The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is called to discern at the foot of the cross what it means to be a church that is HIV-positive—a community that suffers when one member suffers and that celebrates the joys of each member. By God’s grace, this church and its members will experience the deep repentance
and conversion of heart that so often results when Christ is recognized in the face of a marginalized or excluded neighbor. When it acknowledges the brokenness of Christ’s body and its own vulnerability, this church will open itself to experience God’s healing in new ways and will gain renewed strength and freedom to engage the world with vigor.
The formation of Christian identity among members, congregations, and all parts of the ELCA in the midst of the AIDS crisis involves heart, head, and hands. Such formation will happen through the study of Scripture and deep theological reflection undertaken with people living with HIV and AIDS. It will be undergirded by prayer and energized by worship and participation at Christ’s common table. It will be strengthened by intentional and respectful moral deliberation, which will enable members to grow in awareness about HIV and AIDS and strengthen their will to respond in the world.
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