World AIDS Day Faith Tips - Minnesota Dept. of Health

How to Plan World AIDS Day Activities:
Faith Community Tips

2015 World AIDS Day Theme:

Getting to Zero - reducing new HIV infections, discrimination, and AIDS related deaths to zero

Suggested Activities
World AIDS Day Resources

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Suggested Activities

Planning something for World AIDS Day?
Contact MDH once events are set-up so they can be listed on the MDH web site's World AIDS Day Calendar of Minnesota Events.


  • 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 ministries and coordinate to involve other congregations
  • Encourage your religious leaders to speak about AIDS discrimination and stigma, or observe a moment of silence during 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 faith 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 your:
    • Bulletins, newsletters, websites and Email messages
    • Congregational worship services and other gatherings
    • Calendar of events of local newspapers, radio, television, and bulletin boards
    • 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