Schedule for Lynchburg Weekend

Local Group Training Oct 9-10 (see below)

Friday, October 10, 2003

Afternoon/Evening – First Christian Church, 3019 Rivermont Ave.

4:30 pm Registration Begins

5:00 pm Soulforce "Ad-hoc Choir" Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

6:00 pm Squad Leader Orientation (Room TBA)

6:45 pm Music Begins

7 – 10:30 pm Soulforce Non-violence Training, Featuring Rev. Mel White

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Morning (First Christian Church)

8:00 a.m. Coffee and Bagels served in Fellowship Hall

8:15 a.m. Training for Peacekeepers (Location TBA)
Decoration crew departs for Park

8:45 a.m. Music begins in sanctuary

9:00 a.m. Morning praise and worship in sanctuary

9:30 a.m Civil Marriage Forum

11:15 a.m Last minute announcements
Set up crew departs for park

11:30 a.m. Box Lunches served in Fellowship Hall


12:15 p.m. Gather outside church to March to Park
Last minute spiritual preparation

12:30 p.m. March (1.1 miles) to Park Begins

1:00 p.m. Coming Out and About Begins at Riverside Park

4:30 p.m. Coming Out and About Ends
Tear down tables and clean up park

5:00 p.m. Walk back to church


Free time for supporters/volunteers

Planning meeting possible for some

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Morning (Outside Vigil)

7:30 a.m Meet at Perrymont Elementary School parking lot

8:00 a.m. Begin vigil / leafleting / blessings

8:30 a.m. Early service begins at Thomas Road Baptist Church

11:00a.m. Main service begins at Thomas Road Baptist Church

12:30 p.m. Vigil ends (depending on time service is over)

1 – 2:30pm Lunch on your own

2:30 – 4 p.m. Reception/Debriefing (Location to be announced)

Oct 9-10

SOULFORCE LOCAL GROUP LEADERS TRAINING – to help create and maintain strong local groups across the US (currently there are already 21 licensed local groups affiliated with Soulforce, Inc). Trainings will be held at the Wyngate Hotel Oct 9 from 8:30am-5pm and Oct 10 from 9am – 12 noon.

See additional details below*

Oct 10 (Friday evening)

SOULFORCE CELEBRATION AND TRAINING IN NONVIOLENCE – at First Christian Church (Disciples in Christ) in Lynchburg at 7pm.

Registration begins at 4:30pm.

Last year, several anti-gay groups were present at the festival with bull horns and nasty posters. This training will help prepare you mentally and spiritually, and is strongly recommended if you want to vigil on Sunday.


Christian Church – to help counter the misinformation spread by Jerry Falwell and other rightwing fundamentalists.

SPIRITUAL PREPARATION at 11am at First Christian

Box lunches to be served at 11:30 to all those who are registered

March formation begins at 12:15.

Pride March leaves the church for Riverside Park at 12:30pm.

2nd ANNUAL PRIDE FESTIVAL – "COMING OUT AND ABOUT IN LYNCHBURG" on Saturday, October 11, 2003, National Coming Out Day, from 1pm – 5pm.


Oct 12

THIRD VIGIL AT JERRY FALWELL’S THOMAS ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH – We want to surround him with same-sex partners, pictures of same-sex partners and families, and stories of families and loving relationships from same-sex couples. A blessing of relationships and families will take place.

Our task is to surround the church with truth.

** Soulforce Local Group Training for existing local groups and for those interested in starting a local group – October 9th 8:30am – 5 pm through October 10th 9 am – 12 Noon – to be held at the Wingate Inn Conference Center in Lynchburg, located near Liberty University at 3777 Candlers Mountain Road.

Training Track 1 (for those interested in starting a local group.

"Soulforce Basic Training and Grassroots Organizing"

Training Track 2 (for existing licensed groups):

"Dialogue and Negotiation" (will require a minimum of eight participants)