Letter of Support from The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

Global HIV The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, a global network of churches and related organizations engaged in efforts to change policies and practices related to HIV/AIDS, welcomes the opportunity to work alongside The International C 

29 October 2003

The International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
2C Leroy House
436 Essex Road
London N1 3QP
United Kingdom

Dear Friends:

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, a global network of churches and related organizations engaged in efforts to change policies and practices related to HIV/AIDS, welcomes the opportunity to work alongside The International Community of Women living with HIV/AIDS.

ICW knows only too well that behind the staggering statistics of the epidemic are the lives and stories of countless women, men and children, their families and their communities. Most of these stories tell of illness and death, the breakdown of family, community and society. But many also witness to inspiring acts of courage and commitment, revealing that the loss of life does not mean the loss of self, or the loss of love and care and what binds us together in a community of human persons.

This reality calls for the accompaniment and pastoral response by churches, because all churches are either living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Because HIV/AIDS touches on many fundamental teachings and practices of the church, this pandemic goes to the heart of what it means to be the church and live out the love of Christ in the world today.

Christians believe that all are created in the image of God and understand that the recognition of and respect for the dignity of each human person, regardless of circumstance, is the starting point for all our actions and responses. By protecting the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS and promoting an attitude of care and solidarity which rejects all forms of stigmatization and discrimination, their dignity as human beings is best protected.

We are grateful for the leadership provided by ICW in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and assure you of our support and accompaniment. Please know that we are ready to work together in the fight against the epidemic and to seek ways to transform communities of faith in to welcoming communities for people living with HIV/AIDS.

With our deepest admiration and gratitude,

Linda Hartke
Coordinator