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:
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.
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.download ›
A list of ideas to help inspire your thinking on integrating the social justice imperative message into your sermons.download ›
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.download ›
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.download ›
A list of recommended posts for Facebook and Twitter to help you to share the Day of Unity.download ›