We encourage the Church to live out Jesus’ ministry of love and justice.  The 219th General Assembly adopted the resolution, “Becoming an HIV and AIDS Competent
Church: Prophetic Witness and Compassionate Action,” in exercise of its responsibility to help the whole
church address matters of “social righteousness.” As a social witness policy statement, it is presented for the
guidance and edification of both church and society, and determines procedures and program for the ministries
and staff of the General Assembly. It is recommended for consideration and study by sessions, presbyteries,
and synods, and commended to the free Christian conscience of all congregations and members for prayerful
study, dialogue, and action. This letter confirms that this social witness resolution satisfies the rules that
govern the formation of social policy in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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