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Worldwide Service for World AIDS Day

Tuesday December 1

The World Council of Churches (WCC) will host an online prayer service today (December 1) for World AIDS Day.

The livestreamed service at 3.30pm GMT (4.30pm CET) will compliment other materials, including a podcast, that reflect on the theme 'Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility'.

Prayers and reflections will centre on how people, especially women and girls, and vulnerable communities, continue to experience injustices because of both HIV and the Covid-19 pandemic; and ask what specific steps followers of Jesus can take to overcome these challenges.

The service will also remember the more than 30 million people who have died from AIDS since the beginning of the HIV pandemic, and the nearly 40 million people who are currently living with HIV - including 13 million who are yet to access care and treatment.

Prayers will be lifted up for faith communities at the forefront of mobilising, caring, educating, learning, and living with people who have HIV. The prayer is also an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the people of faith to strengthen global solidarity, and shared responsibility to overcome AIDS.

Prayers and liturgy developed by the WCC are available for WCC member churches and friends for use in their own contexts.

Watch the service live here and download an order of service in various languages here.

Find information about the Church of Scotland’s HIV Programme here.

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