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A statement from the Primate on World AIDS, 2009

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9631
Date
2009 December 1
Source
Primate's Office
Record Type
Statement
Date
2009 December 1
Source
Primate's Office
Record Type
Statement
Text
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Anglican Church of Canada
December 01, 2009 - An interview with the Rev. Patricia Sawo, a church leader and mother living with HIV in Kenya inspired Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to entitle his World Aids Day Message A Space for Hope. Patricia says of her church "My congregation knows about my status and people in my church know that this is a place where, if they come with HIV, they can be loved." The Archbishop says "when the Church is doing its job, it is providing space for people to face themselves, to be themselves, and to cope with the future."
On my trip to Burundi in February, I saw numerous examples of that kind of space. Let me cite just two. In the heart of the city of Bujumbura there is an HIV/AIDS clinic. Above the main entrance of the administration building is a sign stating that the building was renovated though a gift of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) of the Anglican Church of Canada. That gift inspired other churches in the city to make contributions to expand the services of this clinic which serves teens and young adults who have been orphaned through AIDS. Most of them live on the street and their life is very rough. The clinic is a haven where they can learn about HIV/AIDS, get tested and if necessary receive treatment and counseling. As the Archbishop says, they can "face themselves, be themselves, and cope with the future."
Up in the hills, "in the bush" as Burundians say, in the village of Bitare, I and Cheryl Curtis (Executive Director of PWRDF) and Maureen Bailey (Youth Council, PWRDF) were invited to assist local people in laying the foundation stone for a new HIV/AIDS clinic. It was very humbling to kneel down and share in that work as hundreds of people looked on and sang and prayed for God's blessing on this project. The building is now complete and providing services to hundreds of people in Bitare and a number of surrounding villages. Individuals and families are feeling support and care. Lives are being changed and hope is rising like the glory of a new day.
This coming Sunday, the second in Advent, I ask that throughout the Church, prayers of special intent for those living with HIV/AIDS be included in the Prayers of the People. Pray for their caregivers and for their doctors and nurses and clergy. Pray especially for the work of the Mother's Union in Africa and their deep and steadfast commitment to helping those who are living with AIDS and those who have been widowed and orphaned through AIDS, and those who are caring for their grandchildren. Pray for those engaged in education about healthy sexuality and the prevention of AIDS. And as we pray for the eradication of the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, pray also for that "space" the Church is called to provide where people can be welcomed and free to face themselves and be themselves without fear of rejection; where through loving care and support they can cope with their future. This calling is after the very example of Our Lord who reached out and "touched" (Mark 1: 40-41) the sick with love and mercy.
I encourage one and all to pray, to support the continuing work with HIV/AIDS, and to stand with all those who are pressuring world leaders, in the words of one of the Millennium Development Goals, "to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases." I issue this call in the name of him whose Advent sets us free, whose love brings healing and hope to all.
Subjects
World AIDS Day
AIDS (Disease) - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
AIDS (Disease) - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Burundi
AIDS (Disease) - Africa
AIDS (Disease) - Burundi
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Surrogate Parenting (See pages 60-62)

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official869
Date
1989 June 15-23
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 112
Date
1989 June 15-23
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 112
Mover
Mrs. P. Creighton
Seconder
Rt. Rev. J.A. Baycroft
Text
That this General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada:
1. Urge that as a matter of public policy surrogate parenting should be discouraged.
2. Urge that surrogacy contracts should be unenforceable in Canada.
3. Adopt recommendations 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 on legal aspects contained in the report of the Anglican Task Force on Surrogate Motherhood on pages 8 and 9.
4. Recommend to the provinces and territories that adoption laws ensure that commercial surrogacy (recommending, initiating, arranging, or agreeing to the bearing of a child in a surrogacy arrangement for payment in cash or in kind) is banned in each province and territory.
5. Agree that the principles and recommendations in the report of the Task Force on "Surrogate Motherhood", together with the resolutions of this 32nd General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada which relate to surrogacy be the basis of any recommendations by the National Executive Council and other national Church bodies to governments when policy is being formed or legislation enacted.
6. Commend the above resources also to the Provinces and Dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada. CARRIED Act 112
Notes
Due to conflict of interest, Mr. Justice Ronald Stevenson and Mr. Justice David Wright, Assessors to the General Synod, abstained from voting on the above motion.
[For earlier acts and discussion subsequently replaced by this Act see pages 60-62.]
Subjects
Reproductive technology - Canada
Reproductive technology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Surrogate motherhood - Canada
Surrogate motherhood - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Task Force on Surrogate Motherhood
Adoption - Canada
Adoption - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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