World Council of Churches

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Facing AIDS

This study guide accompanies the WCC's study document on HIV/AIDS : "Facing AIDS - The challenge, the churches response".

01 January 1999

This study guide accompanies the World Council of Churches 1997 study document on HIV/AIDS, Facing AIDS - The Challenge, the Churches' Response. It contains a structured framework for group learning sessions, designed to help and resource group leaders who intend to undertake HIV/AIDS awareness building. At the same time, the material is intended to allow easier access to the study document itself, and to encourage people to read larger portions of it.

The material contained in the guide and in the study document is the outcome of reflections by WCC's Consultative Group on AIDS which, over recent years, was accompanied by a team of educators and others involved at a practical level in the churches' work on HIV/AIDS. The first four modules in the guide are focused on the issues of community, change, vulnerability and care and prevention.

As broad a range of educational approaches as possible has been used, both theoretical and experiential, and the material is presented in such a way as to make it acceptable ecumenically. It nevertheless requires adaptation for particular groups in local contexts and cultures and the task of facilitator must include this initial preparation. This is particularly true for the Bible studies, where only the texts themselves are offered.

At the end of the guide is a short list of resource materials, containing the most important texts from the study.

See the study guide in PDF format

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