COMING UP NEXT
Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change Listening Sessions
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
WHAT HAS HAPPENED
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
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!
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)
Prayer Vigil in front of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services in Milwaukee during ELCA Churchwide Gathering! Prayer Vigil
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!
Registration & Lunch: $35/person by March 18. After March 18, $50 (lunch not guaranteed)
Overview of Issues
Training for Legislative Visits
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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.
PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE STATE BUDGET Public Hearing Notices PDF
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
PAY 1 LOT
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.
- Field Trip to UW-Milwaukee Student Food Pantry – Why is hunger an issue on college campuses? What are schools doing to help?
- Lunch at Tricklebee Cafe – What does a meal where all are welcome look like?
- Field Trip to Alice’s Garden – How does growing our own food nourish our bodies and our connection to God’s creation?
- Guests from Milwaukee’s Lutheran Volunteer Corps will join us discuss their food-related ministry
- 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!
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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
8am to 2pm at THE BODY AND SOUL HEALING ARTS CENTER
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.”
–THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
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
ADVOCACY DAY ON APRIL 29TH Advocacy Day
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.
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!