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The United Methodist Church has been responding to the HIV/AIDS crisis since the early 1980s. Needs continue as the pandemic grows. Today we live in a world in which five people die of AIDS every minute and nine people more are infected by HIV. The General Board of Global Ministries has responded to the HIV/AIDS crisis through programs of awareness, care, and support:
World AIDS Day is December 1. United Methodists are encouraged to observe this event on or near that day. This year’s international theme, “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise,” relates directly to the eight UN Millennium Goals to “Keep the Promise” to fight the sources of hunger and poverty in our world.
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AIDS Orphan Trust: The goal of this program is to support community efforts to care for orphans by assisting them with their daily necesities, school fees, and moral and spiritual support..
A Covenant to Care: A Covenant to Care congregation publicly declares that people with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones are welcome in all facets of the church's life, leadership and ministry.
Enabling AIDS Ministries in the USA: A fund for development and strengthening of HIV/AIDS ministries by providing grants for education, compassion, and advocacy for persons living with HIV/AIDS.
Global AIDS Fund: A new opportunity to respond to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, established by The United Methodist Church in 2004.
The Mutti AIDS Fund: Proceeds from this fund have gone to HIV/AIDS ministries throughout the United States where they assist in the development of new programs of education, outreach, and direct support while they continue and strengthen vital HIV/AIDS programs relied upon by those infected with and impacted by HIV. Healthy Homes, Healthy Families Kit: This infection control and basic care kit contains 22 essential supplies needed to take care of an ailing loved one and prevent the spread of infection. Health and Welfare Ministries, General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church. Health and Welfare Ministries assists United Methodists to become involved globally in health and welfare ministries, which address the critical health needs of children, youth, older adults, persons with physically and mentally challenging conditions, and racial/ethnic communities of color.
Disability Concerns and The United Methodist Church. Materials on developmental disabilities, mental illness, creative writing by or related to persons with disabilities, and resources in the area of disability ministry for both individuals and faith communities on our web site and email list.
World AIDS Day Observation by The United Methodist Church (General Conference 2004)
Recognizing and Responding to the Many Faces of AIDS in the USA (General Conference 1996)
World AIDS Day Observation by The United Methodist Church (General Conference 1996)
Statement from the HIV/AIDS Consultation (Harare Consultation, June 21-25, 1993)
The Church and the Global AIDS Epidemic (General Conference 1992)
A Statement on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, The Council of Bishops, The United Methodist Church (April 20, 1988)
AIDS and the Healing Ministry of the Church (General Conference 1988).
Printed and Audiovisual Resources
World AIDS Day: Each year, World AIDS Day is observed on December 1. United Methodists are encouraged to observe this event on or near that day.