Students mark World AIDS Day
As midnight neared on Nov. 30, a group of dedicated OCU students gathered to participate in a candlelight procession that helped usher in World AIDS Day, observed nationally on Dec. 1.
The lighting of candles in honor of those living with and those who have succumbed to HIV/AIDS was followed by a moment of silence. Then the group made its way from OCU’s Administration Building to the sanctuary of the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel.
With candles still burning, Rev. Maggie Ball opened the service with a brief meditation. She is vice-president of University-Church Relations. Following her reflection, members in the group shared remembrances and other stories of hope and courage.
The service concluded with prayer as participants departed the Chapel at the beginning of the special day that annually calls all people to reach out to those affected by HIV/AIDS.