2015 Day of Unity

Calling all Pastors, please join us in the national Day of Unity on July 12, 2015 to fight HIV in our community.

Make your commitment here.

Each year, The Black Church & HIV recognizes Day of Unity, a day on which faith leaders across the country unite to preach from the pulpit about HIV/AIDS as a social justice issue. A cornerstone of the initiative, Day of Unity is designed to inspire and encourage pastors to address the HIV epidemic in their communities, reduce stigma and create a network of knowledge and action around HIV as social justice issue.

There are more than 21,000 Black churches in the U.S., and with your help, there is potential to make a significant impact and inspire people to help put an end to the HIV epidemic in Black America.

We ask that you join us in our fight and commit to one or more of the following actions:

  • Join us: Make a commitment to Day of Unity 2015

  • Preach: From the pulpit to the pew, about HIV as a social justice issue
  • Share: On social media, with local media, and in your community using #DayofUnity
  • Act: Fight HIV with a testing drive or community event

The initiative will be sharing a Day of Unity toolkit with materials, messages and engagement ideas to help you reach your parishioners on this day. To receive the toolkit, please fill out the form on the following page.

In recognition of your participation, your name and church will be displayed on the initiative’s website, and included in a blog summarizing the events and highlighting the champions, like you, who made of Day of Unity a success. Use the #DayofUnity hashtag to join the conversation on social media, which will also be highlighted on the initiative website. Also, be sure to report back and tell us what you did to make a difference in your community.

2015 Partnering Faith Leaders

  • Dr. Robert F. Cheeks, Jr., Shiloh Baptist Church
  • Minister Charles Dorsey, COR AME Church
  • Minister Edward Burks, Greater Love Tabernacle
  • Minister L. Fitzgerald Lovett, New Zion United Methodist
  • Pastor Anthony W. Sullivan Jr., God Can Ministries United Church of Christ
  • Pastor Cedric L. Walker, Sr., Joshua’s Temple
  • Pastor Larry G. Patrick , Redeem Baptist Church
  • Pastor Merle H. Gathers, Christ Kingdom Fellowship Church
  • Pastor Rob Jones, Foot of the Cross Christian Church
  • Pastor Stephen McGlover, Freewill Missionary Baptist Church
  • Pastor Tony Howard, Destined For Glory World Outreach Ministries
  • Reverend Jasper W. Williams, Salem Bible Church
  • Reverend Tony Lee, Community of Hope AME Church
  • Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Historic Little Rock Baptist Church
  • Reverend Dr. Julius Scruggs, First Missionary Baptist Church
  • Reverend Dr. Michael A. Smith, St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Rev. Paula Milo-Moultrie, Samuel Chapel United Methodist Church
  • Bishop Anthony L. Alfred Sr., Family of Faith Worship Center


health equity

A fact sheet to introduce the concepts of social justice and health equity, and how the disparate impact of HIV on the Black community is a social justice issue.

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Sermon Ideas

A list of ideas to help inspire your thinking on integrating the social justice imperative message into your sermons.

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hiv testing

The most recent HIV testing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Preventative Services Task force, and HIV testing resources.

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talking points

Suggested talking points on the Day of Unity and The Black Church and HIV to help you to speak to the initiative and your commitments.

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Social Media Suggestions

A list of recommended posts for Facebook and Twitter to help you to share the Day of Unity.

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The Activity Manual provides more in-depth information about HIV and its impact on the Black community.

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