CCOP Members take part in Faith Community's Live Health Care Call with President Obama

"No Recess for Health Reform" Vigil Downtown Camden August 11th

August 19, 2009

Call-in to feature personal stories, local leaders, and live Q&A with Senior White House Staff

The faith community's live web cast call-in with President Obama this evening, August 19th - "40 Minutes for Health Reform" - will be unlike any other town hall or public event about health care.

People of faith who have experienced the consequences of our broken system including Rev. Heyward Wiggins, Clergy leader of CCOP and pastor of Camden Bible Tabernacle Church, recently lost a member of the church to cancer after being repeatedly denied tests and treatment due to a lack of coverage. Rev. Wiggins will be one of the leaders speaking on the call with the President and White House Staff and plans to share this testimony.

Clergy working in their own communities to reform health care Rev. Willie Anderson, Pastor at Sword of the Spirit Church and Chair of CCOP, will highlight ways they are impacting the debate. The President will speak directly to the faith community. A high-level Administration official will answer questions on pressing issues for religious voters. Finally, listeners will have the opportunity to "take the pledge" to join a multifaceted grassroots effort from the faith community to ensure that Congress makes quality health care affordable and accessible for all Americans.

Speakers on the call span the political spectrum. They are lay leaders and clergy from congregations that cut across ideology, religious tradition, race and region. "40 Minutes for Health Reform" is sponsored by PICO National Network an umbrella faith-network that CCOP is part of and more than thirty national religious denominations and organizations representing millions of people of faith from the Evangelical, Catholic, Main-line Protestant, Jewish and Muslim traditions.

Members of the media can RSVP for the call at An audio recording and transcript will be available on the media RSVP page following the program. A full list of call sponsors is also on the media page.

The call begins TODAY, August 19th at 5 pm EST. To listen, log on to  at the time of the call. Or, you may dial 347-996-5501 (no passcode, long-distance charges may apply). Because of the large call volume we're expecting, listening online is the preferred method.

CCOP will have close to 400 participants listening on the call from Camden and nearby communities. 


  • Camden's Own, and CCOP Clergy leader: Rev. Heyward Wiggins, pastor of Camden Bible Tabernacle Church in Camden, New Jersey who recently lost an uninsured parishioner to cancer after being repeatedly denied tests and treatment
  • Father Bob Amundsen, pastor of the 1,200-family Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lafayette, Colorado
  • Karla Carranza, a 15-year-old who attends Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado, and whose family is going without needed medical care because they recently lost their Medicaid coverage
  • Rev. Stephen Copley, United Methodist pastor in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Linda Filippini, a small business owner who attends Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Melbourne, Florida, and is struggling to afford health care with her husband and does not know how she will get coverage when he retires
  • Rev. Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the 13,000-member Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas
  • Dr. Cynthia Hale, founding and senior pastor of the 6,000-member Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia
  • Dr. Joel Hunter, senior pastor of the 10,000-member Northland Church in Northland, Florida
  • Dr. Yasir Shareef, a neurologist practicing in a community hospital in Mesa, Arizona and a member of American Muslim Health Professionals
  • Rev. Cory Sparks, pastor of Faith Community UMC in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Rabbi David Stern, senior rabbi of the 2,500-member Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas
  • Rabbi Susan Talve, founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Pastor Jennifer Thomas, senior pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Rev. Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners
  • Dr. Sharon Watkins, the first woman General Minister and President of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ
  • Katie Paris, Faith in Public Life (Emcee)