Soulforce is a 20-year-old LGBTQI organization that works to sabotage Christian Supremacy and end the political and religious oppression of all marginalized people. With an ethic of relentless, nonviolent resistance, Soulforce sabotages Christian Supremacy through research and informed strategy; political and theological education; spiritual reclamation and community healing; and creative campaigns and direct action.
Soulforce's mission is to end the religious and political oppression of LGBTQI people through relentless nonviolent resistance.
Soulforce decodes the “morality-based” attacks of the Religious Right for our social justice movements, and supports community groups and organizations to defend themselves by offering political education, liberating theological resources on gender sexuality, and strategy support for campaigns and direct action against the political forces of Christian Supremacy.
Our theory of change rests on the idea that healing from religious-based trauma and building up Indomitable Spirits across movements will grow in us the agency and resiliency we need to combat ideological violence and win our liberation
The Religious Right's aggressive reaction to desegregation and the growing political power of people color is intimately tied to the upswell of persecution of women, reproductive rights, and LGBTQI people.
That co-evolving story is nothing new - race, gender, sex, and labor are intertwined stories in this history of the United States and beyond. These are stories of tragedy and violence as well as reconciliation and liberation.
The 1980s and 90s, with the upsurge of white, Christian, patriarchy via the Moral Majority, Christian Coalition and others, underlined the need again for a movement that could effectively engage religion, reclaim religion, and interrupt religion where it colludes with systems of oppression.
That is why Soulforce is necessary: We competently and boldly enter into the religious sphere - because we are each either connected to faith or recognize its power in society - and we are able to both hold what is sacred about faith and still fight for liberation from religion's most destructive manifestations.
Because of how religion has wrought both justice and oppression, we also have to boldly engage racial, economic, and gender justice work. That is the story of religion in this country, and so here we live at the juicy and challenging intersection of all these stories.
As an organization, we adhere to a practice of nonviolence. [Click here to read more in depth about our take on nonviolence.]
As we learned about nonviolence, and as we practiced it in this intersectional framework for doing justice, we came to know in our bones that in order to invoke the long history of nonviolent practice, we must also honor those ancestors' legacies of struggle that reach across matters of race, class, gender, and geography.
As we challenge Christian supremacy, we also indict the leaders and institutions that have co-opted religion to their own oppressive ends. Which means that, yes, we want acceptance and we love belief systems that love us back, but what we want more is transformative justice.
We seek not admittance into broken institutions and bankrupt ideologies. We can't just get ourselves free, we have to get all of us free. So as we evolve, we understand our job to be two-fold: attend to the healing of the individual and support reconciliation across religious belief AND demand that the practices, policies, and institutions that uphold so many systems of oppression undergo wholesale change.