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The Forbidden Truth: HIV/AIDS, the Black Church & Social Justice Summit

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First Mennonite Church

4601 Knollton Road

Indianapolis, IN 46228

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"In 2016, Black people accounted for 44% of HIV diagnoses, though they comprise only 12% of the U.S. population." (Source: CDC).

To fight back and make headway in preventing new HIV infections, we must change the way HIV is viewed and approached in the Black community. "When we see anything disproportionately affecting one group of people more than others whether it’s poverty, education or health, we must question if the root cause has anything to do with social injustice (NAACP)."

Please join Red Elephant on October 27th for the one-day summit aimed at engaging clergy, lay leaders leaders and community members in a dialogue around the issue of HIV/AIDS and the response of the Black community. The day will include powerful testimonies, dynamic speakers, educational workshops and an engaging panel discussion.

Come hear the stories of HIV surviors who've overcome fear, stigma, shame and rejection. Come hear from educators who will challenge us to confront and erase our ignorance and break our silence. By attending this summit, it is our hope you will be inspired and emboldened to become proactive in the fight to eradicate HIV/AIDS in our lifetime.

Our featured speaker will be Rev. Dr. Dietra Baker-Wise. Dr. Baker-Wise is an adjunct professor at Eden Theological Seminary and Program Coordinator for Advocacy and Activism for The National Benevolent Association (Christian Church Disciples of Christ). In this role she equips and trains partners to address the critical social justice issues most relevant to their work, and collaborates with NBA staff to cultivate partnerships across the life of the church to coordinate efforts related to social justice theology, action, and advocacy. She has been a church planter and pastor, youth pastor, and chaplain to incarcerated youth in St. Louis, MO.

Local Speakers & Educators will include:

  • Dr. Virginia Caine, Director of the Marion County Public Health Department and Associate Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine Infectious Disease Division;
  • Rhonda Bayless, Founder & Executive Director of the Centers of Wellness for Urban Women;
  • Terri Young, Care Coordinator & Sisters United Group Leader at The Damien Center/Brothers United
  • Eld. Kisha Parker, LMFT, Healing Pathways Counseling & Consulting
  • Min. Eric LeSure, Founder & Executive Director of Red Elephant AIDS Awareness & Prevention

This event is free and open to the public. If you'd like to make a donation please visit paypal.me/reaap.

Breakfast and snacks will be provided.

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