Emory's Baptist Studies Program To Hold HIV/AIDS Discussion Jan. 30

A panel of theologians and medical professionals will discuss the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its impact on the church as well as society at a special event Wednesday, Jan. 30, organized by the Baptist Studies Program at Emory University's Candler School of Theology.

Topics will include the alarming rates of HIV infection among minorities and churches' response to HIV/AIDS in their congregations, communities, in this country and in the world. Panelists include: the Rev. Canon John L. Peterson, canon for global justice and reconciliation at Washington National Cathedral; Maria Rivas, Hispanic outreach coordinator for AID Atlanta; Randall Bailey, Interdenominational Theological Center professor of Old Testament; Deborah Lake, founder of Sankofa Way Ministries in Chicago; and Sandra Thurman, former director of the Office of National AIDS Policy at the White House during the Clinton administration.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 2-5 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church�s Central Outreach and Advocacy Center, 201 S. Washington St., Atlanta.

"HIV/AIDS is a major health epidemic that the entire Christian church must face," says David Key, director of Baptist studies at Candler. "Baptists are no exception. Our conservative opinions on sexual matters will not shield us from its ramifications on the church as well as society."

For more information, contact Key at 404-727-6350 or dkey@emory.edu.