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September 2019 Call for Submissions: Faith-filled responses to health-care costs

6.5. 2019 Posted By: The Mennonite

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our September 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Faith-filled responses to health-care costs.

Description of the theme:

Jesus is recorded to have healed many people during his life and ministry, yet we see no mention of people getting charged. His only instructions were to give thanks to God and at times to return to their community. As today’s health-care system continues to drive up costs for those living in the United States, we are called to respond in ways that are faithful to God, who desires justice and shalom (healing and wholeness) for all people. Responding faithfully to such a complex system requires discernment, cooperation and action. Our faith-filled responses include thinking and acting together to provide care to those living with chronic illness and those with accessibility needs.

Submissions may consider one of the following prompts/questions, among others:

  • How have you experienced the rising costs of health care? Tell us your story and be sure to include the voices of all involved, with their permission.
  • How do the rising costs of health care impact your life, your community? Tell us your story and be sure to include the voices of all involved, with their permission.
  • What is your community, congregation or organization’s faith-filled response to the health-care system’s increased financial, social, spiritual burdens or costs? Describe the ways it was meaningful and helpful and the ways it was not.
  • In what ways do you believe health care should and could be available to all? How and why?
  • How do you understand the Bible’s message about God desiring and designing humanity for shalom (healing and wholeness) and our participation in that?
  • How do you understand race, class, gender and sexuality intersecting and impacting the rising costs within the health-care system?

Submissions are due to no later than July 29.

We welcome articles—personal stories, biblical or theological reflections, stories about your congregation, and more (800-1,200 words)—as well as original photography, videos and artwork on the theme. Please note we are committed to anti-oppression reviews as part of our editorial process. When developing your submission, please review our updated anti-oppression guidelines as well as our editorial guidelines.

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