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ALTERnativity Advent workshop

How do we celebrate Christmas while the world is in crisis? Our fabulous partner, ALTERnativity, has designed an online workshop to inspire you and your small group this Advent.

Just Scripture for facilitators: Lent and Easter

Notes for facilitators to help run a group Bible discussion session on the theme of climate change for Lent and Easter 2019.

Lent Lunch poster 2019

Holding a Lent Lunch? Download and print as many copies of this poster as you need to advertise it.

Lent and Easter 2019 school assembly presentation

This year's Lent and Easter appeal is centred on climate change. This PowerPoint presentation gets your pupils thinking about how they, like the young people in affected parts of the Philippines, can also rise up and become young climate change activists. To be used alongside the schools assembly resource pack.

Lent and Easter school assembly pack (PDF)

This year, the Lent and Easter appeal focuses on climate change. In this assembly (or series of assemblies), pupils will explore the importance of community, and living well together.  This pack is to be used with the schools assembly PowerPoint presentation.

Count Your Blessings 2019, English (PDF)

Journey through Lent following the stories of Lope, Eva and Mary Ann. Rise up and put your faith into action through daily reflections and challenges.

Lent Lunch 2019 placemat

Download, print and set these placemats out at your Lent Lunch.

Lent Lunch invitations 2019

Invite people to your Lent Lunch event by downloading and printing these invitations.

Lent Lunch donation form 2019

Download and print these donation forms to help you raise money at your Lent Lunch.

Lent Lunch 2019 how-to guide, English (PDF)

Everything you need to organise a fun and fruitful Lent Lunch.

Cyfra Dy Fendithion 2019, Cymraeg (PDF)

Teithiwch trwy’r Grawys yn dilyn storïau Lope, Eva a Mary Ann. Codwch a rhowch eich ffydd ar waith trwy fyfyrdodau a heriau dyddiol. (This is the Welsh-language version of our Count Your Blessings Lent calendar.)

HIV Related Stigma and Shame in Nigerian Faith Communities

There have been suggestions and clear indications that religion, with its potentials to influence behaviours, provides opportunity that can be leveraged on to achieve HIV prevention goal by involving religious leaders at the local level. There is also evidence suggesting that religious engagement presents important potential for improving physical and psychological health and well-being of people living with HIV as religious beliefs are seen to reduce depression, increase optimism and strength in dealing with a difficult life transition like HIV infection.     Faith leaders have the advantages of robust followership, an existing platform to reach people and access to resources beyond the immediate community. Religious leaders enjoy the respect as opinion leaders in their faith congregations and communities and have the opportunity to use the pulpit to challenge destructive prejudices that reinforce stigma, and at the same time convey important information to the population to improve uptake of HIV services as people tend to listen to what their faith leaders say. However, there have been concerns of high perceptions of stigma emanating from religious communities connected with the religious narratives that associate HIV infection to “sinful” sexual behaviour. This report presents findings from an assessment on the nature and predictors in Abuja, Anambra and Benue States on HIV related stigma, discrimination and shame in Nigerian Faith Communities and how Faith leader play an important role in reducing the stigma.