Practicing Hope: A Handbook for Building HIV and AIDS Competence in the Churches

Practicing Hope: A Handbook for Building HIV and AIDS Competence in the Churches

by Sue Parry




Almost 35 years after the advent of HIV and AIDS, churches, church bodies, and church leaders are developing competence in handling the enormous personal, communal, cultural, and religious dimensions of the epidemic. Yet, the challenge is ongoing and global. While the rate of new infections is declining in Africa, it is on the rise in Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In this handbook, Dr. Sue Parry - a physician in Zimbabwe with broad experience in the provision of clinical care, and whose Beacons of Hope provided a breakthrough in helping African churches and other churches gain HIV competence - gathers the clinical and pastoral knowledge of a generation for pastoral caregivers, seminary educators, and professionals in ministry. Providing a sophisticated and comprehensive framework, the book also demonstrates and facilitates the vital role that churches can play in addressing, not just the clinical, but also the deeper cultural and religious dimension of the HIV epidemic. Parry's practical and perceptive guide to mainstreaming HIV competence enables Christians and Christian churches to not merely envision hope, but to also practice it. (Series: Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa)Ë?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782825416228
Publisher: World Council of Churches/Conseil Oecumenique des Eglises
Publication date: 12/01/2013
Series: EHAIA
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Acknowledgments xv

Section 1 Why This Handbook? 1

1.1 Background 1

1.2 Objectives of This Handbook 2

1.3 Intended Users 2

Section 2 The Scope of the HIV and AIDS Epidemic Today 3

2.1 The State of the HIV Epidemic 3

2.2 Determinants of the HIV Epidemic 6

2.3 Risk, Vulnerability, Susceptibility, and Impact 10

2.4 The Need for Mainstreaming HIV and AIDS Competence 12

Section 3 Why the Church Should Be Involved in Mainstreaming HIV 13

3.1 The Comparative Advantage of the Church 14

3.2 The Church's Current Response 15

3.3 Who Is "The Church"? 16

Section 4 HIV and AIDS Competence 19

4.1 Inner Competence 20

4.2 Outer Competence 21

4.3 Bridge of Leadership, Knowledge, and Resources 24

Section 5 Mainstreaming 27

5.1 Mainstreaming from a Faith Perspective 27

5.2 The Basics of Mainstreaming 28

5.3 Guiding Principles 29

5.4 Internal Mainstreaming HIV and AIDS Competence 30

5.5 External Mainstreaming: The External Domain of the Church 45

Section 6 Mainstreaming HIV into Theological Institutions 61

Section 7 Mainstreaming HIV Competence into the Ministry of the Church 63

7.1 Church Leaderships Role in Mainstreaming HIV Issues 64

Section 8 Specific Areas in the Life and Ministry of the Church for Mainstreaming 73

8.1 Children in Church: The Child in the Midst 73

8.2 Sunday School Classes and Teachers 78

8.3 Confirmation Classes 79

8.4 Youth Work in the Church, Church Clubs, Schools, and the Surrounding Community 83

8.5 Women's Fellowships/Guilds/Unions/Groups 93

8.6 Men's Fellowships/Ministry/Associations/Groups 97

8.7 Engaged Couples and Married Couples 106

8.8 Parent Groups 110

8.9 People with Disabililties 113

8.10 Other Groups in the Church 116

8.11 Support Groups 119

8.12 Specific HIV Activities 122

8.13 Orphans and Vulnerable Children 147

8.14 Ecumenism and Interfaith Collaboration 150

Section 9 Stewardship of Time, Talents, Finances, and Resources 155

Section 10 Monitoring, Evaluation, and Knowledge Sharing 157

10.1 Indicators 158

10.2 Outcome Monitoring 158

10.3 Impact Monitoring 158

10.4 Knowledge Sharing 159

Conclusion 161

Appendix: Benchmarks 165

Notes 171

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