Soulforce Update–Action Steps you can take to continue the work of Relentless Nonviolent Resistance

Update–Here’s what’s going on at Soulforce. Look for action steps you can take now to participate in Soulforce’s work of Relentless Nonviolent Resistance of oppression!

Cindi on the New Pope – continuing a 13-year engagement with the Roman Catholic Church

 

As the new pope takes his place at the Vatican, LGBTQ people of faith and their allies look to Rome in hope that one of the most powerful religious figures in the world will use his position to lift the stigma of fear and rejection from tens of millions of LGBTQ Catholics and their families.

In her most recent Huffington Post article, Soulforce executive director Cindi Love reminds us that Soulforce has been engaging the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church on its anti-LGBTQ bigotry since Mel White and Dignity USA led a nonviolent protest at the National Council of Catholic Bishops meeting in 2000 in which 104 people were arrested. Cindi expresses the hope for change, and challenges the Vatican to overcome its history and lead the church into a new dawn of acceptance an reconciliation with LGBTQ people worldwide.

See also: “Republicans, Report Cards, & Roll Call” about Cindi’s visit to lobby the Texas state legislature, and the importance of telling our elected representatives our stories so they can see the human face of state-sponsored anti-LGBT discrimination.

Action Step: Click on the articles, Like them on Facebook, and leave comments on the Huffington Post page-move these stories up on the page so more people can read about Soulforce’s amazing work!

Alfredo’s Fire Kickstarter Campaign

 

An important film project being developed by director Andy Abrahams Wilson and Open Eye Pictures, Alfredo’s Fire tells the story of Alfredo Ormando, a gay Italian writer who set himself on fire in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica to protest the Vatican’s anti-LGBTQ dogma. In 2000, Soulforce founder Mel White led a nonviolent protest at the location of Alfredo’s self-immolation begging then-Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, to change the Roman Catholic Church’s policies before more people died.

Action Step: Click on the link to the Alfredo’s Fire Web site, read about the Soulforce 2000 Jubilee Year action at the Vatican and click through to the Kickstarter page. Donate to help this film get made and to spread its message of hope!

Preserving History: Equality Ride Tumblrs Celebrating 7 Years of Justice in Action

“Learn from history” was the slogan of the first Equality Ride in 2006. As Soulforce is redesigning its Web site and increasing capacity to host searchable and user-friendly archives from our 15 years of activism, we want to start collecting that history. We’ve set up Tumblr pages for all five of the Equality Rides. If you have photos, articles, mementos, or written memories from the Equality Rides to post, please go to your year on Tumblr and submit those items.  

We would also like to have a volunteer editor from each of the years to help organize the submitted items into chronological narratives. If you’re interested in being the volunteer editor, for your year, please contact Soulforce P.R. and Media Coordinator Richard Lindsay at richard@soulforce.org.

Action Step: Those who participated in any way in the Equality Rides of 2006, 200720082010, and 2012, click on the Tumblr and submit your photos, personal stories, and articles. Label people in photos and tell which stop along the Ride each piece of history describes. Please be respectful of gender pronouns or changes in gender identity or names since the Ride took place. If you’re not sure, ask the person in question.

Upcoming Soulforce Event–Soulforce conference with Inclusive Justice of Michigan

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 1:00pm-7:30pm – check-in begins at noon, dinner included. Eastern Michigan University Student Center, 900 Oakwood Street, Ypsilanti, MI.

 

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love, Executive Director of Soulforce, will address the changing face of activism, “Pop Ups, Flash Mobs & Digital Activism in the Public Square.”

Haven Herrin, Deputy Director of Soulforce, will lead workshops on “Using Social Media to Change Hearts and Minds.”

Other Workshops: Ending spiritual oppression in faith communities; How to use the power of non-violent resistance.

Students, $20, Adults, $45, Patron, $75 (sponsors scholarships), Sponsors $200 (includes two tickets and listing in publicity)

Questions: call Inclusive Justice Michigan at (248) 424-9513

Action Step: If you’ll be in eastern Michigan on April 13, register now and enjoy a day of learning and organizing with Soulforce and Inclusive Justice!

Read up on recent projects of the Soulforce Delegates

Breakthrough Conversations, March 10, 2013: Soulforce Delegate Nora Williams planned this conference in Sacramento, CA, and collaborated with St. Mark United Methodist Church and California Faith for Equality. Breakthrough Conversations trains lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their allies to have one-on-one conversations that lead to equality.

Soulforce SoCal Conference for students from Christian colleges and universities, March 16, 2013: Soulforce Delegate Ellie Ash-Bala held a conference at Pomona College in Claremont, CA to equip and encourage students from Christian colleges doing LGBTQ organizing. Soulforce founder Mel White spoke at the event.

Action Step: If this work is important to you, donate to Soulforce and make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ people across the country and around the world!