Become part of the health care conversation; Memphis Conference 'Peace With Justice' advocate Rev. Larry Chitwood shares 'why' and 'how'


The Memphis Conference 'Peace With Justice' ministry has a Facebook page. Find link in the last paragraph below.

By Rev. Larry Chitwood
Memphis Conference 'Peace with Justice' Advocate

Advocacy and support for affordable access to health care is part of our Methodist DNA. John Wesley preached and wrote on the dangers of treating health care as a commodity by restricting its availability to only those who could afford the cost. Wesley and the early Methodists worked to advocate and  provide for those left behind by the health care systems of his day. The United Methodist Church - the Memphis Conference in particular  - has led the way in making health care affordable and available to everyone - regardless of economic or social status.

The nature of health care is changing in our nation and in our neighborhoods. It is a United Methodist belief that health care is a basic human right and that it is “a governmental responsibility to provide all citizens with health care.” (2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline, para. 162).

Our Methodist values and ideals should be considered in the current debate over the future of health care in America. Genesis speaks of God bringing order out of the chaos. Our shared United Methodist values can help elected officials bring order out of the chaos of the current debate over health care. 

It is our responsibility to make our United Methodist values known and to speak up for our neighbors. As United Methodists, you can make a real difference. Our stories and the stories of people we love are what our members of Congress and state legislators want and need to hear. Everyone has a story and everyone has a gift to bring to the table.

How can you become part of the conversation?  

  • Throw a party! Brew some  coffee. Crack open the Girl Scout cookies. Set out the sweet tea and invite friends, families and neighbors to join the conversation and put your faith in action.
  • Learn how important it is for our state and national leaders to hear from you through letter writing, phone calls and legislative visits. We have lots of resources to help you get started. 
For more information on how you can make a difference, email me at or visit the Memphis Conference Peace With Justice Facebook page at The page is designed to provide churches access to resources and event information on Peace with Justice initiatives in the Memphis Conference and The United Methodist Church.