Soulforce Headed to Nashville to Lead Training

Soulforce staffers Esmé Rodríguez (left) and Haven Herrin (right) will be headed to Nashville on March 10th to lead a training in partnership with the Vanderbilt Divinity School Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality, GABLE (the LGBTQ group at Vanderbilt Divinity School) and OutCentral (Nashville’s LGBTQ community center).

Trainings will include “Fundamentalism, Soulforce Style,” which involves cutting through the many perceptions and casual definitions of fundamentalism to examine its ideological root; and “Defanging Scripture, Tying on A Rose,” which discusses how to deconstruct scripture and pull more beauty than hate out of scriptures often used for oppression.

The training is in anticipation of the Tennessee Equality Project’s Advancing Equality Day on the Hill, in which citizens lobby legislators for pro-LGBTQ legislation. Tennessee has seen some infamous legislation brought to the floor concerning LGBTQ individuals, including the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would ban teachers from discussing LGBTQ issues with students in their state, and could even possible require teachers to out students they know to be LGBTQ to their parents. Tennessee also has a “Turn Away the Gay” bill, in which business would be able to discriminate against LGBTQ people on the basis of “religious objections.” Considering the fundamentalist basis of many of these bills, Soulforce’s expertise in addressing the misuse of religion in limiting LGBTQ equality couldn’t come at a better time.

The training will take place  on March 10th, from 5pm – 9pm at OutCentral, 1709 Church Street, in Nashville.