We were one of the first Unitarian Universalist congregations to achieve designation as a Red Ribbon Congregation because we are active participants in positive actions to address the Global HIV/AIDS pandemic. The UU Global AIDS Coalition is the sponsoring body for Red Ribbon Congregations. The Red Ribbon Team is involved in education, advocacy, fundraising and partnering.
Lyle S. is our contact person for the UU Global AIDS Coalition and information on the World AIDS Day Commemoration Ceremony held December 1 of each year.
Education and Advocacy
We have presented the following videos:
- A Closer Walk
- My Brothers Keepers
- The Hunger Project
- Stephen Lewis videos
In 2007 we presented an Exhibit and Panel Discussion about Giving Women Power Over AIDS. The exhibit is sponsored by the Global Campaign for Microbicides.
We encourage you to join one.org to simplify the process of making your views known to government representatives and visit the website for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, a group dedicated to mobilizing the political will and financial AIDS crisis and reducing its impact on the countries hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic.
Fundraising and Fun Runs
For a three-month period in 2014, one half of the church's Sunday collection plate was donated to the TeachAIDS organization which provides culturally appropriate free life-saving educational products to those who need them most.
This church also supports AIDS awareness with activities such as book sales, proceeds from two "Soup Sundays" each year, and member participation in the Lyle's Myles annual fun/walk/run each second Saturday of July and the Cascade Aids Walk each year. Lyles Myles raises about $3000 per year for for Martha's Pantry(50%), Cascade AIDS in Portland (10%) and Global Partners for Development (40%). *Click to learn more and come back in 2017 to register.
Look for opportunities to participate with us. Wear your red ribbon!