Advocate as an ELCA Ministry
The director of LOPPW is a registered lobbyist in Wisconsin and directly registers on bills, testifies, at hearings, and builds relationships with legislators. LOPPW lobbies for and encourages our ELCA members to join in discourse about legislation that reflects our values and call to love our neighbor. In this sense we see ourselves more as advocates. We also support our national office in it’s advocacy on some federal legislation. We encourage you to sign up for action alerts if you have not already: Sign Up Here!
Advocacy in the ELCA
There are three expressions of the advocacy ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Each ministry advocates for just, sound and compassionate public social policies based upon the officially adopted social justice policy positions of the ELCA.
State Public Policy Offices
The Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin is one of the state public policy offices of the ELCA. LOPPW and other State Public Policy Offices represent the church in advocating at the state level on behalf of those without economic or political power. They work in partnership with local congregations, synods and social ministry organizations. LOPPW interprets the public policy positions and the advocacy priorities of the ELCA synods in Wisconsin to the state legislature and state agencies. This direct advocacy is carried out in context of scripture, the ten ELCA social statements, and under the guidance of our policy council. The advisory council members are appointed by their synods and represent the bishops and congregations to work with the director to determine annual or biannual priorities and the budget and to support and advise the director.
State Public Policy Offices:
California – California Lutheran Advocacy Ministry
Colorado – Colorado Lutheran Advocacy
Minnesota – Lutheran Advocacy Minnesota
New Jersey – Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministry in NJ
New Mexico – Lutheran Advocacy Ministry – New Mexico
Ohio – Hunger Network in Ohio
Pennsylvania – Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPA)
Texas – Texas Impact
Virginia – Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
Washington – Faith Action Network
How LOPPW Works for Advocacy
We work with bishops, pastors and congregations to develop and support the ministry of advocacy through an advocacy network. We inform that network on issues affecting the well-being of the people we serve in our communities.
We join hands with our advocacy partners within the ELCA to influence public policy through cooperation with the ELCA Washington, DC Office, ELCA State Public Policy Offices across the country, and the Lutheran Office for World Community at the United Nations.
We work collegially with other Lutheran advocacy and interfaith organizations across Wisconsin.
ELCA Washington Office (D.C.)
We are a church that is energized by lively engagement in our faith and life. ELCA advocacy works for change in public policy based on the experience of Lutheran ministries, programs and projects around the world and in communities across the United States. We work through political channels on behalf of the following biblical values: peacemaking, hospitality to strangers, care for creation, and concern for people living in poverty and struggling with hunger and disease.
Lutheran Office for World Community
The Lutheran Office for World Community represents the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. The LWF is a non-governmental organization officially recognized by the UN’s Economic and Social Council.