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. 

We are blessed to live in a time of opportunity to make significant progress toward meeting the obligations of our sacred teachings. Americans across the political spectrum share deep frustration with our current healthcare system, and acknowledge the existence of healthcare as 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, a privilege hard-earned by those on the front lines of care and advocacy. The Faith in Healthcare newsletter will lift up those inspiring examples of faith community service and at the same time 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 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.