Chitwood asks Memphis Conference churches to hold July 12 'time of prayer for health care reform'


Memphis Conference churches are being asked to hold “a time of prayer for health care reform” on Wednesday, July 12, by Rev. Larry Chitwood, pastor of Bolton and Macedonia United Methodist Churches in the Metro District and the Memphis Conference's Peace with Justice advocate.
“If your church has regular Wednesday services, would you please consider adding a time of prayer for this extremely important and urgent justice issue?” Chitwood asks.
For congregations that do not meet on Wednesday, Chitwood suggests they consider opening their churches on July 12 for a time of prayer. For instance, St. John's United Methodist Church in Memphis will host a prayer vigil on Wednesday, July 12, at noon. Click here for details.
“Our United Methodist Social Principles state our belief that health care is a basic human right. We want to urge our leaders to seek healthcare reforms that reflect our faith values,” said Chitwood. Click here to read what the Social Principles say

Here are two other current United Methodist statements on health care: 

Below are additional health care resource links provided by Chitwood: 

For more information about the July 12 prayer time and to let Chitwood know if your church will participate, call him at 901-240-5682 or email him at

Find the Memphis Conference Peace With Justice Facebook page at Chitwood said the purpose of the page is to provide churches access to resources and event information on Peace with Justice initiatives in the Memphis Conference and The United Methodist Church.