WHEREAS, the AIDS disease is of epidemic proportions; and
WHEREAS, pastoral care training does not take into consideration the unique cultural and spiritual healing methods of the Native American community; and
WHEREAS, a national consultation on pastoral care and AIDS for Native Americans would provide sound cultural insights for The United Methodist Church in the area of pastoral care for Native American pastors; and
WHEREAS, a program of this nature would provide nurture for Native American pastors and their continuing education,
Therefore, be it resolved, that the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the National United Methodist Native American Center continue to develop culturally relevant curriculum materials regarding pastoral care and AIDS in the Native American community; and
Be it further resolved, that General Conference encourage the National United Methodist Native American Center and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to hold, as soon as possible, a National Consultation on Pastoral Care and AIDS in the Native American community using this curriculum, consistent with the availability of independent funding.