October 25-27, 2018

The purpose of the Breaking Barriers HIV/AIDS ministry conference is to help create an AIDS-free world through saving lives, reducing stigma and increasing awareness.  The gathering is open to anyone with an interest in reaching out to the HIV/AIDS community with a message of love.
Dynamic speakers, immersive pre-conference mission experiences, diverse workshop presentations and powerful worship services will offer attendees an opportunity to learn, share and connect.  Participants can expect to return home feeling inspired, empowered and prepared to strengthen HIV/AIDS ministry initiatives in their communities.
Speakers include Jeanne White, Mother of Ryan White, AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent, Bishop Tracy Smith Malone, Bishop Julius C. Trimble and many more.
Optional Visits to Indiana AIDS Ministries and Exhibits - limited availability
Thursday, October 25, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  1. Step-Up Inc - Step-Up’s mission is to promote health and well-being among underserved and hard to reach populations by providing HIV services, education, training and advocacy.  
  2. Conversations with Indiana Medical HIV experts - Engage in an informal dialogue with HIV/AIDS health professionals from the Indianapolis area and beyond who will share their experiences addressing HIV and AIDS, emerging trends and gaps in services as well as advocacy ideas. 
  3. Indianapolis Children's Museum Ryan White Room - Learn how this young teenage Hoosier fought fear and misinformation about AIDS head-on.  In the early 1980’s, reports of a new disease called AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) terrified the nation. Even after facts became available about how AIDS is spread, fear and misinformation were rampant. Ryan White, a teenager who contracted AIDS through medication for his hemophilia, was expelled from his school due to his condition. His fight to be allowed to return to school and live a normal life made him famous around the world
Workshops - Session 1
  1. Aging and HIV
  2. Global Perspectives and Trends
  3. HIV and AIDS 101
  4. Opioid Epidemic and HIV
  5. Latest Research on HIV & AIDS
  6. HIV and TB - What's Happening and What Can We Do?
Workshops - Session 2
  1. Pediatric AIDS - Realities and Treatment
  2. Living with HIV and Taking Care of Yourself
  3. What's Happening with HIV & AIDS in the Southern United States?
  4. Breaking Barriers in Indiana on HIV & AIDS
  5. HIV Retreats/Healing Weekends
  6. Q & A with the Indiana Department of Health HIV/STD Division
Workshops - Session 3
  1. HIV Retreats/Healing Weekends
  2. Gender Issues and HIV
  3. Human Sexuality and HIV
  4. What's Happening with HIV & AIDS in the Southern United States?
  5. Women and HIV
  6. Seminary Education and Healing the Sick (Especially Those with HIV or AIDS)
Conference Location: St. Luke's UMC 
                                         100 W 86th Street
                                         Indianapolis IN
Cost:  $125 per person (includes two lunches and two dinners plus program costs)
CEU:  United Theological Seminary will be providing 2.1 CEU's for those interested.  Cost is $10.  Payment must be made during the registration process.  Certificate will be mailed to you.
Registration deadline:  October 18, 2018 at 11:59 pm
Cancellation Policy:  all cancellations must be received by email to lisa.timmerman@inumc.org 
  • Cancellations received before October 1, 2018 will receive a $100 refund
  • Cancellations received by October 15, 2018 will receive a 50% refund.
  • No refunds after October 15, 2018.
Scholarship Information:  a scholarship fund is available for partial scholarships to be applied to hotel and/or registration expenses.  Applications must be received and approved BEFORE you register.  You will be given a discount code to use during the registration process.
Deadline for applications:  September 28, 2018
Scholarship Application - fillable pdf; download to your computer, save and email to ruthellen.needler@inumc.org
Hotel Information:  The Drury Inn Suites, 9625 N Meridian Street, Carmel, IN is the conference hotel.  Each person is responsible for making his/her reservations.  Room Rate:  $123 plus taxes per night up to 4 people per room.  To make your reservations call: 800-325-0720    Group # 2309034
Payment Information:
Visa and MasterCard accepted online
Check payment:  checks must be mailed within 7 days of registration.  Include a copy of your registration with your check.
Make checks payable to INUMC and mail to:
Attn:  Lisa Timmerman
301 Pennsylvania Parkway #300
Indianapolis IN 46280
Click here for a printable flyer
Click here for a printable press release
Sponsored by the UMC Global AIDS Committee in partnership with the Council of Bishops, Division on Ministries with Young People (General Board of Discipleship), General Board of Church & Society, General Board of Global Ministries, Rocky Mountain Annual Conference, United Methodist Communications and United Methodist Women

Center for Health and Hope, Christian Theological Seminary, Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area, East Ohio Annual Conference, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, HIV & AIDS Ministry (ELCA), Garrett-Evangelical Theological School, Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference, Indiana Annual Conference, Indiana University Health, Iowa Annual Conference, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Michigan Area Annual Conference, Northern Illinois Annual Conference, RESULTS, United Theological Seminary, University of Indianapolis, West Ohio Annual Conference, Wisconsin Annual Conference