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The Church and War in the 21st CenturyThe Church in God's Household

The Church in an HIV  World
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The Church in an HIV+ World

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Daniela Gennrich editor

“This book is a ‘must have’ for every congregation. It will help restore each church to its rightful place in the community: to being a centre of hope.”
Rev Purity Malinga, Methodist Bishop, Natal Coastal District.

This comprehensive handbook aims to challenge Christians and churches to look at HIV/AIDS in a new light and consider fresh ways of responding to this humanitarian and theological crisis in South Africa. To sum it up in Bishop Purity Malinga’s words, quoted in the Conclusion: God is calling us to do church differently.

Although it is aimed squarely at Christian churches, its applicability goes well beyond that. This is true especially for the appendices, which offer practical guidelines that will help anyone to meet the real lived needs of people living with HIV or AIDS.

This handbook challenges us to live with the question: “How can we live out what God requires of us in South Africa today, where nearly 5 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and more than 600 die every day?” (Chapter 3)

“This is the most comprehensive, non-judgemental, easiest to read, coherent and compassionate booklet I have read for many years … it forces people to think without being aggressive about it.”
Almedal Calle, UNAIDS Secretariat; email communication to the editor, on the SACLA HIV/AIDS Information Booklet, precursor to this handbook, July 28, 2003.

“This resource will inspire churches and communities to work together in their attempts to serve and empower those who are affected and infected. Judgemental and discriminatory attitudes will also be challenged and changed into a spirit of solidarity and commitment.”
Ms Phumzile Zondi, Coordinator of the Gender Programme of the Institute for the Study of the Bible, and longstanding HIV/AIDS activist.

“This is indeed a handbook which takes you by the hand from uncertainty to active involvement as it not only gives information about the disease, statistics and its impact but it expands on what the church and individual Christians can do for/ with/ alongside the infected and affected.” Extract from the Preface, by Methodist Bishop,
Rev Purity Malinga, Natal Coastal Region.

Daniela Gennrich is Director of PACSA (Pietermaritzburg Agency for Christian Social Awareness), and Coordinator of its Gender Desk. She holds two Masters degrees. She spent 3 years working among those living with HIV, and sick and dying of AIDS in Mpophomeni Township near Howick, and was founding Director of the uMngeni AIDS Centre in Howick before moving to PACSA.


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