The Presiding Bishop's Statement for World AIDS Day 2009:
The Episcopal Church has shown distinguished leadership on this issue through the years and, despite current challenges, I fervently hope that our combined witness and advocacy will continue to grow. I urge all Episcopalians to join our Church's advocacy efforts by becoming members of the Episcopal Public Policy Network and I commend the work of the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition (NEAC) which, for several decades has helped to keep this issue visible within The Episcopal Church.Read the statement here.
Christians around the world enter the season of Advent this weekend, and together we wait in hope for the coming of the Redeemer. An ancient antiphon for the season addresses the coming Christ as "the King of the nations, and their desire, the cornerstone uniting all people." Let our prayer in this holy season be that the God who dwells among us, suffers and dies, yet rises again, will unite the will of all peoples to work toward finally conquering HIV/AIDS.
From Episcopal LIfe:
'December 1 each year is World AIDS Day, an occasion both to remember the 25 million beloved children of God who have lost their lives to the pandemic over the past three decades, and to rededicate ourselves to building a future without AIDS,' writes Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in Episcopal Life Weekly bulletin inserts for Nov. 29. Jefferts Schori reminds Episcopalians of the need for action and advocacy so that the worldwide AIDS pandemic continues to be a priority for the Church and for the United States.
Bulletin insert can be found here. See copy below:
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