Rev. Dr. Cindi Love visits the United Nations

Cindi Love at the UN

Rev. Dri. Cindi Love recently participated in a tour and Consultation held at the Church Center for the United Nations which convened LGBT faith leaders, international LGBT groups, Ugandan LGBT leaders, officials related to the United Nations and others.  In eight hours, the group surveyed the current realities, needs and histories leading up to this moment and moved into identification of action needs on the ground in Uganda, in denominations and in the UN and governmental agency arenas.  

UU-UNO folks put together a final report.  Albert and Joseph Tolton of Blur Media are exploring the possibility of following up on helping develop media projects in Uganda, conversations have been initiated about a consultation in Uganda with the Chicago Consultation, an Episcopal advocacy group formed in 2009, and we expect even more is in the works!

We invite you to download and read the final report.

Pray In Schedule & Promotional Materials

We are pleased to announce the schedule for our actions in Minneapolis at the PC(USA) General Aseembly. You will also find this information on a small postcard which you can download, print, and distribute on your own or forward via email to friends and supporters.

Please join us at a national PRAY IN action hosted by Soulforce at the 219th General Assembly for the Presbyterian Church (PC (USA) in Minneapolis on July 7-10, 2010 at The Plaza (Outdoor Park at the Minneapolis Convention Center)

  1. 1 Nonviolent Resistance Training July 7, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
    (Not Required to Attend Action on July 8-9)
    Westminster Presbyterian Church CHAPEL 1200 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
  2. PRAY IN July 8-9, 2010 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    (Please bring your favorite scripture, prayer or reflection to read; or personal testimonies to share)
  3. Commissioning Event
    July 10, 2010 8:00 a.m. Soulforce Central
    (Not Required to attend action)
    Westminster Presbyterian Church CHAPEL 1200 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

We need your support to ensure that our Soulforce message about human dignity and worth is carried to the Convention floor and understood by the 8000 people who will be in attendance where these marriages are legal without fear of reprisals through the church courts.

Update on PC (USA) Events

Events To Consider at PC USA

Covenant Network dinner                 July 2   F          6;30-8:30 PM
PVJ Orientation                               July 3   Sa        7:00-8:30 AM
MLP reception                                 July 3               4:00-5:00 PM
(no registration required)
MLP dinner                                     July 3               5:00-6:45 PM
PVJ awards                                     July 4   Su        noon-2:30 PM
Covenant Network lunch                  July 5   M         noon-1:30 PM
Voices of Sophia breakfast               July 6   Tu         7:00-8:15 AM
MLP Educational lunch                     July 6               noon-2:00 PM
MLP worship celebration                   July 6               7:00-9:30 PM
(no registration required)
Witherspoon dance                          July 6               9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

 GA wide picnic July 4   5:30-10:30 PM

            
TAMFS training for their youth is all day July 1-2
            Covenant Network training/overview is on July 2
            MLP hospitality suite open in evenings @7:30 PM July 3-8
           
Observer at Meetings Opposing LGBT inclusion
            Presbyterian Lay Committee
            One by One (ex-gay type group) Lunch on July 6                                      

These events do not overlap with the Pray In.

Soulforce Joins Voices in Support of the Audre Lorde Project’s Trans Day of Action 2010

The Audre Lorde Project’s TransJustice group has announced the 6th annual Trans Day of Action 2010, to take place June 25th, 2010 when trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, gender non-conforming people of color (TGNC) and their allies will take to the streets of New York in pursuit of justice for oppressed people.

Soulforce joins a growing list of local and national organizations endorsing the Trans Day of Action and encourages our members and allies to help (1) raise awareness of the Audre Lorde Project’s pivotal work, (2) attend and support the 2010 Trans Day of Action on Friday, June 25 at 3 p.m. (location to be announced).

Soulforce is committed to nonviolent resistance against religious and political oppression of LGBTQ people and, within that context, often encounters and seeks to understand and address the specific and many layered ways that oppression is experienced by people of color, trans and gender non-conforming people, immigrants, people with disabilities, youth and aged people, and people of low to moderate-income — both within and outside our own LGBTQ and allied communities.

Andi Gentile, Coordinator of the Soulforce Equality Ride for 2010, says:
Spiritual and physical violence grow out of religious bigotry expressed historically and presently not only in transphobia and homophobia, but in racism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, and sexism. It is Soulforce’s commitment to stop spiritual and political violence and we are grateful to the Audre Lorde Project and Trans Day of Action organizers for their excellent work in these areas.

Dr. Cindi Love, Executive Director of Soulforce states:
As justice-seekers, our liberation is interwoven with the liberation of all peoples, and therefore, we add our strong endorsement to the 2010 Trans Day of Action and we applaud the courageous action of the Audre Lord Project and its Trans Day of Action organizers.

In their formal Call to Action, the Audre Lorde Project says:
We as TGNC People of Color (POC) recognize the importance of working together alongside other movements to change the world we want to see. We live in a time when oppressed peoples including communities such as people of color, immigrants, youth and elders, people with disabilities, women and TGNC, and poor people are disproportionately underserved, face higher levels of discrimination, heightened surveillance, and experience increased violence at the hands of the state…. It is critical that we unite and work together towards dismantling the transphobia, racism, classism, sexism, ageism, ableism, homophobia and xenophobia that permeates throughout our movements for social justice."

Updates will be available at www.alp.org as well as www.soulforce.org.

Award-Winning Documentary on Soulforce’s Equality Ride, Equality U, Released to DVD Format June 1

Cinevolve Studios announced that Equality U, the award-winning documentary on the first-ever Soulforce Equality Ride in 2006, will become available in DVD format June 1. According to Rev. Dr. Cindi Love, Executive Director of Soulforce, the film provides an opportunity to educate people on LGBTQ equality issues. She sees Equality U as a “sleeper” with the potential to rudely awaken administrators of religious based colleges and universities and their affiliated denominations.

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 1, 2010 – Cinevolve Studios announced that Equality U, the award-winning documentary on the first-ever Soulforce Equality Ride in 2006, will become available in DVD format today (available in the Soulforce store).

The film, from director Dave O’Brien, is a feature-length documentary that follows a group of 33 young activists from Soulforce, a national non-profit organization dedicated to nonviolently confronting and ending anti-LGBTQ discrimination, on its first-ever Equality Rider. The initial Equality Ride is a two-month tour across the United States to 19 conservative religious and military colleges, to confront policies that ban or discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and faculty.

Any of us who are working or worshiping within mainstream religious institutions need to watch this film and pay attention to its message.
- Rev. Dr. Cindi Love, Executive Director, Soulforce

According to Rev. Dr. Cindi Love, Executive Director of Soulforce, Equality U is a “sleeper” with the potential to rudely awaken administrators of religious based colleges and universities and their affiliated denominations. First tagged as a movie about gay young adults tackling "the establishment," this film is now understood as a critical lens into American culture where young adults are now half as likely to attend church weekly or more (15% of 20-year-olds and 20% of 30-year-olds attend church weekly or more, compared to about 40% of older adults). Lower rates of attendance may signal a long-term trajectory of reduced religious participation, effectively “shrinking” mainstream religious institutions and their affiliated colleges and universities.

Love notes when young adults do elect to participate in organized religion, they are characterized, by some sociologists, as the catalyst for new, consciously postmodern, nonhierarchical and radically inclusive churches. These young people are much more inclined to support a multicultural and pluralistic community-type congregation that is very fluid in its racial/ethnic and sexual/gender composition.

“While it is too soon to know what kind of emerging adult spirituality or religious practice will dominate the United States throughout the next century,” Love notes, “there is sufficient evidence to indicate that exclusionary and discriminatory policies toward women, people of color, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will not get high marks.”

Love says, “Any of us who are working or worshiping within mainstream religious institutions need to watch this film and pay attention to its message. Young adults are edgy and have little patience with traditional paternalistic or patriarchal attitudes or expressions of authority. When it comes to matters of the spirit, they want to live their lives out in the same way they communicate on Facebook, where barriers are few and far between, and in this, they are quintessentially American.”

The movie has already gained attention since its debut at a number of top gay and lesbian film festivals in 2008. The movie has won numerous awards, including Outstanding Emerging Talent at Outfest 2008 and several Best Documentary and Best Feature awards. It also has aired on cable channel Logo a number of times since debuting there in January 2009.

The movie is available for purchase or rental through Amazon.com, Netflix, direclty from Soulforce, or hundreds of online and physical retailers nationwide.