The Black Church & HIV initiative focuses on engaging faith leaders in social justice and advocacy championed by past generations and advanced by leaders of this generation. The initiative is committed to engaging with predominantly African American theological seminaries to integrate HIV as a social justice issue into required curricula. Accredited seminaries play a key role in the Black Church by providing training and practical pastoral leadership development for current and future faith leaders.

To date, the initiative has secured integration of the social justice imperative messaging into the core course curricula of the following:

  • Hood Theological Seminary

As a seminary academic 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 you can engage parishioners 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 school to facilitate guest lecturers during the academic year. HIV lectures are a central component to helping seminarians learn more about HIV as a social justice issue so that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to encourage action and share the social justice imperative message.
  • Increase dialogue about HIV to empower seminarians to commit to on-going actions to raise awareness, engagement and advocacy about HIV as a social justice issue within their church and the larger community using the strategies outlined in the manual.

Additional materials can be provided by the initiative to support coursework, and may be requested by emailing

Learn About Our Work In the Community

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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Social Justice

The Pastoral Brief and Activity Manual provide more in-depth information about HIV’s impact on the Black community, resources, and how to join the fight.

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