The Wisconsin Conference is a co-sponsor for the 2018 Breaking Barriers HIV/AIDS Ministry Conference, scheduled for October 25-27 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. The gathering, hosted by the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee, will bring together leaders in HIV/AIDS research, advocacy, and ministry to focus on saving lives, reducing stigma, and increasing awareness.

The event will include eighteen 90-minute workshops led by experts from around the globe. As part of the workshop offerings, they are issuing a Call for Papers, an opportunity for you and/or others to design and lead a workshop on one of five topics:

  1. Research on HIV/AIDS – what is the latest research showing in terms of prevention, care and treatment of HIV?
  2. Gender Issues and HIV - Transgender people are one of the groups most affected by the HIV epidemic and are 49 times more likely to be living with HIV than the general population. Globally, it is estimated that around 19% of transgender women are living with HIV. Globally, men who have sex with men are 24 times more likely to be living with HIV than the general population. How can we better understand this population and its needs? How can the church be supportive of all genders?
  3. Living with HIV/AIDS - Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, people living with HIV have faced numerous psychological and behavioral challenges. There are additional challenges for children and young people. How can those living with HIV or AIDS take care of themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and socially?
  4. Human Sexuality and HIV – We know sex education is important to reduce the spread of HIV. What can we do, as people of faith, to become educators and/or advocates for comprehensive sexuality education?
  5. Needs of People Aging with HIV or AIDS – With the availability of drug treatment for HIV and drug users, people are living longer with HIV. What are the challenges? What health and societal issues confront older adults living with HIV? How can the church address those needs?

United Methodists and others engaged with HIV/AIDS ministries and services are encouraged to apply. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2018. They are looking for creativity and imagination in proposals based on your experiences and/or successful HIV/AIDS programs addressing local and global issues, successful approaches to teaching, as well as reports on emerging research.

View the Application and Information about the Call for Papers

Visit the conference website to register and get information on the schedule, plenary sessions, keynote speakers and other events.

Contact Dr. Douglas Smith with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 510-221-7987.