Monthly Archives: December 2009

News and Action Summary for Friday, December 18

Christmas blessings—and to our friends from EVERY faith tradition, best wishes for a blessed, safe, peaceful and happy season of light and hope, and for a more just and peaceful New Year!   The News and Action Summary is taking … Continue reading

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Urge Your Pennsylvania Representative to Support Campaign Finance Reform

The Pennsylvania Council of Churches believes a just Commonwealth should protect the rights of individuals and groups, and that all Pennsylvanians—individuals, elected and appointed officials, organizations, businesses, and the faith community—have a responsibility to support and sustain the common good. … Continue reading

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Documentary on Persons with Disabilities Needs Support for Wider Airing

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC at is sponsoring an upcoming ABC documentary entitled, “A Place for All: Faith and Community for Persons with Disabilities.” The program offers profiles of courageous individuals and families who have awakened their faith communities to the … Continue reading

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WUHI Provides Information/Resources on Health Reform Impacts on Women

Health Care related resources/news from the Women’s Universal Health Initiative (WUHI at   Myths and Facts   With so much false information being presented on talk shows and in the press, we need to have the facts in front … Continue reading

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U.S. Hunger Problem Needs Serious Solutions Involving SNAP/Food Stamps

From the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC, at   A recent USDA report ( showing that nearly 15 percent of Americans—one in seven, including 17 million children—struggle with food insecurity prompted Gordon Campbell, president and CEO of United … Continue reading

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Wall Street Reform Act Passes in the House

On Friday, December 11, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HR 4173, the “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” ( on a 223 – 202 vote with 9 abstaining. You can read more about this legislation at … Continue reading

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Film: The Power of Forgiveness—January 19, Harrisburg

Participants in the January meeting of the Interfaith Alliance will view segments of award-winning Martin Doblmeier’s video entitled The Power of Forgiveness. The video has vignettes of forgiveness in Northern Ireland, Ground Zero, the Nickel Mines Amish tragedy, Nobel Laureate Elie … Continue reading

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News and Action Summary for Friday, December 11

Blessings to you for all that you do in this season of waiting and preparation! Please consider making part of your preparation for celebrating the birth of the Christ child taking action or learning more about one or more of … Continue reading

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PA Senate Banking and Insurance Committee to Hold SB400 Hearing

The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 400 ( on Wednesday, December 16, 8:30-10:00 a.m. in Room 8E-A East Wing, Capitol Building (lower level), Harrisburg. Those in support of SB 400 … Continue reading

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Resources and Actions for Immigration Reform

Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR at offers the following resources and updates, particularly appropriate as new immigration reform legislation is scheduled to be introduced the week of December 14.   December is a time to look back and reflect. … Continue reading

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