2019 USCA Faith Pre-Conference


September 4, 2019

Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC

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Thanks to everyone who made the 2019 USCA Faith Pre-Conference a success!

Photos from the 2019 USCA Faith Pre-Conference


Jesse Milan, Jr., President and CEO of AIDS United, was part of a great line-up of leaders who presented at the 2019 USCA Faith Pre-Conference. The focus of the conference was the role of faith in attaining and fast-tracking the goals for 2020 and ending the epidemic as a public health threat globally by 2030. The conference included a variety of faith leaders, panels discussions, examples of work being done in the faith community. Participants heard from presenters, engaged in discussions and networked with colleagues working in and with faith communities in the HIV response.


8.30am  Registration/Check-in with Breakfast breads and Coffee/Tea Service

9.00am  Morning Sessions:

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer, Chair, USCA Faith Coalition and
Executive Director, United Church of Christ HIV & AIDS Network, Cleveland, OH

Centering Reflection: Rev. Edwin C. Sanders, II

Biomedical Update
Dr. Ulysses Burley III, UBtheCure, Chicago, IL

Stigma Index Report
Dr. Vanessa Johnson, Ribbon Consulting Group, Washington DC

Panel: My Lived Experience
Moderator: Cary Goodman, Balm in Gilead, Richmond, VA

Guided Small Groups and Lunch (provided)

1:00pm  Afternoon Sessions:

Presentation: Faith on the Fast Track: HIV Campaign
Francesca Merico, Campaign Coordinator, WCC Ecumencal Advocacy Alliance, Geneva, Switzerland

Presentation: Framework for Dialogue, A tool for dialogue and joint action
Arthur Butler, National Coordinator, United Church of Christ, Cleveland OH

2:30pm  Keynote and discussion

Jesse Milan, Jr., JD
President and CEO, AIDS Untied, Washington, DC

3:30pm  Panel: A Faith’s Response to HIV In Efforts to End the Epidemic

Moderator: Rev. Edwin C. Sanders II
Senior Servant, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church, Nashville, TN

Closing remarks: Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer


About the USCA Faith Pre-Conference

People of faith, faith leaders, people living with HIV and people working in the HIV and AIDS response gather for a one-day faith pre-conference in advance of the U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) to discuss and develop strategies to strengthen the capacity of houses of worship and faith-based organizations who are engaged, or wish to engage, in efforts to end the HIV epidemic.