Nov 20, 2020

UMC group plans global World AIDS Day service, Dec. 1

The Rev. William Brawner, Eastern PA Conference Urban Ministries Coordinator, will share his testimony as a person living with HIV during a virtual United Methodist worship service on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, at 2 PM. The United Methodist Global AIDS Committee, on which Brawner serves, will sponsor the service to commemorate the annual World AIDS Day observance. It is available free to all online at and

The theme of the service will highlight the this year’s World AIDS Day theme, “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility.” Bishop Julius Trimble of the Indiana Episcopal Area and chair of the Global AIDS Committee, will preach a special message. Jorge Lockward, musician for the UM Church of the Village, in New York City, will perform music.

William Brawner will offer his personal testimony. The pastor of Mother African Zoar UMC in Philadelphia, he also founded the Haven Youth Center in Philadelphia, which offers HIV Testing, counseling, education and prevention services to youth.

World AIDS Day takes place on Dec. 1 each year. The day serves engages people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS, to show support for people living with HIV or AIDS, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day. Learn more…