01 December 2004

The Body of Christ has AIDS

Today is World AIDS Day - the international day of action on HIV and AIDS which takes place every year on 1 December.

Susan Johnson, Mission Education Co-ordinator, said: "Today we join with thousands throughout the world to remember before God those 39.4 million people who are living with HIV/Aids. We thank God for the work of the churches, other faith groups, NGOs and the many individuals who are supporting and caring for those who are struggling to live in this situation. Through our prayers we show solidarity and through our giving we show practical support."

The Methodist Church in Britain has a new poster campaign carrying the stark message 'The Body of Christ has AIDS'. Susan Johnson explained: "Many people living with HIV are afraid to admit their illness to other people because they fear rejection. But we have a gospel that teaches us to love and accept all people. Where one person suffers we all suffer. Methodists around the country are looking at their theology, and at what it means to be part of the Body of Christ when people are suffering."

Resources:

 

  • Listen to an audio feature on what The Methodist Church is doing to fight AIDS
  • 'The Body of Christ has AIDS' poster is available from mph (tel: 01733 325 002; order code GA290)
  • To find out about the many HIV/Aids projects supported by the Methodist Church contact the Mission Education Department (tel: 020 7467 5116)

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