"'Church and Society', together with the other sub-units 'Faith and Order', 'Dialogue with People of Living Faiths' and the 'Commission on World Mission and Evangelism' constitute Unit I (Faith and Witness) of the WCC. .... This present report is a compilation of the papers and proceedings of the third meeting of the Working Committee at Glion, Switzerland, in September 1987". -- The Context of This Report, p. 7, 9.
Contents divided into three main sections: [Introductory Material] -- Reports of Core Groups -- Background Papers and Reports.
Contents: Agenda for Church and Society Working Committee Sessions -- Participants -- Introduction: The Context of This Report -- Director's Report to Working Committee on Church and Society -- Minutes -- Members of Core Groups -- Reports of Core Groups: a) Towards a Theology of Nature and a Theocentric Ethic -- b) Report of Social Ethics Group -- c) Report of the group on Society, Technology and Environment -- d) Report of the Nuclear Energy Group -- Background Papers and Reports: A. Resumes of Published Papers and Reports : Re-Integrating God's Creation / B. Schulze -- Nature: Its Status in Theological Ethics / J.M. Gustafson -- God, Humanity and Nature in Relation to Justice and Peace / J.N.K. Mugambi -- The Integrity of Creation / Heino Falcke -- Papers presented to the Working Committee: a) Theology of Nature and a Theocentric Ethic : Chance and Purpose in Evolution / Charles Birch -- Salvation for Elephants / Charles Birch -- God and Pelicans / Jay McDaniel -- Life-Centred Ethics in Christian Perspective / Jay McDaniel -- A Christian Alternative to "Domination of Nature" / Freda Rajotte -- Faith on Earth: Christian Witness and the Struggle for Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation / David Trickett -- The Human Being as an Integral Biological Whole in the Transition from Biosphere from Noosphere / Antony Houbancev -- b) Social Ethics : An Analysis of Church and Society Social Ethics Writings / James M. Gustafson -- The Silence of the Churches on the Environmental Crisis / Freda Rajotte -- c) Society, Technology and Environment, Case Studies : Draft Manual for Church Action on Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation / Mady L. Thung -- The Case of Church Responses to Unemployment in some West European Countries / Mady L. Thung -- Two Italian Challenging Engagements: Riesi and Cinisello Sergio Brofferio -- Marshall Islands: Suicide Epidemic and Community Response / Darlene Keju-Johnson -- d) Nuclear Energy: Nuclear Power and Energy Needs of the Third World Economies / Kosta Tsipis -- Members of Church and Society Working Committee -- Appendix 1: Proposal to Central Committee on the Environment -- Appendix 2: Aids and the Church as a Healing Community.
"The appearance of the `Study on Sexuality and Human Relations' has been long awaited. Since the WCC's Sixth Assembly in Vancouver, Canada in 1983, when the project was proposed as a way of encouraging churches to re-examine sexuality and develop relevant educational approaches and adequate pastoral care, many persons -- probably hundreds -- have been involved in providing support, comments, and criticism". -- Preface, p. i.
"The WCC's Office of Family Education has reviewed the statements on sexuality and human relations made by its member churches in order to produce a resource which might help Christians in different cultures reflect upon their own attitudes and actions, and share their findings with others. .... This workbook does not pretend to be an exhaustive or normative work on human sexuality. The topics presented here may be regarded as steps on a life-long journey of discovery, reflecting and sharing on the meaning of human sexuality. Each church, congregation or group has the right -- and the wisdom -- to take up and study the themes it considers most pertinent to its particular context. The aim of this book, then, is to provide some guidelines to help the churches in different cultures develop their own ways of dealing frankly and sensitively with issues closely linked to our identity, our roles and our capacity to relate, care and procreate". -- back cover.
Contents divided into four main parts: First Part: Guidelines for Doing the Study -- Second Part: Insights from Church Statements -- Third Part: Study Models -- Appendices.
Contents of introductory material: Preface dated Geneva, December 1990 / Clifford Payne and Jorge Maldonado -- Introduction -- Acknowledgements dated Toronto, April 1990 / Robin Smith -- Instructions.
Contents of Second Part: Insights from Church Statements divided into sub-sections: Human Sexuality -- Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage -- Domestic Violence -- Singleness -- Homosexuality -- Abortion -- AIDS.
Appendices include: A: Mandate and History -- B: Interpreting the Bible -- C: List of member churches whose statements were received -- D: Evaluation and response forms.
Participants included: Anglican Church of Canada, Church of the Province of Kenya, Church of the Province of Tanzania, the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church in Canada and the United Church of Canada.
"Vividly recounting the stories of women in many countries, this book shows how the AIDS crisis makes improving the status of women not only a matter of theology and ethics but of health and survival. That in turn challenges churches, which often justify and even collude with forces that subordinate women, to change attitudes and to undertake new initiatives in their ministries of healing and hope" -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction -- Acknowledgements -- Whole Women -- African Spring -- His and Hers: A Note on Gender Analysis -- Casa Cambalache -- Brazil and the Body Beautiful -- Indian Summer -- Sons of Mary, Daughters of Eve -- Love in a Time of AIDS -- Book List.
"Combining information, expertise and careful reflection in many fields, this book addresses urgent questions ... on the basis of a three-year, broadly-based study conducted by the World Council of Churches Consultative Group on AIDS. The study involved theologians and ethicists, virologists and physicians, specialists in human rights, pastoral counsellors and local pastors, as well as persons living with AIDS, working with AIDS-related movements and others directly affected by AIDS. The challenge of AIDS calls for a forthright and faithful response from Christians and the churches. This book is an important resource for shaping that response". -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword / Ana Langerak -- Why This Study was Prepared -- Facing HIV/AIDS -- Theological Perspectives -- Ethical Perspectives -- Human Rights, Responsibilities and HIV/AIDS -- Pastoral Care and Healing Community -- Conclusion: What the Churches Can Do -- Appendix I: The Impact of HIV/AIDS and the Churches' Response -- Appendix II: An HIV/AIDS Glossary -- Appendix III: Persons Involved in the HIV/AIDS Study Process.
Contents: Introduction : Towards Multi-sectoral Teaching in a Time of HIV/AIDS / Musa W. Dube -- Teaching and Talking about Our Sexuality : A Means of Combating HIV/AIDS / Agrippa G. Khathide -- Methods of Integrating HIV/AIDS in Biblical Studies / Musa W. Dube -- Does the Hebrew Bible Have Anything to Tell Us about HIV/AIDS / Johanna Stiebert -- Prophecy as a Method of Speaking about the HIV/AID Epidemic in Southern Africa / Madipoane Masenya (ngwana' Mphahlele) -- The Prophetic Model in the New Testament / Musa W. Dube -- Towards an HIV/AIDS-Sensitive Curriculum / Tinyiko Sam Maluleke -- Facing the Challenges of HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa : Towards a Theology of Life / Moji A. Ruele -- Culture, Gender and HIV/AIDS : Understanding and Acting on the Issues / Musa W. Dube -- Social Location as a Story-Telling Method of Teaching in HIV/AIDS Contexts / Musa W. Dube -- Pastoral Care and Counseling / Larry R. Colvin -- Hopeful Compassion : Spiritual Care for the Person Living with HIV/AIDS / Andre E. de la Porte -- Project Design and Management / Prisca Mokgadi -- An HIV and AIDS Curriculum for Theological Institutions in Africa.
"In response to HIV/AIDS and its consequences, this collection of essays by young African scholars proposes a pattern of Christian education designed to equip churches for ministry in a time of crisis. .... Experienced teachers and theologians describe ways to address HIV/AIDS through the academic disciplines of ministerial preparation as well as in continuing education opportunities, short courses for laity and training-of-trainers seminars for parish workers. Practical guides for classroom discussion of HIV/AIDS are provided in the areas of health and human sexuality, biblical interpretation, theology, counseling, gender perspectives, project design and management". -- back cover.
"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
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.