Echoing previous actions of the UCC, delegates to General Synod 27 called for increased HIV education and prevention efforts in churches and communities.
A resolution adopted Tuesday morning calls for the denomination and its local churches to "implement best practice" HIV education and programs, with emphasis on outreach to "vulnerable groups and at-risk populations."
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than 1 million persons are living with HIV in the U.S., more than previously thought, with 20 percent of those unaware of their infection. The UCC has developed a number of resources over the years as previous Synods created an HIV and AIDS Network (UCAN, Inc.)
Speaking in favor of the motion, Loyce Newton Edwards, from the Church of the Open Arms, Kansas City, said "Through this resolution, we can help educate members, be on the cutting edge of theology, and be a prophetic voice in our communities.
"We need your prayers."