Health care on the air!

August 25, 2009, 2:06 pm | Posted by

Before and after last week’s 40 Minutes for Health Reform webcast — which has now been streamed 300,000 times — numerous faith leaders appeared on cable news and radio talk shows to discuss the moral dimension of the health care reform debate and the faith community’s role in it. This week we’ll be posting many of these clips here. To kick off, here’s FPL’s Katie Paris (who emceed the call-in) recapping the event on MSNBC’s Morning Meeting:

Check back soon for more footage of faith leaders speaking up for reform. God’s Politics also has several clips of Jim Wallis discussing the faith community’s role in health care reform on MSNBC and FOX, among others.

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140,000 tune in for health reform!

August 20, 2009, 11:44 am | Posted by

Last night’s faith community call to action on health care with President Obama attracted an overwhelming turnout — true testament to the energy and passion the faith community feels for this critical moral issue.

If you missed it, you can listen to the call here:

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Healthcare’s (Faith) Youtube Moment

August 18, 2009, 4:31 pm | Posted by

In stark contrast to the violence and shouting that’s been coming out of town halls across the country, the faith community has been making its case for health care reform in a passionate, but civil tone.

Here’s We Believe Ohio’s press conference this morning:

And here checkout highlights from LA Voice PICO prayer rally for healthcare, powerful stuff!

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40 Days for Health Reform on CNN

August 16, 2009, 6:16 pm | Posted by

This morning Rabbi Jonah Pesner, founding director of the Union of Reform Judaism’s Just Congregations, appeared along with Rev. Derrick Harkins to discuss healthcare reform on CNN’s “Faces of Faith.” (Rev. Harkins is senior pastor of 19th St. Baptist Church in DC, as well as an FPL board member and a board member of World Relief.) Both discussed not only the theological grounding for their support for reform, but experiences in their own congregation that demonstrate the need for it. Have a look:

Look out for more media appearances by faith leaders working for health care reform this week. And please go to to rsvp for 40 Minutes for Health Reform — the national call-in and audio webcast with religious leaders and President Obama on Wednesday at 5 pm Eastern, which is sponsored by a diverse coalition of 30 faith groups.

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Faith leaders take to the airwaves to advocate healthcare reform

August 14, 2009, 3:15 pm | Posted by

40 Days for Health Reform is well under way, and as next Wednesday’s national call-in and audio webcast with religious leaders and President Obama approaches, faith leaders are making a moral case for health reform on cable news and radio. (You can take part Wednesday’s live discussion with the President — visit to rsvp.) These leaders — like millions of people across the country — are motivated by their faith to ensure Congress passes legislation that makes quality health care affordable for all American families.

Yesterday, Rev. Derrick Harkins appeared on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” opposite Bishop Harry Jackson to discuss the faith community’s work to enact healthcare reform and offer some theological grounding for the effort.

Moments later, Rev. Adam Hamilton went on Lou Dobbs (as did the seemingly ubiquitous Bishop Jackson) to talk about the same topic. Right off the bat, Lou misrepresented Rev. Hamilton’s position, but Adam successfully made the case for reform anyway.

Earlier in the afternoon, Sojourners’ Jim Wallis and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good’s John Gehring took part in a similar discussion on “To The Point,” a widely syndicated radio news talk show based in Los Angeles. Audio is available here.

As the faith community’s effort to pass healthcare reform continues, look for more religious leaders making the case on tv and radio broadcasts. On Sunday morning, CNN’s Faces of Faith will feature Christian and Jewish leaders who are working to make quality healthcare affordable and accessible for all, and more such segments will surely follow!

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