"This book seeks to motivate and challenge Christians, both laity and clergy, to take leadership and form partnerships with Christians around the world in the struggle against HIV/AIDS. In writing it, I am grateful for the opportunity to share what I believe God is calling us to be and to do at this unprecedented, kairotic moment in human history. The New Testament term `kairos', according to Robert McAfee Brown, refers to a `time of opportunity demanding a response: God offers us a new set of possibilities and we have to accept or decline'." -- Intro., p. xiii.
Contents: Introduction -- The Church and Global AIDS -- We Are All HIV-Positive -- Facing and Responding to Sexual Realities -- Stigmatization and Discrimination -- Women, Children, and HIV/AIDS -- The ABCs of Prevention -- A World without AIDS -- Ensuring Care, Testing, Counseling, and Treatment -- Global Hope in a Global Emergency -- Appendix: Avoiding HIV/AIDS -- Notes -- Selected Bibliography.
"It is now twenty years since HIV/AIDS came out of the shadows. Then, church facilities were among the first to respond to the challenge. Ever since, churches have been deeply involved, with the Catholic Church alone supporting around 25% of all HIV/AIDS care worldwide. But the epidemic continues to escalate, accompanied by complaints that religious organizations do more harm than good when it comes to HIV prevention. .... The aim of this article is to throw some light on the challenges facing church leaders, as they grapple with the consequences of this new commitment (p. )".
Contents: A new commitment -- Saving lives, saving souls -- Silence and stigma: the biggest enemies -- Chastity or common sense ? -- Church leadership and national strategy -- Training and theological formation -- How can I help ? -- Endnotes.
E-mail correspondence of 28 January 2004 with Linda Hartke of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance advised that: "The [discussion] papers were produced in 2003 in this format. They were written in 2002.".
Paper also available in PDF format for download from web site: http://www.e-alliance.ch/media/media-3860.pdf
"In the Nigerian city of Lagos, home to almost eight million souls, WACC [World Association for Christian Communication] works with Hope for HIV/AIDS International (HFA) to promote acceptance of people with HIV/AIDS. 'Mainstream society tends to ostracize whole families because of HIV/AIDS in violation of their rights', says Dr. Sarah Macharia, WACC's Kenya-born program manager for HIV/AIDS communication and stigma. So WACC is helping HFA sponsor a communication training program for Christian and Muslim clergy to combat the stigma. Upon completing the joint training program, Christian pastors receive a wooden cross tied with a red ribbon. Muslim imams get a wooden crescent tied with a red ribbon". "After training, clergy return to their congregations and act as communicators to challenge the stigmatization of affected people and their kin. The clergy remain the principal purveyors of information in their regular ongoing interactions with congregants. But at the same time, there's a 'knock-on effect in the congregations, a snowball effect', Macharia says".
Four page insert (1-4) with December 2012 issue of Anglican Journal. Special Report: Communication and Human Rights.
"According to recent estimates, weight discrimination has increased by 66 per cent over the past decade and now stands on a par with racial discrimination. 'Weight stigmatization is socially acceptable. It is rarely challenged and often ignored', says Dr. Rebecca Puhl, director of research at Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Her goal is to place weight discrimination and stigmatization squarely on the radar of social justice issues. The costs of obesity bias in human productivity and quality of life are high, says Puhl" (p. 8). "David Dolomont, a 48-year-old Hamilton, Ont., father of two sons knows all about weight prejudice" (p. 8). Dr. Shaheen Azmi, acting director of the Policy, Education, Monitoring and Outreach Branch of the Ontario Human Rights Commission in Toronto, says "Obesity is increasingly being interpreted as a type of disability" (p. 11).
Article also includes inset with list of six chronological "Human Rights Milestones in Canada" ranging from 1944 to 1982.
"The devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on people's lives touches human spirituality, sexuality and justice at the most profound level. It is the already vulnerable who are most impacted by HIV/AIDS so churches worldwide hear the biblical call to seek justice and to stand in solidarity with the poor. Overseas partners have challenged Canadian churches and church-based organizations to respond to the challenge. At the same time Christian churches both in Canada and in the global south are coming to terms with a legacy that has also included silence, denial and stigmatization". "A key challenge for churches is to rethink the theological and biblical perspectives that foster responses of exclusion and stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS." "One exciting development is a global initiative by churches to coordinate education and advocacy on HIV/AIDS. The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance was formed in December 2000 by more than 50 churches worldwide."
Author has been "involved with HIV/AIDS for 23 years, he worked in Geneva on the First Global Program on AIDS under the leadership of the late Dr. Jonathan Mann. He is now a health consultant dealing in gay and bisexual men's health issues in the United States and Europe and is a member of St. Paul's Anglican Church, Nanaimo, British Columbia".
1. Announce that the Anglican Church of Canada stands with people living with HIV/AIDS;
2. Urge the members of the Anglican Church of Canada to work towards the eradication of stigma and discrimination in our church and society, against people living with HIV/AIDS;
3. Ask the PWRDF, in collaboration with the EcoJustice and Partners in Mission Committees, to develop a comprehensive strategy over the next triennium to engage the Anglican Church of Canada members in fighting the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS; and to encourage the dioceses and parishes to get involved and develop local programs and other responses that are inclusive and to engage in the fight for destigmatization of HIV positive people;
4. Ask the Council of General Synod to express the Anglican Church of Canada's solidarity with bishops, clergy and lay people, especially in Africa, who are showing leadership in fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic by reaching out in partnership to people living with AIDS, not as the objects of charity, but as equal partners. CARRIED Act 23
"A heartfelt thanks for publishing the article 'Out of the shadows and into the light', by Tali Folkins (Nov. 2015, p. 3). I am a Christian man who has lived with a bipolar disorder for 40 years. During these years I have often been saddened, and sometimes angered, by the church's silence concerning the lives of the mentally ill. It is as if the church were unaware of the terrifying pain that we endure. A majority of those who commit suicide were living with mental illness. There are too many of us to ignore. One in every five Canadians experience a mental disorder in any given year. Yet, for the most part, the church has remained silent. Are we invisible ? Are we unworthy ? Doesn't the church hear our cries ?"
"The editorial in the Nov.  'Anglican Journal' ('A time to be born', p. 4] featured some of the musings of the late Dr. Donald Low. The good doctor wondered why 'assisted suicide' is not offered as an option to allow people to 'die with dignity'. I find it rather intriguing to hear that dignity can be a byproduct of suicide. .... With regard to 'die with dignity', this is even more difficult to take in. Words like 'shame' and 'stigma' are what come to mind when suicide is mentioned or encountered. 'Dignity' does not fit in with them. There is nothing dignified about killing oneself".
"'People with AIDS are members not only of the community of nations but also of the family of churches around the world', Archbishop [Michael] Peers said during a Pentecost service at St. James Cathedral here [in Toronto]. 'AIDS is not something that is outside the church. It is now part of the church'. Among the things that members of the church can do is reject all notions of divine judgment which interpret the HIV virus as a punishment for sin, the archbishop said." "[T]he archbishop cited the fact that there was no danger of anyone contacting AIDS through the use of the common cup in the eucharist, nor was there any risk in a physical embrace".
"Writer Karen Plater. Editor: Anne Saunders". -- verso of t.-p.
"On June 9, 2004, the 130th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) launched the `Towards a World Without AIDS' campaign, committing Presbyterian churches across Canada to raising awareness about HIV and AIDS in their churches and communities". "How to use this resource. This six week study will help congregations and groups study HIV/AIDS in depth. Each session could last one to two hours, depending on the activities selected and the time given to discussions. Sessions may be divided up for shorter time periods. Suggested hymns may be sung at the beginning or as part of an opening, middle or closing for each session." -- Intro., p. 4.
Contents: Introduction -- Session One : Why Study HIV/AIDS ? -- Session Two : The facts -- Session Three : Impacts -- Session Four : Prevention -- Session Five : Vulnerabilities -- Session Six : Living life positive -- Additional Resources -- Centrefold: Photos and voices from Malawi.