The Immorality of our Current Health Care System

A friend just sent me this link–an article about a woman with a BASKETBALL-sized cyst on her ovary and who finds herself in the classic Catch-22. She can’t afford the surgery, but can’t get health insurance (even through the Affordable Care Act) because without the surgery, she can’t work. Because she lives in the glorious…

Poverty is Everyone’s Problem: How Can We Do Ministry WITH the Poor?

Imagine this scenario:  You and your family are, as are most people in the US, what is called “asset poor.” That is, if family income suddenly disappeared, you would have inadequate reserve cash to live even at the federal poverty level for three months ($1962.50/month for a family of four) and stay current with your…

Ministry With the Poor

Today, Dr. Frederick Schmidt posted on his blog here about doing ministry with the poor, on of the four areas of focus of the United Methodist Church mandated by the 2008 General Conference (just a meandering thought:  will all those change with the 2012 General Conference–just when I’m starting to figure this out?). Anyway, I…