A Time to Speak | How Black Pastors Can Respond to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic (McMickle)

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A Time to Speak, organized around the themes found in Ecclesiastes 3, addresses and dismantles some of the arguments rooted in a less than thorough analysis of the Bible that have been used to prevent many black pastors and worshipers in black churches from getting involved with people who are either infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

McMickle asserts it is time for black pastors and their worshipers to recognize that HIV/AIDS is no longer a disease that is isolated and limited to gay, white males. It has become the leading cause of death among black women ages 25 - 34. Additionally, it is spreading among black teens who experiment at earlier and earlier ages with behaviors that put them at risk. Further, senior citizens are contracting the disease at an alarming rate when they become sexually active with new partners following the death of a long-term spouse or after a divorce.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marvin McMickle is President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, where he also serves as Professor of Church Leadership and Director of the Program of Black Church Studies. He was senior pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio from 1987-2011. He earned his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, D.Min. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is Professor Emeritus of Homiletics at Ashland University and the author of six books.

 

Paperback: 176 pages (6 x 9 in.)

2008