Lutheran Day 2016

  •  April 27, 2016

One hundred twenty-five advocates from Lutheran social-ministry organizations in Illinois gathered in Springfield on April 20 to advocate for justice for Illinoisans who look to state-funded services for safety, healing and opportunity.

Chaplain Leslie Hunter and the students of Holy Family Ministries provided inspiration to take action with and for our neighbors. Expert panelists Dan Lesser of Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Judith Gethner of Illinois Partners for Human Services and George Hovanec, former public administrator, provided insights to human services and state government. Laura Dean Friedrich of Community Renewal Society trained and coached advocates through the challenges of connecting with elected officials.

LCFS’ Julie Mavec gave testimony to the importance of state-funded services to homeless veterans, and she introduced Victor, a Viet Nam era veteran and poet, to share his story.

Advocates engaged state senators and representatives in the capitol to ask for immediate attention to a responsible state budget.


Pastor Paul Hemenway of Trinity Lutheran Church Springfield led advocates in prayer in the capitol rotunda; prayers were raised for those served by state government and for those who serve in elected and appointed public sector roles.

Illinois State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (5th District) and Illinois State Representative Kelley Cassidy (14th District) were presented the Paul Simon Courage in Public Service Award, as persistent legislative leaders and champions for legislation that provides persons who have been homeless and victimized by human trafficking the opportunity to achieve dignity and to work.

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