Annual December 1 Aids Conference features Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

11-15-2012 by

M. Edwards
McCormick Theological Seminary’s Center for African American Ministries and Black Church Studies present the Clergy & Lay Leadership Summit VIII, a faith-based response to the HIV/Aids Epidemic.

Missed the conference? No problem! Watch the worship and drama, and the keynote address here

The summit is presented in collaboration with the Illinois African American Coalition of Prevention (ILAACP), God Can Ministries United Church of Christ, and local faith-based community organizations. The Clergy & Lay Leadership Summit VIII, a faith-based response to the HIV/Aids Epidemic will be on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 p.m. in the McGaw Common Room of McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University Avenue in Chicago.

Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis, Director of McCormick’s Center for African American Ministries and Black Church Studies, said “Our goal in this collaborative effort is to help communities reduce infections and behaviors that put people at-risk for HIV/AIDS by equipping and engaging local church ministries and faith-based community outreach workers with the education and awareness of the most current best practices available.”

Activities have been planned for the entire day. The day begins with a continental breakfast followed by an opening worship service featuring Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III of Trinity United Church of Christ, a dramatic presentation by the Ray of Hope Center of the Arts, four workshops, lunch, an awards presentation and a closing session featuring keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. The event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required.”

The four workshops include:

  • “A Time to Keep Silent and a Time to Speak,” Rev. Penny Willis and Rev. Frederick Schells,
  • “Song, Sex(t) and the Sacramentality of the Body,” Rev. Neichelle R. Guidry Jones,
  • “HIV * STD’s 101,” a representative from the Ruth M. Rothstein Core Center, (a workshop for youth 12-16 years old)
  • “HIV/AIDS-From Medical Condition to Moral Response: A Foundation in Science, Human Rights and Faith for Young Adults,” (a workshop for young adults 17-21), Dr. Ulysses Burley.

    Dr. Ellis Davis continued, “Since its founding the annual Summit has reached out to local congregations with HIV/AIDS ministries, faith-based organizations providing services to persons living with AIDS and HIV, governmental agencies that provide training and technical support for persons working in community and public health systems, pharmaceutical corporations and other for-profit businesses that supply resources to control the spread of the virus.

    For more information or to register, contact Priscilla Rodriquez at 773-947-6310 or To register on-line, simply click on this link: /civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=81

    Additional information: Summit Fact Sheet (pdf) and Schedule of Events (pdf).