“May Christ’s love surround you and be a constant reminder of your beloved-ness as we work together to create an AIDS-Free world.”
— The United Methodist Global AIDS Committee (UMGAC)–
UMGAC began its ministry in 2004 and is the AIDS-focused initiative in The United Methodist Church. HIV and AIDS are critical global health concerns impacting far too many of God’s men, women and children around the globe!
Join us by becoming an AIDS Ambassador as we educate and advocate to create a world free of HIV!
On this World AIDS Day, the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee wants to thank each of you for your commitment to creating an AIDS-free world and for all the good work you do to eradicate stigma and discrimination against those living with HIV or AIDS. Bravo to each of you!
According to UNAIDS, 36.7 million people globally are living with HIV.
The good news is around 20.9 million people have access to the life-saving medicines. The challenge is ensuring the 15.8 million people in need of treatment secure it!
Additional good news is from 2010 to 2016, new HIV infections among children were reduced by 56% in eastern and southern Africa, the region most affected by HIV, and by 47% globally! This is worth celebrating, but our work is not over by a long shot!
We hope each of you has on your calendar the October 25-27, 2018 United Methodist Global AIDS Conference titled “Breaking Barriers” which will be held at St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis! Registration information will be sent out at the end of January, and we hope to see all of you there!
We ask for prayers for peace, for strength for those living with HIV or AIDS, and for perseverance for the journey ahead which leads to transformation and healing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Bishop Julius Trimble, UMGAC Chair
World Council of Churches World AIDS Day Event December 1, 2017
We invite every congregation to commemorate World AIDS Day sometime during the year, and we’d be happy to publicize your events! Contact us at email@example.com.
November – December 2017 UMGAC Newsletter is here!
Read how United Methodists are responding to the AIDS pandemic plus much more!
Faith on Fast Track Regarding Children Living with HIV World Council of Churches
Check out our Events page for upcoming opportunities to address HIV and AIDS! And, take action!
Interfaith Sign on Letter for AIDS Funding! See our “Take Action” page!
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the United States is “calling on communities of faith—which are a healing presence in areas affected by gender-based violence—to once again stand with us, and support the campaign to protect girls and women from sexual assault.” The latest issue of Foreign Service Journal includes an article written by Ambassador Deborah Brix, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, titled “PEPFAR: Making the Impossible Possible”. Well worth the reading!
World Council of Churches issues Pastoral Letter on AIDS and action steps! Check it out!
…an interview with Dr. Don Messer (UMGAC committee member) and Linda Bales Todd, (UMGAC Consultant)
Let us know what AIDS ministries are happening in your local church! Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’d love hearing from you!