Celebrating 15 Years: Soulforce’s Vigil at the Vatican in 2001

Our 15 for 15 campaign continues, celebrating 15 years of Soulforce activism. So far we have raised more than $1800 toward our goal of $15,000 by the end of Pride Month! Please donate here: http://soulforce.com/donate. And remember with us Soulforce’s vigil at the Vatican in 2001:

“January 6, 2001: Today, the Feast of the Epiphany, the Pope solemnly closed the Jubilee Door to St. Peter’s which will not be opened again for another 25 years. And, today when we came bearing the gifts of ourselves, the door was also closed once again to God’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children.

“We made but one request: that we be allowed to peacefully approach the large Nativity scene in the Square and leave our own pictures. This ritual was designed to symbolize the many gifts that sexual and gender minorities around the world bring to our families, to our neighbors, to our communities, to our countries and to our churches.

“Instead of allowing us to proceed to the Nativity Scene with our gifts, we were surrounded by police and prevented from performing a simple act which thousands of others around were being allowed to do. How were we different? The only difference was that we wore shirts which proudly identified us as God’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children. We repeated our simple request many times as we stood and sat in prayerful vigil for almost three hours within yards of the giant Nativity scene. As we gathered in communion, we told our stories and sang our songs. Many in the crowd of other pilgrims around us listened as our stories were translated into Italian. Many onlookers eventually also joined us in our circle of prayer after hearing why we were there to vigil.”