The ELCA message AIDS and the Church's Ministry of Caring says:
"The church's ministry of caring is a grateful response to God's caring for us. The undeserved love of God announced for all in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is our reason for standing with our neighbor in need. Jesus responded graciously to people who were sick without assessing their merit. In the same way we are called to 'be Christs' for all in our midst who suffer and are ill. Our calling summons us to compassion for, acceptance of and service with people affected by AIDS both within and outside our congregations."
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