Faith Initiatives

Office of Faith Initiatives

The office of Faith Initiatives at Philadelphia FIGHT tends to the spiritual health of people living with HIV/AIDS by shedding light on hope, wellness and transformation.

The Office of Faith Initiatives at Philadelphia FIGHT reaches out and disseminates information to faith leaders and their adherents. Through education we are reducing faith based stigma and shame. Through spiritual guidance, reflection and relationship building we are creating a network where FIGHT and local faith communities can collaborate in the mission of healing in affirming and holistic ways. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “A bruised reed will not be broken, and a smoldering wick will not be snuffed out; God will bring forth Justice.”

Faithful TEACH

Faithful TEACH is a 6 week training program for faith leaders whose faith communities are impacted by the HIV pandemic and who want to learn about HIV/AIDS in order to effectively minister to people living with the virus. Faithful TEACH instructs participants about faith-centered healing, ministry, advocacy, treatment and education. The next cohort will begin sometime in February. Stay tuned for exact dates. Contact Rev. Dowdy at the office of Faith Initiatives if you’re interested. cdowdy@fight.org or (215) 985.4448 ext. 253.

Faith Leaders Network Meeting

Every 4th Wednesday of the month the FLN meets to network and share information around HIV/AIDS and Faith. We convene at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany at 330 S. 13th St. between Spruce & Pine Sts. from 10:30AM to Noon. Come out and join us.

Choir

Enjoy Singing? Philadelphia FIGHT has two choirs. The FIGHT Gospel choir is directed by David Winslow. The VOICES of Philadelphia  FIGHT Inspirational Chorus directed by Ruth Naomi Floyd rehearses on Tuesdays from 5:30-7PM in the Crtical Path on the 3rd Floor at 1233 Locust St. Contact the Office of Faith Initiatives if you are interested in joining.

FIGHT for Ghana

FIGHT for Ghana works to draw attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ghana and other African regions, particularly around faith based stigma and the development of peer education programs.

The Reed

The Newsletter for the Office of Faith Initiatives is called the Reed. Currently it comes out quarterly, September, December, March, and the end of June. Contact this office if you want to be on the mailing or emailing list for the newsletter.

Annual World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast

Each year on December 1st the office of faith initiatives hosts a World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast for Philadelphia’s faith community. The event is free. Stay tuned for info each year.

AIDS Education Month Faith Summit and Gospel Concert

Click here for more information about AEM 2016.

Program Information

  • Phone: 215-985-4448 ext. 253
  • Contact: Rev. Dr. Calenthia S. Dowdy
  • Email: cdowdy@fight.org

Spotlight On

Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring fellows, residents and students.

Learn More

June is AIDS Education Month

AIDS Education Month June
June 2017 is the 23rd year that Philadelphia FIGHT hosted AIDS Education Month (AEM), a series of events throughout Philadelphia to increase AIDS awareness and to bring people together to find strategies to combat the virus. Over 10,000 individuals are directly reached by AEM every June. Learn About AIDS Education Month