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Trade Paperback
200 pages
Mar 2004
Augsburg Fortress Publishers

Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence: Christian Churches and the Global AIDS Crisis

by Donald E. Messer

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    The Voice of God
    Jesus in the AIDS Hospital
    Word Becomes Flesh
    An Essay in Practical Theology
    Defining Terms: HIV/AIDS
    Words of Gratitude
  • The Church and Global AIDS

    Global Emergency
    From Denial to Constructive Engagement
    A Global Portrait of HIV/AIDS
    Updating Global Statistics
    Toward Global Statistics
    Reclaiming the Essence of the Church
    An Ecumenical and Interfaith Response
    One by One by One
  • We Are All HIV-positive

    Facing Stigmatization and Discrimination
    We Are All Dying
    Courage and Hope of HIV/AIDS Victims
    It's Not Our Problem
    It's Not Christian to Talk about Sex
    It's Somebody Else's Responsibility
    Compassion, Self-Interest, and Challenges Ahead
  • Facing and Responding to Sexual Realities
    AIDS and Sexual Behavior
    Responding with Christian Love
    What If?
  • Stigmatization and Discrimination
    Stigmatization and Discrimination as Sins
    Resisting Sin
    AIDS Is Not a Dirty Word
  • Women, Children, and HIV/AIDS
    An "Equal Opportunity" Disease
    The Patriarchy Problem
    An Ethical Response
    Hearing and Heeding Women's Voices
  • The ABCs of Prevention
    A Is for Abstinence
    B Is for Be Faithful
    C Is for Condoms
    Other Letters in the Alphabet of Life
    Ethics in a New Key
  • A World without AIDS
    An Unexpected, Unwelcome Banquet Guest
    Love in a Time of AIDS
    Realistic Idealism
  • Ensuring Care, Testing, Counseling, and Treatment
    Care, Not Cure
    Testing, Not Denial
    Competent, Compassionate Counseling
    Saving Grace
  • Global Hope in a Global Emergency
    Awakening a Sleeping Church
    A Liturgical Response to the Global Emergency
    Signs of Global Hope
    Hopeful Models: Partnerships to Save Lives
    Faith, Hope, and Love
Appendix: Avoiding HIV/AIDS
Selected Bibliography