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 Rev. Creech, Rev. Phil Lawson, Yolanda King, Arun Gandhi, and Rodney Powell.
Maybe you were at the Methodist actions in 1999, 2000, 2004, or 2008, or maybe you
heard about them and they inspired you to take action in your own way: to come out as
LGBTQ or an ally to a family member; to stand up for full LGBTQ inclusion in your own
church or temple, denomination or community; to support related justice movements like
racial reconciliation, immigrant rights, anti-violence initiatives.
Seeds sown with Soulforce have a way of blooming into action weeks, months, even years afterward. Your support for our work is an investment in changing hearts and minds that can have effects far beyond your initial gift of time or money.
That’s why we’re pleased to announce a matching gift given by an anonymous
supporter. She’ll give $2 for every $1 you give, up to $5,000.
So your gift to Soulforce will have 3x the power! Once again, your support
will have an impact far beyond your initial investment!
How things change and grow when you
Then: Starting in 1999, Soulforce began an unprecedented series of direct actions at meetings of denominations, including the Southern Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, United Methodists, and Catholic Bishops.
Now: This past November we provided training for the Methodist direct action group, Love Prevails at a gathering of top church leaders in which LGBTQ people were not invited to the table. Love Prevails held a sing-in during the meeting until they were recognized and placed on the agenda.
Then: In 2006 we held the first of 5 Equality Rides, visiting more than 100 colleges that have policies or environments of discrimination against their LGBTQ students.
Now: Along with our continuing support of underground LGBTQ groups on conservative religious campuses, we are planning the Equality Relay: The Next Generation of the Equality Ride, to connect the dots between LGBTQ oppression and fundamentalism, patriarchy, racism, and class.
Then: Souforce stood up to the purveyors of bigotry through the media empires of the religious right, including Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Focus on the Family
Now: Soulforce is a leading voice opposing the exporting of religious right bigotry abroad. Soulforce has confronted the National Religious Broadcasters and the International House of Prayer; served on the United Nations Faith Coalition; and advised the State Department on the dangers of American religious leaders misusing their broadcast licenses to endorse anti-LGBTQ policies in other countries like Uganda.
Of course your gift to Soulforce will have an immediate impact; but it’s even more exciting to think about the impact your gift will have for years to come, as each generation of activists takes inspiration from the previous ones.
Our goal is to raise $40,000 by the end of 2013. We are just over 1/3 of the way toward that goal!