"This manual is a Christian response to HIV/AIDS". -- Intro.
This book "is designed for all those Christians who are called to help people cope with HIV/AIDS. Step by step, it introduces us to the basic medical facts, and guides us through practical, loving approaches that enable us to empathize and communicate with those whose lives have been transformed by the disease. Using everyday language and case studies that reveal the kinds of issues and problems that counsellors typically face, this Bible based manual helps us discover within ourselves and those to whom we talk the confidence, respect and hope that can help people living with HIV/AIDS overcome their fears". -- back cover.
Contents: Preface / Manoj Kurian -- Introduction -- Let's Begin at the Beginning -- The Christian Response -- Called to Care -- A Way of Christian Listening -- Listening with Loving Attention -- A Process that Helps Us to Heal -- Case Studies -- Using Prayer and Scripture -- Glossary -- References and Further Reading.
"Writer Karen Plater. Editor: Anne Saunders". -- verso of t.-p.
"On June 9, 2004, the 130th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) launched the `Towards a World Without AIDS' campaign, committing Presbyterian churches across Canada to raising awareness about HIV and AIDS in their churches and communities". "How to use this resource. This six week study will help congregations and groups study HIV/AIDS in depth. Each session could last one to two hours, depending on the activities selected and the time given to discussions. Sessions may be divided up for shorter time periods. Suggested hymns may be sung at the beginning or as part of an opening, middle or closing for each session." -- Intro., p. 4.
Contents: Introduction -- Session One : Why Study HIV/AIDS ? -- Session Two : The facts -- Session Three : Impacts -- Session Four : Prevention -- Session Five : Vulnerabilities -- Session Six : Living life positive -- Additional Resources -- Centrefold: Photos and voices from Malawi.
"Moving towards life without AIDS is possible, but there is much to do. As we seek to follow Christ, let us work together so that one day we can all rejoice that we live in a world without AIDS. Our church supports partners around the world working for life without AIDS. Let us follow the lead of all who struggle with HIV/AIDS and support partners by using this worship service to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in corporate prayer and worship. This worship service has been produced ecumenically by The Anglican Church of Canada, The Presbyterian Church in Canada, and The United Church of Canada." -- Intro., p. 4.
Contents: Introduction to Worship Service -- Partnership for Life Worship Service -- Prayer of Intercession -- Reflection : Towards Life Without AIDS.
Contents: What's in this Package and How Can I Use IT ? -- Sample Half-Day Workship Outline -- PWRDF Statement on HIV/AIDS Adopted by the PWRDF Board of Directors November 2, 2003 -- AIDS in Africa : Examples of HIV/AIDS programs supported by the PWRDF Development Program in Africa January 2003 --Openness, Courage and Faith : Connie's Story -- Promoting Literacy : Reducing Vulnerability -- Partnership for Life : Liturgy -- Partnership for Life : Liturgy : Leader's Guide -- [Introductory Letter dated 25 November 2003 and signed Susie Henderson] --  Fact Sheets i.e. Fact Sheet # 1 : PWRDF Initiative -- #2 : Global AIDS Pandemic -- #3 : Community Led Development -- #4 : Root Causes of Vulnerability -- #5 : Empowerment of Women and Girls -- #6 : Access to Treatment -- #7 : Global Fund -- #8 : Activity Suggestions -- Organizations for Further Information on HIV/AIDS -- Action Post Card to send to Prime Minister -- Brochure re Partnership for Life : For a Generation without AIDS -- Bookmark -- Badge -- Red ribbon.
"At the recent PWRDF Annual General Meeting [November 2003] we launched a new intitiative, "Partnership for Life for a Generation Without AIDS" to increase our capacity to support our partners as they turn back the tide of this deadly disease" -- [Introductory Letter].
At head of title: PWRDF : Liturgy for World AIDS Day : December 1, 2002
Resource prepared by Susie Henderson [conversation with author, Susie Henderson].
"The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund created this liturgy for use by parishes and groups on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2002. It is designed for use during Advent, however it could be adapted for use throughout the year. PWRDF acknowledges HIV/AIDS as a global pandemic that affects all of us. In the year 2002 our worship service focuses on the disastrous situation in Africa". -- Leader's Guide, p. 1.
Contents: [Preface] -- [Service] -- Some Questions and Answers about HIV/AIDS -- A Prayer for AIDS Awareness Shabbat -- Sources.
Contents: Letter from Archbishop Michael Peers [commending the Day of Prayer for AIDS on October 21, 1990] dated August 1990 / Michael G. Peers -- Why should we be concerned about AIDS -- What Can We Do ? -- Resources.
Contents include "Liturgy for AIDS Day of Prayer".
That this National Executive Council commends `A Christian Celebration of Marriage - an Ecumenical Liturgy' for use when the bride and groom come from different Christian denominations, when appropriate and with the permission of the diocesan bishop. CARRIED
"This book of prayers, blessings and liturgies for lesbian and gay Christians was initially commissioned by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK)". -- Preface, p. xi.
Contents: Preface dated 1992 / Elizabeth Stuart -- Foreword dated 3 June 1992 / David Jenkins -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1. Celebrating Lesbian and Gay Relationships -- 2. Housewarmings -- 3. A Celebration of Coming Out -- 4. Partings -- 5. Healing Liturgies for People Living with HIV and AIDS -- 6. The Death of Friends -- Notes, Sources and Acknowledgements -- Useful Organizations.
Section 1. Celebrating Lesbian and Gay Relationships includes notes about examples/samples of liturgies for the blessing of same sex unions.
Includes bibliographical references and bibliography: p. 167.
"The time is ripe for a collection of worship services, ceremonies, and celebrations created by lesbian and gay people for use in communities that affirm them." -- Intro. p. xi.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1. Rites to Mark Spiritual Beginnings -- 2. Rites of Healing -- 3. Funerals and Memorial Services -- 4. Rites of Blessing -- 5. Seasonal and Holiday Rites -- 6. Covenant Rites for Couples -- 7. Rites of Holy Communion -- 8. Rites of Lesbian/Gay Pride and Empowerment -- Contributors -- Appendix: National Lesbian/Gay Christian Organizations -- Selected Bibliography.
Contents of section 1. Rites to Mark Spiritual Beginnings: Coming Out: Coming Home / Diann L. Neu -- A Coming-Out Liturgy / Malcolm Boyd -- Coming-Out Rite: I Acknowledge My Queer Identity / Zalmon Sherwood -- Rite of Welcome / D.B. Gregory Flaherty -- Christian Baptismal Covenant Liturgy: A Celebration of the Feminine Divine / Stephen J. Moore -- Rebaptism: A Transforming Time / Jane Adams Spahr and Kittredge Cherry -- Baptismal Liturgy / James Lancaster -- The Mixing of Our Earth: A Ritual for Creating Community / Sylvia Perez.
Contents of 2. Rites of Healing: Invocation of Remembrance, Healing, and Empowerment in a Time of AIDS / Elias Farajaje-Jonez -- A Healing Service / A. Stephen Pieters -- Rite of Healing from Life-Threatening Disease / Zalmon Sherwood -- A Litany for Dialogue among People with Different Sexual Orientations / Eric H.F. Law -- Rite of Healing from Lesbian/Gay Bashing / Zalmon Sherwood -- Rite of Healing from Rape / Zalmon Sherwood -- Litany of Affirmation / Colleen Darraugh -- Ceremony of Dissolution / James Lancaster.
Contents of section 3. Funerals and Memorial Services: Telling Love's Story: Remembering and Responding to AIDS / Diann L. Neu -- Litany for the AIDS Crisis / Paul A. Tucker -- Community Memorial Service / A. Stephen Pieters -- Graveside Service for a Gay Man Who Has Died Young / Zalmon Sherwood -- Funeral for a Lesbian Activist: Celebrating the Life of N. / Zalmon Sherwood and Kittredge Cherry -- Yom HaShoah: Day of Remembering the Holocaust / Steve Carson.
Contents of section 4. Rites of Blessing: Home Blessing / James Lancaster -- Animal Blessing Service / Kittredge Cherry -- Rite of Blessing: For the Dedication of New Hymnals / Nancy Wilson -- Motorcycle Blessing: The Blessing of the Bikes / Steve Carson.
Contents of section 5. Seasonal and Holiday Rites: Thanksgiving Rite / Zalmon Sherwood -- Rite for Advent / Chris R. Glaser -- Rite for Lent / Chris R. Glaser -- Rediscovering God as Father / Louis F. Kavar -- Maundy Thursday Service of Foot Washing / Troy D. Perry.
Contents of section 6. Covenant Rites for Couples: A Celebration of Love and Commitment / Chris R. Glaser -- A Sample Service of Holy Union Based on the Tradition of Kwanzaa / Darlene Garner -- Celebration and Blessing of a Covenanted Union / Eleanor L. McLaughlin -- The Wedding: A Demonstration for the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Couples / Troy D. Perry.
Contents of section 7. Rites of Holy Communion: Eucharistic Prayer for the Powerless, the Oppressed, the Unusual / Marilyn McCord Adams -- The Great Thanksgiving: A Rite Based on the Song of Mary / Carter Heyward -- Dignity/USA Convention Eucharist 1991 / James E. Snight, Jr., adapted by Kevin Calegari and Thomas Kaun -- The Desert Experience / Christine Nusse -- Earth Communion / Sylvia Perez.
Contents of section 8. Rites of Lesbian/Gay Pride and Empowerment: Invocation for All Saints' Day / James Lancaster -- A Celebration of Lesbian and Gay Pride / Michael S. Piazza, Carol A. West, and Paul A. Tucker -- A Rite of Commissioning for Lesbian/Gay Pride Celebrations / D.B. Gregory Flaherty -- Christian Affirmations of Lesbians and Gay Men: A Service in the Taize Style / Kittredge Cherry and Nathan Meckley -- Litany of Justice / Colleen Darraugh -- Litany for Divine Intervention / James Lancaster -- A Service of Worship for Empowerment / Lindsay Louise Biddle, editor -- What is Church ? / The Cathedral Project -- A Prayer / Malcolm Boyd.
Kittredge Cherry is a member of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. Zalmon Sherwood is an Episcopal priest. -- back cover.