This book "gathers together recent theological responses to the challenge of the current HIV/AIDS pandemic. It starts from the Theological Workshop organised by UNAIDS in Namibia in December 2003 and uses some of the key participants as primary contacts for locating these responses on an international and ecumenical basis. .... At present some of the most important theological responses to HIV/AIDS are being made in Southern Africa, South America and India -- and are little known or appreciated in the West -- where HIV/AIDS is often considered to be a disease that is now in control. Statistical and epidemiological reports on the HIV/AIDS pandemic are now widely available in the West, but specifically theological responses are not. This book seeks to rectify this situation and position this theological challenge more centrally in Western theological education." -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgements dated The Feast of the Transfiguration [i.e. 6 August], 2006 / Robin Gill -- The Contributors -- Introduction -- The Windhoek Report: HIV and AIDS-related stigma: a framework for theological reflection -- The Human and Pastoral Challenges on HIV and AIDS / Robert J. Vitillo -- Theology in a Time of AIDS / Enda McDonagh -- AIDS and Responsibility / Charles Ryan -- The Church, Homosexuality and AIDS / Gareth Moore -- Jesus, Prophecy and AIDS / Musa W. Dube -- AIDS, Leprosy and the Synoptic Jesus / Robin Gill -- AIDS and Theological Education / Denise M. Ackermann -- Evangelicals and AIDS / Stan Nussbaum -- The Yale Divinity School Women's Initiative on AIDS / Margaret A. Farley -- Counselling AIDS Patients: Job as a Paradigm / Gunther H. Wittenberg -- Bioethics, AIDS, Theology and Social Change / Lisa Sowle Cahill -- AIDS Prevention and the Lesser Good / Leonard M. Martin -- AIDS and a Casuistry of Accommodation / James F. Keenan -- Index of Names and Subjects --Index of Bible References.
Chapter 1 is a "Report from UNAIDS International Workshop for Academic Theologians from different Christian traditions, held at Windhoek, Namibia 8-11 December 2003".
Includes bibliographical references and bibliography, p. 62.
"The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) recognizes and values the efforts carried out by religious groups in care and treatment of people living with HIV infection and AIDS. This is the first of what UNAIDS hopes will be several documents reporting on the work of leaders from different religions (Christian, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist) addressing the challenge of HIV and AIDS from their own religious perspective. .... In order to start this process of collaboration UNAIDS supported a workshop to which 62 leading academic theologians from Christian traditions were invited. It took place in Windhoek, Namibia in [8-11] December 2003". -- Background, p. .
Contents: Background -- Acknowledgements -- Acronyms -- Foreword -- Workshop participants and additional signatories -- Outcome from the workshop : HIV and AIDS related stigma : a framework for theological reflection -- Speeches.
Speeches: HIV and AIDS: the challenge and the context: stigma and discrimination: incarnation and the Namibian experience / Richard W. Bauer -- Why should Churches respond to issues of stigma and discrimination in reaction to HIV and AIDS ? / Robert J. Vitillo -- HIV- and AIDS-related stigma: living with the experience / Johannes Petrus Heath -- Conceptualizing stigma / Gillian Paterson -- HIV- and AIDS-related stigma: possible theological approaches: stigma and Christian theology / Enda MacDonald -- HIV- and AIDS-related stigma: implications for theological education, research, communication and community: stigma: implications for the theological agenda / Denise Ackerman -- HIV- and AIDS-related stigma: responding to the challenge: stigma: communicating the message, influencing church leaders and members / Musa Dube.
Anglican participants are: the Rev. Dr. Denise Ackermann and the Rev. Johannes Petrus Heath, both of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa.