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Action Alert: World AIDS Day Resources for Christian Communities

3. November 2011

    The theme for this year's World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero.” Set by the World AIDS Campaign and backed by the United Nations, the “Getting to Zero” campaign runs until 2015 and focuses on the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths.

    The global response to HIV is at a pivotal moment. Great progress has been achieved, yet only one-third of people in need of treatment for HIV are receiving it and new infections continue to outpace the number of new people beginning treatment. World AIDS Day is thus a timely opportunity for people of faith to raise awareness, reflect on the current realities of the HIV pandemic, and pray for a continued response.

    What Can You Do?

    a variety of resources are available for congregations and faith communities to use and adapt for local World AIDS Day prayer services and events:

    A World AIDS Day liturgy, developed by ecumenical partners in Germany, focuses on the theme of “Zero Discrimination”. The liturgy contains scripture readings, prayers and skits they may be adapted to your local context. This resource is available in English and German here.

    Liturgies and worship resources from past World AIDS Days are also available here.

    The Balm in Gilead has developed a number of resources around the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, observed in the United States in March each year. These resources include a guide on how to develop a sermon around HIV and AIDS and an online worship book containing liturgy, prayers and hymns that may be used in World AIDS Day services. Both resources may be downloaded here.

    The Christian AIDS Bureau of Southern Africa (CABSA) and the CARIS programme in South Africa highlight resources focusing on the Christian response to HIV at their website. These include Bible messages, prayers, poems, stories and liturgies.

    World AIDS Day is also a time to share stories of people living with or affected by HIV from other parts of the world, especially stories that demonstrate “zero discrimination”. See the personal stories, and other resources that include: The One Who Dries Our Tears, a collection of stories from Ethiopia of religious leaders and people living with HIV produced by the joint Trócaire, CAFOD and SCIAF office there; Prayer alone is not enough: People’s stories of HIV and faith, from Progressio; and Building HIV Competent Churches: Called to Prophesy, Reconcile and Heal from the Christian Conference of Asia

    Congregations and faith communities may also consider inviting a person living openly with HIV to be a guest speaker at a World AIDS Day event.

    A logo, and other graphics material for World AIDS Day are available through the World AIDS Campaign.

    Share what you are doing for World AIDS Day, including photos and worship resources you have developed, by emailing sspeicher@e-alliance.ch. By sending your events and materials, we assume you grant EAA the right to post the materials on its website and use in other campaign and worship resources.

    Continue the Reflection into Advent

    The online EAA’s Live the Promise Advent Devotional Calendar, first shared in 2010 in English at will also be available from December 1 this year in Spanish and French. Written by a diverse cross-section of Christians from around the globe, reflections on current HIV issues will lead readers in daily Biblical reflection and prayer. More information on how to receive daily devotions by email will come closer to World AIDS Day.

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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