February 26, 2013
In his documentary The Gospel of Healing Vol. 1: Black Churches Respond to HIV/AIDS, filmmaker Paul Grant compiled stories of five black churches' HIV/AIDS ministries in their communities. Viewers have a "visceral" reaction to the film, as if they were actually face-to-face with the pastors, according to Grant. The Memorial AME Zion Church will show the film on March 8 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, as part of Rochester's observation of National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS.
The international nonprofit organization Balm in Gilead sponsors the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS and provides materials and training for black churches to become health education and disease prevention centers for their communities. The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS aims to educate community members about HIV testing and prevention and to encourage compassionate care for HIV-infected people.
Additional Rochester participants include other churches, the Rochester Victory Alliance, and AIDS Care, which has been involved with the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS since 2009. Rochester churches have observed the week of prayer for nearly10 years.