Faith letter delivered to President & Congress

February 25, 2010

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

“A Call for Political Courage, Vision, Leadership, and Faith” — our current sign-on letter — is making its way through the halls of Congress and the White House with signatures from 4000 individuals and hundreds of organizations.

The letter focused on those who would suffer if meaningful reform is not passes, and concluded:  “This is your moment for political courage, vision, leadership, and faith.  We urge you to take heart and move meaningful health care reform forward.”

The release of this letter began Wednesday with a full-page ad in The Hill and hand-delivered print copies to many participants in the Health Care Summit.  All Members of Congress, plus key White House and Health and Human Services staff, have now received the letter via email.

View the letter with all of the signatures;view a copy of the print ad that appeared in The Hill;  view the online ad.

Now it’s your turn! We know for a fact that such letters are more likely to be read by Members of Congress if they come from the people they represent.  Please help ensure that this letter is read by your lawmakers by sending it today.

Send the letter now to the President and your Members of Congress!


An uncertain time… but it’s NOT over!

January 20, 2010

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

Things really haven’t changed for us — the “us” being people of faith who have poured our hearts and energies into a moral vision for our health care future.  We’ve been saying that even though we are so close to health care reform there are no guarantees. The Massachusetts election simply confirms that.

Our mission has always been that of promoting reform that truly embraces health, wholeness, and human dignity for all.  We have pledged ourselves to ensuring that health care in our country will be inclusive, guaranteeing that everyone will be a part of a reformed system… accessible, eliminating barriers to needed care… affordable, assuring that persons will no longer have to chose between health care and other basic needs… and accountable, holding all participants in the system responsible for contributing to the common good.

Nothing that happened in Massachusetts changes that vision. Yes, the loss of the Senate seat will present a whole new set of political challenges and stifle legislative possibilities.  But our task has never been that of putting or keeping a particular party in power, nor of promoting a partisan political agenda. Because of that, our mission remains intact.

What must change is how we respond to the new challenges.  We can give up, or we can give it all we’ve got. We can yield to the pundits who say that the American people don’t want reform, or we can speak louder than ever proving what we do want. We can give in to the falsehoods derailing reform, or we can commit ourselves to being the most diligent truth-tellers ever.

Those who are on the side of giving it all we’ve got are urged to commit anew to the process of transformation that will usher in a moral vision for our health care future.

The need for prayer and conversation continues.  Please join us — beginning with today’s call (01.20.10).

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Healthcare Reform’s Public Option and the Ezekiel Mandate

January 29, 2009

~ Rev. Jackson Day

Some of the values people of faith bring to discussion of health care are inclusivity and stewardship.  We’re hard put to justify the notion that there are some people who don’t deserve health care, so our faith groups tend to talk of health care as a right.  And when it comes to paying for it, we think in terms of stewardship, getting the best result for the resources expended, because we think it’s about using God’s resources to accomplish God’s will, and that’s not to be taken lightly. Read the rest of this entry »