Peace with Justice

"When I pray for peace, I pray not only that the enemies of my own country may cease to want war, but above all that my country will cease to do the things that make war inevitable." Thomas Merton As I walked through my neighborhood pharmacy to pick up a... read more»

Posted by Susan Burton on April 30, 2013

Prevention, Wellness, and Childhood Obesity

Focusing on public health, prevention, and wellness guest speakers Barbara Baylor, Andrew Hysell, and Vinny DeMarco energized participants to promote preventative care in their communities. A need to focus on prevention. Barbara Balyor, health advocate and minister of Healthcare Justice for the United Church of Christ, highlighted the importance of... read more»

Posted by Cynthia Johnson-Oliver on August 28, 2012

National Call Connects Work on Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking

Over 50 individuals representing 21 states participated in the first GBCS National Conference Call for local campaigns to combat Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking on July 11th. The call was the first such call aimed at sharing best practices and networking UMC folks who care about these issues. Leaders from Virginia, Louisiana,... read more»

Posted by Erica Johnson on August 20, 2012

Take Action for Health Care Justice

The long wait is finally over! On Thursday, June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. Today, we rejoice on behalf of persons who need of health care and for people who have already benefitted from this important law. Simply put, everyone should have health care and the Affordable... read more»

Posted by Cynthia Johnson-Oliver on June 29, 2012

3 Ways to Curb the Epidemic of Addiction

Thanks to all who participated on last month’s National Addictions Network call! A sincere ‘Thank You!’ to Sis Wenger, Founder and President of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, for her dynamic presentation of the unique opportunity in several cities across the nation to attend... read more»

Posted by Dotti Groover-Skipper on June 28, 2012

Everyone should have health care; Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act

Today the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, upheld the 2010 health-care law, the Affordable Care Act. The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. Faith groups and United Methodists offer comments on the ruling: The Affordable Care Act will provide cost savings to UMC annual conferences. ... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on June 28, 2012

John 10:10 Challenge Relaunches

The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) is re-launching the “John 10:10 Challenge.” The updated campaign will continue building a faithful movement for health-care justice by engaging United Methodists to promote, preserve and implement affordable health care for all people across all levels of government. GBCS first launched... read more»

Posted by Nathan Hollifield on March 21, 2012

Curbing the Addiction Epidemic

The alcohol, tobacco, and gambling industries are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying efforts to loosen regulations and market to young people. We can curb the addiction epidemic! And it begins by addressing the serious concern of addiction with our young people. This is why I am pleased... read more»

Posted by Cynthia Abrams on March 15, 2012

Introducing Our Health Care Organizer

Our historic challenge to ensure health care as a basic human right for all is far from over! Therefore, it's my pleasure to introduce you to the Rev. Cynthia Johnson-Oliver, our newly-appointed National Organizer for Health Care. Cynthia will be launching a new phase of the John 10:10 Challenge in... read more»

Posted by Cynthia Abrams on March 12, 2012