By Victor Trammell A church in Nashville, Tennessee has strayed very much away from the norm. Rev. Edwin C. Sanders Jr. (pictured) of the Metropolitan Interdenominational Church (MIC) distributes condoms to church members. It seems that compromising firm religious principles in order to appease loosely morale members seems to be the new norm today. However, according to MIC leadership, the church has a different purpose in its new initiative. The goal is to prevent the spread of AIDS and HIV. “We believe in radical love and love to all in the community. We’re open and honest. We distribute condoms because our goal is a healthy community,”said Rev. Terry Terrell, a staff minister at MIC. Since its foundation in 1981, MIC has dealt with the reality of AIDS firsthand. One of the founding members was HIV-positive when the church was started and subsequently died from full-blown AIDS. MIC also started the First Response Center, which provides health care and support services to people who are infected or at risk for HIV. The First Response Center is open to all, including those who are uninsured and uninsurable. HIV/AIDS is an issue black churches across the nation are dealing with. Paul Grant is a film maker who created a documentary called “The Gospel of Healing: Volume 1: Black Churches Respond to HIV/AIDS.” In a interview to discuss his film and AIDS in black America Grant said: “The church has the largest consistent audience of African Americans. You can tell how the community is doing by going to a church. We get our messages there, that’s where our social norms are set.” (Black Voices News) The CDC’s data about HIV/AIDS and black America still paints a grim picture. In 2009, blacks accounted for 44 percent of all new AIDS cases. In that same year, black made up 57 percent of all new HIV infections among women in 2009 and 64 percent of all new AIDS diagnoses among women. In 2010, 85 percent of Black women were infected through heterosexual activities. (Centers For Disease Control data, 2009, 2010).