Bishop Oliveto to take HIV test live at the pulpit during World AIDS Day service

November 22, 2017
Story and photo submitted by the Rev. Don Messer
Executive Director, Center for Health and Hope


Bishop Karen Oliveto will take an HIV test at the pulpit during the second annual World AIDS Day Community Service at Park Hill United Methodist Church in Denver at 7 p.m. Dec. 3. The Rev. Dr. Valerie Jackson, senior pastor of University Park UMC in Denver, will preach at the service.

Bishop Oliveto will be stressing the imperative of persons being tested and seeking counseling as essential to ending AIDS in our lifetime. The World AIDS Legacy Ensemble, directed by Daryl J. Walker, will sing, and youthful dancers from Scott UMC will perform.  

Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Conference, Center for Health and Hope, and It Takes A Village, the community worship service corresponds with the annual World AIDS Day observed around the world. More than 37.4 million people are infected with the virus, almost one-half of whom are women. Some 37 million people have died from the disease.