Tuesday, March 3, 2015

J. Herbert Nelson to speak in support of health care for millions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 3, 2015                                                          For more information, contact:
Rev. Cynthia Abrams,
Director of Health and Wholeness
General Board of Church & Society
w: (202) 488-5636 c: (703) 586-7005

King v. Burwell:
Interfaith Press Conference and Prayer Vigil
at the U.S. Supreme Court

Faith leaders pray for health care access for all people  

An interfaith press conference and prayer vigil with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faith leaders will be held on the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 4 at 10:15 a.m. These leaders will speak to the moral imperative to ensure access to health care for all people and the importance of health care from a faith perspective.
U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell on March 4.This case potentially impacts millions of men, women, children, and families who have access to affordable and quality health care through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, Director for Public Witness of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rabbi Lori Koffman, National Council of Jewish Women
Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary for the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society
Dr. Sayyid Syeed, Islamic Society of North America 
Sandy Sorenson, Director of the United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
Sr. Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK

In front of the U.S. Supreme Court

Faith Leaders Press Conference and Prayer Vigil for health care. Faith leaders will address the importance of subsidies and ensuring that everyone has access to health care. Speakers will be available for interviews. 

March 4 from 10:15 – 10:30 a.m. 
For more information, contact Michelle C. Whittaker at (202) 488-5632 or (202) 701-8420.

The Presbyterian Office of Public Witness is the public policy information and advocacy office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Its task is to advocate, and help the church to advocate, the social witness perspectives and policies of the Presbyterian General Assembly.

The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century — championing the needs of women, children, and families — while courageously taking a progressive stance on such issues as child welfare, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom.

The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. Prime responsibility of the board is to seek implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements on Christian social concerns of the General Conference, the denomination's highest policy-making body.

The Islamic Society of North America fosters the development of the Muslim community, interfaith
relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.

The Justice and Witness Ministries is the justice and advocacy arm of the United Church of Christ. The Washington office responds to God's commandments to do justice and seek peace through public policy advocacy and witness.

NETWORK, a Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace, educates, lobbies, and organizes for economic and social transformation. NETWORK is a progressive voice within the Catholic community that has been influencing Congress in favor of peace and justice for more than 40 years.