People pass an Ebola awareness mural on October 2, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. More than 3,200 people have died in West Africa due to the epidemic. (John Moore/Getty Images Europe)

Ebola, HIV, and Faith

People pass an Ebola awareness mural on October 2, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia.
More than 3,200 people have died in West Africa due to the epidemic. (John Moore/Getty Images Europe)

On the heels of the 2014 United States Conference on AIDS in San Diego, I am struck by the response of African American faith communities to the spread of the Ebola virus. Black pastors and congregations around the country have expressed outrage about the lack of response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa until after three white Americans were infected with the virus. (Apparently, the black people of the world don’t matter enough to save.) So, where is the black church’s outrage about the ongoing HIV epidemic in the United States where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women will become infected in their lifetime?

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Minister Rob Newells: National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS

Jehovah Rapha, the Great Physician of the Old Testament who heals our spiritual, physical, and emotional needs,touch the bodies of those of your children living with HIV and AIDS…

Jesus, the Strong Tower of the New Testament who heals our faithlessness and our brokenness, touch the hearts of those of your children who have not yet learned the love and acceptance that you taught to your disciples…

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Faith and AIDS 2012: Robert Newells

There was only one session on the Faith-based Roadmap for Monday: “Many Women, One Voice.” I didn’t get to the session at the United States Conference on AIDS in Chicago where the video was screened last November, and I heard nothing but great things from the folks who saw it, so I wanted to be sure not to miss it again.  

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