All major religious traditions embrace a core responsibility to care for the sick.

From creating history’s first-ever charity hospitals to presenting a unified front to defend programs like Medicare and Medicaid, the faith community has consistently acted on that mandate. 

Today, we are blessed to live in a time of opportunity to meet the obligations of our sacred teachings:  Because Americans across the political spectrum share deep frustration with our current healthcare system. They acknowledge that access to healthcare is a human right. They are demanding change.

The faith community can help make that change happen.

Generations of “walking the walk” ministering to the needs of the sick endows us with moral authority on the issue. This privilege has been hard-earned by persons of faith toiling on the front lines of care and advocacy.

So the Faith in Healthcare weekly newsletter will lift up those inspiring examples of faith community service. At the same time, we will highlight our fast-developing opportunities to make an historic impact.

The newsletter is edited by Fran Quigley, who directs the Health and Human Rights Clinic at Indiana University McKinney School of Law and is an active member of multiple faith-based advocacy groups. His articles have been published in mainstream venues like the New York Times and in faith publications including Sojourners and America.

Please subscribe here to get Faith in Healthcare delivered to you, free, every Thursday morning. And please contact Fran, fwquigley@gmail.com, with your ideas for stories and news items.

Today, too many of our brothers and sisters are suffering. But we carry the prescription for their healing in our pockets.