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Washing their feet

ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson washed the feet of two HIV-positive women before speaking Aug. 1 at an ecumenical preconference to the Aug. 3-8 International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.

Such acts are necessary from the religious community, which has “shunned and shamed people with HIV and struggling with AIDS,” Hanson told some 500 participants. “Absent public acts of repentance, I fear our words will not be trusted.”

The two women, Herlyn Marja Uiras and Sophie Dilmitis, were conference presenters.


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