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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 182,077 baptized members in 624 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches.

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Winnipeg, December 7, 2004 (ELCIC)--The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) is a broad ecumenical network for coordinated international advocacy on HIV and AIDS and global trade. The Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches are supporters and participants.

Recently we received at National Office notification of a collection of resources that can initiate discussion about HIV and AIDS. Linda Hartke, Coordinator of the Alliance writes,"People find it difficult to begin discussing HIV and AIDS especially, it seems, in the faith community, where talk of sex and drugs carries immediate social judgement. Yet the silence and the stigma and discrimination such silence allows to flourish, hinders people with HIV from seeking the help and suport they need and crushes efforts to educate communities to prevent the spread of the disease."

The EAA has produced two resources to support churches and community groups as they dialogue about HIV and AIDS-related stigma and discrimination. A CD-ROM Signs of Hope - Steps for Change [fact sheets, curricula, theological papers, worship resources, posters] and a brochure entitled Next Steps [8 suggested steps and a resource list]. Copies of these resources are available free of charge by writing to nextsteps@e-alliance.ch

You can also examine and order the resources at http://www.e-alliance.ch/ns_cdrom.jsp

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