United Methodist Global AIDS Committee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee has announced plans to host a series of educational webinars that will be made available at Facebook.com/ UMCglobalaidsfund and archived on their website. The webinar series will be held during the following months: October 2020, December 2020, February 2021, April 2021, and June 2021.
These webinars will serve to educate, support, and advocate for those affected by HIV/AIDS. The webinars will be free, no registration required, and will be archived for later viewing.
The Rev. Don Messer, the moderator of the first panel and a member of the Global AIDS Committee, says: “Humanity faces an unprecedented threat from three simultaneous pandemics: HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, and racism. As forums of education and advocacy, these webinars will call Christians to join in God’s healing mission and ministry in the world. Suffering, hunger, and poverty increase globally as COVID-19 reveals racial disparities in health and medical services. UNAIDS estimates an additional half million people will die in sub-Saharan Africa in the next year because of the confluence of these three pandemics. Not just Zoom calls, these are calls to action.”
The United Methodist Global AIDS Committee – established by the 2004 General Conference of The United Methodist Church – has sought to strengthen the church’s compassionate response to those affected with HIV/AIDs by helping to stem the tide of the pandemic through education and advocacy.
Details of the webinar series are below:
- October 1, 2020, 1:00 p.m. CT – COVID-19 and HIV & AIDS
Theme: Explore how COVID-19 is impacting the global effort to reduce HIV infections and AIDS deaths. People locked down globally results in people with HIV not getting treatment, preventive medication or testing. People lack food, causing hunger & causing people to stop medications. UNAIDS has estimated that in sub-Sahara Africa an additional 500,000 people could die from AIDS in 2020-21.
• December 1, 2020, 1:00 p.m. CT: World AIDS Day Worship Service Theme: World AIDS Day Service on Tuesday, December 1, will be available for anyone to access. This is sponsored by the Global AIDS Committee and its member agencies and the Center for Health and Hope.