Faith leaders across the political spectrum and from a wide variety of faith traditions have called for a program of low-income health coverage using new federal funds made available through the Affordable Care Act. The current political climate is challenging for faith communities, however, and many are looking for new strategies to engage that could be more effective. Political leaders say faith voices have been absent from the public discourse; while this is far from the case, it’s clear we need to “turn up the volume” considerably.
Health Justice Sabbath is an opportunity for congregations and other faith groups throughout Texas to lift up the faith community’s core concerns for the health of all God’s children. Through prayer and worship, educational and service events, and opportunities for advocacy, Health Justice Sabbath is an opportunity for people of faith to work for health care for all Texans.
Health Justice Sabbath is an initiative of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy/Texas Impact.
Texas Impact is Texas’ oldest and largest statewide, interfaith social justice network. The Texas Interfaith Center is our research and education arm. We work to advance state public policies that are consistent with universally held social principles of the Abrahamic traditions.
Texas Impact was founded on the central religious conviction that religious communities are called to minister to the whole person—to respond with compassion to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all people. The Texas religious leaders who established Texas Impact in 1973 believed that such a ministry cannot be performed adequately without a concern for basic social problems at the state government level.