World AIDS Day Observance

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Each year, World AIDS Day is observed on December 1. It is a time for special programs on HIV/AIDS education and religious worship services that focus on intercessory and healing prayer, hope in God, and love and compassion in the midst of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

We recommend that United Methodists be encouraged to observe World AIDS Day on or around December 1. We further recommend that voluntary offerings be given to “Global HIV/AIDS Program Development” (UMCOR Advance #982345-7).

Materials for World AIDS Day are available each year from UNAIDS (, the General Board of Church and Society(, and the General Board of Global Ministries ( of The United Methodist Church.


See Social Principles, ¶ 162S.

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