Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
My mother and I were lucky enough to attend
I say lucky because while these memorials are held globally,
there are only about 2 dozen held in the US
AIDS Resource Group of Evansville’s
St Mary’s Catholic Church
in downtown Evansville, IN
you might remember it
St Mary’s that is
It was one of the places I considered for mypost
This was my first Candlelight Memorial
if I said it was
well, that would be an understatement.
We were blessed with some great speakers,
and even greater and more powerful music.
We were reminded of our Hoosier hero
and quite possibly America’s
maybe the world’s
greatest advocate for HIV/AIDS understanding and compassion
through both speech and song
you might remember this song,
written and performed by Michael Jackson
as a tribute to the life and legacy of Ryan
Gone Too Soon
~it was sung at the service~
At the memorial
we were not only in a church,
but through the messages presented,
taken to church.
I always struggle with my faith,
well, more accurately the faith in which I was raised.
I think one might be able to ascertain from a few of my posts
that are filled with religious imagery, stories, thoughts and judgments.
It is times like these,
when it comes close to home and is used for what I deem
the common good
I am reminded of why Christianity does in fact have a place in my heart.
more importantly to why I am choosing this picture for this post,
Where I Stand
today’s candle light memorial was not about me.
It was about the celebration of the lives that have gone before me,
on whose shoulders I stand today,
writing/posting on this blog
without a great fear of retaliation,
able to show my face and state my status
in relatively great health,
without having to be brave,
with only the psychological fear that comes with having a life changing disease.
this picture was taken as we stepped outside the church
and where reminded
that while it is easy to light a candle and honor those who have come and gone before us
while in the safe confines of a church or community;
it is much harder to keep that candle lit
out in the world.
That is the challenge we are reminded of today
to keep that candle lit.
It is in fact
WHERE I STAND
one of the features of the memorial service was to read the names of those who have been in the care of ARG
and have now passed
The Reading of the Names
I hope you take the time to listen to Gina More
taking us to church
through her music
Gina More: How Great Thou Art
- This Sunday- 29th Annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (queerlandia.com)
- A History of HIV & AIDS (lass.org.uk)