Faith Leaders

Faith leaders are the key to building a movement around HIV as a social justice issue. As trusted conveners and educators of the community, faith leaders serve as the voice of the initiative, speaking about health equity and HIV as a social justice imperative. The Black Church & HIV initiative is calling on faith leaders to serve not only as spokespersons, but as change agents to translate awareness into action, and help eliminate the HIV epidemic within our communities.

We have developed an Online Training Manual to help you learn more about how you can incorporate HIV as a social justice issue within your congregation.

As a faith leader, here are a few things you can do:

  • Read the Manual and Pastoral Brief. We have also developed an Online Training Manual to help you learn more about how to engage your congregants in conversations about HIV/AIDS and advocate for change in your community to address HIV as a social justice issue.
  • Consider inviting the initiative to your home church to facilitate in-person trainings. Faith leader trainings are a central component in helping you and your leadership develop or expand your church’s response to the HIV crisis in your respective area.
  • Increase dialogue about HIV and commit to on-going actions to raise awareness, engagement and advocacy about HIV as a social justice issue within your church and the larger community using the strategies outlined in the manual.

We also encourage you to participate in the annual Day of Unity on July 12, 2015, which unites faith leaders across the country in a social justice movement against HIV. Learn more by visiting the Day of Unity page.

For questions and support as you look to implement strategies in your congregations, please contact us. We are also interested in hearing your stories and feedback. You can read testimonials from faith leaders across the country by visiting our Testimonials map.

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Visit our blog to read about the work The Black Church & HIV initiative is doing across the U.S. to fight the HIV epidemic’s disparate impact on Black America.

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Manual

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

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