"The substance of a sermon preached by the Rt. Rev. John M. Krumm at St. Paul's Church, Tustin, California, June 8, 1986 -- AIDS Mass IV. Bishop Krumm is the retired Bishop of Southern Ohio". -- p. .
Contents: [Sermon] -- A prayer.
"Even as I welcome you to this Eucharist today, I need to ask the question: 'Why is this specially designated service of worship necessary ?' ... In 1918 a ravaging epidemic of influenza decimated the whole population, including the United States. Yet so far as I know, there was never any 'Flu Mass' proposed or celebrated. There were probably special prayers in the churches and synagogues, just as there are such prayers in all our current liturgies. But this special liturgical effort is, I believe, unprecedented (p. [1-2])." "This is not just a public health problem. The problem is also one of an appalling lack of ordinary humanitarian concern where a despised and feared and hated minority seems to be at risk (p. )". "In far too many religious bodies, including a large part of the Episcopal Church, the response to the crisis in humanitarianism posed by the epidemic of AIDS has been isolated, cautious and tentative. Our theology of sexuality is in part to blame, and it needs to be re-examined in light of recent psychological studies" (p. ).
"Each issue of 'The Churches Speak' begins with an introductory essay which provides an overview of the topic itself and traces its recent historical manifestations. This essay also summarize, compares, and contrasts the opinions found in the individual statements, allowing the user to place each one in the appropriate context. Each essay concludes with bibliographic citations to sources for further reading on the topic. The statements presented in each monograph are arranged into four main sections based on broad religious families or traditions: The Roman Catholic Church (which represents the single largest religious body in the United States); Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches; Jewish Groups; and Other Religious Bodies. Within the Roman Catholic Church section, statements are arranged chronologically by issuing date. The remaining sections are subarranged alphabetically by individual churches, religious bodies, or ecumenical organizations; the statements issued by each organization are presented chronologically within that organization. Each of the four religious family sections is preceded by a note which provides background information of the family and analysis of its perspective on the issue in question." -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / J. Gordon Melton -- Introductory Essay: The Contemporary Debate in the Churches on the AIDS Crisis -- Statements -- Index to Organizations, Statements, and Subjects.
Statements sub-divided into sections: Roman Catholic Church -- Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches -- Jewish Groups -- Other Religious Bodies.
OTCH Note: Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches section contains four Canadian and/or Anglican statements as follows: A Bi-National (Canada/United States) Consultation Statement on AIDS (1987) -- AIDS: Some Guidelines for Pastoral Care (1986) / Church of England -- Resolution on AIDS (1988), Report of the Commission on Human Affairs and Health (1988) / Episcopal Church -- Statement on AIDS (1986), Statement on AIDS (1987), AIDS in Canada (1988) / United Church of Canada.
"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.