American Churches Sponsor PACCT

Increasingly, the church leadership in Malawi are reaching out to people with AIDS, both in their congregations and in the community at large, including prisons and orphan care centers–thanks in part of our Pastoral and Congregational Care Training (PACCT) program. In the photo above, a prisoner with AIDS is segregated from the other 150 inmates in a local Malawian prison I visited in March 2007. AIDS orphans and neglected prisoners with AIDS are two of

The Apocalyptic Dimension of Global AIDS

The Apocalyptic Dimension of Global AIDS People have been forced to cope with plagues and deadly disease for centuries. In every case, opportunities to respond with fear or courage were present. Apocalyptic and judgmental interpretations of plague and pandemic are prevalent in the history of disease, but within the crisis moments have been opportunities for transcendence, redemption, re-interpretation and counter-apocalyptic measures. Anti- or counter-apocalyptic ministry, rather than solidarity with the apocalyptic mindset of marginalized communities,

A Faith-Based Approach to Ending of AIDS

It’s a worthy goal: To end extreme poverty and AIDS in our lifetime. I’m a practical theologian. I believe that it’s more important to practice your beliefs than to believe in right doctrines for their own sake. I think that humility, compassion, and right action in the spirit of Jesus are the distinguishing marks of a true beliver; and that working for social justice and transformation in the world from a faith perspective and motivation

American Churches Sponsor PACCT

Increasingly, the church leadership in Malawi are reaching out to people with AIDS, both in their congregations and in the community at large, including prisons and orphan care centers–thanks in part of our Pastoral and Congregational Care Training (PACCT) program. In the photo above, a prisoner with AIDS is segregated from the other 150 inmates in a local Malawian prison I visited in March 2007. AIDS orphans and neglected prisoners with AIDS are two of

True Religion is Love in Action

This child is just one of a million orphans in Malawi! I’m a man on a mission to help save 1,000 AIDS orphans and widows in Africa, and I need help. As Bono says: “Africa is ablaze. We are called to put out the fire!” “True religion pleasing to God is this,” according to the brother of Jesus: “caring for orphans and widows in their distress, and keeping oneself from being contaminated by the values