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The red ribbon and globe is a symbol of UNAIDS's Global AIDS Program, http://www.unaids.org.
Along with others throughout the world, United Methodists observe World AIDS Day on December 1 or a Sunday close to this date. This year's theme, chosen by the World AIDS Campaign, is "Live and Let Live." This two-year campaign (2002-2003) will focus on eliminating stigma and discrimination. UNAIDS says, "Help us fight fear, shame, ignorance and injustice worldwide."
Because stigma and discrimination are major obstacles to effective HIV/AIDS prevention and care, one way churches can help overcome these problems is to welcome everyone. Christian hospitality is a key aspect of congregational ministry with people living with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones. When congregations reach out and embrace all people, including those affected by HIV/AIDS, healing happens, not only among individuals but the church community as a whole.
Note: UMCOR encourages you to give through your local United Methodist Church. Gifts may also be sent to: UMCOR, 475 Riverside Dr., Room 330, New York, NY 10115. To make a credit card donation, call 1-800-554-8583.