[*Here’s that word: YES, Team Women’s Center will walk in the Louisville AIDS Walk on Sunday, September 26! YES, we hope YOU and YOUR FRIENDS, et al. will join the team online here — LINK TO THE TEAM SITE — and then contact more friends, family members, former employers, teachers, and others who might sponsor your effort. This is a way to raise money for services to our neighbors in the Louisville area who are living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The Women’s Center team will assemble on the Belvedere at 2:00 p.m. — we think that will give us enough time to turn in the funds we’ve raised, get our team picture taken, and be part of the walk that begins at 3:00 p.m.]
The answer to that question is partly historical, and partly theological.
The historical part is that the Women’s Center started walking in the Louisville AIDS Walk as part of its collaboration with the More Light and Women at the Well groups on campus. Both of these groups have ties to the Women’s Center because of our common concern about the way gender, and the role people think it should or must play in society, affects people’s lives, livelihoods and life prospects. Women at the Well is a group for solidarity, support, education and advocacy for African-American women in the Seminary community. More Light has been and is an organization that educates and advocates around issues of special concern to LGBTQ people.
Many people are aware that HIV/AIDS is a special concern for LGBTQ folks and their allies. [more info] Fewer people may be aware that HIV/AIDS is also a special concern for the African-American community. That is particularly true at a time when young African-American women are among those most at risk for newly reported HIV+ status, and when decreased funding for AIDS awareness and prevention programs in recent years disproportionately affected this group of people. [more info]
In other words, part of the reason we started walking in the Louisville AIDS Walk is that it became a priority for us because it was a priority for our partners in mission. We keep walking because it keeps mattering.
Stay tuned for the theological part!