Church of the Open Door provides resources for HIV/AIDS Ministry

UM Church of the Open Door’s H.U.B. of Hope HIV/AIDS Ministry and Lincoln University’s Counseling Services and Women’s Center sponsored the Coatesville Interfaith HIV Community Interfaith Summit for Women and Girls on March 13th at Second Baptist Church, Coatesville, PA.  Participating HIV community service providers were, Family Service of Chester County-Project ONE and Camp DreamcatcherPictured planning the event are: (seated) Jane Lind, Grove UMC, Rev. Dr. Deborah Tanksley Brown, UM Church of the Open Door, Cheryl Miles, Lincoln University; (standing) Keith Burress, Family Service of Chester County-Project ONE, James Smith, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Rev. Michael Johnson, Christiana UMC, Christiana, DE., Rev. Dr. James L. Smith, Second Baptist Church, Coatesville, Gene L. Mc Gibboney, Second Baptist Church, Coatesville, Rev. Marvin T. Williams, Second Baptist Church, Kennett Square.

The Church of the Open Door’s H.U.B. of Hope HIV/AIDS Ministry in Kennett Square coordinates Interfaith HIV/AIDS community conferences to inform, equip, and mobilize communities to respond.

This ministry also provides consultation and support to United Methodist Churches and other faith communities in developing HIV/AIDS ministries.  They encourage churches to createan HIV/AIDS information station, as well as to participate in community service, and to designate a mission offering to the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund and other local and global mission funds.

Bishop Peggy Johnson, being tested for HIV/AIDS

Bishops provide leadership in eliminating poverty and diseases of poverty – On Monday, May 3 2010, Bishop Peggy Johnson was among 130 United Methodist bishops and spouses to be tested for HIV/AIDS. This was day 2 of the week-long spring meeting of the United Methodist Council of Bishops* in Columbus, Ohio.  Many of the week’s strategic planning meetings, plenaries, and  workshops revolved around two of the denomination’s four areas of focus: eliminating poverty and combating the killer diseases of poverty.