Dr. Peter Jepson-Young, a physician with AIDS, told about 125 people that he was impressed that the Anglican Church would sponsor a conference on AIDS. "I think (the event) sends out a message that the church cares and is prepared to get involved, Dr. Jepson-Young said. "Rev. John Bailey, rector of St. Martin's Church, which arranged the conference, said he wanted to change people's image of the church. "I felt it was important not only to raise awareness about AIDS, but also to make a public statement that the church is here to serve those in need, not to judge them".
"Sunday, Oct. 21, has been designated the Day of Prayer for AIDS". Editorial quotes Episcopal Bishop Douglas Theuner who has said that "the enormity and the universality of the AIDS pandemic can be seen as a challenge to the church to follow Jesus'practice of healing without 'quid pro quo'; to reach out in practical care and concern beyond those who adhere to its own tenets".
Article also translated into French on page 6 as "L'Eglise reconnait l'impact du SIDA".
That the Primate, in consultation with the House of Bishops, call a national Day of Prayer on behalf of persons living with AIDS and those ministering to them. The motion was then put and - CARRIED Act 114
Article describes a number of AIDS related outreach projects operated within the diocese of Toronto for local populations and overseas in Africa. Includes the story of the Rev. Doug Willoughby, an Anglican priest who is himself HIV-positive and the diocese's involvement in the Philip Aziz Centre, a non-profit home hospice for people living with AIDS. Describes the work of The Teresa Group, founded by Penelope Holeton, an Anglican lay woman, to help children in Toronto living with AIDS, and also the fundraising work of St. Clement's, Eglinton, which has contributed to the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and which in August 2006 "held a reception for grandmothers from Kenya who [were] in Toronto for the International AIDS Conference and the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers' Gathering".