All major religious traditions embrace a core responsibility to care for the sick.
For generations, the faith community has acted on that mandate: People of faith created history’s first-ever charity hospitals. We provide direct care all around the world. And we often present a unified front to defend existing healthcare programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
Today, we are blessed to live in a time of historic opportunity to do even more to meet the obligations of our sacred teachings: Americans across the political spectrum share deep frustration with our current healthcare system. They embrace access to healthcare as a human right. They demand 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.
Our Faith in Healthcare weekly publication lifts up those inspiring examples of faith community action. Each week, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim advocates tell their stories and affirm their shared commitment to healthcare for all. At the same time, we highlight fast-developing “Action Opportunities” to make an historic impact on issues like prescription drug pricing and universal healthcare.
Faith in Healthcare directly reaches hundreds of email subscribers each week, and many more via social media sharing. Our friends at Sojourners, the Harvard Health and Human Rights Journal, Common Dreams, and other publications often jointly publish our articles, multiplying our impact.
Our editor is Fran Quigley, who directs the Health and Human Rights Clinic at Indiana University McKinney School of Law. Fran is an active member of multiple faith-based advocacy groups. He has authored multiple books on human rights, and published dozens of articles on access to healthcare in mainstream venues like the New York Times and faith publications including Sojourners and America.
Please subscribe here to get Faith in Healthcare delivered to your email inbox, free, every Thursday morning. And please contact Fran, firstname.lastname@example.org, with your ideas for stories and news items we should be featuring.
Today, too many of our brothers and sisters are suffering. They go without the care and medicines they need and deserve. But we carry the prescription for their healing in our pockets.