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Sound the Alarm


Sound the Alarm for Health Care!

The current state of our nation's health system is truly alarming.  We continue to let people live sicker and die prematurely because of the lack of needed health care.  As the richest nation in the world, we can do better!  And as people of faith, it's time to raise our vision and voices for a health care future that includes everyone and works well for all of us.

In prayer and witness we have the opportunity to help transform public discourse from bitter partisanship to dialogue around shared values about the right thing to do.  And it doesn't get any easier than Sounding the Alarm in your community of faith.

In March of 2009, 350 communities of faith in Illinois led the way for us by ringing bells, blowing shofars, playing horns, and using other instruments of worship to sound the alarm.  Now, following the lead of the Faith Caucus of the IL Campaign for Better Health Care, faith communities across the country are sounding the alarm.  As part of the June Interfaith Week of Prayer for Health Care mobilization, people of faith will sound the alarm in the manner best suited to their faith tradition.  Many will do this the weekend of June 19 - 21, but any time is welcomed.

Feel free to use any of the resources below, or develop your own and share them with us, to sponsor your own Sound the Alarm event.

And... As you set the date for your event, please let us know so we can include your community of faith in the list of all those participating in the Believe Together mobilization.

  • Event packet developed by the Faith Caucus of the IL Campaign for Better Health Care
  • Video of the Illinois Sound the Alarm event    

Take action!

We know that prayer alone will not move our nation forward on health care reform.  We must participate in the democratic process by raising our voices about the importance of moral consideration in shaping public policy.  Choose an action below, or create an action of your own to let your lawmakers know that you want health care reform that reflects the faith-inspired values of compassion, community, concern for those who are vulnerable, stewardship of our abundant health care resources, and share responsibility.

  • Distribute "A Faith-Inspired Vision of Health Care" and ask members of your faith community to sign it.  Then fax or mail the signatures to Faithful Reform in Health Care.
  • Print postcards for members to write their own message to your members of the U.S. House and Senate.  (Because of mail security in Washington, DC, it is recommended that delivering them in bulk to the district offices is a more timely way to make your point!)

Other worship resources

Please let us know about other Worship Resources that should be included.  


Bulletin Insert

Affordable Health Care for All: Let Our Voices of Faith Be Heard

Bulletin insert lifting up the moral call for affordable health care for all; produced by Faithful Reform in Health Care  


Prayer Tent

Creating a Healthcare System for All Our Children: The Prayer Tent for Children’s Health Care

Invite your faith community to reflect, pray and act for justice for children. Join other Christians in addressing the needs of the more than 9 million children without health insurance.  Designed as a six-week program, the prayer tent and bulletin inserts create a space where family and friends can reflect on and discuss the need for a health care system that serves all our nation’s children. 


Spiritual Practice and Social Justice

Walk the Talk - Physical and Spiritual Exercise for People of Faith

A reflection guide produced by Texas IMPACT to help individuals from Buddhist, Christian or Jewish traditions connect "physical health to spiritual practice and social justice" by traveling significant journeys found in scriptures.  


Dvar Torah remarks

Limits of the Health Care Safety Net: Serving the Uninsured at a Community Health Center

Dvar Torah talk by Sarah-Anne Schumann, MD, at a Shabbat Service, Friday, September 8, 2006, KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, Chicago, IL, as part of the Health Care Sabbath activities of the IL Campaign for Better Health Care 


Health Care Sabbath Sermon 2006

It’s Really Quite Obvious by Rev. Anna Clock Saxon, Sunday, September 17, 2006, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Peoria, IL (based on Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 and Luke 10:25-37); preached as part of the Health Care Sabbath observance of the IL Campaign for Better Health Care 


Islamic Perspectives on Responding to the Uninsured

Provided by the Cover the Uninsured Week Faith Planning Center


Jewish Perspectives on Responding to the Uninsured

From the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California


Christian Perspectives on Responding to the Uninsured

From the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California


Health Care Sabbath Sermon 2002

Getting to the "G" Word
Sermon by
Rev. Jackson H. Day, Trinity United Methodist Church, November 10, 2002.


Health Care Justice - What It Looks Like to Women

Sermon by Rev, Marjorie Signer, United Methodist Church

Where Else Should We Be?

Sermon by Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly, retired from the United Methodist Church, President, The Interreligious Health Care Access Campaign, 1994

The Jewish Mandate for Health Care

Sermon by Rabbi Jonathan M. Brown, March 30, 1992

Interfaith Litany of Prayer & Reflection

Interfaith Litany of Prayer & Reflection adapted from Cover the Uninsured Week resources

Christian Hymns

A list of hymns from the Christian tradition focusing on healing and health care


Prayers on Health and Healing

A selection of prayers from various faith traditions and sources
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