Episcopal Diocese of Oregon passes Resolution to join HCAO
by Jana Gregory, HCAO Faith Caucus
On October 28, 2017, the 129th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, representing 73 congregations and 18,000 members, passed a multi-pronged Resolution that: (1) endorses and urges passage of a state law, through either the legislative or the initiative process, to establish a universal health care system that would provide health care coverage for all people working or residing in Oregon; (2) directs the Diocese to join Health Care for All Oregon as an organizational member; (3) establishes a task force to study, provide review and input of, and advocate for the passage of said legislation as well as educate and receive feedback from the people and congregations of the Diocese on the development and passage of universal health care in Oregon; and (4)urges all congregations together in community to devote appropriate resources and time for their adult members to study the issues related to adopting universal health care in Oregon and to become members of the organization Health Care for all Oregon.
Since passage of this resolution, a group is gearing up to duplicate this effort in the Lutheran Church. It is hoped that other faith groups and congregations will join in the effort to spread the word and gain support for Health Care for All Oregon through their faith communities. The Faith Caucus of HCAO will be discussing the issue at its January meeting. Anyone not currently involved in the Faith Caucus can get on the mailing list by emailing Mary Lou Hennrich.