HIV, Health & Holiness. A Guide for the Episcopal Church. 6/2012

Published by National Episcopal AIDS Coalition June 2012

In 2009, The Episcopal Church (TEC) recognized that after nearly 30 years, the pandemic has entered a new phase: one in which the danger of death has lessened, but the costs of AIDS as a chronic illness prove insurmountable for many. As a result of this recognition, General Convention urged the Executive Council with the assistance of the Committee on HIV/AIDS and National Episcopal AIDS Coalition to convene a domestic strategy meeting for the purpose of developing a comprehensive response to the HIV/AIDS crisis by The Episcopal Church. While the current funding climate made a strategy meeting impossible, this document is a response to that request. The document four vision statements developed for the purposes of creating focus and organizing various initiatives to be undertaken by the church:

-Advocacy and Communication

Vision: The Episcopal Church, through NEAC and other communicators, will regularly bring attention to not only the current state of HIV and AIDS, but also offer ways in which parishes can participate in bringing spiritual comfort to those affected by the disease.

-Education and Prevention

Vision: The Episcopal Church will make available reliable, culturally- and age-appropriate HIV and AIDS prevention materials, with an emphasis on the role of behavior in reducing risks for HIV infection.

-Spirituality, Hospitality and Engagement

Vision: The Episcopal Church will continue to claim its role of prophetic witness by affirming the humanity of all persons including those living HIV and AIDS; and recognizing and proclaiming their dignity and worth, through actions as well as words.

-Fighting Stigma

Vision: The Episcopal Church will be a leader in fighting stigma in our communities, striving to make every parish a welcoming, loving place to those who are in need, especially those affected by HIV and AIDS.

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