Faith at AIDS 2016
In addition to the Interfaith Pre-Conference, there were many programmes, spaces and activities to learn and share as people of faith during the main conference, 18-22 July.
An interfaith networking zone at the Global Village provided a dynamic space for exchanges, resources and workshops.
Interfaith Prayer Service
An interfaith service open to all was offered at the Emmanuel Cathedral in the city of Durban during AIDS 2016 on 19 July.
Since the 15th International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand (AIDS 2004), the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance has led the facilitation of an Interfaith Chaplains Programme. In partnership with the International AIDS Society (IAS), a room at the conference venue was designated as Interfaith Prayer Room and was open and accessible to all conference participants. Ten interfaith chaplains led faith-based prayer and worship sessions during the conference, and were available for informal counseling and spiritual support to conference participants.
Ecumenical Media Team
A small team captured faith-based events and news with photos, videos, stories and coverage on social media.
Faith Roadmap for AIDS 2016
For the schedule of faith-related events at AIDS 2016, Faith Roadmap at AIDS 2016. The roadmap outlines key activities, seminars, exhibitions and networking areas for faith-based participation at the International AIDS Conference in Durban 2016.
Also available for download is a booklet of activities for the Black AIDS Institute and the Community Science Empowerment Project.
Press conference and informal press briefings:
Religious leaders, faith-based representatives and key global partners responding to HIV will speak to media in several press briefings about the challenges and opportunities in the faith-based response to HIV, globally and locally.
All events were recorded:
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer, United Church of Christ, USA
Ms Sandra Thurman, chief strategy officer, PEPFAR
Ms Sally Smith, senior advisor for faith-based organizations, UNAIDS
Rebecca Duerst, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Anggia Ermarini, Fatayat NU (civil society organization), Indonesia
Rev. Claudia Soliette Lopez, Nicaraguan Lutheran Church of Faith and Hope
Rev. JP Mokgethi-Heath, Policy Advisor on HIV and Theology, Church of Sweden
Rev. Fr Wilfredo Ruazol, executive assistant to the Supreme Bishop of the Philippine Independent Church
Rev. Edwin Sanders, senior servant, Metropolitan Community Church, USA
Please see the AIDS 2016 Media Guide for more information.
The Cartography of HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology
Download this new and important partially annotated bibliography (pdf 4,6 MB) put together by CHART, the Collaborative for HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology and published January 2016.
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