At Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), we are committed to bringing healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities. Integral to supporting people in the communities we serve is LSSI's advocacy work.
Lutheran Day is an annual event that traditionally gathers people of faith and their friends in Springfield to learn more about how they can become involved in our advocacy efforts and have meaningful and confident conversations with their Illinois congressional representatives. Our 2022 event will be held virtually to protect the health and safety of all involved. This year's event is co-sponsored by Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois and will provide a recap of the legislative year ending in June and equip participants to speak with their representatives and lobby them in the next legislative year.
We will honor this year's recipient of the Paul Simon Award, Representative Anna Moeller, and hear from other leaders and experts in the field, as reflected in the schedule page.
When many people come together to share one voice with their elected officials, our message becomes that much stronger. Thank you for the ways you speak up on behalf of our fellow Illinoisans.
Additional updates about this year's event will be posted here as needed. For more information about this event or LSSI's efforts in advocacy, contact Joy Medrano at Joy.Medrano@lssi.org.
Who is responsible for serving people in need?
From the Premable for the Constitution of the State of Illinois
We, the People of the State of Illinois in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the people; maintain a representative and orderly government; eliminate poverty and inequality; assure legal, social and economic justice; provide opportunity for the fullest development of the individual; insure domestic tranquility; provide for the common defense; and secure the blessings of freedom and liberty to ourselves and our posterity - do ordain and establish this Constitution for the State of Illinois.
From the Bible, Matthew 25:31-40
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what's coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation.
And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.’
... ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me — you did it to me.’”