Posted by: jblevins | March 24, 2010

Immigration, Health Care, Climate Change, and Social Justice

This weekend saw people of faith celebrating the passage of health care reform, after calls for such reform from people like NCC General Secretary Michael Kinnamon, who said, “Making health care available to a wider number of Americans is the right and moral thing to do.” At the same time, 700 plus Christians gathered for the 9th annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days, and participated in the rally on Sunday calling for broad immigration reform. Immigration reform was also called to be a focus of the Lenten season, as the press release from the NCC read, “Responding to a “divine mandate” and as a “patriotic act,” the chief executives of the National Council of Churches and Church World Service are pressing “comprehensive immigration reform” in the United States.”  On the local level, people of faith in Omaha, NE gathered in a prayer vigil in support of the actions taking place in Washington, DC.

Furthermore, throughout Lent, the NCC Eco-Justice Program has been focusing on climate change, sending out emails each week with reflections to guide you through the Lenten season on the impacts of climate change, and our call to take action to do something about it. All of these are reminders, despite recent conversations in the media, of the churches call to respond to issues of justice – to work to protect God’s Creation and God’s People – particularly to care for those living in poverty around the world, and to lift up the voice of those oppressed and without voice. As NCC President Peg Chemberlin wrote, “Throughout those sacred pages [the Bible], God’s abundant and overarching concern for the poor, the marginalized, the weak, and the oppressed is apparent, as is God’s call on the community to be responsible to those concerns.”

As we continue to walk through Lent, this call continues to stand before us – and this weekend was a powerful reminder of what people of faith in action can do.

Making health care available to a wider number of Americans is the right and moral thing to do
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