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How to Plan World AIDS Day Activities:
Faith Community Tips

How to Plan Activities
Selected Resources for World AIDS Day
Hotline References

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How to Plan World AIDS Day Activities -- Faith Communities

World AIDS Day is not merely a one-day event, but rather serves as a “kick-off” for the forthcoming year to enable individuals, communities, organizations and businesses to become involved in the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS and for the promotion of new or existing HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, testing and care programs. It is also a time to reflect, memorialize and show compassion for those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

The World AIDS Campaign's Global Steering Committee selects a theme for World AIDS Day in consultation with several agencies involved in the AIDS response. The theme until 2015 will be, “Getting to Zero.” Specific localities are encouraged to develop their own relevant activities and messages to help build HIV/AIDS awareness for their local areas in November or December. To help observe World AIDS Day, please refer to the following suggested activities:

Planning something for World AIDS Day?
Contact the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) once events are set-up so they can be listed on the MDH web site's Statewide World AIDS Day Calendar. Please submit the "Planning Something for World AIDS Day" (PDF: 11KB/1 page) form to Roy Nelson at MDH (651) 201-4027, Fax: (651) 201-4000 or e-mail:

  • Obtain information about religion and AIDS online from the AIDS Librarian.
  • Hold a candlelight service of celebration and remembrance for those affected by HIV/AIDS; contact your local AIDS ministry and coordinate to involve other congregations and faith communities
  • Encourage your religious leaders to speak about AIDS discrimination and stigma, or observe a moment of silence in sermons
  • Focus on the impact of AIDS during religious education programs; invite people living with HIV/AIDS to speak; coordinate with local AIDS ministries or community-based organizations
  • Contact the national office of your religious affiliation and ask for information about what is happening within your national religious organization with regard to HIV/AIDS programs and policies
  • Start a service program: members of your congregation can work with a local AIDS group to provide meals, transportation, shelter, companionship, or other services to people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Bring the AIDS Memorial Quilt to your congregation.  Contact the NAMES Project at (404) 688-5500;
  • Start an AIDS ministry within your congregation or with others in your community
  • Announce local World AIDS Day related events, meetings, and worship/healing services:
    • in bulletins, newsletters, websites and E-mail messages
    • in congregational worship services and other gatherings
    • post information about your World AIDS Day activities on your blogs, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and other social media outlets
  • Create within your congregation an environment of openness and support by:
    • being available to listen to persons infected or affected by HIV/AIDS
    • being free from judgment, stigma and discrimination
    • recognizing people/agencies that work with persons living with HIV/AIDS during worship services
  • Involve your youth classes in a local World AIDS Day or other HIV project:
  • sew quilt panels for persons who have died from HIV disease
  • volunteer with a local HIV/AIDS organization or service group
  • support HIV/AIDS education, research, and services locally and nationally
  • invite persons living with HIV/AIDS to participate in social, worship, and other activities
  • develop a collage, mural or exhibit for display during services or in lobby area
  • develop and perform a short skit about World AIDS Day during services

Selected Resources for World AIDS Day and/or HIV/AIDS Materials

Updated Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 03:31PM