World AIDS Day is held on December first each year. This is a time when we remember people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses and people who are living with HIV; a time to give thanks for the progress that has been made and to reflect on what still needs to be done. It is an opportunity for people around the world to unite to eradicate AIDS and show support for people living with HIV. It is a time to commit anew to ensuring that no one is left behind.
World AIDS Day Resources:
AIDS has claimed the lives of more than 25 million people worldwide. Millions of children under the age of 18 in sub-Saharan Africa have lost one or both parents to AIDS. The ELCA, along with the international community, has pledged both resources and action. There is cause for great hope.
Real progress has been made to:
Your action makes a difference as we do God’s work in the world together. See below and the links to the right to find important ways you can help today.
Your generous gift can have a profound impact on the lives of those who live with or are affected by HIV and AIDS. Support children who’ve lost parents or their guardian to the disease. Train a pastor in HIV and AIDS counseling. Get anti-retroviral medicines to remote rural health clinics. Make free HIV testing available. Prevent new infections. Transform this church into a safe space for people living with HIV and AIDS.
Join with others who are seeking to ensure that governments, corporations and communities do their part to achieve the goals of:
Discover specific ways of walking with and serving people who are living with HIV and AIDS. Together, we can achieve things on a scale and scope that we could never do on our own.
Grounded in God’s love and forgiveness, we are called to discern what it means to be a church that is HIV-positive — a community that suffers when one member suffers and that celebrates the joys of each member. We grow in faith, awareness and strength to live and serve in the world through prayer, study of Scripture and worship.