Grant approved to involve Connecticut UCC churches in universal health care advocacy
Written by staff reports
August 10, 2007

The board of directors of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut has approved a $60,000 grant for the UCC-related Christian Activities Council in Connecticut to broaden the participation of UCC congregations in the campaign for universal health care.

"The goal is to educate, mobilize and activate UCC members as part of our efforts to help consumers speak up on their own behalf." said Juan A. Figueroa, the foundation's president.  "We share the belief of CAC and the UCC that universal health care is a fundamental human right."

According to a new release, the grant will be used by CAC to cultivate lay leadership and reach out to congregants who want to be involved in the campaign to fix the state's fractured health care system. The foundation has worked with CAC in the past on health care issues through the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care.

The mission of CAC is to "empower the poor and promote social, economic and racial justice."  CAC is an organization within the structure of the UCC's Connecticut Conference and is based in Hartford. CAC's membership is the 36 UCC churches in the greater Hartford area.

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut serves as a catalyst that engages people and communities in shaping a health system that provides universal access to quality care and promotes health in Connecticut. The foundation asserts that health care is a fundamental right and that its work is part of a broader movement for social and economic justice.


Rev. J. Bennett Guess
Executive Minister, Local Church Ministries
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115