"As late as the 1988 Lambeth Conference, bishops from Africa were denying that there was a disease called AIDS". The situation has changed now and the Cape Town joint meeting passed a resolution "that calls for a universal response to AIDS". Several African churches, including those of Uganda and Tanzania have developed AIDS education and prevention programs.
Archbishop Ndungane was commissioned at the recent Primates' Meeting to facilitate a workshop on AIDS "in order that a strategic plan for sub-Saharan Africa may be developed". The Primates Meeting resolved "that the church's first priority is to adopt a holistic and effective approach to HIV/AIDS". This statement announces that the workshop will take place in Gauteng, South Africa, 13-16 August 2001 and outlines the eight objectives in developing an integrated strategic plan.
"`Our Church Has AIDS: Anglican Church Responds Worldwide' is the title of a video compact disk (VCD) launched at the 15th International AIDS Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2004. The VCD aims to reflect the response of the Anglican Church in different parts of the globe as the church aims to combat the AIDS pandemic. The VCD was produced by the staff of St. John's Cathedral HIV Education Centre in Hong Kong. The Centre is the only faith-based institution in Hong Kong working in the HIV/AIDS area, and is a leader in this field in Asia. The VCD uses the resources of the Anglican Communion, including those from the Province of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, the Mothers' Union, the Anglican Board of Mission Australia and the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG) London".
Pastoral letter from the 13th Primates Meeting intended for distribution on Pentecost 2003. The letter spoke about: theological education, which is facing different kinds of crisis in all provinces; HIV/AIDS and the churches continuing engagement with sufferers; the nature of communion itself, and of our shared communion in Christ; human sexuality; a proposed Anglican Gathering in 2008; an invitation to prayer.
A three-day workshop was held at the Anglican Church of Kenya Guest House in Nairobi, Kenya, at the end of August 2006. Participants came from different parts of the CAPA [Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa] provinces and other bodies. "The five-year strategic place document on HIV/AIDS/TB/Malaria will enable CAPA to strengthen and scale up programmes within the Provinces. Most of the objectives of the initial five-year strategic plan document, titled 'Planning our response 2001', have been achieved." The new document reflects "the great need for a programmatic plan that will accommodate TB/Malaria in our intervention strategies".
The author describes the challenges to worldwide Anglicanism, including war, poverty, debt, HIV/AIDS, cruelty, racism and sexism and notes the initiatives and persistence of Anglican responses. He particularly describes the presentations on HIV/AIDS made to the first meeting of the new Inter Anglican Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism by two women from the Diocese of the Highveld.
The author describes the actions of Anglicans in Africa to break the silence surrounding AIDS. In August 2001 the All African Anglican AIDS Workshop met in South Africa. The Conference of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) has endorsed the Action Plan from the Workshop and announced plans to hire a Coordinator to work within CAPA on "AIDS-related programmes by pursuing strategic planning, collaborative partnerships and the implementation of responses to develop the capacity of the Provinces". Provinces are urged to remember those who have died from AIDS on November 2nd, All Saints Day. A Conference for Church Leaders, living with HIV/AIDS is planned for Zimbabwe in 17-25 November 2001, led by the Rev. Gideon Byamugisha, from Uganda, who is himself living with AIDS. The secular world, increasingly hosted by churches and other religious institutions observes World AIDS Day on 1 December.
In August 2002 the Global Anglican Congress on the Stewardship of Creation was convened in South Africa prior to the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. "One purpose of the Anglican Congress was to have an impact on the UN Summit. Its greater purpose was to share our own experiences of earth stewardship in different Provinces of our Church and to organise and empower the Communion as a whole." Over 80 delegates attended at the invitation of the Anglican Observer to the United Nations, Archdeacon Taimalelagi Fagamalama Tuatagaloa-Matalavea who organized the even in collaboration with the Rt. Rev. Geoff Davis, Bishop of Umzimvubu. Canon Eric Beresford of the Anglican Church of Canada was involved in the congress in his role as Anglican Communion Adviser on Ethics and Technology. "Many of the delegates of the Congress went on to the Summit, and participated not only in that event, but also in the Global Peoples Forum." "The Congress also issued a declaration to the Anglican Communion, which was duly endorsed by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) at its 12th meeting in Hong Kong". "In a substantial way, the Congress addressed the major issues facing people throughout the Communion and at the UN Summit: water, health, food, energy, community, gender, biodiversity, economic and ecological justice, and human empowerment."
The text of the Global Anglican Congress on the Stewardship of Creation Declaration to the Anglican Communion is reproduced on pp. 39-40 of the article.
Twenty-two members of the Commission from every corner of the Anglican Communion gathered at the Kempton Park Conference Centre in South Africa for the first meeting of the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Mission and Even. The group heard presentations about the reality of AIDS in South Africa and heard that "last year 250,000 South Africans died from AIDS. This number will double in six years". The group published a document entitled "A Call" and invited all dioceses, parishes and local churches, to consider the document and send their responses to the Mission Department of the Anglican Communion Office. [Full text of document reproduced here.]
Also includes an "HIV/AIDS -Factfile" and brief reports from USPG supported health projects in Malawi, South Africa and Zambia.
The Advent 1996 issue of the International Anglican Family Network "tells of just a few of the projects, linked with churches, which are trying to alleviate the suffering and halt the spread of the disease. In this terrible situation there are signs of hope." Article includes reports from 12 different countries.