If you will be in the Kansas City area during the first part of November, please put this on your itinerary: A Service of Remembrance, Healing and Hope will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017, 10:30AM at Trinity UMC (620 E. Armour, Kansas City, MO 64109), to dedicate our HIV/AIDS Memorial.

We believe this Memorial is needed to remind all of us not to lose sight of what people who live with HIV/AIDS and who have died of HIV/AIDS endured; of how societal and religious biases and prejudices have pervaded our culture–not only in the US, but also worldwide.

Many of us still remember when hospitals refused to admit anyone thought to have HIV/AIDS, when there were no medications to treat the virus, when those with HIV/AIDS were shunned by their families, and they lost jobs, housing, and their faith communities because of their HIV/AIDS status.

Today, HIV/AIDS is a more manageable disease, more free of irrational hatred. The Memorial honors not only those we have lost to HIV/AIDS, but also those who responded to human need when no one else would. It will serve as a reminder to future generations of the biblical mandate of doing justice.

The dedication will not be a traditional “Sunday Morning Service.” However, in the Christian calendar, November 5, 2017 is All Saints Day, which seems very fitting! We truly hope that anyone who has lost someone to HIV/AIDS will feel free to attend.

As far as we know, there is no other HIV/AIDS Memorial in the region. A special offering will be taken, with a portion going to the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

For more information, please call Trinity UMC at 913-931-1100.

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