Started in 1988 as the first-ever global health day, World AIDS Day has since been observed annually, serving as a yearly opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and to commemorate people who have died.
The Diocese of New Jersey Jubilee Office & Urban Ministry Committee invite you to join together to support our Church’s response to this global health challenge, our Five Marks of Mission, and the Gospel Imperative to love and serve all through Christ, in a day of informative speakers, fellowship, and Holy Eucharist and Healing on November 29 at Trinity Cathedral from 9:30 AM to 2 PM.“This year’s World AIDS Day observation continues the tradition of our diocese to elevate awareness of HIV/AIDS, and to further the efforts of the national Episcopal Church to respond to this crisis through the love of Jesus Christ.” said Dr. Shawn Fay, a member of the advisory committee for the Diocesan Jubilee Office and a member of the Urban Ministry Committee.
AIDS is still a formidable pandemic – in 2014, 35 Million people worldwide, and over 1 Million people in the United States were living with HIV/AIDS. In New Jersey, of the nearly 38 Thousand people living with HIV/AIDS, almost 80% are people of color, and about one-third are women. In addition to domestic and international health organizations, the Episcopal Church has also risen to address this crisis through education, care, and faith.“As a seminarian, I did my Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital in New York City in 1988. AIDS had become a major crisis. One whole floor of St. Luke’s/Roosevelt was exclusively dedicated to persons with AIDS. In addition, persons with AIDS were also distributed throughout the medical wings of other floors. It was unbelievable,” said Bishop Stokes, in his weekly newsletter address on November 20. “In those days, persons with AIDS were treated as pariahs. A bright orange cart was placed in front of the door of every room where a person with AIDS was being treated. The carts let everyone know that extra precautions needed to be taken. It was a less than subtle signal that the person in the room was ‘untouchable.’ We have come a long ways since those days. AIDS carries much less stigma today than it did back then. Because treatment has improved drastically, people who are diagnosed HIV positive can live much longer than they could when the pandemic first began in the 1980s. Nonetheless, there is still an AIDS crisis.”
Please join us to support our Church’s response to this global health challenge, our Five Marks of Mission, and the Gospel Imperative to love and serve all through Christ, in a day of informative speakers, fellowship, and Holy Eucharist and Healing.
|9:30-10:00 Registration, Welcome, & Breakfast Dr. Shawn P. Fay – Diocese of NJ||11:00-12:00 HIV/AIDS – A Physician’s View Dr. Nick Karabulut – St. Francis Medical Center|
|10:00-10:45 HIV/AIDS – Prevention & Testing Ms. Marcia Patterson – Henry J. Austin Medical Center||12:00-1:00 Willow Program Presentation & Lunch Ms. Rose Frazier – Hyacinth AIDS Foundation|
|10:45-11:00 Break||1:00-2:00 Worship & Healing Fr. Martin Gutwein – Diocese of NJ|
To register for this event, please contact Mary Anne Clisham at The Diocese of New Jersey, by email – firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone – 609-394-5281 Ext. 10 (Tues. & Wed. 10 AM – 4 PM, Thurs. till 2PM). Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. There is no charge for this event.Prayers for Strength Merciful God, we remember before you all who are sick this day, and especially all persons with AIDS or HIV infection. Give them courage to live with their disease. Help them to face and overcome their fears. Be with them when they are alone or rejected. Comfort them when they are discouraged. And touch them with your healing Spirit that they may find and possess eternal life, now and forever. Amen. Dios Creador: Venimos ante ti unidos por el amor para pedirte que nos fortalezcas en la lucha contra que la plaga del S.I.D.A. Que pronto se encuentre la cura para que podamos alabarte sin dolor, en nombre de Cristo nuestro Señor. Amén. A Prayer for Healing Oh Gracious God, who has given your church the mission to restore all people to unity with you and one another in Christ, make our life together in this congregation and diocese a sign of Christ’s love to this world, especially to those broken in spirit and body by AIDS, that unity may overcome estrangement, forgiveness heal guilt, and joy conquer despair; all of which we ask through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. A Prayer for a Cure Oh Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, whose Name alone under heaven is given for health and salvation, enlighten those researchers, scientists, and technicians who seek a cure for AIDS and its related conditions; be present with them in their perplexity and, at last, prosper their efforts with such success that those who were without hope may rejoice and those who were considered dead may be raised up; who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. A Collect for World AIDS Day Loving God, You provide comfort and hope to those who suffer. Be present with all HIV positive persons and their families in this and every land, that they may be strengthened in their search for health, wholeness and abundant living, through Christ our Companion. Amen. Prayers of the People on World AIDS Day Holy Friend and Comforter: On this World AIDS Day we remember especially the thirty-five million persons now living with HIV in all nations. Be with them, we pray. Lord, hear our prayer. Lead our government and the governments of all countries to protect and promote the rights of HIV positive persons to treatment, health and stigma-free living. Lord, hear our prayer. Be with groups and organizations that respond faith fully and with sacrifice to the daily needs of HIV positive persons for food, housing, health care and employment. [We remember especially ___.] Lord, hear our prayer. Guide all organizations that advocate HIV/AIDS prevention through education and outreach that they may be successful in their efforts especially among at-risk populations and among those with health disparities. [We remember especially___.] Lord, hear our prayer. Inspire and encourage the men and woman who spend their lives researching treatments and possible cures for HIV/AIDS. Lord, hear our prayer. Receive all who have died of AIDS and give them healing peace in your eternal presence. [We remember especially ___________________.] Lord, hear our prayer. Caring God, you have promised “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”. It is with this calm assurance, believing that your Kingdom will come, that we offer our prayers to you this day through Jesus Christ. Amen. *Prayer and liturgical resources from the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition.