This Sunday, July 22, Christ Church pays respect to all who have been affected by HIV/AIDS and honors the work of the International AIDS conference that will take place from July 22 – 27 in Washington DC.

The Rev. Canon Gideon Byamugisha, a parish priest from Kampala, Uganda, will be our guest preacher at the 10:00 AM service. In 1992, he became the first religious leader in Africa to publicly announce that he was HIV positive.

At 11:15 AM , after the worship service, Dr. Edith Namulena, Director of the Mengo Hospital located in Kampala, Uganda, will lead a forum in the Meade Room. Mengo Hospital has been serving its region for 30 years and will be recognized at the World AIDS conference for its effective care for patients with HIV and AIDS who also have tuberculosis, another major health issue.

Already on display in Christ Church are two of the AIDS memorial quilts. There are others on display on the National Mall and at more than 40 other locations throughout the metropolitan area. Several quilt panels will be displayed daily in the churchyard from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday, July 21 through Wednesday, July 25.