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Rev. Andrena Ingram

Is the Ribbon Enough?

In the Arms of the Angel Are Ribbons
December 2, 2012

Even though World AIDS Day was yesterday, I commemorated it today, during our church service. I should say, WE commemorated it, because that is exactly what happened. Today's gathered assembly commemorated it. Did they ever! Other years my WAD services have fallen short: both of attendees and of support. This year, I was more intentional with publicity, and this year, I did it on a Sunday, and combined it with a healing service.

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Got a Ribbon?
November 15, 2012

Here we go again: World AIDS Day 2012, coming right up! Time to dig those ribbons out of your drawers and closets and jewelry boxes! Don't have one? Not to worry, wherever you decide to celebrate WAD, I'm sure they'll have some ribbons. Just make sure you save them this time ... so this time next year, you'll be ready!

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October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 31, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Now, I know you may be wondering what does it have to do with HIV? From this website, I found this bit of useful information: "HIV weakens the immune system and allows the growth of other viruses that can cause cancer. Scientists are working hard to figure out the links between HIV, other viruses and cancer and to make medications that prevent and treat these diseases. In the meantime, do what you can to stay healthy and prevent cancer."

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Put a Ring on It?
September 26, 2012

"Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers". Hebrews 13:4

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Towers of Our Lives
September 11, 2012

Praise God! I have been clean from crack cocaine and alcohol for 24 years! I remember being 5 years into my recovery, walking down the street and seeing the little vials (with different colored caps) which the crack came in, on the street, and my stomach "flipped," sending a (Lost In Space) trigger through me: "Danger!, Danger!"

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Are There More ... Like Me?
August 9, 2012

If you've been keeping up with the Olympics, you have heard that Ji Wallace, an Aussie Olympian, revealed his HIV status in a letter to Star Online!

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The Issue of Blood
August 3, 2012

"Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, "If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well." Mark 5:25-28

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I've Got Life!
July 6, 2012

It's been awhile since I have sat down to write a new blog post, this sista's been dealing with life on life's terms. So, that being said, let me also give a hearty welcome and thanks to all who journey through my space in the Web. I am able to see where you all come from, and am grateful for you taking the time to peek in, even if you don't make your presence known ... you are reading, you are seeing life through my eyes and my life experience, through MY context. I should also add, that this blog is not entirely for the Christian community, but for those who are seeking information about HIV/AIDS. I may post sermons or God stuff up in here every once in awhile, but HIV/AIDS reaches a larger audience. I will not force theology and religion down people's throats, who are living with this disease and have been hurt by the church, judged by the church, and condemned by the church.

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Take the Test Take Control (2001)
June 27, 2012

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk!

"and by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you" Acts 3:16

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Don't Make Me Unfriend You
June 24, 2012

How sad are you for "unfriending" someone, because you "thought" they had HIV ... then again, thanks for the revelation!

So, the doorbell rings the other day, and it is a person who regularly delivers stuff to St. Mike's. Months ago, he came in, and we somehow got on the topic of HIV (I think I gave him a copy of the article that came out about me). So we talked for awhile about HIV and me, or HIV within the church. It happened so long ago, I forget exactly what the conversation was about.

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Is the Ribbon Enough?

Rev. Andrena Ingram

Rev. Andrena Ingram

Reverend Andrena Ingram (also known as "Pastor Andrena" or "Pastor Ingram") has become a strong advocate for those living in the margins, as she once was. She is an activist in the HIV/AIDS arena, herself living openly and unabashedly with the HIV virus for over 22+ years.

Raised in South Jamaica, New York, Reverend Ingram served seven years of active duty in the U.S. Army. She would later move to the South Bronx, where she attended Transfiguration Lutheran Church with Pastor Heidi Neumark as her pastor and mentor -- empowering her to rise up out of herself and her life challenges, which seemed to her, at the time, insurmountable.

Reverend Ingram is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, with a Master of Divinity. She has been the pastor of St. Michael's Lutheran Church on Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa., for the past four years.

Reverend Ingram can frequently be found speaking about HIV/AIDS, encouraging everyone "to know your status, get tested, and be informed." Silence = Death.

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