Associated Press Examines Christian Faith’s Response to HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Africa
The Associated Press on Friday examined the "critical intersection of faith and crisis" that HIV/AIDS has created in Africa, where the adoption of Christianity is spreading faster than on any other continent, the AP/Columbia State reports. More than 700 participants at the World Council of Churches' 13th Conference on World Mission and Evangelism in Agios Andreas, Greece, this week have "touched on dozens of issues," but "none carry the urgency of the appeals to seriously confront the AIDS dilemma in Africa," according to the AP/State. Many churches in Africa have been forced to "grapple with sensitive subjects of sexuality and death among the young," but some pastors and scholars say the coming years in Africa could push churches to "reorder basic theology -- placing social assistance and health care ahead of traditional preaching and evangelism," the AP/State reports (Murphy, AP/Columbia State, 5/13).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.