Building community - HIV

Building community - HIV

The aim of our HIV/Aids committee is to empower the congregation with information on issues around the HIV pandemic and the projects in which RUC members are involved. The committee plans training workshops, visits to projects and specific events, such as to mark World Aids Day. It develops ways of incorporating HIV and Aids-related issues into church services and acts as a networking hub between projects connected to its members.

Granny’s Loving Care by Judy Cooke

Lutho is a little boy of eight who lives in a wooden shack in Langa with his granny, who has been caring for him since his mother died of Aids in 2005. She also looks after three of his cousins, whose parents also died – but unlike him, they are not HIV positive and living on ARVs. So Granny is mother to four children, all impacted by HIV/Aids.

Confronting the Truth by Barbara Centurier-Harris and David Harrison

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been known for some 25 years. In these years it has caused much devastation across the globe and most intensely so in sub-Saharan Africa. Millions have been infected, millions have died: rich and poor (but especially the poor, young and old), people of all faiths and those with no faith.

Introducing LoveLife's goGogetters by David Harrison

You don’t have to look far to find grannies caring for five, ten, fifteen children whose parents have died. Not surprising, given that one in six children younger than 18 years has lost at least one parent. The number of people dying each year in their mid- to late-twenties has trebled since 1998. Most of them were parents.

Mother and Child by Lyn Holness


A few years ago my daughter gave me a gift she’d brought me from Italy. It was a calendar with a Madonna and child picture for each month of the year. I flipped through them all, noting the very different depictions. There were twelve different mothers and twelve different children. The Madonnas were each dressed in attire that reflected the context of the artist – as were the babies, except that some were naked.

The Face of Jesus and Sisonke by Judy Cooke

The fifteenth-century Russian icon by Anton Rublev, called ‘The Saviour of Zvenigorod’, has been gazing down at me for much of this year from my prayer desk, challenging and restoring me time and again. It resonates with the theme of finding Christ in unexpected places: the icon’s own history is extraordinary. Rather than being hung in some hallowed cathedral or museum for centuries, it was lost, hidden, damaged, almost ruined.