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Breaking the conspiracy of silence : Christian churches and the global AIDS crisis

Author: Donald E Messer
Publisher: Minneapolis : Fortress Press, ©2004.
Series: Prisms.
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More than twenty years into the global AIDS pandemic, the efforts of Christian congregations and denominations have been less than minimal. This book is aimed to awaken Christian compassion in the coming years to this fathomless tragedy. The worst health crisis in the world in 700 years, global HIV/AIDS epidemic is overwhelming in scale: 40 million people are infected worldwide (75% of them in Africa); 7000 people  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald E Messer
ISBN: 9780800636418 0800636414
OCLC Number: 54682540
Description: xx, 192 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Church and Global AIDS --
2. We Are All HIV-positive --
3. Facing and Responding to Sexual Realities --
4. Stigmatization and Discrimination --
5. Women, Children, and HIV/AIDS --
6. ABCs of Prevention --
7. World without AIDS --
8. Ensuring Care, Testing, Counselling, and Treatment --
9. Global Hope in a Global Emergency --
App. Avoiding HIV/AIDS.
Series Title: Prisms.
Other Titles: Christian churches and the global AIDS crisis
Responsibility: Donald E. Messer.

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More than twenty years into the global AIDS pandemic, the efforts of Christian congregations and denominations have been less than minimal. This book is aimed to awaken Christian compassion in the coming years to this fathomless tragedy. The worst health crisis in the world in 700 years, global HIV/AIDS epidemic is overwhelming in scale: 40 million people are infected worldwide (75% of them in Africa); 7000 people die daily; each day 1600 persons are infected. Some 26 million people have already died. ''At this unprecedented kairos moment in human history, '' says Messer, ''God is calling the church to a new mission and ministry.'' Drawing on his own involvement in global AIDS education in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, Messer uses stories, basic factual information, and theological insights to motivate lay and clerical Christians to assume leadership and form partnerships with Christians around the world in this struggle. Just as individuals must change their behavior to prevent and eliminate AIDS, so must congregations and church leaders. Compassion, not condemnation, is desperately needed, says Messer. But financial resources for education and prevention programs are also urgently required from churches. Messer shows how churches can partner with ecumenical organizations, relief agencies, volunteer mission programs, healthcare programs, and other agencies to engage global AIDS directly and effectively.

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"A challenge to Christians to develop a moral, activist approach to combating global AIDS, Breaking teh Conspiracy of Silence should be read by Chrisitans and people of faith, especially if they have Read more...

 
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