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Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 1 December 2020

God, you are our safe place to hide

This week, on the first week of Advent, in the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, we are praying with the people and churches of Myanmar and Thailand.

1 December is World AIDS Day. In a time of physical distancing, let us unite our hearts and minds as we prayerfully seek to overcome Sexual and Gender-Based Violence together.

WCC Programmes

À l’école Effata, au Togo, les élèves transforment les attitudes à l’égard de la violence sexiste

Grâce à quatre années de collaboration avec le Complexe scolaire laïque Effata au Togo, le Programme d’initiatives et de plaidoyer œcuméniques sur le VIH et le sida du Conseil œcuménique des Églises (COE) a initié les élèves et les enseignants aux Jeudis en noir, vers un monde sans viol ni violence, les a aidés à mieux répondre au VIH et leur a offert un espace sûr pour discuter d’une santé sexuelle et reproductive responsable.

At Effata school in Togo, students transform attitudes about gender-based violence

Through four years of collaboration with the Effata Secular School in Togo, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy programme has introduced students and teachers to Thursdays in Black, towards a world without rape and violence, helped them better respond to HIV, and offered a safe space to discuss responsible sexual and reproductive health.

Treatment Adherence and Faith Healing in the Context of HIV and AIDS in Africa

Training Manual for Religious Leaders

This series of manuals emerged out of the realization that exclusive claims of faith healing in the context of HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa are compromising adherence to antiretroviral therapy. It recognizes that religious leaders are strategically placed to promote adherence (following through on the use of medication as suggested by a treating doctor) to antiretroviral therapy and to challenge stigma and discrimination.

The manual consists of practical, user-friendly units designed for use with faith communities, theological institutions, and theological education by extension. It is a living document and is adaptable to different contexts.

Le COE rend hommage à Hendrew Lusey-Gekawaku

Le Conseil œcuménique des Églises (COE) rend hommage à Hendrew Lusey-Gekawaku, décédé le 13 octobre 2020. Infirmier diplômé et professionnel de la santé publique, cet œcuméniste a apporté une contribution considérable aux actions œcuméniques et interconfessionnelles contre le VIH/sida.

WCC mourns passing of Hendrew Lusey-Gekawaku

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is mourning the passing away of Hendrew Lusey-Gekawaku on 13 October 2020. He was a registered nurse, public health practitioner and ecumenist who contributed enormously to ecumenical and interfaith HIV and AIDS responses.

Positive Masculinities and Femininities

Handbook for Adolescents and Young People in Faith Communities in Nigeria

Continuing its mission of providing practical pastoral resources to counter HIV and AIDS, WCC’s Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Advocacy and Initiatives (WCC EHAIA) has published a half dozen manuals for addressing key concerns of those most affected by the disease. Context-driven and language-specific, the six pieces yet tackle topics pertinent to the whole of Africa and beyond and can be employed to structure workshops and to inform resource persons themselves. 

Thursdays in Black is growing in Namibia

The Thursdays in Black campaign for a world free from rape and violence has been intensified in Namibia, bringing awareness of the heightened risk of violence against women and children during the COVID-19 lockdown.

In Uganda, resilience and hope overshadow stigma

Stories from Uganda are underscoring the resilience and hope that churches and education can bring in the face of stigma. Programmes developed by the World Council of Churches Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy have helped people eliminate stigma associated with HIV and AIDS by providing accurate information; safe spaces in which to share; and a faith-based, science-backed approach to health and healing.

Uganda: Junge Menschen beweisen Mut, zeigen Einsatzbereitschaft und haben vielfältige Ideen

Mit einer feierlichen Zeremonie wurde das Engagement junger Uganderinnen und Ugander gewürdigt, die im Bereich Gesundheit und Heilung wahre „Botschafterinnen und Botschafter des Wandels“ seien. Pastorin Pauline Njiru, Regionalkoordinatorin für Ostafrika des Programms „Ökumenische HIV- und AIDS-Initiativen und Advocacy (EHAIA)“ des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirche betonte im Rahmen dieser Zeremonie, dass junge Menschen in vielen lokalen Gemeinschaften neuen Schwung in das Engagement für Gerechtigkeit bringen würden.

“Zero Rape, Zero Violence” radio show has vital role, particularly amid COVID-19 lockdowns

Ayoko Bahun-Wilson is regional coordinator for West Africa for the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy programme. She hosted a weekly radio show for churches in Benin called “Zero Rape, Zero Violence.” The show was offered in collaboration by the WCC, Deborah Network, INACES and Hosannah Radio.

Below, Bahun-Wilson reflects on how the radio show, offered every Wednesday for three months, has heightened awareness—but there are many challenges that remain.