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Soulforce History with Focus on the Family

2014-03-17 04.27.38 pm Even before starting Soulforce in 1998, our founders Mel White and Gary Nixon engaged Focus on the Family and its founder, fundamentalist power broker James Dobson, with a week-long Fast for Understanding in 1994. Mel received national attention for his hunger strike, met with Focus on the Family staff, and eventually exchanged letters with James Dobson asking him to stop his inflammatory rhetoric against LGBTQ people. Soulforce began more extensive public engagements with Focus on Read More

Annual ‘Equality Rides’Promote Gay Rights at Christian Colleges

oulforce, a social-justice charity in Abilene, Tex., takes the message of gay acceptance into places that are unlikely to want to hear it: the campuses of Christian colleges and universities, where students who come out of the closet can lose their scholarships, be expelled, or even be forced into controversial “reparative” therapies designed to end same-sex desires. The charity’s annual Equality Rides, now in their seventh year, feature a brightly painted bus and up to Read More

2012 Equality Ride Accomplishments

Check out some of the 2012 Soulforce Equality Ride accomplishments: Read More

A Letter from a George Fox University Student

By current George Fox University Student, A.J. Mendoza “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic cords of memory will swell when again touched as surely they will be by the better angels of our nature.” Abraham Lincoln delivered that quote during his first inaugural address in 1861, and it is one of my favorites.  He spoke Read More

Walking in Love

By Equality Rider Ibrahim Vicks One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is 1 John chapter 4, where it talks about our love of God and each other. Specifically, verse 18 talks about how there is no fear in love, that perfect love drives out fear. It speaks on the torment caused by fear, and that anyone who is fearful cannot be made perfect in love. My mind immediately made a connection from this verse Read More

Consensual Masochism

By Equality Rider Cole Parke My first trip to Colorado was in 1998.  I was traveling by bus from San Antonio, Texas, along with 23 other awkward adolescents from St. Francis Episcopal Church for our youth group’s annual ski trip.  Fourteen years later, I find myself rolling through the Rockies on another sort of bus.  In many ways, very little has changed – our forward momentum is fueled by diesel and caffeine, our bellies are begrudgingly Read More

Homecoming

By Equality Rider Eric Dean Karabetsos Salt Lake City. The capital of the LDS church. For me, while I had left the church almost 6 years ago, this was a homecoming for me – a time of reflection, growth, and an epic journey of discovery. I left the church in April of 2006 after I had sat down and read the New Testament cover to cover for the first time. By the time I had gotten to Read More

Reflections from a CCU Student

By Equality Ride Guest Blogger Bree Adams My name is Bree Adams. I am 19 years old, and my preferred gender pronouns are she, her and hers.  I am a freshman at Colorado Christian University, where, on April 17th, the Soulforce Equality Riders came and visited. I found out about the Soulforce Equality Riders coming to CCU through an email explaining why my administration would not be letting them onto campus.  I was appalled at Read More

Functional Truth

By Equality Rider Matt Steele Most of us operate under the pretense that we’re sane.  I don’t know why – I suppose it’s important for surviving and thriving.  Truth does seem a little like a case of “majority rules” to me: a function of power and not some objective code, continually shifting across times and places and peoples.   Maybe virtually all of us are off our rockers, and only a few are cursed with the ability Read More

Nine in the Garden

By Equality Rider Ryan Barnette Nine of us walked into the garden, first steps shifting the soil. We stood between miniature mountain ridges of dirt seemingly modeled from the Rocky Mountains surrounding us, both sprinkled with green growth. It was our duty to find the green and pull it, it deemed a stifling weed, and thus we the nine gods and goddesses who take and give life according to the fruits we desire to spring from Read More