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"Saying that 'I am happy with my health care' is not saying enough. Our concern should not be to protect our entitlements, but rather our Jesus-assigned concern is, 'Am I happy with my neighbor's health care?'" - Bishop William H. Willimon
Commentary: Promote civil debate on health care
MINNEAPOLIS (UMNS) - Bishop Sally Dyck says United Methodists should provide leadership in the health care debate. "We United Methodists need to provide opportunities to learn, discuss and identify what's most important to us in this health care coverage reform debate. Like at election times, a partisan approach is not appropriate. But there are a lot of 'confused and aimless' people in our communities who might appreciate a venue for civil and clear discourse for this critical concern," she writes.
Commentary: Think like Christians in health care debate
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UMNS) - Bishop William H. Willimon says Christians should not be deterred by the complexity of the debate over health care. "We think about these issues with Scripture, with Luke 10, where, in one of Jesus' favorite stories, the Samaritan says, 'Take care of the wounded man, and when I return I will repay you whatever it costs.' It would be great for every pastor and church to explore how your congregation can prayerfully, thoughtfully respond to this issue."
Church leaders appeal for safety of Christians in Pakistan
NEW YORK (UMNS) --Two top mission leaders of The United Methodist Church are appealing to the government of Pakistan to ensure the safety of a Christian minority under violent attack in some parts of the officially Islamic nation. West Ohio Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, and Inelda Gonzalez of Harlingen, Texas, president of the board's Women's Division, also asked the United Nations and the United States to pursue protection for Christians in Pakistan. In Geneva, the World Council of Churches has called on Pakistan to "guarantee the rights of all religious minorities in the country" and repeal the section of the country's penal code that has a mandatory death penalty for anyone found guilty of blasphemy.
'Overcoming Racism' gathering set in Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) - Three days of spiritual sharing and sensitive discussion will highlight "Overcoming Racism in the 21st Century, Marching On!" Sept. 24-26 at Quayle United Methodist Church. The gathering of the South Central Jurisdiction Commission on Religion and Race is being held in cooperation with the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference and the Oklahoma Conference Commission on Religion and Race. The event will feature workshops, panel discussions, worship and planning targeted at overcoming racism. Further information is available at Overcoming Racism.