Thanks to our Ecumenical Community and to all of the presenters for a fine program

Staff reports

As the Director of Justice and Peace Ministries of Catholic Charities Steuben County, part of my responsibilities is to coordinate the Ecumenical Community Forum of the Southern Tier. This year’s forum, entitled “Health Care Reform – Figuring It All Out” was held this past October 17th at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in Bath. Approximately 75 people from across the Southern Tier-priests, pastors, deacons, and concerned citizens attended.  Jim Watson, CEO of Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath, Mike Slovak, Director of Health Ministry of the Southern Tier, Rebecca Elgie of the Tompkins County Health Care Task Force and Representative Eric Massa (D-29th District), spoke from their personal experience about the need for comprehensive health care reform in the United States. A question and answer session concluded the gathering.

I want to personally thank all of the local churches and individuals who helped plan, donate, guide and/or work for the morning. Without you, the success of the day’s event would never have been possible!

The Ecumenical Community Forum of the Southern Tier (ECF), formed in 2001, seeks to serve the common good by presenting public policy issues which affect the health, safety, and livelihoods of individuals and families, while advocating for justice and peace. With the objective of promoting dialogue, discussion, and ultimately action, ECF programs supply participants with information, resources, and networking opportunities.

Thanks again to our Ecumenical Community and to all of the presenters for a fine program.

Deacon Robert Colomaio