Liturgy and Leadership welcomes Rev. Emily Rose Proctor, pastor and leader within the Presbyterian AIDS Network. Rev. Proctor has incredible insights into how we can talk about HIV and AIDS in worship, with children, and where we can find more resources.
Prayer written by Rev. Proctor, based on Mt. 24:36-44
God of Surprises, you break into our lives in unexpected ways, and we often find ourselves unprepared. Forgive us for the times that we sleep walk through life, oblivious to the needs and concerns of others, especially those most impacted by HIV and AIDS. Forgive us for our complacency in the face of suffering both in our own community and all over the world. Wake us up and open our eyes and ears your transforming work in the world. Make us instruments of your healing and reconciliation, that we too might be transformed. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
The resources below are linked to outside websites that aren’t controlled by either Liturgy and Leadership or, except for their own site, the Presbyterian AIDS Network.
- Becoming an HIV & AIDS Competent Church–PC(USA)
- Reflecting Theologically on AIDS: A Global Challenge, Edited by Robin Gill (London: SCM Press: 2007)
- Grant Me Justice! HIV/AIDS & Gender Readings of the Bible, Edited by Musa W. Dube and Musimbi Kanyoro (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004)–Out of Print, check your local library
- Presbyterian AIDS Network
- Balm in Gilead – Resources for World AIDS Days and National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS
- Christian AIDS Bureau for Southern Africa – CABSA – links to many other websites and resources from all over the world
Resources to Learn More about HIV/AIDS
- A Closer Walk– Directed, written, and produced by Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer in 2002, narrated by Glenn Close and Will Smith, A Closer Walk explores the intricate relationship between health, dignity, and human rights, and shows how the harsh realities of AIDS in the world are an expressions of the way the world is.
- Frontline’s Age of AIDS–This 2006 PBS documentary examines how and why humanity has failed to stop the spread of HIV. Filmed in 19 countries, this epic four-hour series chronicles the scientific breakthroughs, political struggles, and human cost of the AIDS pandemic
- Deep South–This 2009 documentary by Lisa Biagiotti is about the rural American South and the people who inhabit its most quiet corners. Beneath layers of history, poverty — and now soaring HIV infections — four Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive.
- The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS–The Presbyterian AIDS Network produced this short 20 minute documentary in 2010 to highlight the dramatic changes in the nature of the HIV/AIDS epidemic over the past 30 years, and telling the story of how a few faith communities are responding
- Frontline’s Endgame: AIDS in Black America–Documentary, producer/director Renata Simone explores the hidden history and personal impact of one of the country’s most urgent, preventable health crises
- The Gospel of Healing Volume 1: Black Churches Respond to HIV/AIDS–a 2012 feature-length documentary film by Paul V. Grant that profiles five (5) innovative models of faith-based HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and/or care primarily targeting African American communities. Viewers will learn how these HIV health ministries were established, what factors contribute to their effectiveness in their communities, what were their common views on faith, healing and the role of the church as the Black community’s primary source of social justice and leadership, in the post-civil rights era -
- Fire in the Blood–Directed by Dylan Mohan Gray, this official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths - and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back
Music from “Taran Wanderer” by Disparition