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Called to be Political (But I Don't Want to be Political)

A resource from Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4

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Last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot: October 28. You may apply online.

See the Secretary of State's Official Voter Information Guide for information on November Ballot measures. Get more voter information here

LOPP—CA Ballot Recommendations, a one-page document with ELCA social statement and web information references, is available for downloading and sharing.

LOPP—CA organization and editorial board support and opposition list, for downloading and sharing.

Read the Lutheran Office of Public Policy—California Voter Guide for Evaluating Ballot Propositions.

Ballot priorities for the Lutheran Office of Public Policy—California are:

  • YES on Prop. 1 (water bond) and
  • YES on Prop. 47 (criminal sentences).  Click here to join the effort to pass Prop. 47.

Links to relevant ELCA Social Statements, including criminal justice, care for creation, and health care, and a Social Policy Resolution on "The Sponsorship of Legal Gaming by American Indian Tribes," are at www.elca.org/socialstatements.

Voters Edge, http://votersedge.org, a sophisticated but easy to use new tool
for information on ballot propositions and candidates, customized to your
address.  Click through on ballot measures for a wealth of information on
campaign funding, endorsement lists, editorial positions, and news coverage.
Voters Edge is a collaboration of MapLight and the League of Women Voters.

www.CAChoices.org is a nonpartisan web resource from Next 10, and includes an endorsement table and other helpful information.

Ballotpedia  http://ballotpedia.org/California_2014_ballot_measures also
contains a rich store of information on ballot measures, current, past, and
proposed, including campaign finance information.

Please check back later for analysis and commentary.   

Monument to Goodman Chaney Schwerner
Vote on Nov. 4. Honor the sacrifices of those who gave their lives for the right to vote.
Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Mississippi, June 2014

California’s drought emergency continues!


New Melones Reservoir, May 2014

Take the Next 10 California Water Challenge, and share your choices on how we can get through this together.

The Lutheran Office of Public Policy—California recommends a YES vote on Prop. 1.

Photo of Bishop Erwin and Mark Carlson at the Capitol
Bishop R. Guy Erwin and LOPP Director Mark Carlson at the Capitol, June 2014


Housing: A legislative priority for 2014:

Give thanks for the passage of Prop. 41 on the June ballot, providing resources for housing for veterans.


Photos Mutual Housing at the Highlands
Mutual Housing at the Highlands, permanent supportive housing at the former McClellan AFB in North Highlands. Primarily for individuals who have been homeless, Lutheran Social Services of Northern California provides on-site social services.  This development received an exceptionally high score from Build it Green.

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The Rev. John Simmons Courtyard at LA Family Housing’s Palo Verde Gardens, a LEED certified “green” apartment building with solar electricity, providing permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless people in Sun Valley, California.


A Great Day—Hunger Action Day, May 21!

Photo of Calif Hunger Action Day Team outside office of Darryl Steinberg Photo of Calif Hunger Action Day team with Ken Cooley
A California Hunger Action Day team including the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network (LEVN - The Belfry UC Davis Campus Ministry), Wellspring Women’s Center, and River City Food Bank outside the office of Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg A Hunger Action Day group including LEVN, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Davis, and River City Food Bank were inspired by Rancho Cordova Assemblymember Ken Cooley’s (seated) commitment to public service. Cooley chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care.

Help our California neighbors in need! Access state and federal programs and services for financial, food, and employment aid, support for education, and other resources at www.weconnect.net.

ELCA World Hunger

Responding to Christ's call to "Go and do likewise"

You can make a life-saving difference! Give to ELCA World Hunger.

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ELCA World Hunger is a comprehensive and sustainable program that uses multiple strategies—relief and development, education, community organizing and advocacy—to address the root causes of hunger and poverty. ELCA World Hunger responds to neighbors around the corner and around the world.