David Woodyard Trust

The David Woodyard Trust was established from the estate of Rev. David Woodyard, a United Methodist clergy in the Rocky Mountain Conference, who died September 17, 1995 from AIDS-related complications.  

 

Woodyard, a Nebraska native, was an outstanding pastor, organist, and creative artist.  Some of his stained glass creations are displayed at his alma mater, The Iliff School of Theology, Denver.  He served at St. Andrew United Methodist Church (Highlands Ranch), Aspen United Methodist Church, and Alamosa United Methodist Church in Colorado.  Later he was on the Development staff at Children's Hospital, Denver.

 

The funds have been used to educate clergy and spouses around the world about HIV and AIDS, as well as to sponsor conferences in India and Kenya in

support of Christians who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender.  

 

The Woodyard Trust has helped fund workshops in Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, South Africa, Burma, Thailand, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Bali, Indonesia. The photo at the bottom is from the clergy/spouses conference held in Maua, Kenya.

 

In 2009 a ground-breaking seminar on "sexuality and faith" brought Christian leaders and persons from the India lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender 

community together for dialogue in Chennai, India.  Participants endorsed a statement urging India to decriminalize same-sex relationships as a matter of justice, human rights, and the realization that current law makes AIDS prevention more difficult.  In 2010 and 2012, one-day conferences for LGBT leaders in Kenya were held in Nairobi. 

 

The trust, established by David before his death, was transferred to the Center in 2006 at the request of his executors, the late Rev. Toni Cook and Rev. Julian Rush, who was the long-time executive director of the Colorado AIDS Project.

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