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This topic was discussed at the last Wednesday night Group.  Please remember that for every dollar you donate to the AIDS Walk that money will be matched 100%. So if you give $25 that would become a $50 donation to benefit the World AIDS Museum. Thanks for all your support guys. See details below.

 

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Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival 

Happy Hiney / WAM Team

Please join us Saturday, March 23rd

 

Note:  Sign up now so you don’t miss out on the Free Registration Code (below) 

Dear Pozitive Attitudes Group Members,

Have you ever thought “I wonder where we would meet if the Museum were not around?”    I do.  I think about this a good deal because it is expensive to have this wonderful museum.  The rent alone at the museum is close to 5000.00 per month and that is just rent!  To counteract my concern, I take action as a Board Member to raising money.  I hope you will help me.

The Florida AIDS Walk is on Saturday, March 23rd.  This is our Major fundraiser of the year and the event that keeps the Museum and Pozitive Attitudes with a home.  We have an aggressive goal of 2 & 2 –  200 walkers, (to try and win back the biggest team award), and $200,000.    Since we are a “befitting organization”, every dollar raised is matched by AIDS Healthcare Foundation so we need to raise $100K to get $200K.

I am asking that you register to walk with a goal of $100 or more.  You can either ask friends for donations or you can donate the money yourself.   Think about it…when you divide the $100 goal by 52 weeks of Pozitive Attitude meetings this comes out to 2.00 per week.

You can sign up as a Walker or a Sleep Walker –  The intent of a Sleep Walker is that you fundraise but not walk.  Both count toward our 200 walker goal.   A Sleep Walker can hang out at the Beach for an hour or so and then reconnect with those who walked to enjoy the music concert after the walk.

The donations that we raise will be used to:

  • Provide additional HIV / AIDS education to the children in the Broward County School District,
  • Continue and expand programming at the Museum such as our Film Series and our Community Dialog sessions that help to reduce the Stigma surrounding AIDS,
  • Keep the Museum vibrant telling the “accurate” story of the AIDS Pandemic and to ensure that the story is never forgotten.

To sign-up as a Walker or Sleep Walker…

  1. Register to walk at https://floridaaidswalk.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=register.start&eventID=508 .  Select Walker or Sleep Walker,  Select the Happy Hiney’s / WAM team.  Put in a goal of $100 dollars or more, post your picture, and update your page story on why you are walking.  Use the code HH2019 for a free registration (saving you $25)    Near the end of online registration, please consider putting in an Additional Donation of $25 you saved or the full $100 goal.  These Additional Donation amounts are dollars that are “matched” by AIDS Healthcare Foundation
  2. Post on Social Media –  Go to your personal AIDS Walk page and copy the link starting with https: and paste this into a new message in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.   Add some words asking for your friends to donate.
  3. Get Friends to Walk with You:  Get your friends to register and walk with you.  Forward this email message to them that contains the free code.  Plan to ride together to the beach.
  4. Birthday before March 23?:   If you have a birthday before March 23rd, consider using social media to post a fundraiser a month before your birthday and direct the funds to the Florida AIDS Walk Happy Hiney Team.
  5. Optionally Host a fundraiser – every dollar counts.   You can accept cash  or direct people to your fundraising page.

 

We hope you’ll help the team reach our goals. Thanks.

Sincerely,

Steve Stagon,   Founder of the WAM and Leader of Pozitive Attitudes

The oldest-known man living with HIV is about to turn 100 years old.

The man, known only as Miguel, is from Portugal and is referred to as the “Lisbon patient” as his family asked for his identity not to be revealed.

Although he suffers the usual problems that come with old age, such as poor hearing and eyesight, he is still healthy and lives alone, according to Canadian news channel CTV.

Doctors believe the man’s long life is down to him frequently taking antiretroviral medicine.

In an interview with the network, Miguel said: “I don’t really know how to explain it.

“I feel happy because I’ve spent these years without the hardship,” he adds, speaking about his good health.

“I feel fit enough, too, to take care of all my routines, to get dressed, to put my shoes on, to go to bed. I do all of that at home alone.”

Currently, his treatment regimen consists of two nightly antiretroviral pills. He has never smoked and has always been active.

Miguel found out he was HIV positive in 2004, after he was admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties.

To read full article CLICK HERE

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At the 01-16-19 meeting, we raised $28 bringing our total to $1737

The topic for Wednesday January 16, 2019 is:

3 words for the church in 2019:  ‘we were wrong’

 

As we look toward new year’s resolutions, my hope is that the Christian church might be able to utter just three simple words in 2019. These are words that would change the course of history, foster civil dialogue and perhaps even bring skeptics back into the church. But they are hard words to say: “We were wrong.”

There are many things the church universal and churches more specifically might – or should – admit we were wrong about. But admitting any error does not fall easily from the lips of religious folk – ironically, the very people who want others to confess their sins and turn from their wicked ways.

Too much of Christianity is built upon absolute certainty and not enough on divine mystery. I’m reminded of one prominent Southern Baptist pastor who assuredly declared that he had not changed his mind on anything ever. And I’m haunted by the words of an older adult friend who struggled with our church’s decision two years ago to be fully inclusive of LGBTQ Christians. After hearing a presentation on various ways to understand Scripture, he said: “You’re asking me to say that what I learned about the Bible from my parents and grandparents was wrong on this issue. And if I say they were wrong about this thing, then I have to ask what else they were wrong about. I just can’t do that.”

Sadly, we have been trained to worship the received interpretation of Scripture rather than the overarching narrative of Scripture embodied in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Just as we have been trained to worship the Bible as the word of God more than Jesus as the divine Word of God. Is our faith so fragile that to admit we have been wrong in one area necessarily pulls a string that undoes all the rest of our faith? Is our faith really a house of cards?

Since the origins of Christianity, its leaders have wrestled with more faithfully understanding God’s work in the world. Questions were studied and debated; church councils were held; creeds emerged and later revisions were made; the church even adapted from time to time to the advances of science. And yet today, many Christians are frozen in time – as though every new thought or fresh word of God that might be possible has already been given. If that’s true, we’re stuck in a dead and futile faith; we truly are the “frozen chosen.”

“Too much of Christianity is built upon absolute certainty and not enough on divine mystery.”

So what might the church in 2019 confess that it has been wrong about? Here are seven suggestions:

1. We were wrong about race.

Even those of us who believe we are sensitive and thoughtful about race often don’t know how little we know. I heard this description today: What if you were born on third base and think you can tell other people how to get to home base? That’s the problem even the most-sincere white folks don’t get. Because of our skin color, we were born at least on second base; we have no right to coach others about how to get out of the batter’s box and to first base. On the other hand, huge portions of the American Christian church still haven’t been able to admit the church was wrong about slavery. The church has been unable to confess America’s original sin – perhaps in part because it was a faith handed down without question from parents and grandparents – and we are paying a price in racial divisions that will only be healed by confession that leads to bearing fruit in keeping with repentance.

2. We were wrong to protect sexual predators.

The Catholic Church faces a tremendous day of reckoning not only for turning a blind eye to clergy sexual abuse but to knowingly allowing its perpetuation. The unique culture of Catholicism allowed this to fester on a grand scale, yet Protestant churches have not been immune. While preaching against sexual sin to the world, the church at large has failed to keep its own house clean.

3. We were wrong about women.

Just this week I reread an interview with a prominent evangelical pastor from a few years ago where he told the story of his daughter asking why she couldn’t be a pastor. His response: “For the same reason I can’t have a baby.” That kind of reasoning is just flat wrong. Having male sexual organs does not qualify someone to be a pastor any more than having female sexual organs should disqualify someone from being called by God to spiritual leadership. The biblical evidence against women as co-equals in church leadership is scant, but the handed-down bias of the church is strong. It is time for the church everywhere to move beyond soundbite theology and take a new look at the gifts of women and to believe them when they say they, too, have been called by God to service.

4. We were wrong about what it means to be ‘pro-life.’

There’s no denying that abortion is an important and difficult issue to consider morally and medically. But so are genocide, starvation, access to health care, slavery, human trafficking, capital punishment and the injustices of war. The church has erred – both spiritually and politically – by elevating the single issue of abortion as the definition of being “pro-life.” The result is an ugly kind of identity politics that has shut down dialogue and harmed the gospel.

“We are paying a price in racial divisions that will only be healed by confession that leads to bearing fruit in keeping with repentance.”

5. We were wrong to exclude people from God’s grace because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Clearly, this is the most divisive issue of our time for the church. (Although if we had worked through some of the issues above, we would have better tools to discuss this issue. But I digress.) Perhaps the first step that the church should take is to listen to its own sons and daughters and to believe them when they say they did not choose their sexual orientation. That would be a start, just to admit that we as the church have been wrong to expel faithful followers of Christ when they reveal who God has made them to be.

6. We were wrong to measure the kingdom of God in numbers more than in souls.

American Christianity has been obsessed with “nickels and noses” for too long. We have gathered crowds more than growing disciples. Most pastors understand this but feel powerless to change the mindset, because their own performance gets measured by giving and attendance.

7. We were wrong to put our hope in politics.

We live today in the culmination of a marriage of church and politics that began in the 1970s. (Most of the points made above are illustrations of why this happened.) There is a day of reckoning coming – hopefully soon – when the church will have to give account not only for its hypocrisy but also for its silence. The blame cannot fall only on those who have sought to use politicians to enforce their version of a Christian agenda but also on those of us who have lacked the courage to show a better way. The gospel has its own agenda of human dignity and human flourishing that we should call all politicians to attend to across partisan lines.

If the church of Jesus Christ is to be relevant in our mission, if we are to be agents of God’s reconciling love, we’ve got to take a hard look in the mirror. Naivete and conflict-avoidance have compelled us to imagine that there is a magical way to patch up our broken discourse without any of us having to take responsibility for anything. But real life – and the life to which God calls us – doesn’t work that way. It’s time to say we were wrong.

And that’s just the beginning.

Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival 

Happy Hiney / WAM Team

Please join us Saturday, March 23rd

 

Note:  Sign up now so you don’t miss out on the Free Registration Code (below) 

Dear Pozitive Attitudes Group Members,

Have you ever thought “I wonder where we would meet if the Museum were not around?”    I do.  I think about this a good deal because it is expensive to have this wonderful museum.  The rent alone at the museum is close to 5000.00 per month and that is just rent!  To counteract my concern, I take action as a Board Member to raising money.  I hope you will help me.

The Florida AIDS Walk is on Saturday, March 23rd.  This is our Major fundraiser of the year and the event that keeps the Museum and Pozitive Attitudes with a home.  We have an aggressive goal of 2 & 2 –  200 walkers, (to try and win back the biggest team award), and $200,000.    Since we are a “befitting organization”, every dollar raised is matched by AIDS Healthcare Foundation so we need to raise $100K to get $200K.

I am asking that you register to walk with a goal of $100 or more.  You can either ask friends for donations or you can donate the money yourself.   Think about it…when you divide the $100 goal by 52 weeks of Pozitive Attitude meetings this comes out to 2.00 per week.

You can sign up as a Walker or a Sleep Walker –  The intent of a Sleep Walker is that you fundraise but not walk.  Both count toward our 200 walker goal.   A Sleep Walker can hang out at the Beach for an hour or so and then reconnect with those who walked to enjoy the music concert after the walk.

The donations that we raise will be used to:

  • Provide additional HIV / AIDS education to the children in the Broward County School District,
  • Continue and expand programming at the Museum such as our Film Series and our Community Dialog sessions that help to reduce the Stigma surrounding AIDS,
  • Keep the Museum vibrant telling the “accurate” story of the AIDS Pandemic and to ensure that the story is never forgotten.

To sign-up as a Walker or Sleep Walker…

  1. Register to walk at https://floridaaidswalk.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=register.start&eventID=508 .  Select Walker or Sleep Walker,  Select the Happy Hiney’s / WAM team.  Put in a goal of $100 dollars or more, post your picture, and update your page story on why you are walking.  Use the code HH2019 for a free registration (saving you $25)    Near the end of online registration, please consider putting in an Additional Donation of $25 you saved or the full $100 goal.  These Additional Donation amounts are dollars that are “matched” by AIDS Healthcare Foundation
  2. Post on Social Media –  Go to your personal AIDS Walk page and copy the link starting with https: and paste this into a new message in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.   Add some words asking for your friends to donate.
  3. Get Friends to Walk with You:  Get your friends to register and walk with you.  Forward this email message to them that contains the free code.  Plan to ride together to the beach.
  4. Birthday before March 23?:   If you have a birthday before March 23rd, consider using social media to post a fundraiser a month before your birthday and direct the funds to the Florida AIDS Walk Happy Hiney Team.
  5. Optionally Host a fundraiser – every dollar counts.   You can accept cash  or direct people to your fundraising page.

 

We hope you’ll help the team reach our goals. Thanks.

Sincerely,

Steve Stagon,   Founder of the WAM and Leader of Pozitive Attitudes

The topic for Wednesday January 16, 2019 is:

3 words for the church in 2019:  ‘we were wrong’

 

As we look toward new year’s resolutions, my hope is that the Christian church might be able to utter just three simple words in 2019. These are words that would change the course of history, foster civil dialogue and perhaps even bring skeptics back into the church. But they are hard words to say: “We were wrong.”

There are many things the church universal and churches more specifically might – or should – admit we were wrong about. But admitting any error does not fall easily from the lips of religious folk – ironically, the very people who want others to confess their sins and turn from their wicked ways.

Too much of Christianity is built upon absolute certainty and not enough on divine mystery. I’m reminded of one prominent Southern Baptist pastor who assuredly declared that he had not changed his mind on anything ever. And I’m haunted by the words of an older adult friend who struggled with our church’s decision two years ago to be fully inclusive of LGBTQ Christians. After hearing a presentation on various ways to understand Scripture, he said: “You’re asking me to say that what I learned about the Bible from my parents and grandparents was wrong on this issue. And if I say they were wrong about this thing, then I have to ask what else they were wrong about. I just can’t do that.”

Sadly, we have been trained to worship the received interpretation of Scripture rather than the overarching narrative of Scripture embodied in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Just as we have been trained to worship the Bible as the word of God more than Jesus as the divine Word of God. Is our faith so fragile that to admit we have been wrong in one area necessarily pulls a string that undoes all the rest of our faith? Is our faith really a house of cards?

Since the origins of Christianity, its leaders have wrestled with more faithfully understanding God’s work in the world. Questions were studied and debated; church councils were held; creeds emerged and later revisions were made; the church even adapted from time to time to the advances of science. And yet today, many Christians are frozen in time – as though every new thought or fresh word of God that might be possible has already been given. If that’s true, we’re stuck in a dead and futile faith; we truly are the “frozen chosen.”

“Too much of Christianity is built upon absolute certainty and not enough on divine mystery.”

So what might the church in 2019 confess that it has been wrong about? Here are seven suggestions:

1. We were wrong about race.

Even those of us who believe we are sensitive and thoughtful about race often don’t know how little we know. I heard this description today: What if you were born on third base and think you can tell other people how to get to home base? That’s the problem even the most-sincere white folks don’t get. Because of our skin color, we were born at least on second base; we have no right to coach others about how to get out of the batter’s box and to first base. On the other hand, huge portions of the American Christian church still haven’t been able to admit the church was wrong about slavery. The church has been unable to confess America’s original sin – perhaps in part because it was a faith handed down without question from parents and grandparents – and we are paying a price in racial divisions that will only be healed by confession that leads to bearing fruit in keeping with repentance.

2. We were wrong to protect sexual predators.

The Catholic Church faces a tremendous day of reckoning not only for turning a blind eye to clergy sexual abuse but to knowingly allowing its perpetuation. The unique culture of Catholicism allowed this to fester on a grand scale, yet Protestant churches have not been immune. While preaching against sexual sin to the world, the church at large has failed to keep its own house clean.

3. We were wrong about women.

Just this week I reread an interview with a prominent evangelical pastor from a few years ago where he told the story of his daughter asking why she couldn’t be a pastor. His response: “For the same reason I can’t have a baby.” That kind of reasoning is just flat wrong. Having male sexual organs does not qualify someone to be a pastor any more than having female sexual organs should disqualify someone from being called by God to spiritual leadership. The biblical evidence against women as co-equals in church leadership is scant, but the handed-down bias of the church is strong. It is time for the church everywhere to move beyond soundbite theology and take a new look at the gifts of women and to believe them when they say they, too, have been called by God to service.

4. We were wrong about what it means to be ‘pro-life.’

There’s no denying that abortion is an important and difficult issue to consider morally and medically. But so are genocide, starvation, access to health care, slavery, human trafficking, capital punishment and the injustices of war. The church has erred – both spiritually and politically – by elevating the single issue of abortion as the definition of being “pro-life.” The result is an ugly kind of identity politics that has shut down dialogue and harmed the gospel.

“We are paying a price in racial divisions that will only be healed by confession that leads to bearing fruit in keeping with repentance.”

5. We were wrong to exclude people from God’s grace because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Clearly, this is the most divisive issue of our time for the church. (Although if we had worked through some of the issues above, we would have better tools to discuss this issue. But I digress.) Perhaps the first step that the church should take is to listen to its own sons and daughters and to believe them when they say they did not choose their sexual orientation. That would be a start, just to admit that we as the church have been wrong to expel faithful followers of Christ when they reveal who God has made them to be.

6. We were wrong to measure the kingdom of God in numbers more than in souls.

American Christianity has been obsessed with “nickels and noses” for too long. We have gathered crowds more than growing disciples. Most pastors understand this but feel powerless to change the mindset, because their own performance gets measured by giving and attendance.

7. We were wrong to put our hope in politics.

We live today in the culmination of a marriage of church and politics that began in the 1970s. (Most of the points made above are illustrations of why this happened.) There is a day of reckoning coming – hopefully soon – when the church will have to give account not only for its hypocrisy but also for its silence. The blame cannot fall only on those who have sought to use politicians to enforce their version of a Christian agenda but also on those of us who have lacked the courage to show a better way. The gospel has its own agenda of human dignity and human flourishing that we should call all politicians to attend to across partisan lines.

If the church of Jesus Christ is to be relevant in our mission, if we are to be agents of God’s reconciling love, we’ve got to take a hard look in the mirror. Naivete and conflict-avoidance have compelled us to imagine that there is a magical way to patch up our broken discourse without any of us having to take responsibility for anything. But real life – and the life to which God calls us – doesn’t work that way. It’s time to say we were wrong.

And that’s just the beginning.

 

By popular demand we are having a Friday night movie, January 11

 

BEN IS BACK Stars Julia Roberts

 

Cypress Creek Regal theater

 

Starts at 6:40 PM meet inside the lobby at 6:20 PM.

The group can decide a place to eat after the movie. This movie has been highly rated by audiences and critics. 5 Stars

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PLOT

Driving home with her kids on Christmas Eve, Holly Burns is startled to see her son Ben standing in the driveway. Ben has been in rehab for the past few months and is not supposed to be released yet. Ben tells them his sponsor said a trip home would be good for him. Though wary, Holly is happy to see him and says he can stay for 24 hours on the condition he does not leave her sight.

 

Holly takes Ben out to do some holiday shopping and get him clothes for church. While at the mall Holly runs into Ben’s former doctor, now an old man riddled with dementia. When his caregiver walks away Holly yells at him for getting her son hooked on painkillers after a skateboarding accident when he was younger. Ben also makes eye contact with someone who clearly recognizes him, leaving Ben looking worried. He tells Holly he needs to get to a meeting immediately.

 

At the addicts’ meeting Ben shares the story of how he almost overdosed but his mom and dog saved him