"The Primate of Southern Africa, the Bishop of Washington and a canon from the Diocese of Florida have teamed up to win a $10 million grant to combat HIV/AIDS through the work of the Anglican church in southern Africa, the United States Agency for International Development announced this week. Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, Bishop John B. Chane and the Rev. Canon Robert V. Lee of FreshMinistries, an ecumenical non-profit organization in Jacksonville, Florida, worked together on the grant which will allow the Church of the Province of Southern Africa to hire hundreds of young outreach workers and indigenous leaders who will be trained to offer age-appropriate instruction in AIDS prevention to children and young adults". "Mr. Lee said the program in southern Africa will be modeled on practices pioneered in Uganda where HIV/AIDS rated have dropped dramatically due to changes in sexual behavior. Among its priorities are teaching abstinence before marriage, increasing the number of people who know their HIV status, promoting open discussion about the disease, and decreasing the stigma that surrounds AIDS in much of Africa". "Both Archbishop Ndungane and Bishop Chane said the grant came at an important time for the Anglican Communion, which has experienced upheaval over its member provinces' conflicting teachings on homosexuality." "This is a wonderful example of how different provinces can work together to build God;s Kingdom, and witness to his Gospel', Ndungane said. `The needs of God's people mandate that we persevere with one another, rather than letting our differences tear the Communion apart'." From Episcopal News Service.
"This title replaces 'Youth Ministry in the Age of AIDS' first published by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA in 1989". -- p. [iii].
Includes bibliographical references.
"AIDS is not asking anything new of us; rather, it is confronting us with the necessity of becoming more fully the kind of people we have been called to be. One might ask, 'Why should the church respond ?' Despite all the so-called openness about sexuality, young people receive little help in understanding themselves as sexual beings in a Christian context. What they have most often had from the church is pronouncements about what they should not do, with little emphasis on a positive response to God's goodness. We hope that this program will give you a place to begin a healthy conversation about sexuality and faith. The first version of 'Youth Ministry in the Age of AIDS' was written in 1988 and reviewed by a number of groups in the church for accuracy and appropriateness. Since that time, much has changed. Facts about AIDS are taught in most schools and are widely available on the Internet and from many community agencies. The original work, aimed primarily at high school youth, is now intended for both junior and senior high-age children." -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction -- Preparing to Lead: Guidance for Christian Youth Leaders and Educators -- Learning about HIV and AIDS: Extending Our Knowledge and Understanding -- Reality, Risk, Sex and Youth -- Leader Preparation -- Sessions -- Mobilizing for Ministry -- Resources -- Appendix.