania. The daylong service project provided an exciting kickoff to our annual

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assembly at Messiah College in Grantham. [Read more…]