Hosting prayer events gives people of faith an opportunity to reflect on the deep scriptural, spiritual roots of our work to support health care reform. Prayer events can highlight the moral aspects of the issue and remember the real-life consequences of a health system that does not include everyone. They demonstrate to our elected leaders that we seek health care reform which is grounded in the sacred bonds of our common humanity and reflects faithful stewardship of our abundant health care resources. It demonstrates the depth and breadth of public support for a health care future that includes everyone and works well for all of us. Posted here are resources from prayer services and vigils that were held during the days leading up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Feel free to use them as templates for the work that lies before us in the days ahead.
Prayer Service via Teleconference during the Supreme Court Witness (March 2012)
Faithful Reform in Health Care and the Washington Interreligious Staff Community (WISC) Health Care Working Group submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of Medicaid expansions in the Affordable Care Act. During the Supreme Court deliberations in March 2012, a Prayer Service via teleconference was held with participants across the U.S. as people of faith witnessed in front of the Supreme Court. Read the Prayer Service
Let Our Light Shine – Prayer Vigils and Breakfasts (Dec 2009)
The year 2009 saw the largest faith-inspired mobilization EVER for health care reform — from events in early Spring 2009, in the nationwide events surrounding June’s Interfaith Week of Prayer for Health Care, in the Services of Remembrance and Hope, and through the Let Our Light Shine for Health Care effort. Planned to coincide with strategic legislative moments, events all across the country elevated the moral imperative for compassionate and comprehensive reform.
While used extensively in 2009, the Let Our Light Shine Tool Kit is relevant for the on-going work that is needed to protect the progress that was made in the Affordable Care Act.
A National Day of Remembrance and Hope (Oct 2009)
In 2009, Faithful Reform in Health Care coordinated “A National Day of Remembrance and Hope” during which a prayer service was held in Washington, DC and additional services were held in communities across the country. The observances remembered those who suffered for lack of health care and called for a renewed commitment to make inclusive and affordable health care reform a reality. The Washington, D.C. service and the Media Toolkit may be downloaded for assistance in inspiration and planning for similar events that will be needed to protect the advances in health care for all made with the passage of the Affordable Care Act.