Inside Out – The Documentary wants you!

inside out blog   Wanted: 80,000 People to Change the World! Inside Out – The Documentary is a feature film that will follow for one year the lives of five transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth. On Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, 2014, the film launches a 30-day campaign on its website (www.insideout-thedocumentary.com). It will ask 80,000 people to donate $10 – the price of a movie ticket – to fund the film. This campaign marks the first time in Read More

Fantastic Soulforce Event in Columbus, OH this Weekend

First Congo 2 Soulforce Symposium   Trans*figuration and Trans*formation: People and Communities Living Out Loud with Love   First Congregational Church 444 East Broad Street  Columbus, OH   February 7-9, 2014 All workshops presentations free of charge.  Lunches and dinners $10 from The Community Table at Trinity Episcopal Church    Featuring workshops and presentations by: Dr. William A. Kondrath, Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, author of God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences    Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Pacific School Read More

This Story from a Soulforce Delegate Will Break Your Heart

Paul and GG Pop-up shops are an exciting new movement in activism. Activists set up in an empty or operating retail space for a period of time and educate whoever passes though about issues of justice and social concern. From December 2-5, Paul Ricketts, a Soulforce Delegate, opened an Arts and Activism Pop-Up Shop in Global Gallery Coffee Shop in Columbus Ohio. He told people about the work of Soulforce and the larger issues of intersectional justice, and Read More

Soulforce Announces Change in Leadership

cindihaven small After four years as Executive Director of Soulforce, Rev. Dr. Cindi Love is leaving Soulforce for an appointment to the role of Executive Director of ACPA—College Student Educators International. Haven Herrin, Deputy Director of Soulforce, has been appointed Acting Director effective February 1, 2014. ACPA celebrates its 90th year at its annual convention in Indianapolis March 29-April 1, 2014. Love will be introduced to the global membership at that time. ACPA’s offices are at the Read More

Soulforce’s Dec.13 Symposium and Fundraiser in CA!

Haven presents small On Saturday Dec. 13th, Soulforce gathered at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Sacramento, CA for the annual Symposium Series titled, “The Body In Space:  Gender, Location, and Street Level Justice.”  Thanks to our sponsors and you, our donors, it proved to be a fascinating series of presentations, dialogue, and keynotes!  Here are some of our favorite moments: 1.) Haven Herrin, Soulforce Deputy Director, provided the audience with a mini-Bible Boot Camp!  They explained Leviticus Read More

UN Human Rights Office Urges Uganda for Civility

General Ban Ki-Moon On December 27, the United Nations human rights office called on the President of Uganda to refrain from signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, and urged the country to ensure the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from violence and discrimination. “LGBT individuals in Uganda are a vulnerable and marginalized minority, already facing violence and discrimination. If signed by the President, this new law would reinforce stigma and prejudice, and institutionalize discrimination,” said Ravina Read More

Special Year-End Greeting from Jimmy Creech

JC In October of 1999, soon after they launched Soulforce, I joined Mel and Gary and a delegation of Soulforce volunteers in Lynchburg, Virginia, to engage televangelist Jerry Falwell in a dialogue about his toxic anti-gay rhetoric.  I was scheduled to be put on trial one month later by The United Methodist Church for “disobedience to the Order and Discipline” of the church because I had conducted a wedding for two men. On the morning after Read More

Soulforce Makes News: The Best of 2013

Cindi Huffpost Live   Soulforce Makes News: The Best of 2013   In 2013, Soulforce continued to be a leading voice in the news on the issues of religion, social justice and LGBTQ communities. Several important events, including the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA, the closing of Exodus International, and the continuing struggle of LGBTQ students at conservative Christian colleges and universities, offered us opportunities to spread the word about our vital work. Several of our staff members, Read More

Soulforce Board Member Maru Gonzalez in Huffington Post

Screen shot 2013-09-18 at 6.16.19 PM Maru Gonzolez shares her international work to end discrimination and bullying against LGBTQ Youth in Chile. “While many bullying prevention interventions can be applied in a variety of contexts, one must be careful not to assume that effective evidence-based practices implemented in the United States can be translated successfully for use in Chile or other parts of Latin America and the world. Indeed, Chile remains a mostly conservative country, steeped in Catholic traditions and beliefs Read More

Soulforce Then —–> Soulforce Now

2000 Methodist Cleveland   Soulforce Then               Soulforce Now      One of Soulforce’s first major actions was the 1999 protest of the trial that defrocked    Methodist minister Reverend Jimmy Creech for performing same-gender holy unions.    In 2000, we gathered in Cleveland, Ohio at the Methodist General Conference to further    protest the exclusion of LGBTQ people in the United Methodist Church.          Almost 200 Soulforce volunteers were arrested in civil disobedience including Read More

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