Prayer rejecting HIV and AIDS stigma

We reject all forms of discrimination and stigma,
Because we believe in God,
Who created the world in all its diversity and colour,
HIV-positive and negative alike.

We honour the dignity of all people,
Because we believe in Jesus Christ,
Who took upon himself the pain and suffering of the world,
Carers and people living with HIV alike.

We speak and act with one prophetic voice,
Because we believe in the Holy Spirit,
Who summons us out of our complacency,
Voiceless and influential alike.

And we call upon governments to honour their commitments
of funds and services in the response to HIV,
as we stand as one with those who live with HIV,
for the eyes of the Lord are on us all.

Diakonia Council of Churches, South Africa – slightly adapted.

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