Pastoral Care Resources
Pastoral care within the context of a caring faith community is a unique contribution that the church can provide to those living with HIV. When first receiving and HIV-positive diagnosis, individuals and their families need the support and embrace of loving communities. Following that initial period, ELCA members, rostered leaders, and related institutions have a special role to play in walking with people who are HIV-positive as the learn
how to live positively with their condition over the years. Pastoral care and support for people who are HIV-positive, as well as their families and loved ones, is essential at every point. Both pastoral and peer counseling, especially within the church setting where the understanding of God’s embracing love is shared, can provide a strong foundation for hope-filled living with HIV.
Furthermore, congregational and community leaders can contribute to the struggle to reduce stigma and discrimination against people affected by HIV and AIDS. Throughout the world churches are utilizing their unique assets — from pastoral ministry to health and education systems to the power of their grassroots advocacy efforts — to model inclusion, reconciliation, and restoration of community.
Browse the following pastoral care resources to find guidance for ministry and service with people affected by HIV and AIDS in your community, and to help your community engage in efforts to prevent HIV and to combat stigma and discrimination: