LWF Handbook for HIV and AIDS Work
Compassion, Conversion, Care – as a campaign motto an inspiring call to action, but how does this translate into daily life? How can individuals and local churches go about preventing HIV, providing treatment, supporting persons living with HIV and AIDS, and building inclusive communities?
The LWF handbook for HIV and AIDS work, Grace, Care and Justice, brings together Lutheran theological and pastoral understandings on accompanying persons living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in order to empower leaders at all levels of the church. Further, it acts as a basic primer on medical aspects, prevention, home-based care, gender concerns and advocacy.
Although rooted in the Lutheran Christian tradition, Grace, Care and Justice is a helpful resource for anyone working to address the complex challenges of the AIDS pandemic, whatever his or her background.
Foreword by LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko
1. Introduction: Why Local Churches Must Be Involved
2. Medical Facts and Prevention
3. Gender, Sexuality and Truth Telling
4. Responding to Questions of Faith
5. Ministry of Care and Counseling
6. Home-Based Care
Hard copies of the handbook are available in French and English from the LWF Secretariat. LWF member churches may order copies for free; shipping charges will be billed for other orders. Contact HIV and AIDS Desk assistant Claudia Hoffmann-Denarié.
LWF member churches: Get involved!
Translate the handbook into your local language
The handbook is currently available in English, Estonian, French, Georgian, Malagasy, Russian, Spanish, and Kiswahili. Translations are underway into Amharic, Hindi, Indonesian, Oromo, Tamil, Telugu and Tok Pisin. LWF member churches may arrange for translation into other language(s) spoken in their respective contexts, with costs to be covered by the LWF. Please submit out a translation proposal form before beginning work on the actual translation.
Organize an introductory workshop
The HIV and AIDS Desk recommends that LWF member churches organize workshops to introduce leaders in the church to the contents and methodology of the handbook. Read more about the possibility of receiving an LWF grant for this purpose.