Rev. Andrena Ingram
Is the Ribbon Enough?
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
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.
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!
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!
Women, Religion and HIV Kenya 2007
June 1, 2012
I'd like to take you on a small journey. I am sure you will find my methodology quite simple... and it begins with a story about a man who ministered to crowds of people, who cured every disease and sickness among the people and who proclaimed the message of God's kingdom -- that is, the good news of God's unfailing love.
My Early Strength
April 15, 2012
Today is my eldest daughter's 31st birthday, and this post is dedicated to her.
Is Your Church Testing for HIV?
April 5, 2012
Years ago, as I began my CPE training (Clinical Pastoral Education) in a hospital in New York, I entered an office and saw this painting, and was intrigued. I learned about the artist -- Maxwell Lawton, and even had the opportunity to speak with him briefly on the telephone. I am sorry I never got to meet him in person. He passed away in 2006. You can learn more about him here.
I'm Swallowing as Fast as I Can
April 4, 2012
How's this for The Last Supper?
Celebration of Life Womens Support Groups vs the Church Ugh!
March 28, 2012
I had the "pleasure" of speaking tonight to a group of women, who are living with HIV. I met the Director of the organization which leads this group, after my November Citywide article came out. She finally emailed me, and came to meet me during one of our Community Meals. She asked me to come and speak to the women.
Do You Wear the Ribbon?
March 26, 2012
Greetings! I came up with the name for my blog from the one symbol which is universally recognized in the HIV and AIDS fight. The red ribbon.
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Is the Ribbon Enough?
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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