of the Church social initiatives is mainly associated with the
fact, that activity of such initiatives is primordially based
on moral motivation and value of concern for one's neighbor, such
is the essence of the Church community attitude towards global
problem of our time, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which was laconically
stated by Philaret, the Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, the
Patriarch Exarkh of Belarus (Church and HIV/AIDS).
In the material prepared by employees
of the Republican center of hygiene, epidemiology and public health,
measures of counteraction the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Belarus are
listed in details, including measures of preventive, medical and
social help… (The State Takes Measures).
Alexei Ilnitski, UNAIDS coordinator in
Belarus, answering the questions of a reporter of The SVETCHA
(The CANDLE), tells us about joint efforts of the international
community and the Belarussian state, NGOs and religious organizations
in solution the HIV/AIDS problem (To Get Accustomed To Live Side
Under the heading A Methodologist's Synopsis,
Anastasia Krivitskaj, coordinator of the HIV/AIDS project of the
Round-table Council on Interchurch Assistance, tells us about
principles and methods of the work with youth, including its the
most vulnerable groups (Preventive Activity Among the Youth ,
We Use Games).
Under the heading Experience of Service
one can read information about the training seminars for priests
and laymen, trainings for young people and social workers, caring
for the HIV infected and sick people, which are executed by the
Belarussian Round-table on Interchurch Assistance, as well as
the "round tables", which discuss the problem itself and the epidemic
counteraction measures, etc. Conception of participation of the
Russian Orthodox Church in struggle against spreading of the HIV/AIDS
and work with the people who live with the HIV/AIDS is a guidance
for all of them. (To Make Common Cause With, page 18). A photo
report from the town of Pruzhany, Brest district, has documented
an action executed under patronage of the Church of Evangelical
Christians Baptists. (Teenagers Choose Life).
Fates of people unhinged by drug addiction,
the HIV infection, their pain and their searches how to answer
a question "How to live?", consolation and hope on their way to
Temple - all these in biographical sketches received for The SVETCHA
from towns of Belarus, Ukraine, Russia.
Tatiana Semenova, an activist of the
Belarussian non-government organization Positive Movement, tries
to see the life of the HIV infected people from "within", that
is a look different from the official one. (The Risk Zone. To
Believe, To Hope, To Love).
In the publication Ribbons on Lapel one
can read about symbols used in the world to show understanding
of the problem and to support the HIV infected and the AIDS sick
Official Chronicle informs about the
international conference State, Religious and Non-government Organizations
in Solution the HIV/AIDS Problem, Prospects of Cooperation, which
was held in Moscow, April 18-19, 2005, and about the Final Document
adopted by the conference.
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