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Reflections on the Suicide of a Circuit Partier

Steve Smith killed himself last month. He was the "circuit partier" who gave me the interview published here at The Body last October ("Interview with a Circuit Partier"). The printed obituaries implied that his suicide was because he was a longtime ...

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what happens at time of death?

My partner was recently taken from this earth by cancer that was somehow related to AIDS. He had great difficulty accepting that after death there would something other than darkness and aloneness. He became incapacitated before we could speak about ...

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Interview with a Circuit Partier

After talking recently with Michelangelo Signorile, author of Life Outside, _and critic of the gay male circuit party scene, I wanted to talk with someone who is experiencing that scene. My question is: What is the appropriate pastoral response to in...

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HIV/AIDS: Is It God's Judgment?

Is HIV or AIDS God's Judgement?

Is HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, or AIDS, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, a punishment or judgment from God? The short answer, from many people of faith, is "No! Absolutely not!"

Yet some people have an...

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Spiritual Strength for Survival: Finding Hope to Be Fully Alive With HIV/AIDS

"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul..." -- Hebrews 6:19


Romans 8:35, 37-39. "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? But in a...