That the Council of General Synod request its Planning and Agenda Team, in planning the May 2006 meeting of Council, to give consideration in the agenda to a block of time for The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund and its "Partnership for Life" initiative. CARRIED #38-11-05
December 01, 2009 - An interview with the Rev. Patricia Sawo, a church leader and mother living with HIV in Kenya inspired Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to entitle his World Aids Day Message A Space for Hope. Patricia says of her church "My congregation knows about my status and people in my church know that this is a place where, if they come with HIV, they can be loved." The Archbishop says "when the Church is doing its job, it is providing space for people to face themselves, to be themselves, and to cope with the future."
On my trip to Burundi in February, I saw numerous examples of that kind of space. Let me cite just two. In the heart of the city of Bujumbura there is an HIV/AIDS clinic. Above the main entrance of the administration building is a sign stating that the building was renovated though a gift of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) of the Anglican Church of Canada. That gift inspired other churches in the city to make contributions to expand the services of this clinic which serves teens and young adults who have been orphaned through AIDS. Most of them live on the street and their life is very rough. The clinic is a haven where they can learn about HIV/AIDS, get tested and if necessary receive treatment and counseling. As the Archbishop says, they can "face themselves, be themselves, and cope with the future."
Up in the hills, "in the bush" as Burundians say, in the village of Bitare, I and Cheryl Curtis (Executive Director of PWRDF) and Maureen Bailey (Youth Council, PWRDF) were invited to assist local people in laying the foundation stone for a new HIV/AIDS clinic. It was very humbling to kneel down and share in that work as hundreds of people looked on and sang and prayed for God's blessing on this project. The building is now complete and providing services to hundreds of people in Bitare and a number of surrounding villages. Individuals and families are feeling support and care. Lives are being changed and hope is rising like the glory of a new day.
This coming Sunday, the second in Advent, I ask that throughout the Church, prayers of special intent for those living with HIV/AIDS be included in the Prayers of the People. Pray for their caregivers and for their doctors and nurses and clergy. Pray especially for the work of the Mother's Union in Africa and their deep and steadfast commitment to helping those who are living with AIDS and those who have been widowed and orphaned through AIDS, and those who are caring for their grandchildren. Pray for those engaged in education about healthy sexuality and the prevention of AIDS. And as we pray for the eradication of the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, pray also for that "space" the Church is called to provide where people can be welcomed and free to face themselves and be themselves without fear of rejection; where through loving care and support they can cope with their future. This calling is after the very example of Our Lord who reached out and "touched" (Mark 1: 40-41) the sick with love and mercy.
I encourage one and all to pray, to support the continuing work with HIV/AIDS, and to stand with all those who are pressuring world leaders, in the words of one of the Millennium Development Goals, "to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases." I issue this call in the name of him whose Advent sets us free, whose love brings healing and hope to all.
"Moving towards life without AIDS is possible, but there is much to do. As we seek to follow Christ, let us work together so that one day we can all rejoice that we live in a world without AIDS. Our church supports partners around the world working for life without AIDS. Let us follow the lead of all who struggle with HIV/AIDS and support partners by using this worship service to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in corporate prayer and worship. This worship service has been produced ecumenically by The Anglican Church of Canada, The Presbyterian Church in Canada, and The United Church of Canada." -- Intro., p. 4.
Contents: Introduction to Worship Service -- Partnership for Life Worship Service -- Prayer of Intercession -- Reflection : Towards Life Without AIDS.
Originally published in German as: AIDS : Eine Krankheit verander die Welt : Daten, Fakten, Hintergrunde. Frankfurt: Verlag Otto Lembeck, 2003.
Includes bibliography: p. 110-118.
This book "is an offering to churches and the world -- a significant and vital addition to the continuum of knowledge -- that will greatly assist churches to be effective and efficient in the struggle to overcome HIV/AIDS. It is a compilation of historical, scientific and statistical material aimed at providing churches and their partners with a better understanding of the dynamics of HIV/AIDS as well as current information to aid in collaborative efforts at answering the challenge of the disease. .... On a practical level this response is deliberately multi-faceted and interactive, encouraging churches and Christian service organizations to build and support coalitions dedicated to overcoming this epidemic". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / Samuel Kobia, General Secretary, World Council of Churches -- Introduction / Sonja Weinreich and Christoph Benn --.Natural history and HIV transmission -- Global, regional and country-specific spread of HIV/AIDS -- Vulnerable population groups -- Gender equity -- Children -- Young people -- Socio-economic context -- Stigma and discrimination --Human rights -- People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) -- Prevention -- Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) -- Care -- Antiretroviral therapy -- HIV/AIDS on the international agenda -- Advocacy and lobbying -- Culture and tradition -- Churches, theology and HIV/AIDS -- Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS -- Literature.
"`Facing AIDS, Facing Reality' is an interactive multimedia project that takes a unique look at the AIDS epidemic. .... The project is a joint effort of The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) [www.pwrdf.org] and the Communications and Information Resources Department of the Anglican Church of Canada. .... The exhibit consists of 16 panels accompanied by a multi-layered soundtrack that animates the stories of those affected and infected by the disease and the response of PWRDF partners to the pandemic. The exhibition is available to travel throughout the 30 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada and will end its journey in June 2007 at the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada in Winnipeg". -- Intro., p. .
Contents: Message from Exhibit Patron / Lois Hutchison -- Table of Contents -- Introduction: The Exhibit -- Exhibit Photos and Stories -- What Can I Do ? -- PWRDF Work on HIV and AIDS -- About the Photographers -- The Exhibit Soundtrack.
Booklet prepared to introduce and accompany the "Facing AIDS, Facing Reality" photo exhibit launched by PWRDF (Primate's World Relief and Development Fund) in August 2006 as part of the Ecumenical Pre-Conference on AIDS (10-11 August 2006) and the XVI International AIDS Conference held in Toronto, Ont., 13-18 August 2006.
"On Dec. 1 , World AIDS Day, the PWRDF [Primate's World Relief and Development Fund] committed itself to deepening its engagement in the struggle against HIV and AIDS through the launch of a new integrated initiative called `Partnership for Life ... for a generation without AIDS'. Through this initiative, PWRDF will be testifying to the truth about HIV/AIDS in our communities and throughout our world. We hope that you will work with PWRDF to open the hearts and minds of congregations in communities across Canada to involve them in a process of education, prayer, reflection, social action, and generous support of PWRDF funded programs challenging the spread of HIV/AIDS in Canada yet mostly throughout eastern and southern Africa." Article describes the four major areas of work within the initiative and gives a number of statistics about AIDS e.g. "In the past year, an estimated three million people have died of AIDS (the population of Toronto)". Author is the Director of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund.
For 45 years, generous donors have allowed the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) "to reach out to people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and aboriginal communities in Canada in order to forge enduring partnerships with community groups, agencies, coalitions, all of us united to build a more just and equitable world". "PWRDF does not actually implement development projects; we leave that important work to the people who know best what their communities and countries need: our development partners". "PWRDF commits itself to raising sufficient funds to sustain the projects over time. Often specific projects are funded through a three-year funding agreement; sometimes partner relationships continue for 10 to 15 years. These long-term relations require long-term financial planning. Long-term relationships mean that PWRDF needs to have, over the long term, the financial stability to be able to transfer funds as needed on a regular basis throughout the life of the project". "Financial security is especially important when taking on such an important challenge as the global pandemic of HIV/AIDS." The author, Executive Director of PWRDF, describes the AIDS vigils held on 1 December 2004 (World AIDS Day) which were based on the experiences of the women on the Point of Light project in Etwatwa, South Africa. He also describes PWRDF's long term relationship with the Diocese of Kampala in the Church of the Province of Uganda, where the women of the Mothers' Union and diocesan development staff have established multiple programs to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and support those individuals and families affected by it.
"Below are six ideas to help your parish and parishioners get involved in making a difference in the AIDS pandemic. For a more extensive list please go to: http/www.pwrdf.org/our-work/hivaids-initiative/get-involved/ The six ideas are: AIDS Ribbon, Craft/Talent Donation, Workshops, Get sponsored, Lead Committee and Art show.
"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".
"For some people, the AIDS pandemic is still a far cry from reality. It has not touched them. It has not affected or infected people they know. But for some, AIDS is real. In the year 2000 alone, my family buried six cousins, brothers and sisters, ranging between 25 and 38 years; all died from AIDS". "Through the `Partnership for Life: For a Generation without AIDS' campaign the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is helping both its national and international partners in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Article gives a brief description of some of the most recent resources and initiatives of the program. The author is Communications Coordinator for the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund.
"Facing AIDS, Facing Reality is an interactive audio-visual project that takes a unique look at the AIDS epidemic. It goes beyond statistics by bringing the faces of AIDS into focus and linking personal stories with a global perspective through photography. It reveals the heartaches and triumphs of real people, both those affected by and those infected with HIV and AIDS. The project is a joint effort of PWRDF and the Communications and Information Resources department of General Synod. The exhibit consists of 16 panels accompanied by a multi-layered soundtrack that animates the stories of those affected by the disease and the response of PWRDF to the pandemic. The exhibit is available to travel throughout the 30 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada and will end its journey in June 2007 at the meeting of the General Synod in Winnipeg. To book the exhibit for your parish or diocesan events please contact: Christine Hills, PWRDF Program Associate, Tel: 416.924.9199 ext. 325, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.pwrdf.org. [Text of entire article.]
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".
A description of the work and mandate of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Anglican Church of Canada's official agency for relief, refugees, development and justice. "The aim of PWRDF is to engage in development work, respond to emergencies, work to protect refugees and to educate and advocate for change". "Amongst all this work, PWRDF is dedicated to its work on HIV and AIDS. On the 12th of August 2006 the HIV and AIDS photo exhibit 'Facing AIDS, Facing Reality' was launched at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto. The purpose and importance of this exhibit 'Facing AIDS, Facing Reality' is to go beyond statistics by showing the faces of AIDS and linking personal stories with a global perspective through photography. The exhibit will tour throughout the country, ending in June 2007, at the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada in Winnipeg." The photo exhibit was the brainchild of Lisa Barry, Senior Producer for Anglican Video and produced by Anglican Video in co-operation with PWRDF. "In December 2003, PWRDF launched a 3-year HIV and AIDS initiative called 'Partnership for Life: for a Generation without AIDS'. With help from PWRDF's donors, Partnership for Life have to date raised $2 million. This has increased PWRDF's capacity to support global partners, in their fight against AIDS. For further information visit PWRDF's website: http://www.pwrdf.org".
Sermon by the Bishop of London, the Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres, at the 10th anniversary service, held at the Guards Chapel, Westminster, to celebrate the life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. "At a time when people are suspicious of rhetoric, the monarchy communicates by symbol and simple speech and the Princess brought her own gifts to this work. She was still only 26 when she shook the hand of a patient at the opening of the Middlesex Hospital's AIDS ward, the first in the UK. It is hard now to credit the degree of fear and prejudice which surrounded AIDS in the eighties. Those familiar with the field have no doubt that the Princess played a significant part in overcoming a harmful and even cruel taboo is a gesture which was not choreographed but sprang from a deep identification with those who were vulnerable and on the margin". "Her work in the very last year of her life for the victims of landmines also caught the popular imagination internationally and certainly accelerated the adoption of the Ottawa Convention, banning the use of weapon which disproportionately kills and maims women and children. She proved the eloquence of embrace and touch which of course have been used by royal healers through the centuries. And as she said 'the biggest disease today is not leprosy or TB but the feeling of being unwanted'." "Let this service mark the point at which we let her rest in peace and dwell on her memory with thanksgiving and compassion while we pray in the words of St. Paul for all those who serve our country as members of the Royal Family and most especially for the sons who were so precious to her".