It’s not just about the President!

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

YES!  We’re definitely excited that President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation to join tens of thousands of people of faith on a nationwide conference call on Wednesday, August 19, at 5:00 pm eastern. Afterall, this is an historic opportunity: never before has a President addressed such a large gathering of the faith community so directly and specifically on the issue of health care reform.

But it’s not just about the President.  It’s also about US — the 30-40-50 thousand or more people of faith who will take 40 minutes from our busy lives to focus together on a moral vision for how we provide health care in the U.S.  It’s about demonstrating that even though we may not agree on policy, we agree that our shared faith values should be at the heart of public discourse.  If we hit 47,000 callers, it’s a very symbolic expression of our concern for the 47 million people who go without needed health care because they are uninsured. It’s about making a commitment to speak truth to power until our health care future includes everyone and works well for all of us!

Because tens of thousands of participants are expected, you are urged to RSVP to help facilitate planning and to guarantee your place on the call.  In addition, we invite you to tell your family, friends, and colleagues; to spread the word through your email networks; and to invite others to listen to the call with you.  Please help us make this event even more historic than it already is!  Print a half-page flier to distribute at your faith gatherings this this weekend!

RSVP to receive your call-in information and to submit a question.

List of conference call sponsors (as of 8.16.09)

(Faithful Reform in Health Care coalition members noted in bold)

African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME)
American Muslim Health Professionals
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
Catholics United
Christian Community Development Association
Disciples Center for Public Witness
Disciples Justice Action Network
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Faithful America
Faithful Reform in Health Care
Faith in Public Life
Gamaliel Foundation
Islamic Medical Association of North America
Islamic Society of North America
Jewish Women International
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
National Council of Churches in Christ
National Council of Jewish Women
Network, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
PICO National Network
Presbyterian Church USA, Washington Office
Progressive National Baptist Convention
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference
Sisters of Mercy of The Americas
Sojourners
The Episcopal Church
The Latino Leadership Circle
The New Evangelicals
Unitarian Universalist Association
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church General Board of Church And Society
United Methodist Church, Washington Office of Women’s Division, General Board of Global Ministries

RSVP to receive your call-in information and to submit a question.

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