The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is sponsoring nine young adults to attend the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Durban, South Africa, July 16-22, 2016, under the Theme “Access Equity Rights Now”. Held every two years, the conference draws more than 20,000 health workers, scientists, government representatives, journalists, activists, corporate leaders, people living with HIV and AIDS, and religious leaders and representatives.
The IAC provides extensive opportunities for sharing and networking across all levels of care and response to the epidemic. In addition to the main
conference, the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is hosting an Interfaith pre-conference which will bring together 500 people from more than 35 countries to address trends and issues in the faith-based response to HIV and AIDS.
Recipients of the all-inclusive scholarship will be expected to participate in a preparatory email list serve, read background materials, participate in daily conference plenaries, workshops, and activities, attend a post-conference follow up retreat, and commit to sharing their experience with their community upon returning home. These scholarships are made possible through the ELCA World Hunger Program and ELCA Young Adult Ministry.
Download the scholarship application here: ELCA Young Adult Scholarship to IAC2016. Please submit any questions and your application as soon as possible but no later than March 31, 2016 via email to Ulysses.Burley@elca.org.