Category Archives: Commentary

They Shall Beat their Swords into Healthcare

by Michael Neuroth

They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
(Isaiah 2:4, NRSV)

Last week, the United Church of Christ along with the Illinois Conference, Chicago’s Trinity UCC announced 6,000 families in Chicago will have $5.3 million dollars of medical debt forgiven. This incredible moment of biblical jubilee was made possible thanks to the generosity of several local churches as well as sources outside the denomination. Continue reading They Shall Beat their Swords into Healthcare

Acting to End Child Poverty

“We’ve had 20 years of presidential debates, and we have never talked about the violence in America of child poverty. We have got to begin to talk more eloquently and persuasively and urgently about doing the things not just to make sure fair taxes are paid by people on the top, but that we deal with the moral obscenity of having the highest levels of child poverty in the industrial world.”
– Senator Cory Booker, October 15 Democratic presidential debate Continue reading Acting to End Child Poverty

Looking For Peace in All The Wrong Places . . .

Our present world order, built on competition, winners and losers, and “heroes,” is a system that fosters mass bitter rivalries, ego-tripping and vendettas by one disgruntled mass toward another which blocks the cohesiveness and cooperation necessary to promote the best interest of the whole. This atmosphere is not conducive to spirituality, an indispensable part of the equation as the triune nature of mankind is equally physical, mental and spiritual. Over or under-development of any one of the three creates an imbalance. Continue reading Looking For Peace in All The Wrong Places . . .

A Case for Medical Care-for-All

The facts are not in dispute. The United States spends more per person on medical care than any other country, and the gap is getting worse. The American Medical Care system leaves millions of its citizens uninsured, and it has the worst health outcomes of any wealthy country.

Medicare-for-All would cost less than the current system, and 70 percent of Americans support such a plan, according to a survey conducted in 2018. Continue reading A Case for Medical Care-for-All

Elijah Cummings: Champion of Children’s God-given Potential

Our nation’s children lost a great champion in Congress when Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) passed away October 17th. He correctly and often called children our living messages to a future we will never see and stood up for their needs throughout his 23 years in Congress. He fought for quality child health care, education, and clean air and water and loudly denounced our cruel policy of separating children from parents at the border and caging them. Continue reading Elijah Cummings: Champion of Children’s God-given Potential

Legislating Injustice

by Amanda Sheldon

Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. (Isaiah 10:1-2, NIV)

In the Refugee Quiz that I share with churches, one of my favorite questions is, “Under which President were the most refugees resettled to the U.S.?” Answer: Ronald Reagan, who oversaw the admission of over 200,000 resettled refugees in one year and signed the U.S. Refugee Act of 1980. Folks in your church might have stories and connections to some of the refugees who came to the U.S. that year, over half from Asian countries. Or maybe that story is about you and your family. Nearly all these stories end with something akin to, “It changed our lives and deepened our faith in ways we couldn’t have imagined.” Continue reading Legislating Injustice