Hoosier Churches support HIV Advocacy & IAC Scholarship Fund

Faith communities in Central Indiana are opening their doors and their hearts to the LGBTQIA+ community. Many of the churches I wish to present here are part of the faith community that has been welcoming long before this particular time. I would like to share these faith communities in which I have been accepted as an openly gay black man into membership. Because so many of us gay Christians have been repulsed by the Church, I want us know this is and has changed and is changing.

 

The churches presented below have welcomed me and loved me in the name of Jesus Christ. I do believe in God and love the Holy Spirit. I believe what the Church has professed and I am a witness that the love of people for one another is a healing message for us all. It brings forth the community that we need to fight not only HIV, but all health issues that threaten our lives and could bring about our deaths.

The AIDS crisis began long before it was linked to homosexuals yet I often felt I was treated as a second class Christian wherever I worshiped.  I have met many Christian sisters and brothers along my life journey who shared similar stories. At a time when I am witnessing a reconnoiter to the AIDS epidemic similar to the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) my hope is more faith communities will realize many of us were Christians before we knew we were gay.  Being able to worship with other believers gives me courage to face the end of my life with HIV. I will leave as a Christian warrior who has fought bravely 44 years to end, heal, and cure HIV/AIDS.

By gathering together we increase the army that combats the prejudice, stigma, and bigotry that so often prevents others from disclosing their HIV status and other illnesses. These factors sustain the prevalence and incidence of HIV.  Join me in honoring these Faith communities who have welcomed me and others.  Each has offered their support to the 2020 International AIDS Conference 2 and are asking members of the community to donate to Hoosier IAC Scholarship Fund where our goal is to send persons who would not be able to afford to go to the International AIDS Conference 2022 in Durban, South Africa. Preference is given to people who experience health outcome disparities. 

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The Allen Chapel AME Church Family
Rev. Dr. Charlesfontaine Macon, Senior Pastor teaches Harold Brown member
Rev. Jeff Miner, Senior Pastor, Life Journey Church inspires hope for Harold Brown, member
Rev. Mother Suzanne Willie, Priest with member Harold Brown, The Episcopal Church of All Saints support in 2018
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The Rev. Aaron Hobbs, Sr Pastor  Broadway United Methodist Church & Michele Justus-Hobbs support Harold Brown, member, and the work of the Red Ribbon Jubilee Team.  
Rev. Duane Carlisle, Sr. Pastor, First UMC West Lafayette, poses with Harold Brown, actor in Christmas Advent Play
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The cast of ADVENT a play with 14 performances are members of Broadway UMC who embraced Harold as "unabashed joy". 2020 
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Loree and Kenyon Gross of the B'hai Center welcome Harold as a believer and support us both at National Urban League Conference and now with the Hoosier IAC Scholarship Fund to help people go to the International AIDS Conference 2020
We welcome faith communities to be acknowledged on our site by sending a photo of leader and short statement of support to hsbrown68@gmail.com