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first_img Comments are closed. Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Health & Healthcare, Submit an Event Listing September 26, 2017 at 1:20 am Delighted to see bishops writing directly and forthrightly to those senators whose states are adversely impacted by this latest abomination in the name of legislation. We should all be contacting our senators with similar messages. No legislation without deliberation. Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group By David PaulsenPosted Sep 25, 2017 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Jobs & Calls Comments (5) An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Jawaharlal Prasad says: Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL September 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm The Bishops seemed to have touched all the liberal/Progressive talking points. Many of us have seen our healthcare costs rise or even double under the current law but the Bishops don’t seem to care about that. It’s all about dignity and justice from the Liberal point of view. Notice the article is all about Republicans. What are they going to say when the ACA crashes and burns? Rector Collierville, TN TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Belleville, IL Bill Louis says: Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Job Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Frank Bergen says: House of Bishops Fall 2017 Six Episcopal bishops pen letter to senators urging opposition to GOP health care bill Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Smithfield, NC House of Bishops, Rector Bath, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 September 26, 2017 at 10:54 am Maybe they should resign from the House of Bishops and run for the Senate. I wonder what their alternative plan is. The current health care system, which was blindly pushed through without deliberation, cannot be sustained. Smaller parishes and working middle class Americans cannot afford the premiums of the current system. Deductibles are many times from $4,000 to $10,000. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Events Curate Diocese of Nebraska Faith & Politics, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME September 26, 2017 at 11:06 pm Good opportunity for the Senate to come up with a health care plan that will provide adequate coverage for all at an affordable cost. Hamilton Jones says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Diocese of Alaska Bishop Mark Lattime, speaking here Sept. 22 at the House of Bishops meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, is one of six bishops to sign a letter to senators urging opposition to an Affordable Care Act repeal bill. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Fairbanks, Alaska] Six Episcopal bishops have written a letter to 10 U.S. senators, urging them to vote against the latest Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the health care law also known as Obamacare.The letter, dated Sept. 24, comes as the House of Bishops holds its fall meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. Diocese of Alaska Bishop Mark Lattime is one of the bishops who signed the letter to senators. One of its recipients is U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska whose vote was seen as crucial for passage of the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill, though on Sept. 25 the bill seemed headed for failure.“We urge you, Senators, in the spirit of fairness and proper process, to stand up against a bill that would cause such disruption and chaos to healthcare for millions of our citizens, especially the most vulnerable among us,” the bishops say in their letter. “As Christians and as faith leaders in our respective states, we ask that you stand firm on the democratic process that serves us all. Access to such healthcare is crucial to maintaining the social safety net that allows our communities to flourish.”Joining Lattime in signing the letter are Bishop Kirk Smith of the Diocese of Arizona, Bishop Stephen Lane of the Diocese of Maine, Bishop Mark Hollingsworth of the Diocese of Ohio, Bishop Thomas Breidenthal of the Diocese of Southern Ohio and Bishop Michie Klusmeyer of the Diocese of West Virginia.The letter is addressed to Murkowski; Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska; Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans; Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Sen. Angus King, I-Maine; Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia; and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had said he intended to bring the bill to the floor for a vote this week, but those hopes have all but slipped away. After McCain and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, came out earlier against the bill, Collins announced Sept. 25 that she, too, would vote against it, seeming to indicate it does not have the 50 votes needed to pass.The bishops’ letter cites an estimated cut of $23 billion in federal health care spending over nine years in the bishops’ five states. It also singles out part of the legislation that would reverse an expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, potentially affecting lower-income Americans.“Our Baptismal Covenant calls us to respect the dignity of every human being,” the bishops say. “It is our responsibility to challenge you, our elected leaders, to work toward justice and equality for the welfare of all people, not only those who can afford health insurance.”The Episcopal Church has long advocated for policies that support helping Americans access affordable and comprehensive health care based on a long series of General Convention resolutions. Its Episcopal Public Policy Network released a policy alert on Sept. 20 that called on Episcopalians to contact their representatives and ask them to oppose the new legislation.“The Graham-Cassidy bill lacks the benefits of informed public hearings with experts and thoughtful bipartisan compromises, and does not address the concerns highlighted in earlier ACA repeal efforts,” EPPN’s alert said.The bill, named after Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, is the latest in a series of Republican attempts to overturn the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, which he signed into law in 2010 after its passed Congress with no Republican support.Murkowski, who was one of three senators to vote against an earlier Obamacare repeal bill in July, hasn’t said yet how she will vote. Republican leaders have added incentives to the new bill targeting Alaska, including a provision that would exempt Native Alaskans from losing Medicaid coverage when the program is rolled back.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] P.J. Cabbiness says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ September 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm Obamacare needs to be improved in a thoughtful bipartisan manner. We do not need to repeal it nor do we need to move any fury towards a single payer European socialist model. It is time for the moderate republican and democrat “center” to unite on this and other issues. The radical elements of each party are pushing us into chaos. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA last_img read more

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