"To many people in the world, the Aborigines are the hidden people of Australia. It was therefore a rare privilege for a small group of us from five different countries to spend three weeks visiting Australia and listening to Aboriginal people as they told us of their dreams, their hopes, their suffering and their struggle. We were sent by the World Council of Churches at the invitation of the Australian Council of Churches. Our mission was a direct outcome of the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism held in Melbourne in 1980 on the theme `Your Kingdom Come'. There it was urged that in seeking to discern signs of that Kingdom in our world today, Christians should pay special attention to the voices of the poor, the oppressed, and the dispossessed of the earth. One result was the ACC's decision to request the WCC to send a delegation to Australia to express solidarity with the Aboriginal people, to consult with the Australian churches about their own response to racism and to enable the world Christian community, through informed prayer and effective action, to support the Aborigines in their struggle for justice". -- Intro., p. 5.
Contents: Foreword / Jean Skuse, General Secretary, Australian Council of Churches -- Introduction -- Racism : A Betrayal of the Christian Gospel -- The Concerns of the Aborigines -- A Key Federal Government Responsibility -- Political Participation -- Spirituality and Culture -- Summary of Recommendations -- Appendix 1: Itinerary --Appendix 2: Materials Examined -- Appendix 3: Letter to Aborigines -- Appendix 4: Letter to Churches.
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.