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November 30, 2011
World AIDS Day Round-up

This is the place to review World AIDS Day news from The Episcopal Church and various news sources. Please feel free to leave a comment with your own World AIDS Day activities or additional resources. This post will be updated regularly.

Resources for World AIDS Day

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Help Make This Year the Beginning of the End of AIDS
Help make this World AIDS Day the beginning of the end of AIDS. Tell Congress that the United States must support Secretary Clinton's vision for an AIDS-free Generation by maintaining funding for PEPFAR, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, USAID HIV and AIDS programs, and the Global Fund.

NEWS

World AIDS Day: Christian leaders urge renewed efforts in fighting global pandemic
In observance of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Christian leaders are calling for continued support for the nearly 34 million people living with HIV around the world and encouraging renewed education and advocacy efforts to bring an end to the global pandemic. (We're glad to see NEAC featured in this article!)

World AIDS Day Reflection from The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of Newark 
Today is World AIDS day. Which takes me back nearly twenty years to the story of Lee, who was a parishioner of Christ Church, Hackensack when I was rector there. Lee was a 12 year old African American boy who got AIDS after having being sexually abused by a family member. Abandoned by his biological family, he was adopted by a family of two white men. Lee was cared for. Oh sweet Jesus, was he cared for. Lee died about two years after his adoption, surrounded by his parents and by what had become a huge extended family. Lee’s dying and death produced one of the deepest displays of compassion I have ever seen.

Obama raises U.S. goal on fighting AIDS 
vPresident Barack Obama vowed to boost U.S. efforts to fight AIDS with a new target of providing treatment to 6 million people worldwide by 2013, up from an earlier goal of 4 million.

Clergy team up to hold AIDS event (Fredericksburg, Virginia)
On World AIDS Day, clergy from area churches, temples and mosques will gather together with one common goal--to express hope and thankfulness for the progress that has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the past 30 years.

'One World, One Hope' opens in Clifton, NJ
CLIFTON — Blue State Productions, in residence at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, located at 380 Clifton Ave., announces its fall production "One World, One Hope" on Nov. 18, 19, 26, Dec. 2, 3 at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Nov. 26, at 3 p.m. and a performance on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. The Dec. 1 show, which is World AIDS Day will be followed by St. Peter's World AIDs Day Service of Remembrance.

Hattiesburg to host World AIDS Day events
Kathy Garner, executive director of the AIDS Services Coalition gave the events context: "In remembering those who have died from AIDS as well as the living, we must also work to prevent others from becoming infected. HIV testing is a critical component of our work. All partners in the area are coming together to emphasize the importance of ending this pandemic before another 20 years goes by."

Impact of AIDS illustrated: Memorial service Thursday in Flowood, MS
And on Saturday, St. James will host its annual memorial walk, renamed this year to honor one of the former director's of Grace House, the largest transitional living facility for Mississippians with HIV/AIDS. The Dr. Trey Mangum Memorial Walk of Grace allows participants to honor the lives that have been affected by the disease, Stephens said.

CNN Special Series: Neglecting HIV/AIDS in the Southeast 
In the southeast, the epidemic is growing faster than in any other region in the country. African-Americans constitute 12% of the population in the United States but account for approximately 45% of those newly infected with HIV, according to the CDC. And some of the South's biggest cities topped the CDC's list of diagnosis rates in 2008: Miami. Atlanta. Memphis, Tennessee. Orlando. New Orleans. Charlotte, North Carolina.

World AIDS Day 2011: Getting To Zero
Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, a day dedicated to bring awareness to those who have died from the disease and strides made in the fight against it.The theme for World AIDS Day 2011 is "Getting to Zero." After 30 years of the global fight against HIV/AIDS, this year the focus is on achieving 3 targets: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.

HIV/AIDS: One of the Greatest Medical Fights in Human History
Will HIV/AIDS go down in history as the single largest pandemic of all time or will we effectively stop this killer before it tops the bubonic plague of the Middle Ages or the Great Influenza of 1918-1919?

Bono: A Decade of Progress on AIDS 
Yet today, here we are, talking seriously about the “end” of this global epidemic. There are now 6.6 million people on life-saving AIDS medicine. But still too many are being infected. New research proves that early antiretroviral treatment, especially for pregnant women, in combination with male circumcision, will slash the rate of new H.I.V. cases by up to 60 percent. This is the tipping point we have been campaigning for. We’re nearly there.

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I am headed to a Diocesan Council meeting for the Diocese of Massachusetts. We are distributing the Presiding Bishop's World AIDS Day Letter and our opening worship will include prayers to remember those who have died of AIDS, the ever widening circle of those who are affected by HIV, prayers for healing for the infected, prayers of awareness for those who do not yet know their status, prayers of strength and love for the care givers, and joyful prayers of anticipation as we begin this era as the beginning of the end of AIDS.
December 01, 2011

Rev'd Charles Humphries says
AIDS Awareness/Miami! The internationally famous "White Party" was held 25 Nov. at SeaQuariam after 20 years at Vizcaya raising funds for Care Resource(formerly HCN). Again, our AIDS ministry 29 members from St. Stephen's Episcopal, Coconut Grove and All Souls Episcopal, Miami Beach volunteered. Since '93, we give financial assistance through case workers for rent, utility bills, funerals and more to people infected with HIV/AIDS. With silent auctions,wine tastings, square dances, theme parties, garage sales, we raise and expend on average $35,000 a year with 3% administrative cost.

Sunday, Dec. 4th many of our 85 Southeast Florida parishes will acknowledge World AIDS Day in sermons, litanies and healing services and distribute red ribbons with our bulletins.

As in most cities, HIV/AIDS awareness has dropped from front pages and editorials. But, infections are soaring again across gender and all ethnic groups in our City.

Here in Miami, we are doing our best to renew and keep updated facts of this pandemic alive and to remind our Church that it still has AIDS. We ask for your prayers!

Rev'd Charles Humphries, NEAC Board Member
Chaplain, St. Stephen's/All Souls' AIDS Ministries
December 01, 2011

Austing - A service of hope and remembrance in honor of World AIDS Day will be held by St. David's Episcopal Church and Care Communities on Thursday.
November 30, 2011

I've attached a link to a piece in the Clarion-Ledger this morning on World AIDS Day Events in Jackson, Mississippi. Panels of the Quilt are hanging at Safe Harbor Family Church, downtown at the Jackson Convention Center for a conference sponsored by the MS. Dept. of Health and at Tougaloo College Woodworth Chapel. We will have a World AIDS Day Service tomorrow at Safe Harbor....10 local congregations will be participating in this service together. Then on Saturday St. James' Episcopal will host the 7th Annual Dr. Trey Mangum Memorial Walk of Grace benefiting Grace House. 5 panels of the Quilt will hang for the walk.
November 30, 2011


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