''This important book is a powerful
cry from the heart authored by a brilliant and esteemed educator and
religious leader. Dr. Messer . . . eloquently calls upon Christians
to wake up and respond with compassion and action. To do less is to
spurn the central message of the Lord and Savior—that we care
for each other and especially the afflicted.''
— George McGovern, former U.S.
Senator, and first U.N. Global Embassador on World Hunger
''A passionate and well articulated
call to mission ... Messer charts steps for individuals,
congregations, denominations, and ecumenical agencies in a faithful
response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.''
— The Rev. Robert Edgar, General
Secretary, National Council of Churches of Christ USA
'' Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence provides a
forthright and challenging analysis of how the teachings of Jesus
Christ can be used by Christians of all denominations to mobilize in
new ways against the global AIDS pandemic. Messer offers visionary
teachings and perspectives that are essential for all people of faith
who believe that together we can create a better world.''
— Dr. Paul Zeitz, Global AIDS Alliance
''Writing in a compelling, engaging
style, Messer finds a workable, sensible, and morally defensible
common ground between conservatives and liberals, who remain
polarized over aspects of AIDS prevention.''
— Edward C. Green, Harvard School of
'' Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence is the finest
book I have read on the role of the church in this struggle with
HIV/AIDS. Challenging our cherished beliefs, illuminating our darkest
fears, confronting our secret complacency, and questioning our
commitment, he directs us to the compassionate Lord Jesus. I feel
every pastor needs to read this book.''
— Allan R. Handysides, Director,
Health Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists World
''For too long the church has been
asleep to the AIDS crisis taking place across our planet. Messer
provides a much-needed wake-up call to Christians everywhere that not
only must something be done, but also it can be done—beginning
with you and me. This is a must read for every believing
— Margaret Feinberg, author of twentysomething and Simple
Acts of Faith
''Messer calls for a 'new holy
boldness' and for a spirit of 'apostolic-like'
risk-taking that the churches have scarcely tapped. He tackles our
parochial and prejudicial boundaries around sexuality and risk-taking
behaviors and calls for an empowering interfaith vision of hope. An
important work at a time when 'compassion fatigue' in the
West is deep and the global pandemic threatens obliteration of entire
communities. Required reading for our communities of faith.''
— Dr. Jon A. Lacey, Interim Director,
Council of Religious AIDS Networks
'' Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence is a call for
action, covering all the topics on which Christians need to be
informed. Messer addresses boldly and directly the sensitive topics
of sexuality, homosexuality, and gender inequity, and the sometimes
unhelpful attitudes of the church, which too often demonstrate more
love of laws than the law of love. Breaking the Conspiracy of
Silence is personal and readable as it calls for a paradigm shift in
the church's traditional perception of AIDS.''
— Ray Martin, Executive Director,
Christian Connections for International Health