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.
"Where, I kept asking myself, is the hope ? Why are so many people feeling such malaise about their future ? It is not just the current misnamed war on terrorism or globalized poverty and disease, or the planet's tragic environmental devastation. It is a loss of faith, of belief. What can the ecumenical movement do to bring hope to a hopeless world, not the false hope of denial or the vapid spirituality that escapes reality but the flame of hope that is willing to accept the challenges of the 21st century ?". -- Foreword.
In this book "Kobia addresses humanity's sense of alienation and quest for identity, asking how the churches, the ecumenical movement and the World Council of Churches -- divided as they are -- may yet be renewed for service. Reiterating the radical message of Jesus, he calls for a spirituality of resistance to all that threaten people and the planet. Kobia recognizes signs of hope already manifesting themselves throughout the world, and reports experiences of grace and transformation that may serve as models for future Christian witness and common action". -- back cover.
Contents: [Dedication to Philip Potter] -- Preface dated 17 June 2006 / Philip Potter -- Foreword dated Geneva 2006 / Samuel Kobia -- Introduction -- An Affair of the Whole People of God -- The Different Voices of the People -- Mapping the 'Oikoumene' -- A World Crying in Great Anguish -- Parables for a New Millennium -- God, In Your Grace, Transform the World Council of Churches -- The Beloved Community -- An Invitation to Prayer -- Acknowledgements -- Glossary.
Chapter 3 Mapping the 'Oikoumene' which discusses the new churches of the global south and Africa in particular refers specifically to the Anglican Communion on pp. 62-67 "The Anglican dilemma".