Resolution A163: Monitoring HIV Guide
This post is part one of a series of posts highlighting General Convention resolutions passed in 2012 that are relevant to the work of National Episcopal Health Ministries (NEHM) and National Episcopal AIDS Coalition (NEAC).
Click here for full text of Resolution A163: Monitoring HIV Guide
This resolution commends the document HIV, Health & Holiness: A Guide for The Episcopal Church and directs NEAC to establish baseline data for current practices throughout the Church related to this Guide.
Many times, the explanation of a resolution can provide critical context for the resolutions itself; such is the case here. NEAC spent significant effort attempting to meet the goal of Resolution A162 (2008), which called for a domestic strategy meeting to develop a comprehensive response to the HIV and AIDS crisis by the Episcopal Church. Unfortunately, this meeting was unable to be realized, but NEAC's Board of Directors decided to develop a plan that, while somewhat less ambitious than a comprehensive plan for the entire Church, might still encourage and inspire our parishes to address this critical issue.
This response, now the HIV, Health & Holiness Guide linked above, is the basis for Resolution A163. It is not enough simply to develop a plan, put it on a shelf, and congratulate each other on addressing that issue. Indeed, to expend effort on that kind of work provides a false sense of accomplishment and an excuse to ignore critical issues by pretending something has been done. This resolution attempts to assist in implementation of this guide and provide a mechanism through which NEAC can report on its progress.
I hope you will spend time with the guide. I think it is a valuable document with the potential to inspire real transformation in our parishes. However, this can only be accomplished if our church institutions and individuals engage with it and attempt to implement it. Many of the suggestions in the plan are simple and require little effort. This does not mean they are not worth doing; indeed, even engaging in the thought of performing these actions can inspire empathy and open our hearts. It is my hope we will do much more than merely think about these actions. It is my hope that we will live into these goals and change our church permanently, ultimately enhancing the lives of us all.