Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    Children's Sabbath

    The national interfaith observance of the Children's Sabbath is this weekend, Oct. 19-21. Organized by the Children's Defense Fund, this observance encourages people of faith to take time in prayer, study, worship, and mission to focus on justice issues related to the health and well-being of all children everywhere. I would suggest that a particularly timely focus for this year's observance would be the issue of health care for children. While the congress and the President continue to quarrel over this issue, too many children (and even ONE is too many) continue to live without access to quality health care. In fact, Sharon Watkins, the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has called for congress to override any veto by the President of SCHIP, a program which helps to provide health coverage for the more than 9 million children in the U.S. who are uninsured. Her call follows on the heels of a resolution, approved at this past summer's General Assembly, that challenges DOC congregations to educate themselves on the issue of children's health care and to advocate for the coverage of all children. See here to find out how you or your youth can become involved in this effort.


    christianteen.biz said...

    Jesus always made time for children when they came to him. The Kings of the Old Testement were judged by God on how they treated the widows and orphaned children. May God give us all His heart concerning the welfare and spiritual destiny of children everywhere.