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(USA) National Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day

from Joshua Love, Director MCC Global HIV/AIDS Ministry
Monday, September 27, 2010

“Millions of lives and millions of deaths around the world bear direct witness to the fact that AIDS IS NOT OVER. The suffering and marginalization of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS has continued for three decades without ceasing. We no longer need to ask when the moment for action will come: it was yesterday, it is today, and it will be tomorrow until HIV and AIDS are no more,” Joshua L. Love, Director Metropolitan Community Churches Global HIV/AIDS Ministry.

At Metropolitan Community Churches we believe God is calling people of faith to end the silence and inaction which have hurt millions of people around the world. We believe that silence and inaction, particularly in the face of the human suffering and death wrought by HIV and AIDS, is contrary to the expressed core teachings of faith traditions.

As our Moderator Reverend Nancy Wilson regularly reminds us, Metropolitan Community Churches have stood at the forefront of the battle against HIV and AIDS since the first announcements linking AIDS with the lives of gay men, and we believe that God has uniquely called people of faith to restore the heart of the church through ministry with those individuals most excluded by the church.

If you hunger to minister at the true intersection of justice, mercy, compassion and hope, then join Metropolitan Community Churches Global HIV/AIDS Ministry and our allies around the world in taking action today. The God of your understanding may be inspiring and empowering you with the message once delivered by St. Teresa of Avila:

God has no body now on earth but yours.
Yours are the only hands with which God can do work;
Yours are the only feet with which God can go about the world;
Yours are the only eyes through which God’s compassion can shine forth upon a troubled world.

“Death is defeated by love and sickness is healed by love. We must display that love those living with HIV or AIDS. Pray for those infected by the virus, talk to them and sit side-by-side with those carrying HIV at church. People need to know that someone loves them in order to have a purpose. Having a purpose in life gives a person a reason to want to live. That’s what love does,” Bishop Yvette Flunder, Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship.

In Love, Peace, and Hope,
Metropolitan Community Churches Global HIV/AIDS Ministry

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