Blessing the AIDS Quilt

While the 19th international AIDS conference meets this week in Washington, the National Cathedral is hosting several panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The Right Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon, retired bishop of Washington pro tempore, also blessed a panel from the quilt that arrived from St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, where it had been blessed on its departure for the US by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Ebrahim Rasool, South African ambassador to the US, Julie Rhoad, executive director of the NAMES Project Foundation, and the Rev. Gina Campbell, Cathedral director of worship, were also present at the blessing ceremony. Interview by Julie Mashack. Produced by Patti Jette Hanley. Edited by Fred Yi.