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Published on Jul 27, 2018
As the 2018 International AIDS Conference draws to a close, we look ahead to see what faith-based contributions may bring to a coordinated HIV response - working for increased access to HIV testing, treatment and care, promoting human rights, eliminating stigma and discrimination - and the building of bridges. ---- Dear Lord,
We want to thank you for this opportunity, to go the distance of gathering us together to talk about building bridges, and mending broken ones,
because you are the arch-builder of bridges, bridges of love, bridges of hope, bridges of compassion bridges of justice
may you lead us as we continue our journey together, of building a common voice, an interfaith voice, an ecumenical voice, an interdenominational voice,
to empower especially young people, and those who are living with or personally affected, or vulnerable to HIV, to empower them to see a world without AIDS,
that together we can live to see what you have promised us, a world that is abundant in life, and in health, and in peace,
in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
---- Prayer by Rev. Canon Gideon Byamugisha, a founder of the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV or AIDS (INERELA+) ---- ---- At the International AIDS Conference 2018, religious leaders and people of faith from a range of religions and traditions have pushed for the importance of building bridges for a coordinated HIV response, between faiths, and between faith and other sectors.