"This book is the first of a two-part series which deals with the African churches and HIV/AIDS. The second part, 'Acting in Hope: African Churches and HIV/AIDS 2', is also published as a Risk Book". -- Acknowledgements.
"The church in Africa is called upon to live out the positive attitude toward travellers that is found in African societies. It must express solidarity with people living with HIV. It must engage in accompaniment. It must travel with people living with HIV and be sensitive to their rights and needs. Crucially, it must break down barriers between 'us' and 'them'. A church 'with friendly feet' walks alongside those affected by HIV. It courageously proclaims that it is a church living with HIV and AIDS. It refuses to throw stones (John 8:1-11) and recognizes that the gospel compels us Christians to love without limits". -- Intro.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- The Church in Africa: An Overview -- A Weakened Response to HIV/AIDS -- Churches with Friendly Feet -- Churches with Anointed Hands -- Conclusion.
Author "serves as Theology Consultant for the Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA)." -- back cover.