You're Invited: Tell Your Story and Say #HelloPope!
The tide of messaging we continue to hear from the Vatican claims that LGBTQI people tear the moral and fabric of society, starting at the family. Join Soulforce for two days of online action centered on the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, PA.
On Wednesday, September 23rd, join Soulforce and friends for a Twitter Chat at 12:30PM EST. Meet and chat with Soulforcers around the world about what exactly the World Meeting of Families is, what it means that Pope Francis is spending this week in the U.S. for the very first time, and how Pope Francis’s public statements and actions around class, race, sexuality, gender, the Global South, and the family reflect the reality of the Catholic church in this political moment.
On Thursday, we are collecting your pictures and stories all day to send to the most influential members of the U.S. Catholic Church. The World Meeting of Families is coordinating a Stories Fully Alive campaign to collect stories about the traditional family and bolster anti-queer ideas of what it means to grow, maintain, and love in families that outside of the confines of sexism, racism, and homophobia. We would like to claim our power and speak our truth: that LGBTQI people crack open the idea of “the natural family” and give it room to breathe and be life-giving, and that is a gift consecrated by God.
We're taking every story we are sent on Thursday, boxing them up, and sending them to the front door of the U.S.’s most influential bishops and institutions, demanding that the Catholic Church witnesses our testimonies. Want to get involved? We will release a form on Thursday, the day of action, where you can say #HelloPope and share your gifts of resistance and power with those in the Church who wish to silence us.
Frequently Asked Questions What is the World Meeting of Families? The World Meeting of Families is the world's largest gathering of Catholic families, designed to explore the role of families in society, as well as the challenges and blessings of family life. The organization was created by Pope John Paul II in in Rome in 1994 and a convention is held every three years. You can read more about the event in this article from our friends at Political Research Associates, or on the event’s home page. Is this meeting a good thing, or a bad thing? Are you saying that Pope Francis is good, or bad? This meeting, and the Pope, are both topics of conversation with complicated twists, crannies, and realities that we are excited to explore with our folks, both Catholic and non-Catholic. Our aim is not to drag the Pope through the mud, but rather to live into our nonviolent principles and have an honest conversation about what this meeting means in this political moment. You can join in our conversation, or tune in later, if you’d like to learn more about Soulforce’s positions on what is up with the Catholic Church. How do I join your Twitter Chat? I’ve never done this before. All are welcome. We wrote up some instructions here. I’m not available for the Twitter Chat. How do I still participate? We’ll be sure to send out a recap of what we talked about in our Twitter Chat. You can also check out the hashtag #HelloPope on Twitter at any time to see a stream of what folks all over the world are talking about in regard to Pope Francis’s visit. Check out our Twitter Chat instructions for more info.