Whether turning -- or returning -- to Christ, Buddha, Allah or just inward -- many HIVers testify that the practice of spirituality lends them the faith, hope and clarity necessary to thrive in times of crisis. Whether it’s guidance or grace, ritual or revival -- or the address of a local Wicca meeting -- chances are you’ll find it here.
The Balm In Gilead
130 W. 42nd St., Suite 450
New York, NY 10036
Mobilizes African-American churches to respond to AIDS through conferences, radio programs, videos and community forums. Hosts Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS every March.
Buddhist AIDS Project
555 John Muir Dr., Suite 803
San Francisco, CA 94132
Buddhist AIDS clearinghouse that links HIVers and caretakers to practical and spiritual resources, from Buddhist temples to Buddhist education centers.
Computerized AIDS Ministries
475 Riverside Dr., Room. 330
New York, NY 10115
Internet discussion group hosted by United Methodist AIDS Ministries Network open to HIVers and neggies of any faith, including those who don’t identify with organized religion.
Dignity/USA National AIDS Project
1500 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 11
Washington, DC 20005
AIDS project of the largest national lay movement of gay Catholics. Dispatches prevention info through several nationwide chapters and sponsors caregiver retreats.
Islamic Wellness Institute of North America
P.O. Box 39
Rego Park, NY 11374
Hosts nutritional-food-preparation workshops and provides referrals to doctors offering complementary therapy. Also offers counseling referrals.
Lutheran AIDS Network
2177 Youngman Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Produces Lutheran directory of supportive congregations and organizations. Trains youth peer educators using a safer-sex curriculum.
National Catholic AIDS Network
P.O. Box 422984
San Francisco, CA 94142
Produces a quarterly newsletter for its 800-plus members and hosts an e-mail discussion list. Consults with ASOs to help congregations respond to the needs of HIVers.
National Episcopal AIDS Coalition
1925 K St. NW, Suite 220
Washington, DC 20006
Sponsors Teens for AIDS Prevention, a training program, and offers AIDS education to Episcopal congregations. Also produces a quarterly newsletter for coalition members.
Union of American Hebrew Congregations/DJFC AIDS Committee
633 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Refers HIVers to supportive AIDS-savvy rabbis. Supplies educational videos and study guides to congregations.
United Church of Christ AIDS/HIV Network
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
A grass-roots national network of UCC membership that provides education, pastoral care and support to UCC HIVers.