Interfaith Pre-Conference 2014


aids2014logo2Stepping Up In Faith: The Interfaith Pre-Conference to AIDS 2014 will be held 18-19 July, 2014 at the Catholic Leadership Centre in Melbourne, Australia.


Pre-Conference Program


Friday, 18 July

13 30


14 00

Networking Event

Opening Session


Our Journey with HIV So Far: Lessons from Our Past to Shape the Future

Moderator:     Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer, United Church of Christ – USA

Panelists:         Rev. Phumzile Mabizela, INERELA+

Ms. Cecilia Marvel Spaine, YWCA of Sierra Leone

Mr. Ken Moala, Pacific Sexual Diversity Network, Outreach Ministries Australia

Swami Advayananda Sarasvati, Arsha Vidya Ashram

15 30

Refreshments (provided)

16 00


Workshop Sessions

Faith, Compassion and Acceptance: Addressing Homophobia and HIV-related Stigma through Scripture and Spirituality

Partnership in Faith and Action in Melbourne

Prayer Alone is Not Enough: Personal Accounts of Faith-based Responses to HIV in El Salvador, Yemen and Zimbabwe

Faith, Culture and Young Women



Saturday, 19 July

9 00

Plenary Session

Joint Plenary with Catholic Pre-Conference

Where Do We Go from Here: Getting to the Three Zeroes? A Joint Plenary Session with the Catholic Pre-Conference

Moderator:     Rev. Msgr. Robert Vitillo, Caritas Internationalis

Panelists:         Dr Luiz Loures, Deputy Executive Director of Programme of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations

Dr. Deborah Birx, Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of the United States Government activities to combat HIV/AIDS Globally, Department of State

Ms. Ruth W. Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service

Mr. Cesar Patrick Bonales, Outreach Ministries Church, the Philippines

Mr. Yonas Jerenie Dare, Programme Department Head, Ethiopian Interfaith Forum for Development, Dialogue and Action

10 30

Refreshments (provided)

11 00


Workshop Sessions


Rejuvenating Dialogue and Partnership among FBOs for Greater Global Impact

A Road to Equality: Engaging Business Sectors, Social Media and Community to Overcome AIDS Stigma and Discrimination

Can an Intergenerational Model for Home based Care in the Context of HIV Reduce the Burden of Care on Young Women Volunteers?

The End of AIDS – Vision or Achievable? How do we Ensure Access to Lifelong Treatment for All?

12 30

Lunch Break (provided)

14 00


Workshop Sessions


Mobilizing Local Faith Communities to Eliminate Stigma

Our Whole Lives – Faith-based Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Stigma Must Be Replaced

Driving Forward the FBO Advocacy Agenda for a Sustainable, Well- Funded AIDS Response Post 2015

15 30

Refreshments (provided)

16 00

Plenary Session

Closing Plenary

Equipping Ourselves for the Journey Beyond 2015

Moderator:     Susan Brennan, Vice President of the World YWCA Board of Directors

Panelists:         Ms. Nadege Uwase Munyaburanga, YWCA of Rwanda

Ms. Lalchhuanzuali, YWCA of India

Mr. Chedo Kekeli Dona Avocetien, Togo

Dr. Ulysses Burley III, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Supported by the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund.