New Documentary About Church and HIV Coming Soon
By Candace Y.A. Montague
March 5, 2012
This week is the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS. The church has always been a staple in the Black community. It is the source of inspiration, comfort, and support. But the Black church has also been criticized for ignoring the AIDS crisis and fostering stigma. AIDS activists believe that the church could be one of the main sources for turning the tide on the epidemic.
Now a new documentary hopes to shed a positive light on churches that are working to end the epidemic. The Gospel of Healing Volume I: Black Churches Respond to HIV/AIDS is a full feature film, which highlights five models of faith-based prevention, treatment and care services that target predominately African-American communities. The focus is on the work that is being done to help tear down stigma and bring more understanding into the Black community. The film showcases outreach models from five churches along the East Coast.
The Gospel of Healing documentary has been screened before the Congressional Black Caucus already and will host several multimedia symposiums throughout the year.
If your church is ready to help people with HIV/AIDS through ministry but need guidance on where to begin look no further than the DC Department of Health HAHSTA Division. They created the Places of Worship Advisory Board to help build and maintain a network of interfaith support for churches that are ready to work on the frontlines of fighting HIV/AIDS. The POWAB hosts workshops throughout the year as well as the One in the Spirit Symposium in the fall.
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Candace Y.A. Montague
Candace Y.A. Montague has been learning about HIV since 1988 (and she has the certificates from the American Red Cross to prove it). Health is a high priority to Candace because she believes that nothing can come of your life if you're not healthy enough to enjoy it. One of her two master's degrees is in Community Health Promotion and Education. Candace was inspired to act against HIV after seeing a documentary in 2008 about African-American women and HIV. She knew that writing was the best way for her to make a difference and help inform others. Candace is a native Washingtonian and covers HIV news all around D.C. She has covered fundraisers, motorcycle rides, town hall meetings, house balls, Capitol Hill press conferences, election campaigns and protests for The DC Examiner.com and emPower News Magazine.
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