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Join us for Wednesday Noon Live on April 7 at Noon.  Find us HERE on Facebook.

Event on April 8 at Noon:  Justice for Emerging Adults – A Different Approach: How Do We Get There?


The ELCA’s South Central Synod Team for Immigration Reform and Refugee Support is pleased to offer a series of conversations meant to educate and inspire advocacy for immigration issues among individuals and congregations.
Erin Barbato is the Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School and an expert on immigration policy. In addition to assisting with pro bono services for local immigrant communities, Barbato frequently takes law students to the Dilley Detention Center in Texas to provide legal aid to detained immigrants and asylum seekers at the border.

Join us as we learn about experiences from the border, discuss federal and state immigration policy, and answer your most pressing questions.
Register for this free event here:  https://bit.ly/2OuGwqh

Faith Advocacy for Climate Justice 
March 18, 2021
10:00 AM – Noon
Register Here 

As Wisconsin lawmakers examine and revise the Governor’s Wisconsin State Budget, we have an opportunity to lift our voices.  Join us on March 18 to focus on budgetary items related to climate change.  We will especially focus on renewable energy, agriculture, and green jobs.

Keynote Speaker
Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes
WKOW-TV Senior Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier
Lutherans Restoring Creation Executive Director Phoebe Morad
Renew Wisconsin Energy Program Director Sam Dunaiski
Action:  Opportunity to contact our legislators during the event
Post Event Opportunity

Wednesday Noon Live on March 3 at noon.  Our special guest will be Ruth Ivory-Moore, ELCA Director of Environmental and Corporate Responsibility.  Join us on FB

Wednesday Noon Live, February 3 at Noon on FB:  Join us to learn about what’s next for masks and vaccinations in Wisconsin, and other updates plus a special interview with Rev. Jonathan Barker of Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha. Learn about his recent fasting and upcoming 21-day fast for climate justice!

Wednesday Noon Live: Due to the holidays, Wednesday Noon Live has been moved to Wednesday, December 9th. See you all then!  More details coming soon.

Governor Evers and Lt. Governor Barnes announced they will be hosting virtual listening sessions as they begin the 2021-23 state budget process. They will hold four virtual “issued-based” listening sessions. The sessions include:

  • Budget Listening Session on Healthcare and Public Health
    • Tuesday, November 17, at 6 p.m.
    • See link here for that full session already held
  • Budget Listening Session on Environment, Infrastructure, and the Economy
    • Wednesday, December 2, at 6 p.m
    • Register to attend HERE
  • Budget Listening Session on Criminal Justice Reform
    • Tuesday, December 8, at 6 p.m.
    • Registration will be live one week before the listening session date.
  • Budget Listening Session on Our Schools and Education
    • Wednesday, December 16, at 6 p.m.
    • Registration will be live on week before the listening session date.


On Nov. 16 at 10 AM, please join LOPPW, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, the Wisconsin Council of Churches and WISDOM at a press conference to support health care workers and a unified state plan that follows the guidelines of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  Join us on Facebook.  Also consider sharing the FB invitation to a Faithful Action for a Healthy Wisconsin.

Wednesday Noon Live – Tomorrow on November 4 at Noon on FB, join us for updates and a special interview with Peggy Weber, RN, MSN – COVID, Elections, and now the Holidays:  How are we to cope?  Peggy worked as a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison for 50 years in areas including psychiatry and palliative care.  She also has a background as a parish nurse in Catholic churches.  Peggy is currently on St. Mary’s Ethics Board and uses her nursing gifts to continue serving her community.  During COVID, she has offered guidance on non-death loss.

Lifting Our Voices During the Pandemic (Zoom Webinar):  Lifting our Voices during the Pandemic – So you know the why, but what about the how-to in advocacy? Learn about starting or expanding an advocacy ministry in your congregations and lifting your voices in public, with examples of addressing concrete issues relevant now and beyond the pandemic. Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 6:30-7:30, sponsored by LOPPW and Women of the ELCA in the East Central Synod.

Wednesday Noon Live October 7, 2020:  Join us on FB Live (search LOPPW) for important updates with a featured interview TBA.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm CST
With the U.S. presidential election fast approaching, ELCA Advocacy and the Racial Justice Advocacy Network of Women of the ELCA invite you to join an informational webinar about voting. The webinar will cover early voting and mail-in voting. Presenters will also share information about the ELCAVotes campaign and how you can get involved. You will get a look at the Nov. 3 presidential election from a national and local perspective. Please join the event by clicking this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_NXRp7ykjR9Gz4NiMPw_AlA
Those of you who have expressed interest will need to click the link and sign up.
Presenters will include:
Jennifer DeLeon, director for justice, Women of the ELCA
The Rev. Amy Reumann, director, ELCA Advocacy
Regina Q. Banks, J.D., director, Lutheran Office of Public Policy—California
The Rev. Cindy Crane, director, Lutheran Office of Public Policy in Wisconsin
Taina Diaz-Reyes, hunger advocacy fellow, ELCA Advocacy

Wednesday Noon Live September 2, 2020:  We gained valuable insights about our neighbors in detention during the pandemic and concrete information on what we can do. Join us with our special guests:

  • Attorney Mary Campbell who is the program director for ELCA’s AMMPARO, which both means in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The acronym – Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities   Mary.Campbell@elca.org
  • Ms. Marisol Fuentes de Dubon part of the Greater Milwaukee Immigration Task Force. She administers the Detained Migrant Project, which is a joint effort between Emmaus ELCA and the Racine Interfaith Coalition, funded with generous support from AMMPARO. fdmarisol@gmail.com
  • Dr. Stephanie Mitchell is a Professor of Latin American History at Carthage College, is a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church, which many people know from when one of our own student pastors, Minister Betty Rendon was deported, And Dr. smitchell@carthage.edu   

PRESS RELEASE on caring for God’s Creation, also to serve as examples for offering feedback to the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change (thank you to the six bishops, our new climate team, and the council for signing on:  Press Release.

Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change Listening Sessions:  Don’t miss your chance to shape Wisconsin’s fight against the climate crisis!  Accepting public comments online until July 31, 2020 at ➡️climatechange.wi.gov


The first listening sessions of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change included excellent presentations with plenty of time for everyone to share or just listen in virtual small groups.  Zoom Link: bit.ly/37C7dyM  OR Call: 1 (312) 626-6799 Meeting ID: 365 565 6200 and Password: 219745.   Learn more at ClimateChange.wi.gov

  • Listening Session #3: Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Listening Session #4: Thursday, July 9, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Listening Session #5: Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

June 23, 2020, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm:  The Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change first public hearing – Stay tuned for instructions on how to join the virtual hearing.   The task force now has a website with info on upcoming hearings and info on how to make comments. Take a look and stay tuned for more details about how to join a virtual public hearing!  WEBSITE

June 22, 2020, 2:00 pm Join us for a short meeting on Zoom to prepare for the public listening sessions for the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change.  Email admin@loppw.org to help us prepare and to receive a reminder Zoom link.  The Zoom link is also HERE.

Hunger Task Force Webinars on the Pandemic EBT for families who would have received free/reduced-price school meals before the schools closed.

Webinar in English:  June P-EBT Webinar Invitation to Register (1)

Webinar in Spanish:  Spanish P-EBT webinar flyer

EMANUEL 9 DAY OF REPENTANCE  – June 17, 2020 (or the Sunday After)  In 2019, as a result of grassroots organizing, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly adopted a resolution to establish June 17 as “Emanuel 9 Day of Repentance,” commemorating the martyrdom of Pickney, Graham-Hurd, Jackson, Lance, Middleton-Doctor, Sanders, Simmons, Coleman-Singleton and Thompson. The resolution calls for worship resources and deepening conversations with the African Methodist Episcopal Church on matters of racism and white supremacy. It was adopted alongside another resolution condemning white supremacy and racist rhetoric, and in the context of the ELCA’s public apology articulated in the “Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent.”  Learn more HERE.

June 3, 2020, Noon:  Wednesday Noon Live with updates and special interview with ELCA Program Director of Domestic Policy John Johnson, Washington, D.C.

June 3, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm:  The Pandemic and Living on the Margins of Safety (CO-SPONSORED BY WOMEN OF THE ELCA)

Join three professionals to learn about how the pandemic is impacting child abuse, sex trafficking, and domestic abuse.  Our three panelists will give brief presentations and then open the discussion up for questions.

  • Executive Director Sharyl Kato, Child and Family Therapist, The Rainbow Project (Madison) serving children and families who have experienced violence and deep trauma.
  • Director Jan Miyasaki, J.D., Project Respect (Madison) serving adult and juvenile victims of prostitution, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking.
  • Executive Director Sue Sippel, The Family Center (Wisconsin Rapids), guided by survivor voices, working through education and community involvement to eliminate violence and provide safety for all people victimized by abuse.  Click here to Register!

Opening Prayer: Women of the ELCA Director for Justice Jen DeLeon

May 26, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: join ELCA Director for Theological Ethics Rev. Dr. Roger Willer, who will moderate a discussion on the ELCA social message draft “Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy.” Take this opportunity to also offer input, the deadline for which is the following day. We are reaching out to all synods with congregations in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Click here to Register!

We encourage you to read the social message before our conference call:  Draft Social Message on “Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy,” 


Tuesday, May 4 at 3:00 pm on Facebook Live for Say it in Five Minutes!   Dr. Erin Zimmerman will in five minutes answer this question: “How has the environment improved since the beginning of the pandemic and what can we do to keep up the positive trend?”  She has a PhD in political science with an emphasis in environmental security and governance, and is trained as a Climate Reality Leader.  Erin currently lives in Silicon Valley and is a former member of Advent Lutheran Church in Madison.

Erin’s presentation will only be for five minutes, but if you have questions we will go longer.  You’ll be able to ask questions in the comments.

                                              Join us for Wednesday Noon Live on May 5 on Facebook Live  to hear from Nurse Elizabeth “Buffy” Riley, who went from Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, WI to help at the epicenter of the coronavirus in New York City, and from Up North News Journalist Julian Emerson, who followed Buffy’s story (below is one of his articles). Buffy has been struggling with her health after contracting the coronavirus while working in New York, and will join us at noon on May 5 only if she is feeling well. Julian has permission to share her story if she is not up for an interview. Please keep Buffy in your prayers.


What’s Going on with Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier?   Presentations on Climate Change Coming up:

Oct. 27, 2020. Parkwood Hills Garden Club. Location TBD. 12:30 PM.
Oct. 27, 2020. Monona Public Library. 6:45 PM.

April 1, 2020 at Noon:  Wednesday Noon Live – special interview with JUDITH ROBERTS, ELCA Program Director for Racial Justice Ministries and Lamont Wells, President of the African Descent Lutheran Association,

January 16, 2020, 11:00 am:  Pastor Cindy spoke on advocacy at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Madison.

December 2-8 Pastor Cindy will be one of six ELCA members to be observers at COP25.  An additional six ELCA members will be observers the second week.  Look for social media posts!

Sept. 24. Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier spoke on climate change at Mount Horeb Evangelical. 7 PM.  315 E. Main St., Mount Horeb, WI  53572      elcmthoreb.org

LOPPW and WELCA joined together to hold a rally on September 24 at MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5202 Cottage Grove Road Madison (Parking Available at Church with Buses to the Capitol)


Press Release Safe harbor Rally

Prayer Vigil in front of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services in Milwaukee during ELCA Churchwide Gathering!  Prayer Vigil

Oct. 22. Oregon Senior Center. 1 PM.
Nov. 2. Green Water Action Council and CCL Green Bay Chapter. Brown County Library. 10 AM.

Tuesday, June 11: 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Midvale Lutheran Church, 4329 Tokay Blvd, Madison   Immigration, Asylum and Our Response: What happened to ELCA Student Pastor Betty Rendón? What is happening to others? What can we do?

LOPPW and the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin are organizing a discussion on immigration following the profoundly troubling story about Student Pastor Betty Rendón and her husband Carlos.


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April 4: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM Saint Stephen, Monona will show the film, “The Human Element” from 6:30 to 7:45. Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindemeir will speak afterward and show a power point.  All are welcome!

People of Faith United for Justice Advocacy Day – April 11  8:30 am – 4:00 pm   First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave., Madison

Registration & Lunch: $35/person by March 18. After March 18, $50 (lunch not guaranteed)

Download a bulletin insert for your church

Download and print a brochure

9:30 Morning Plenary:
Overview of Issues
Training for Legislative Visits
10:30 Break
10:45 Issues Breakout Sessions
12:00 Break
12:15 Lunch – meet by Senate Districts
1:15 Leave for Capitol
2:00 Senate Legislative visits
3:00 Assembly Legislative visits
4:00 Advocacy Day conclud

Getting to Madison for Advocacy Day

There is no parking available at First United Methodist Church.  Participants should plan to park nearby at the State Street Capitol Garage located at N Carroll St and W Johnson St, across the street from Madison College. Information about Madison parking ramps can be found here.


Director’s Testimony Testimony Budget Hearing 04052019

Friday, April 5, 2019 (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) 
Pontiac Convention Center
2809 North Pontiac Drive
Janesville, WI 53545

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Oak Creek Community Center
8580 South Howell Avenue
Oak Creek, WI 53154

Monday, April 15, 2019 (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
University of Wisconsin -River Falls**
University Center -Riverview Ballroom #260
500 Wild Rose Avenue
River Falls, WI 54022 Free Public Parking Accessible at:
University of Wisconsin -River Falls
North Second Street
River Falls, WI 54022

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)                         University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
University Union – Phoenix Rooms
2430 Campus Court
Green Bay, WI 54311

Wednesday, March 27 at 10:30 AM at the State Capitol in Room 417 North (Gar Hall)  Safe Harbor AB 41 Hearing:  Talking Points and Info

March 3:  10:30 at Central Lutheran Church in Edgerton:  Solving the Climate Change Challenge – Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier, a member of the SCSW Care for God’s Creation team, spoke on climate change.

February 16  LOPPW managed a table at Together in Mission in Brookfield.

February 17  Director and hunger fellow led a workshop on anti-sex trafficking at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boscobel.

February 21  Director gave a homily and led a workshop on advocacy to clergy conferences in Chetek.

January 29  Rally to Support a Safe Harbor for Trafficked Youth – Safe Harbor Rally Poster

Safe Harbor proposed legislation has moved from being pushed aside to passing out of committee. Let’s get it passed!

January 13  Advocacy Training at Redeemer Lutheran Chruch/Beloved Community in Stevens Point on

November 8 10:30-11:30 followed by lunch  Presentation on advocacy and hunger at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sauk Prarie

Friday, November 2 – Saturday, November 3 (with optional additional stay on Saturday night)Students and staff in Wisconsin & Upper Michigan are cordially invited to participate in this year’s LCM Fall Social Justice Retreat, co-sponsored by Lutheran Campus Ministry – Madison, The Corner House (LCM at UW -Milwaukee), and the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin.

This year’s theme:
Hungry for Change
Food Insecurity & Environmental Issues
Housing at The Urban Gathering Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Tentative cost: $30 (+ extra $15 if staying Saturday night)
Likely topics & activities include:
Why should your students participate?
  • To learn about issues facing our local communities, state, and nation
  • To consider the Christian call to advocacy
  • To get energized to participate in this year’s midterm elections
  • To meet other LCM Students from our region
  • Perhaps to get excited to participate in the LSM National Gathering in Memphis in December? Students could organize travel together?

Folks took the pledge! 

The Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin is sponsoring a voter pledge campaign on Sunday, October 28th. Studies show that people are more likely to vote after making a public commitment to do so. Having a public voice to exercise our citizenship is part of who we are!  Thank you to our faith and vocation fellow via Lutheran Campus Ministry, Sarah Schultz for creating the below poster and leading this project!  Thank you also to Hunger Advocacy Fellow Kelsey Johnson for working with Sarah to create the below video!
Please post this poster with a sign-up sheet next to it!
Interviews about Voting with Students 
Student Voting Guide – Statewide (2)

Sunday, October 21  The director led an adult forum on hunger and advocacy at Luther Memorial in Madison as our hunger advocacy fellow led an adult forum at St. Matthew’s in Wawautosa.  Both forums involved letter writing for the farm bill.

Sunday, October 14  The director led a two-hour workshop on hunger and advocacy following a joint service involving all ELCA congregations in Eau Claire.

Saturday, October 6  8:30 (program begins at 9:00 am) – noon  What’s Working with Renewable Energy in Wisconsin to be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Madison    It’s time for some good news about what is working and how we can be a part of it within our own contexts and via advocacy!

Saturday, September 8  8:30 am – 2:00 pm Women of the ELCA in the East Central Synod held an advocacy event:  God’s Work, Our Hands: Let’s Get At It!  Advocacy for Justice in Today’s World  at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2000 Roosevelt Drive, Plover, WI

LOPPW’s director spoke on the Christian roots of advocacy.  WELCA Director of Justice Jennifer Deleon led a workshop on immigration.  State Representative Katrina Shankland provided practical tools to help you advocate.

July 17 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Hunger, the Farm Bill, Immigration & the ELCA – an evening discussion with a meal at no cost held at Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Milwaukee   Organized by LOPPW and hunger volunteers from the Greater Milwaukee Synod

Synod Assemblies: 
June 8-10 La Crosse Area Synod Assembly.  The director led a workshop on advocacy and manageed a table.June 2-3 Northwestern Synod Assembly
May 31-June 1  Greater Milwaukee Synod Assembly
May 18-19 East Central Synod Assembly   LOPPW had a table.
May 17-18 Northern Great Lakes Synod Assembly  LOPPW had a table.
Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6 LOPPW had a table at the South-Central Synod Assembly.  The director also led two sessions on the draft of the ELCA Social Statement, Women and Justice
Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6  Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier, Pastor Nick Utphall and Pastor Mae Jean Zelle led a workshop on climate change at the South-Central Synod Assembly at Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells.  Eleanor Siebert managed a table.

Wednesday, May 2, 10:45 AM & 7:45 PM  Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier led a workshop on climate change to Thrivent Financial a Johnson Bank, MadisonWednesday,

Tuesday, April 24, 7 PM  Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier led a workshop on climate change at Grace Lutheran, Cambridge

Sunday, April 22, 9:30 AM  Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier will led a workshop on climate change at First English Lutheran Church, Platteville

April 5-6 Unite to End Racism Several members of various denominations travelled on a bus with the Wisconsin Council of Churches to D.C.  Director Pastor Cindy will be in attendance.

Sunday, March 25, Director Pastor Cindy will led a forum on human trafficking at Midvale Lutheran Church in Madison

Saturday, March 17, Director Pastor Cindy will led a forum on how to talk about difficult issues and advocacy at Walking Together in Eau Claire.  LOPPW will also have a table.

Saturday, March 10, Director Pastor Cindy and LOPPW Advisory Council Members Pastor Susan Schneider and Lisa Hassenstab will led a forum on how to talk about difficult issues and advocacy at Leadership, Education, & Development (LEAD) at First Lutheran Church in Janesville.  LOPPW will also have a table.

Saturday, March 10, Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier, Pastor Nick Utphall and Pastor Mae Jean Zelle will led a workshop on climate change at LEAD at First Lutheran Church, Janesville  Care for God’s Creation Team also had a table.

March 7 Director Pastor Cindy will led a forum on poverty, hunger, and human trafficking at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison.

Sunday, Feb 18, 10 AM Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier spoke at Bethel Lutheran Church, Madison.
January 27 and February 3, 2018  One day advocacy trainings in the East Central Synod.  Adult forum on Luther and Economic Justice at First Lutheran Church in Janesville

November 13  LOPPW’s director preached and led a workshop ib advicact with a focus on the Farm Bill at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

November 3-4 LOPPW’s director worked with Pastor Emily Tveit of Madison Lutheran Campus Ministry and LOPPW Volunteer Kirsten Worzala-Dumke to organze an overnight advocacy retreat for college students.

SEPTEMBER 24  LOPPW’s director and led a workshop on anti-human trafficking to adults and then a workshop on anti-human trafficking and healthy relationships to the youth at First Lutheran Church in Gladstone, Michigan.

SEPTEMBER 18-19 LOPPW Advisory Council/Staff Retreat in Marathon.

SEPTEMBER 17 LOPPW’s director preached and led a workshop on advocacy and upcoming legislative issues at Kingo Evangelical Lutheran Church in Shorewood.

SEPTEMBER  10 LOPPW’s director preached and led a workshop ib advicact with a focus on the Farm Bill at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

JULY 9   Bob Lindmeier led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation at Bristol Lutheran Church, Sun Prairie. 10 AM to 11 AM.

JUNE  20, 2017  LOPPW’S director helped to lead the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Climate Table in Custer.

JUNE 10 –  11, 2017  La Crosse Area Synod Assembly:  LOPPW will have a display table.

JUNE 8, 2017   7 PM to 8 PM Bob Lindmeier led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation at the Men’s Ministry Task Force at St. Luke’s, Middleton.

JUNE 2 – 3, 2017  Greater Milwaukee Synod Assembly:  LOPPW had a display table and he director led a discussion about Luther and economic justice at two Open Space times.

MAY 21 -22, 2017  Northern Great Lakes Synod Assembly:  LOPPW had a display table.

MAY 19 – 20, 2017   East Central Synod of Wisconsin Synod Assembly:  LOPPW will had a display table.

MAY 18, 2017  Bob Lindmeier led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation for the Oregon Chamber of Commerce, Headquarters Restaurant, 11:30 AM to 12:30

May 7, 2017  The director preached at Grace Lutheran Church in Elroy and led a workshop on anti-human trafficking after worship.  Meal and workshop:  12:15 – 3:00 pm.

MAY 2, 2017  Bob Lindmeier led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation for WSPE & ASSE, at Pizza Ranch, Verona. 12 PM to 1 PM.
Tuesday, May 16th. Oregon Rotary, Headquarters Restaurant, Oregon. 7:10 AM to 8 AM.

APRIL 29 – 30, 2017  South-Central Synod of Wisconsin Assembly:  LOPPW and the SCSW/LOPPW Care for God’s Creation Team had display tables.  Bob Lindmeier led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation.  LOPPW’s director, Rev. Cindy Crane and LOPPW Advisory Council Members Lisa Hassenstab and Rev. Sue Schneider will co-led a workshop on Luther and Economic Justice and LOPPW’s new devotional on the ELCA social statements.

April 23, 2017   Bob Lindmeier led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation at Faith Lutheran, Janesville. 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM.

April 22, 2017  9:00 AM – noon luncheon  Bob Lindmeir led a presentation on climate change at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Walworth, WI   See flyer:  2017 Spring Gathering Invite

April 22, 2017  9:30 AM  Pastor Nick Utphall, Pastor Mae Jean Zelle led a workshop at the Women of the ELCA Barneveld Conference Spring Gathering at Grace Lutheran Church in Dodgeville.

April 4, 2017  People of Faith United for Justice held its advocacy day in Madison.

April 2, 2017  Bob Lindmeier led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation at Midvale Community Lutheran.  60 people attended.

MARCH 22, 2017  Bob Lindmeier led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation at spring gathering for Women of the ELCA at Elkhorn Conference. Faith Evangelical, Walworth.

March 18, 2017  Walking Together in the Northwest Synod – Pastor Diane House and Joyce Anderson will led a workshop on Martin Luther and economic justice.  Equipping People in Congregations (EPIC) in the East Central Synod – the director will lead the same workshop three times.

MARH 12  Bob Lindmeier of the SCSW/LOPPW team led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oregon.  120 people attended.

MARCH 11  Bob Lindmeier and Rev. Nick Utphall of the SCSW/LOPPW team led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation at LEAD, a South-Central Synod conference.

MARCH 8  Bob Lindmeier of the SCSW/LOPPW team led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation to Retired Engineers of Middleton.  30 people attended.

FEBRUARY 26  Bob Lindmeier of the SCSW/LOPPW team led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation at Advent Lutheran Church in Madison.  60 people attended.

FEBRUARY 22  Bob Lindmeier of the SCSW/LOPPW team led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation at American Family Insurance in Sun Prairie.  70 people attended.

FEBRUARY 20, 2017  Bob Lindmeier of the SCSW/LOPPW team led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation at Christ Lutheran Church in Soughton.  40 people attended.

FEBRUARY 2, 2017  Bob Lindmeier of the SCSW/LOPPW team led a workshop on climate change and caring for God’s creation. 40 attended the senior luncheon.

JANUARY 15-16  The director led a workshop on advocacy and be on a panel at ACT: Action for Community Transformation conference at Engish Lutheran Church at 1509 King St., in La Crosse.  This is a synod wide event.  For more information click here.

JANUARY 22, 2017    The director led a presentation on anti-human trafficking.

NOVEMBER 20, 2016  Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier led a workshop on climate change at Luther Memorial Church in Madison

NOVEMBER 13, 2016  LOPPW’s director led a workshop on Luther and Economic Justice at Luther Memorial Church in Madison.

OCTOBER 30, 2016  Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier led a workshop on climate change at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison.

OCTOBER 30, 2016   LOPPW’S director led a workshop on Luther and Economic Justice at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wawautosa.

OCTOBER 28-29, 2016  LOPPW had a table at the Festival of Congregations in the Northern Great Lakes Synod, led a wokshop on anti-sex trafficking, and co-led a hunger workshop with Pastor Ellie Russie.

OCTOBER 2, 2016  Workshop on anti-human trafficking at Covenant Lutheran Church in Stoughton.  LOPPW  presented our resource, The Hidden Crisis of Sex Trafficking of Youth in Wisconsin, in the context of scriptural passages, Exodus 12:1-13; 13:1-8.  The Adult Forum is from 10:20 to 11:30.  All are welcome!

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016  Workshop on human trafficking led twice by director for Dane County WELCA event at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Verona.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 Candidate Forum for Senate District 18 hosted by LOPPW at All Saints Lutheran Church in Oshkosh.  NBC in Green Bay covered the event!

SEPTEMBER 18, 2016  Wisconsin Power & Light held a conference, Earth Care – A Faith Imperative in Appleton. The keynote speaker, Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger, talked about the Pope’s encyclical, LAUDATO SI’; there is no distinction made between seeking social justice for those in poverty and caring for the environment. LOPPW’s director co-led a workshop with Rabbi Bonnie Margulis of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice and Brittany Ederer of Young Evangelicals for Climate Action.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 Conference/Rally on the Hidden Crisis of Sex Trafficking of Youth in Wisconsin      (Spread the word:  Flyer – Conference on Human Trafficking Madison

LOCATION:  Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison and end at the Capitol

TIME:  9:30 am (Registration & Refreshments at 9:00 am);  Lunch providedJuly 17th Hunger, Farm Bill, Immigration & ELCA

COST:  $10.00 for adults   $5.00 for youth 13-18

Programming will include a panel discussion with individuals who with amazing resilience have escaped from being trafficked, legislators, and a youth worker with expertise on the problem of sex trafficking. We will also offer training on how to engage with your legislators. Bishop Mary Froiland will lead us in devotions.

The conference is open to the public. However, this is a sensitive topic. The material will be suitable for adults and youth 13-18, but all youth under 18 must attend with a parent or other legal guardian or have a signed permission slip from a parent/legal guardian.

The conference in Madison will be our third of three conferences Cherish All Children and the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin’s team on Anti-human Trafficking is organizing with support from the national Women of the ELCA.

Please contact Pastor Cindy at cindyc@loppw.org or at 608-270-0201 ext. 109 with any questions.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2016  Workshop on anti-human trafficking at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Sun Prairie.

AUGUST 19, 2016  Presentation on anti-human trafficking to XYZ group at Bethel Lutheran in Madison.

JULY 9, 2016   We held a conference on human trafficking at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Superior (1924 Wyoming Ave.)  Download Flyer  Flyer – Conference on Human Trafficking in Superior

Conferences on human trafficking will also be held on the following dates:

JUNE 25, 2016 We held a conference on human trafficking at at Grace Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids (1531 Whitrock Ave.)  Download Flyer Flyer – Conference on Human Trafficking WI Rapids

April 30-June 11, 2016  LOPPW had a presence at assemblies for all six synods with congregations in Wisconsin.

FEBRUARY 17   Presentation on Work of LOPPW  held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Dells 

FEBRUARY 3  Forum on Children in Poverty at First English Church that included campus ministry.

JANUARY 23  Lead and Learn Event at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Milwaukee:  LOPPW had a table next to the new Greater Milwaukee Synod Hunger Team’s table, and the director spoke briefly at the planary and was on a social justice panel with Milwaukee faith leaders.

JANUARY 17 – Narratives of Hope and Caring for God’s Creation at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison

JANUARY 18 (MLK Day!) – Coming Out of the Shadows of Global Slavery and Human Trafficking on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
3617 N. 48th Street, Milwaukee, 53216

Council Member Venice Williams is the main organizer.
LOPPW is a co-sponsor and will hold a workshop.

“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”


September 22 -24, 2015 Advocacy Convening in Washington D.C.   Deliberative Discipleship, Deliberative Democracy.    ELCA and Episcopal bishops, grassroots leaders and state public policy office staff from around the country will convene in Washington D.C. to advocate.  We will be there at the same time the pope is.

June 21  LOPPW’s director preached about the murders in Charleston at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Madison Sermon June 21 2015

June 12-14   LaCrosse Area Synod Assembly Workshop on How to be an Advocate from a Faith Perspective on June 13th  

May 29-30    Greater Milwaukee Synod  Assembly Workshop on Human Trafficking on Friday on May 29th

May 30-31    Northwest Synod of Wisconsin Assembly Workshop on Advocacy and Our State Budget on May 30th

May 30-31    South-Central Synod of Wisconsin Assembly Workshop on Poverty on May 31st

May 15-16    Northern Great Lakes Synod  Table organized and managed by Eric Larson.

May 15-17    East Central Synod of Wisconsin Table and Workshop on Children in Poverty

Press Conference on Better Choices Budget on May 14, 2015!  Media Advisory BETTERCHOICESEAUCLAIREPRESSADV       5-13-15


March 19, 2015   10 – Noon – Our Safe Harbor Rally was a great success.  Over 40 people attended the educational hour preceding the march to the capitol and the majority of the participants visited their legislators.  We had representation from at least four synods.  Several people joined Cherish All Children National Director Amy Hartman and LOPPW Director Cindy Crane to debrief in a reserved room in the capitol and also to have lunch.  See Photos from the Road to see more and our advertising flyer:  Safe Harbor Rally (2)

March 14, 2015  LOPPW’s director and LOPPW Advisory Council Member Rev. Susan Schneider led a very well attended workshop on human trafficking at the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin’s LEAD event.  The director also led a two-minute mission moment during the plenary session.

February 8, 2015 at 9:15 – Adult Forum on Poverty and Advocacy at Midvale Lutheran Church in Madison.  Over 40 people attended this forum.  Several attendees showed concern in some of the cuts in the proposed state budget   http://midvalelutheran.org/

February 7, 2015 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Safe Harbor Campaign for Trafficked Youth Kick-Off Event.  LOPPW’s and Cherish All Children’s hosted this three-hour conference at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie.  Bishop Rick Hoyme led an opening prayer and blessed the letters we sent to our legislators.   Bishop Mary Froiland also attended and led a prayer.  Go to photos from the road to see photos from this event!

January 25, 2015 at 9:15 – LOPPW director led an Adult Forum on Poverty and Advocacy at Grace Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids.   http://www.glcwr.org/

Epiphany Celebration:  LOPPW Advisory Council Member Pastor Annie Edison-Albright worked with others in her congregation to organize Redeemer Lutheran Church’s Epiphany Dinner, Celebration and Worship on January 14th.  It was a celebratory event that reminded all of us of Christ’s light in our world and our call to share the light.  LOPPW’s director was one of the speakers and helped at a letter writing table.  Thank you Pastor Annie for the opportunity!  http://www.rlcpoint.org/

LOPPW’s director will be one of the speakers. http://www.rlcpoint.org/LOPPW was on the road in October and November 2014.

LOPPW’s first intergenerational Poverty Summit with a Focus on Youth was a great success.  We will be looking for opportunities to hold similar 2.5 hour summits in other parts of the stat.

Faithful Citizenship:  A Christian Perspective on Voting and Political Involvement  at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Tuesday evening, October 21st    

LOPPW director was part of a Lutheran and Catholic panel.  Sponsored by the UWEC Newman Center and Lutheran Campus Ministry (details to come).

Festival of Congregations was a synod-wide gathering that had a significant focus on hunger on October 11th.  The event included a table set up by LOPPW and a workshop on advocacy.

On October 5th Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison focused on advocacy with LOPPW.  In honor of Pastor Susan Quigley and her passion for justice Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison organized three adult forums on social justice during this 10th anniversary of Susan being killed by a hit and run driver. LOPPW’s director led the first adult forum.                                                             

WELCA Leaders

On September 28th WELCA leaders in the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin led a presentation on sex trafficking using slides organized by LOPPW and Cherish All Children’s advocacy team.

Lutherans Have a voice around the state and the country!
2014 ELCA Bishops’ Advocacy Convening

In April more than 30 ELCA bishops (half of all the ELCA bishops in the United States) and several State Public Policy Office (SPPO) directors paid visits to legislators in Washington D.C. We listened to several speakers discuss how to talk to political leaders who may not agree with our perspectives and had time to review the issues we’d be discussing with members of congress and the senate and their legislative assistants. Bishops were asked to choose an area of focus. Bishop Rick Hoyme of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin chose the Middle East (the ask was for legislators to support money designated for the Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem); Bishop Jim Arends of the LaCrosse Area Synod chose International (the ask was for legislators to support funding that would end poverty in every country by 2040 with a focus on supporting mothers and children within a child’s first 1,000 days after birth); Bishop Jeff Barrows chose Minimum Wage and Care of Creation (the ask were for a higher minimum wage to diminish poverty and for support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to address climate change, and to vote against any efforts to undermine their proposed/upcoming rules for power plants).

LOPPW’s Director visited accompanied bishops to visit the following legislators: Congressman Tom Petri (in person), Congressman Sean Duffy (his legislative assistant), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (her legislative assistant), Senator Ron Johnson (his legislative assistant), and Senator Tammy Baldwin (in person).


Are you interested in LOPPW leading a workshop in your area?  Please contact us!