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Verbum et Ecclesia

On-line version ISSN 2074-7705
Print version ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.29 n.3 Pretoria  2008




The pastoral care of preaching and the trauma of HIV and AIDS



F J Streets

The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor in Pastoral Counseling, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New York City; Adjunct Associate Professor Pastoral Theology, Yale University, Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut




There is within the history of Christian worship practices a long tradition of someone offering a sermon to those gathered for worship. The primary means for many Christians throughout the world of receiving Christian education and guidance is by listening to sermons. There is generally embedded in all Christian preaching some attempt on the part of the preacher to share a worldview based upon the his or her biblical and theological interpretation of the meaning of faith and their application to daily living. This article explores how the sermon can be a source of religious instruction and aspect of pastoral caring for those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. The article also suggests that such sermons can be a form of advocating social justice for those who are stigmatized because of their HIV status. Note: The people mentioned in this article, are real but, their names, Rob, Inspiration and Pastor Able are fictitious for reasons of confidentiality. "My Africa is fading and no one sees or cares that it is happening."



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1 Rev. Dr. Frederick J Streets, former Chaplain of Yale University and Senior Pastor of the Church of Christ in Yale, USA is the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Pastoral Counseling at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New York City and adjunct Associate Professor Pastoral Theology, Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, CT. USA. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 2008 in the Department of Practical Theology at the University of Pretoria. His research focus was on the experiences of children and families living with HIV and AIDS. The author wishes to acknowledge the support of Professor Julian Muller, Chairperson of the Department of Practical Theology at the University of Pretoria for his support.

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