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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

Organizing to END domestic violence in the Desert Southwest

As the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is stalled in its reauthorization vote, ten women gathered in Las Vegas in Julyto take part in a powerful training to help build a UMC campaign to end domestic violence. Getty Images Leaders in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference (DSWAC) came together to... read more »

Posted by Erica Johnson on August 16, 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

Health care is a faith issue

The faith community can play a unique roll in framing facts in the context of moral values... and the way our faith community connects to issues of social justice. Rev. Linda Walling, Faithful Reform in Health Care During our June 1 conference call we discussed “How to Build a John 10:10... read more »

Posted by Cynthia Johnson-Oliver on June 15, 2012

The Reluctance to Discuss Economic Justice

I have noticed in some of the discussions I have heard around General Conference these last few days that many progressives have become less and less comfortable with talking about economic justice. We talk generally about justice for the poor, but that is the extent of it much of the... read more »

Posted by Bill Mefford on April 30, 2012

Act of Repentance: ‘A change in our whole way of being.’

The Friday evening worship on April 27 at General Conference 2012 was titled the "Act of Repentance toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous People." The service offered delegates and visitors the opportunity to hear the painful stories of forced migration, massacre, lost identity and stolen land. There were moments of reflection and prayer... read more »

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on April 27, 2012

Violence Against Women Act passes Senate; now let’s get the House on board!

I report with great joy that 15 Republicans joined every Democrat in the U.S. Senate to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), 68 to 31 yesterday. The vote reauthorizes for five years many services for abused persons. Senate passage is something to celebrate, but we must not rest on this. Please... read more »

Posted by Linda Bales Todd on April 27, 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

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