Bishop Mark Hanson said, "I believe that we are called to lift up the dignity and value of each person. We are called to witness God's encompassing and transforming love. We are called to lead by example by standing together against stigma and discrimination, striving for comprehensive access to treatment and care, and working tirelessly on methods of prevention that will help restore health and wholeness to all of God's people." He and church leaders from around the world encourage our prayers, support for one another, and actions.
We put all our hope in you, O God. We trust in your mercy and find comfort in your grace. As we commemorate World AIDS Day we pray for your light to enter into the world and shine brighter than any darkness. let it be a pathway illuminated by your love.Many churches, community centers and other organizations are holding World AIDS Day events:
Let us walk in your light.
from the ELCA World AIDS Day Litany
- Edina Community Lutheran Church invites you to their Bonfire event on Wednesday December 1st at 7pm, "a candlelit time of prayer and opportunities for: community song, storytelling, art-making, healing yoga, prayer for healing. A free community meal will be served from 6-7pm." You can find them at 4113 W 54th St, Edina MN.
- The ELCA offers resources on HIV/AIDS including educational materials, prayers and worship notes, ways to become an advocate, and places to donate time and money to fight AIDS.
- World AIDS Campaign has resources especially surrounding their Light for Rights campaign, as well as a list of events happening all across the globe.