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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.

Prayer for Lebanon

God, our refuge in times of trouble We pray for our brothers and sisters in Beirut today. Lord, be with the emergency services as they battle to help the thousands injured. Lord, hold those who have lost loved ones in the palm of your hand. Lord, we pray your provision for poor and marginalised communities who face an even more uncertain future. Lord, we pray for wisdom for leaders as they make difficult decisions.  Lord, open our hearts - may they be full of compassion for the suffering we see. Stir us to action. In the tragedy of loss, We pray your comfort. In the chaos and injury, We pray your calm and divine healing. In the devastation and the heartbreak, We pray your peace. We pray that in the despair that lies amid the rubble of the explosion There will be glimmers of hope and life.

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.

Prayer for those affected by monsoon floods in Kerala

A prayer for those affected by the monsoon floods in Kerala.

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.