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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. This year's event will be virtual to protect the health and safety of all involved. We will share remarks from Governor JB Pritzker and honor this year's recipient of the Paul Simon Award, State Representative Robyn Gabel. Additional details about this year's programming will be shared here as soon as they are available.

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.

For more information contact Joy Medrano at

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.’”