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--FROM ONE.ORG BLOG-- (http://action.one.org/blog/)

Below is post from Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay about World AIDS Day.
(In November, Jars of Clay donated their song "Light Gives Heat" to ONE members and the band's non-profit, Blood: Water Mission, is a ONE partner group.)

"Today I took a test. It was nothing more than a prick of a finger, the finger I use so often to single out blame, the finger that points at others, and asks, "What are YOU doing in the face of AIDS?"

I remember a story by a friend in South Africa. Part of the Living Hope Community Center's work in a community is a transport of men over the mountains and into the town where they are given this same test that I just had. On this one trip into town the van was filled with storytelling and jokes, jovial conversation and banter. The return trip, however, is called "the silent ride." Men searching their minds for the words to tell their families, hearts feeling the closeness of death, guilt, shame, confusion all ringing with the force of a battle cry, but all in silence.

What must it be like to find out you have a disease, one without a cure, one that carries not only the weight of physical pain, but the brutal force of stigma and fear? The ripple effects of this disease will be death to their children, to their spouses, and death to their ability to live in community and die with dignity. This is not a new story that begins and ends every hour of every day. It is the character arch of many heroes and villians alike. So how do we process this? What do we do with these stories?

We have a day marked for us to be reminded that AIDS is real, that the stories of those who suffer are real, it is a day that carries with it hope. Hope that that enough of us - enough doctors and politicians, actors and musicians, mothers and pastors, students and children, fathers and bankers, leaders and followers will care and act the end that World AIDS Day will become a holiday commemorating the end of HIV.

Please hope with us and believe with us that there is a way to end the suffering and pain of AIDS on our planet. When I look at the tiny hole where the needle pricked, I realize the finger is pointing back at me. What will I do today?

With great hope,
Dan Haseltine
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Jars of Clay

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edit: it is also on bloodwatermission.com with a commentary of Charlie too...
"Today brings with it a range of emotions. I carry a deep sorrow for
those that suffer from HIV/AIDS, particularly those who fight daily
against a mountain of extreme poverty and a lack of education. They
are men, women and children very much like you and me. They are down
our streets, in our cities, and across oceans. But I also feel a
sense of hope this year- that AIDS is not just a news headline; that
everywhere we travel we are seeing an army of compassionate
individuals that are caring deeply for those suffering with AIDS, and
will commit to bringing change throughout this generation. Thanks
for joining with us in prayer and hope."

-Charlie Lowell (Blood:Water Mission & Jars of Clay)

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MonsterFCA,

 

thanks for posting this. It was also a blog on myspace...I think B:WM.

 

And Dan...has got a nice haircut. I've been waiting for something more stylish and well kept. He's too handsome for untame hair!

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It was also a blog on myspace...I think B:WM.
didn't know that... I think they use this for every campaign they know! lol
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And Dan...has got a nice haircut. I've been waiting for something more stylish and well kept. He's too handsome for untame hair!

yeah, it was about time, come on...long hair is not cool anymore, just look at Bono, almost bold!
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I like the way Dan started his piece with the finger prick and blame, talked about AIDS, and then brought it full circle in the end. Cool writing device.

 

This article has a similar message. Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Sam Brownback were tested for AIDS during a press conference. Beforehand, they spoke to a group of evangelicals at Saddleback Church (where Rick Warren preaches). I think this bipartisan approach is soooo important. AIDS is an issue that is way deeper and more urgent than politics.


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I'm not sure how I feel about the new hair, haha. Its been SO long since it was short...he looks so much younger!

The article is great, as always. I love his writing style.
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that is really a great article and Dan's writing style really gets the point across.  it's funny...him mentioning the 'prick of a finger' reminds me of two things.  one is that my mom, before my younger brother and i were born, worked in a hospital as a labratory tech where her main job was to take blood samples.  when she was going to go back to work after being a stay-at-home mom for a while, i'd asked if she was going to go back to working in the lab.  she said no b/c of her fear that she could accidently prick herself with a needle from a person whose blood contained HIV/AIDS.  i asked her what HIV and AIDS were and soon had the very basic facts.

 

the other thing it makes me think of is that it's so simple to be tested for HIV/AIDS.  yeah, no one likes to get stuck w. a needle...but if it means making sure that you're not only protecting yourself but your spouse (if you're married), children (if you want to have a family), or boyfriend/girlfriend (if you choose to become involved that way), then by all means DO IT.  the cycle only ends when people choose to ensure for their health and the health of all those they love.

 

thanks for posting this!

 

peace,

racheal ^^


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  Definately good words from Dan I hate that HIV/AIDS is hurting so many people today.

  As for Dan's hair I could not care less about what him or the Band are doing with their body hair or clothing or anything else with how they look because that is so not what really counts it's what is inside that counts!!! If your a  Woman you also shouldnt care beacuse they are not your Husbands, they have thier own Wives. I guess I missed the News flash or the newspaper headline that stated that long hair is "out of style". I happen to be a male with kinda long hair, and a beard like Steve Mason so I guess to some of you forum members I would be considered " not cool" or "unattractive".  I have seen a lot of dissing on this forum about the bands hairstyles, facial hair, shoes ect.. and I think you people should start a "Yo Mama" or Joan Rivers fan forum, beacause that is who you all seem like, and I just think people like that are not right in the head to say the least. I think it's very childish and unchristian to nitpick with peoples appearance and I think you people need to get your priorities straight, and I think you all should cremate this side of yourselves.  None of us always does the right thing, including me of course, but what's important is to at least admit when we are wrong and truly wish to want to change.

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Airplane,

 

Perhaps, reading a few more posts and with a little more conversation, you'll get to know our hearts.

 

No offense intended, none taken.

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Originally Posted by AirPlane

  Definately good words from Dan I hate that HIV/AIDS is hurting so many people today.

  As for Dan's hair I could not care less about what him or the Band are doing with their body hair or clothing or anything else with how they look because that is so not what really counts it's what is inside that counts!!! If your a  Woman you also shouldnt care beacuse they are not your Husbands, they have thier own Wives. I guess I missed the News flash or the newspaper headline that stated that long hair is "out of style". I happen to be a male with kinda long hair, and a beard like Steve Mason so I guess to some of you forum members I would be considered " not cool" or "unattractive".  I have seen a lot of dissing on this forum about the bands hairstyles, facial hair, shoes ect.. and I think you people should start a "Yo Mama" or Joan Rivers fan forum, beacause that is who you all seem like, and I just think people like that are not right in the head to say the least. I think it's very childish and unchristian to nitpick with peoples appearance and I think you people need to get your priorities straight, and I think you all should cremate this side of yourselves.  None of us always does the right thing, including me of course, but what's important is to at least admit when we are wrong and truly wish to want to change.

Terri, you're right, the music and what's inside is what really counts.  We are all huge fans of the band or we wouldn't be here.  We love them, facial hair, long hair...whatever.  Some of us make observations or offer opinions, which is fairly normal considering some people on the board have been on here since the beginning and have followed the band through many styles and seasons.

 

Since the folks who created and monitor the board have a category called Discuss Jars of Clay, I'm thinking they might appreciate our comments, good or bad.  They may even benefit from some of them.  Just my opinion.

 

Either way, this thread was about Aids/HIV, and as is often the case (sadly), we have taken it in a totally different direction.  I apologize for my contribution to that, but I felt a strong need to respond to your comment.

 

As Christa said, no offense intended. 

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Christa622 and Secrateri6 already said what is true, but I'm posting again about this, because I'm supporting that too... the true is that my comment about Bono and the short cool hair was only a joke, no sarcasm or cynical attiude intended. You'll get to know us jarks with time, but you need to know that we respect every hair style or physical appeareance they choose (I hate tatoos and the boys have some in their arms and I still love jars). I'm a male too, and I used to have long hair, but then I just stopped and cut it almost bold because it was just, I don't know, a problem...you need to take care of it, wash it almost every day and blablabla, I feel that now I'm talkng like a lady but oh well! (lol!) Sorry if you take this in the wrong direction.
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Hey everyone,
I just wanted to remind you all that this Saturday, December 1, 2007 is World AIDS day!

I'm going to look for my B:WM button that I made last year and wear it for the rest of the week, in hopes of stirring up conversation and encouraging others to think about this pandemic!
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