Wednesday, December 1, 2010

World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS day, a day we remember our brothers and sisters who live with HIV/AIDS, those who care for them, and those we love who have lost the fight.

The rotating display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at the AIDS Interfaith Chapel of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco reminds us of the deep imprint AIDS has made on our own parish. This panel of the quilt remembers the Rev. Wayne Hanson, rector of All Saints.

What can we do today to honor the memory of those who have died, and provide help to those living with AIDS today?
  1. Pray. For those infected with HIV/AIDS. For doctors, nurses, social workers, and other caregivers. For educators who help with HIV prevention. For the repose of the souls of those who have died. Give thanks for scientists and researchers whose work has enabled people living with AIDS to live longer, healthier lives. Pray that policymakers find ways to distribute lifesaving medications to all those who need them.
  2. Attend the Memorial Service of Worship sponsored by the Circle City HIV/AIDS Coalition this evening at 6:30 at the Church Within.
  3. Give generously to the Damien Center's Coby Palmer Food Pantry. Collection boxes are in the church. For the month of December, a suggested grocery bag includes 1 canned ham, apple sauce, scalloped potatoes, 2 canned vegetables, and Christmas candy. Or select other needed items from this list.

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