World AIDS Day 2019

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World AIDS Day

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Resources for you, your congregation and your community.
World AIDS Day is just around the corner, on Sunday 1 December. This year, World AIDS Day, also falls on the first Sunday of Advent, the day we typically light a candle for hope.

MCC churches have been sanctuaries of hope since the first days that HIV/AIDS devastated our community. Often, MCC ministers and congregants were the only ones to welcome, care for, touch, and honor those living with and dying from HIV/AIDS. Too many times, MCC would be the only community of faith open to provide burial and funeral rites when other churches would not do so.

In commemoration of World AIDS Day this year, THE HIV/AIDS Advisory Group has revised and updated the World AIDS Day pages on our denomination’s website. We invite you to take a moment and check out the resources provided in the effort to help you plan for worship or any special service you may be in the process of planning or participating in.

This Advent, we invite you take a moment and help commemorate unite in the fight against HIV, show your support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died because of HIV/AIDS by honoring this day with renewed reverence and hope. World AIDS Day is also an opportunity for you to learn the facts about HIV and put your knowledge into action. The risk is not yet over and it is important that we continue to talk about how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and to talk about the reality of living with HIV today.

You can also show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a  red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.

In Hope and Solidarity,
Rev. Tory Topjian, HIV/AIDS Affinity Group Coordinator

To view resources for World AIDS Day, click here:

And to view MCC’s Advent Resources, click here: