Congregations that build strong relationships with HIV and AIDS organizations and social ministry organizations in their communities can enhance their ability to walk with those who are HIV-positive. Together, they can assist them to navigate the various local, state, and federal programs that
provide assistance to those living with HIV and AIDS and advocate with them in this context, where appropriate.
The ELCA's 1988 message, "AIDS and the Church's Ministry of Caring
"The church’s ministry of caring is a grateful response to God’s caring for us. The undeserved love of God announced for all in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is our reason for standing with our neighbor in need…In the same way we are called to “be Christs” for all in our midst who suffer and are ill. Our calling summons us to compassion for, acceptance of, and service with people affected by AIDS both within and outside of our congregations.”
Rostered leaders, members, and congregations are encouraged to provide counseling, pastoral care, and lay caring ministries to support those living with HIV and AIDS in their local area.
Read more about ways to serve people affected by HIV and AIDS
in your community.