A View from Outside

ELCA Young Adult Cohort AIDS2014

by Karin L. Klingman, an infectious diseases physician, member of Lutheran GrACE, and Christ Lutheran Church, in Washington, DC.

I had the opportunity to spend some time with the ELCA Youth Delegation while I was attending AIDS 2014 in Melbourne for work. I was also involved with fund-raising and organizing the travel of 2 of the youths who were sent from the Metro DC synod?one was sponsored by the ELCA and one by donations from the DC area churches raised by Lutheran GrACE (a group of DC area church members who are working to end HIV stigma, and to make churches a more welcoming for HIV positive and HIV at-risk people). Both young men were great additions to the delegation. They are both volunteers at Youth Haven, a camp for HIV affected and infected children and families sponsored and run by Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area.


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