News Release

1/31/00

Houstonís Urban AIDS Ministry Task Force Prepares for
Black Church Week of Prayer

The Urban AIDS Ministry Task Force (UAM), a coalition of African-American spiritual leaders, churches and faith based organizations working to prevent HIV/AIDS among African-Americans, announced plans to participate in the Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS. The UAM will join thousands of other churches across the nation that utilize the Black Church Week of Prayer to raise awareness in an effort to stop the transmission of HIV/AIDS and to provide compassion and assistance for people affected by the disease.
 
In Houston/Harris County, 61 percent of 1999 HIV reports were African Americans. According to Rev. Stephane Cobbert, Associate Pastor at Brookhollow Baptist Church, ďBlack churches have the power and responsibility to change the course of the AIDS epidemic. Our goal is to provide prayer, leadership, compassion and information to help the families in our congregation and community who are facing HIV/AIDS.Ē

Several Houston area churches have committed to host special events including Alief Baptist, Brentwood Baptist, Brookhollow Baptist, The Nation of Islam, Resurrection Lutheran Church, St. Johnís United Methodist Church, St. Stephen Baptist Church and the Shrine of the Black Madonna. Highlights of the planned worship and educational programs include:

  • HIV educational workshop at Second Baptist Church, 810 W. 24th street,  Tuesday, March 7, 2000.
  • A candle light vigil at Riverside General Hospital, 3402 Ennis, Friday, March 10, 2000.
  • A sunrise worship service at St. Johnís United Methodist Church, 2019 Crawford, Sunday March 12, 2000.
The Urban AIDS Ministry Task Force (UAM) is a community involvement group facilitated by the Houston Department of Health and Human Servicesí Bureau of HIV/STD Prevention.  For more information about the Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, contact Marie Hunter at 713-794-9362.