Current UMGAC Newsletter: March-April 2020
Please share this newsletter with family and friends! Article on COVID-19 and HIV & AIDS, along with other resources and inspiration.
Updated Resource Available on Stigma Reduction
The Indiana Annual Conference has updated a resource called “Let Us Stamp Out Stigma” which is available for your use. It’s an excellent resource to train-the-trainer for clergy or laity in local congregations and/or other settings.
Wanting to find up to date info on HIV & AIDS?
Check out the Kaiser Family Foundation web page! It’s chock full of important information and resources!
Resources from the 2018 Breaking Barriers AIDS Conference
- Bible Study Bishop Tracy Smith Malone
- Aging and HIV Power Point
- Abundant Health and the Church
- Global AIDS and Youth Power Point
- Global Perspectives and Trends Power Point from Kenya – Photos
- Global Perspectives and Trends Presentation – PDF
- HIV in the Southern US Power Point
- How to start a Strength for the Journey Retreat
- Human Sexuality Power Point
- Declaration of Liberation from the Positive Women’s Network
- Eliminating Stigma – A Human Rights Challenge Power Point
- Strength For The Journey 2019 Brochure
- Video for Strength for the Journey
Audio/Visual Recordings of Plenary Sessions:
- Day 1: Thursday Abundant Health Panel and Opening Worship: https://boxcast.tv/view/breaking-barriers-day-1-674524
- Day 2: Opening Devotions, Bible Study by Bishop Tracy Smith Malone & Panel on Stigma: https://boxcast.tv/view/breaking-barriers-day-2-867281
- Day 2: Keynote Luncheon Speaker, Hydeia Broadbent: https://boxcast.tv/view/breaking-barriers-day-2-371035
- Day 2: Panel Presentation on Global AIDS and Youth: https://boxcast.tv/view/breaking-barriers-day-2-835305
- Day 2: Keynote Address by Jeanne White-Ginder, Leadership Awards, & Evening Vespers & Remembrance: https://boxcast.tv/view/breaking-barriers-day-2-431549
- Day 3: Panel Discussion on People of Color and HIV & AIDS: https://boxcast.tv/view/breaking-barriers-day-3-439771
- Day 3: Closing Worship: https://boxcast.tv/view/breaking-barriers-day-3-779544
NEW! “Stories of Hope and Perseverance” ~ Testimonies from projects funded by the UMC Global AIDS Fund around the globe.
Article on parallels between the HIV and Opioid Epidemics ~ The New England Journal of Medicine ~ Check it out!
2018 Report (updated 2020) AIDS Ministries in United Methodist Annual Conferences in the United States and around the globe. Check it out!
“I Can’t Hear You! Are You Listening?”
A new, downloadable resource available from Balm in Gilead, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to prevent diseases and to improve the health status of individuals who are disproportionately affected by high rates of health disparities, especially HIV, hepatitis C, cervical cancer and sexual violence. Now in its 26th year, The Balm In Gilead is based in Richmond, VA (USA) and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The organization provides technical support to over 10,000 faith institutions regarding the implementation of health education and service programs.
World AIDS Day Resources:
World AIDS Day is commemorated by people around the world on December 1st each year. Below are several resources usable in local churches or other settings.
World Aids Day Bulletin Insert-Flyer 2019 (pdf link) or jpg/png versions below:
- For hard copy use, please print the pdf copy (1) double sided and (2) flip on the short edge
- For social media, please use the jpg or png editions
Video ~ Prayer Poem produced by United Methodist Communications ~ 2018
World AIDS Day: A Time of Remembrance and Action – Article in Faith In Action, 2017
2016 Health Tool Kit for World AIDS Day – US Department of Health and Human Services
Worship Tools for World AIDS Day – UMC Discipleship Ministries
2016 World AIDS Day Materials – UNAIDS
2016 World AIDS Day – United Nations
World Health Organization AIDS Resources – Find statistics, stories and other resources usable for World AIDS Day events
2015 World AIDS Day Resources – United Church of Christ
World AIDS Day Service – Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance 2015
A Call to Action for Children – a downloadable resource published by UNICEF, PEPFAR, UNAIDS, The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS, The World Bank and USAID. Excellent resource for small group study.
AIDS Ambassador Information Sheet – This downloadable resource describes the role of serving as a United Methodist AIDS Ambassador. An excellent resource for local churches and annual conferences! All members of the UMGAF AIDS Network are considered AIDS Ambassadors. To sign up, write to: email@example.com, and submit your name requesting to be added to the AIDS Network as an AIDS Ambassador.
HIV & AIDS – Fact Sheet from General Board of Church & Society. Downloadable.
Interactive Map on the Physical Impact of HIV on the Human Body – A 2014 article published by Healthline written by Ann Pietrangelo about the impact of HIV on the body and the affect on the immune system.
Map of UMGAF Projects and Information 2015
US National AIDS Strategy 2015 – This strategy is developed by the United States Office of AIDS Policy. It contains an Executive Summary along with statistics and projected goals through 2020. This is a vital document for those in the United States who are addressing the AIDS issue.
Just Save One brochure 2014 – this is the official brochure of the UMC Global AIDS Fund and its new initiative on the prevention of Mother-to-Child transmission of HIV. These brochures are available at the General Board of Church & Society. No charge except postage.
Latinos/as & HIV&AIDS – produced from the General Board of Church & Society. Downloadable.
Pastoral Letter on AIDS from the World Council of Churches – June 2016
Valentine’s Day Resources 2015 – This one page resource can be distributed in local churches, small groups including youth groups. Downloadable.
2014 AIDS Advent Study – The Season of Change produced by the General Board of Church & Society. Excellent resource for small groups including youth groups. Free downloadable.
Stigma – “Let Us Stamp our Stigma” This downloadable booklet includes basic information on HIV with a strong focus on stigma and how faith organizations can eradicate stigma by education and extending care and love to persons living with HIV and AIDS. Training the Trainer.
How to Organize an HIV Testing Event – A 2012 Louisiana Annual Conference downloadable resource which provides step-by-step instructions on how to set up a testing event. Sample resource tools are also included.
Africa Praying…A Handbook on HIV & AIDS Sensitive Sermon Guidelines and Liturgy by Rev. Dr. Musa Dube
Jamaica Praying...A Handbook on HIV & AIDS Sensitive Sermon Guidelines and Liturgy, February 2015, United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI). The resource aims to equip church workers to offer a sensitive response to people affected by the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
Report from the World Council of Churches from the 2016 International AIDS Conference, Durban, S. Africa
United Methodist Human Sexuality Curriculum:
HIV Positive and Proud: What’s With Stigma? – HIV attitudes haven’t changed since the 1980s but Generation Z, people born in the mid 1990s to the early 2000s, is trying to change that. Twenty-year-old HIV activist, Mercy Ngulube, debunks common misconceptions about HIV and tell us why she’s positive and proud. Produced by BBC Stories & Orchard TV. 2019
Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission – This resource is a downloadable power point presentation on the Prevention of HIV from Mother-to-Child and can be used for educational purposes in large and/or small groups. Excellent for local congregations.
HIV 101 – A downloadable basic power point presentation on HIV, its origins, statistics, and how it’s contracted. A great resource for small groups, youth groups, local congregations.
Teens Skype AIDS Orphans (UMTV)
Official United Methodist Statements on HIV/AIDS (2016)
Social Principle on HIV/AIDS: ¶162.U – Persons Living with HIV and AIDS
Persons diagnosed as positive for Human Immune Virus (HIV) and with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) often face rejection from their families and friends and various communities in which they work and interact. In addition, they are often faced with a lack of adequate health care, especially toward the end of life. All individuals living with HIV and AIDS should be treated with dignity and respect.
We affirm the responsibility of the Church to minister to and with these individuals and their families regardless of how the disease was contracted. We support their rights to employment, appropriate medical care, full participation in public education, and full participation in the Church.
We urge the Church to be actively involved in the prevention of the spread of AIDS by providing educational opportunities to the congregation and the community. The Church should be available to provide counseling to the affected individuals and their families.
Resolution 3241 – A Covenant to Care: Recognizing and Responding to the Many Faces of HIV/AIDS in USA
Resolution 3243 – The Church and the Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic
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