RICHMOND, VA-March 8, 2011 - Churches and faith leaders across the country, kicked off the 22nd
annual National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS this week with events around the country to pray, educate and support those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
The Week was officially kicked off with a breakfast hosted by The Honorable Dwight Jones, Mayor, Richmond, Virginia, where The Balm In Gilead,
the organizer of the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, is headquartered. The event included special remarks by Mayor Jones encouraging a
diverse gathering of faith leaders to become more intentional in addressing HIV/AIDS. Faith leaders of Roanoke, Virginia also kicked off the week calling
all of Roanoke Valley to pray and educate for the healing of AIDS in Southwestern area of the state.
There are many events and activities going on around the country. A few highlighted events are:
• March 7, 2011 Monday
National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS Worship service hosted by Rev. Anthony Trufant, pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York
• March 8, 2011 Tuesday The United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio, is holding a press conference to announce the online release of “Affirming Persons, Saving Lives”, its faith-based comprehensive HIV prevention curriculum, as a free digital download. Scheduled for 2:00pm in the Amistad Chapel of the UCC's national headquarters at 700 Prospect Ave E in Cleveland, the press conference will feature Pernessa Seele, Founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc.
• March 9, 2011 Wednesday Worship in the Word hosted by Oakland Bay Area Community-wide Collaborative Program at Beebe Memorial Cathedral in Oakland, California
March 10, 2011 Thursday
Candlelight vigil hosted by the students of Virginia University at Lynchburg. To be held on the campus.
• March 11, 2011 Friday
Unity Fellowship Church of Rochester, New York, will be hosting a special worship service
• March 12, 2011 Saturday
Breaking the Ice: A Conversation Between Mothers and Daughters on HIV/AIDS hosted by Silent Voices United to be held at Canaan Baptist Church, New York City
To get more information on the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, visit
The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is the inclusive, expansion of the highly
successful Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS. It was the nation's FIRST national
mobilization campaign that specifically focused on HIV/AIDS. The campaign has provided AIDS
information to well-over 5 million African Americans through the engagement of Black congregations of
every sector across the United States. Launched in 1989 as the Harlem Week of Prayer for the Healing of
AIDS, the week engaged Harlem's Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and traditional faith communities brought
national attention to the critical and urgent need to engage faith communities in addressing HIV/AIDS,
especially in the African American community.
For more information
The Balm In Gilead is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit organization whose
mission is to improve the health status of people of the African Diaspora by building the capacity of faith communities to address lifethreatening diseases, especially HIV/AIDS in the United States and in Africa. To get more information on the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, visit www.NWPHA.org.