July 4th, Patriotism and Health Care

July 2, 2009

~ Rev. Linda Hanna Walling, Faithful Reform in Health Care

Oh how we love our red, white and blue bunting, balloons, T-shirts and lapel pins to show our patriotism.  And there’s nothing like a good fireworks display synchronized to a rousing rendition of Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” to give rise to a few goose bumps!

But perhaps a more authentic expression of our respect for democracy would be that of reclaiming the ideals upon which our nation was founded. Dare we forget our forebears’ declaration that in the sacred act of creation we are granted with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? And dare we forget that they constituted a government to promote the common good and secure the blessings of liberty?  Indeed, the ideals, the freedoms — and the responsibilities — crafted by those leaders are not to be taken lightly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Interfaith Week of Prayer Wrap-Up

July 2, 2009

~ Rev. Linda Hanna Walling, Faithful Reform in Health Care

Thank you! You are wonderful!

In the last few weeks you have begun to show the passion and power among people of faith in support of a better health care future for all of us. Collectively, the numerous efforts have elevated the need to look at health care reform through the lens of our faith-inspired values. Our lawmakers and opinion leaders are listening!

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