Lutheran bishops to get tested

Interesting little article from Medical News Today: U.S. Lutheran Bishops Agree To HIV And AIDS Testing.”  According to the article,

In response to the development of an HIV and AIDS strategy by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the ELCA Conference of Bishops agreed to the presence of health screeners at its March 5-10, 2009, meeting for the purpose of providing HIV and AIDS testing to all members.

It’s good to hear that a denomination is taking an active and coordinated approach to dealing with HIV/AIDS.  I was also interested in this article excerpt:

Because African religious leaders have been willing to state publicly that they have been tested, their actions have helped lessen stigma associated with the disease and have provided strong encouragement to others to be tested, said the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop, and president, the Lutheran World Federation, Geneva.

“I believe ELCA bishops being tested will be a similar act of accompaniment and encouragement for ELCA members and global companions,” Hanson said. “This decision by ELCA bishops is one more sign of this church’s commitment to respond to the HIV and AIDS pandemic.”

Hopefully these actions will have good effect.  On a somewhat different note, isn’t it great to hear about American church leaders learning and sharing ideas with their African counterparts?  Very cool.

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~ by h.e.g. on November 30, 2008.

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