Engaging our spiritual values in the health care dilemma
ICPJâ€™s Racial and Economic Justice Task Force has recently branched out to create a new Health Care Working Group to help engage congregations in a moral and spiritual way on the health care issue. This group has drafted a â€œcore values statementâ€ to highlight the fundamentals of what we believe:
Health Care Core Values Statement:
â€œWe believe that in a just and moral society every citizen must receive access to health care and equitable coverage of services. Every citizen deserves the reasonable expectation of a healthy life. In this time of transition, we seek this new vision of health and health care for our brother and sister Americans.â€
The Health Care Working Group of ICPJ would like to offer your congregation a chance to talk more about the current health care crisis, your own fundamental values related to health care, and your visions for a just health care system. Our goal is to promote a space for people of faith and conscience to think critically about health and health care.
How can we support you?
- Schedule us to host a workshop for your adult education group (view a film clip of our workshop in October 2009 at Chelsea United Methodist Church);
- Share our Core Values Statement in your congregationâ€™s bulletin to spark discussion;
- Get resources from our group to host a small-group discussion for your small faith group;
- Show a short film that highlights the racial and economic justice aspects of health and access to health care (borrow ICPJâ€™s copy of Unnatural Causes)
Please let us know if we can support you in any of these ways to engage your congregation in this critical current issue by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (734) 663-1870.
ICPJâ€™s Health Care Working Group Members: LaRon Williams, Jim Mogensen, Phil Kneesi, Diane Hunter, Larry Horvath, Lena Macfadden, Deborah Fisch, Heather Kofke-Egger, Alan Connor, Susan Grubb, Richard Durance, Grace Helms Kotre
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