Thank you for visiting our web page! The United Methodist Global AIDS Committee, since 2004, has addressed the HIV and AIDS pandemic through working with local churches of The United Methodist Church providing education and advocacy. As of 2020, approximately 39 million people are living with HIV or AIDS. The church has a role in making a difference and saving lives. Won’t you join us by becoming an AIDS Ambassador as we educate and advocate to create a world free of HIV!
“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.”
In June 1981, scientists in the United States reported the first clinical evidence of a disease that would later become known as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Its cause, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), was identified in 1983.
GLOBAL HIV STATISTICS
- 37.7 million [30.2 million–45.1 million] people globally were living with HIV in 2020.
- 1.5 million [1 million–2 million] people became newly infected with HIV in 2020.
- 680,000 [480,000–1 million] people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2020.
- 27.5 million [26.5 million–27.7 million] people were accessing antiretroviral therapy in 2020.
- 79.3 million [55.9 million–110 million] people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic.
- 36.3 million [27.2 million–47.8 million] people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic.
Source: United Nations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Consultant Announced for United Methodist Global AIDS Committee
Bishop Julius Trimble, Indianapolis, Chair of the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee, has announced that the search committee unanimously has selected Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley, Tyler, Texas, to serve as the next part-time Global AIDS Consultant for the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee. Contract details need to be finalized, but her appointment is effective immediately.
Dr. Farley will assume the responsibilities previously held by retired Global AIDS Consultant, Ms. Linda Bales Todd of Dayton, Ohio. A reception honoring Todd was held Monday, June 14, recognizing her 17 years of distinguished service as a volunteer and part-time employee of the Committee. Speakers included Bishop Julius Trimble, Dr. Jim Winkler, President of the National Council of Churches, and retired Bishop Fritz and Etta Mae Mutti of Kansas City, Missouri. Other tributes were provided by persons from Burundi, Kenya, India, and throughout the United States.
Farley, an ordained deacon of the Texas Annual Conference, currently serves two United Methodist churches in Flint and Tyler, Texas. She holds a Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Methodist University. Prior to her pastoral appointments, she was director of a campground in the California-Nevada Annual Conference, served as a campus minister in Texas, and was a journalist serving in Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, and New Zealand.
“My calling is to encourage, equip and empower others,” says Farley. “I have lost loved ones to HIV and AIDS and it is a cause very near and dear to my heart.”
“As a member of the selection committee, I look forward to working with her, as I believe she will give vital and renewed leadership to our calling,” said Donald E. Messer, secretary. “COVID-19 has only underscored the urgent need for addressing HIV and AIDS in the world, as forward progress toward ending this forty-year pandemic has been stymied and reversed. Finding ways to mobilize the church in this urgent healing mission will require all her gifts as well as deepened commitment from all of us.”
Committee members may want to welcome her by email at email@example.com.
Mail may be sent to her c/o Noonday UMC, 17320 Hwy 155, Flint, Texas 75762.
Donald E. Messer, Secretary
Global AIDS Committee
March-April 2021 UMGAC Newsletter
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