Reflection Paper A Time to Speak How Black Pastors Can Respond to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

Reflection Paper Instructions
Summarize the key points of the book or books read (no more than half of your paper), also consider (a) how does the book contribute to your understanding of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the challenges

that the pandemic poses for your faith community, (b) explore the possible effectiveness in your context of suggestions made by the scholars read. Please

The reflection paper should be 4-5 pages in length (typed, double-spaced). [Citations and quotations, which should be few and brief, should follow school style guidelines, which refer to Turabian-Chicago

manual of style formatting.]

Follow Instructions, No Plagiarism; papers are looked at very closely.
If you cannot finish the assignment, please don’t accept this assignment. This assignment must be sent back as scheduled and agreed.

Books to use
1. Kelly Brown Douglas, Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective
(Orbis Books, 1999), ISBN-13: 978-1570752421, $14.97 at

2. Marvin A. McMickle, A Time to Speak: How Black Pastors Can Respond to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic (Pilgrim Press, 2008), ISBN-13: 978-0829818031
$16.79 at

Internet Resources to use

For HIV/AIDS statistics, visit the websites for the following agencies and organizations: UNAIDS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Minority AIDS Council, AIDS

Foundation of Chicago, Black AIDS Institute, and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance. Other useful statistics are found in the United Nations statements on reproductive health.
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy issued in July 2010 can be found at the following site:

Several denominations have recent statements and policies on HIV/AIDS that can be found on online. Examples are the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), and Evangelical

Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). Additional interdenominational resources are offered by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lausanne Congress 2010 (evangelical) and they are also online.


Healthy Families, Healthy Planet –


Frequently Asked Questions about Sexuality, the Bible, and the Church (downloadable pdfs) –

UMC Human Sexuality Statement –

Elissa Straus Article –

Saving Women and Girls –

Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance –

Christians and Reproductive Justice –


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