Stanford takes role in special AIDS event


By the Advocate

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and the Rev. Shane Stanford of Hattiesburg will be among the speakers at a special event just prior to the opening of the 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Committee will sponsor Lighten the Burden II, an HIV/AIDS event intended to heighten awareness among United Methodists about HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The event will be held at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 22, and will address the realities surrounding these diseases and how the United Methodist Church is responding.

Kay Warren, a two-time cancer survivor and wife of Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life, will be the keynote speaker to this day-long event. A personal testimony about living with HIV/AIDS will be shared by Stanford, author and teaching pastor for Main Street UMC in Hattiesburg, and Dr. Cherian Thomas, executive secretary for GBGM's Health and Welfare will speak on how to access resources from the UM Global AIDS Fund.