Christian Youth: An Important Voice in the Present Struggle for Gay Rights in America

by James Deaton, Jamie McDaniel, and Jacob Reitan

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This 48-page booklet was prepared especially for the Soulforce action at the Southern Baptist Convention. It contains two Bible studies, an article on the failings of ex-gay ministries, open letters to Southern Baptist youth from young Christian leaders in other denominations, and more!

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Soulforce Action at the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis, June 13-16, 2004

The Southern Baptist Church is the 2nd largest denomination in the US, with over 15 million members. Southern Baptist believe that homosexual orientation is a sickness that needs to be healed and a sin that needs to be forgiven. This will be the 5th year in a row that Soulforce will be at the Southern Baptist Convention, spreading the truth about GLBT people, and offering hope to those still trapped by misinformation and untruth.

HELP US SPREAD THE TRUTH!

Photo Album: June 14, 2004

Photo Album: June 15, 2004

Photo Album: June 16, 2004

YOUTH STUDY GUIDE GEARED TOWARDS SOUTHERN BAPTIST YOUTH

** 5 minute web-video: Invitation to Indianapolis Starring Jamie McDaniel, Soulforce Southern Baptist Co-chair – CHECK IT OUT!!

Schedule (pdf)

Soulforce Alert #1 to Participants

Hotel Information (Soulforce Central)

Soulforce Press Release (06/17/04) Soulforce Report on Southern Baptist Action in Indiana – Anti-Gay Rhetoric Contiues

Soulforce Press Release (06/13/04) A Hundred Soulforce Volunteers Arrive in Indy to Spread Truth to Southern Baptists about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People

Soulforce Press Release (06/09/04) Soulforce announces plans to confront violent rhetoric with compassion at SBC’s annual meeting

Soulforce Press Release (05/20/04): Protesters to Confront Southern Baptist Teachings for 5th year in a Row

Soulforce Southern Baptist Denominational Page

RESOURCES TO PREPARE FOR THE SBC ACTION

SBC Resolutions against homosexuality (pdf)

SBC Sexuality Task Force Members (pdf)

Soulforce Letter to Members of the Task Force on Ministry to Homosexuals (pdf)

Sample Soulforce notecard to Task Force Members

What Professionals say about homosexuality (pdf)

Soulforce Case Against the Southern Baptists (2003)

Southern Baptist Campaign to Convert Gays to Heterosexuality (Planet Out Article)

Soulforce Response to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Task Force on Ministry to Homosexuals

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: A resource for Congregations in Dialogue about Homosexuality

Why I’m Going With Soulforce to New Orleans and the Southern Baptist Annual Meeting: June 11-13, 2001

A Tragic, Front Line Story from Karen Weldin
Vice-Chair, Soulforce Leadership Team
Coordinator, Soulforce Regions and Local Groups

karen@cwis.net

Dear Soulforce Friends,

While I am not active in the Southern Baptist denomination any longer, it is still very active in my life. I’m sending you copies of a recent correspondence with my mother. I wanted you to know and feel some of what I am experiencing. It is a part of what continues to motivate me in Soulforce. My Mother is an active member of a Southern Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK. I received a letter from her yesterday in a birthday card. The letter reads:

March 20, 2001

Regarding your letter of 11/3/2000

Dear Karen,

I did not choose to watch the videos you sent, not did I pass them on to Debbie and Linda. Regarding the statement "what would Jesus do?" I believe he would express his love for all and say, "Go and sin no more."

I am growing much in my support group and believe this is where God wants me to be. I have taken steps to learn about homosexuality and the very best has come out of this study, the wonderful closeness I have found with my savior.

Gods standards are absolute and not subject to man’s opinions. For those wishing to maintain those standards, God’s grace is available to overcome any number of sinful tendencies. I believe I have addressed this in all of the previous letters.

You mention anger and bitterness and if I struggle with these. These are not an issue in my life. How about yours? All of your letters reflect this toward all of your family.

I will not accept and cannot accept your sin and life-style. I LOVE you very much. I have given you back to God. He made you and loves you more than I ever could. I believe we are put here with a free will, and you my child have chosen to believe the biggest liar that ever was. I believe that one day, in God’s own time He will turn you around and bring you back into the fold and he is going to save your soul. It may be that He will take you out of this life, and that’s okay with me, as long as your soul is saved. I cannot change you. My job is to pray for you. He’s in charge. I’m not.

I love you,

Mom


Our Soulforce Karen shares her feelings about this letter, typical of the letters other lesbians and gays, bisexuals and transgenders get from their Southern Baptist parents:

The video my Mother mentions in the letter above was our latest Soulforce Video, There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy, the wonderful explanation of Romans 1 by Dr. Lewis B. Smedes. Debbie and Linda are my two sisters.

The support group she mentions is a group she chose over my request for her to attend a PFLAG meeting. Christmas of 1999 I sent her a letter and told her that the one thing I wanted for Christmas was her willingness to attend a PFLAG meeting. Months later she finally wrote back and told me she could not do that because it would "hurt her witness for Jesus." She informed me that she had found her own support group.

I am so sorry she believes that God’s grace is only available to those who believe in God’s absolute standards as she believes them to be.

I did ask her about anger and bitterness in my letter to her last November. Never have I witnessed such anger and bitterness than this past December when I witnessed my Mother’s face, demeanor and actions as she physically took my niece from my sister’s arms at a police station where my sister had been ordered to surrender temporary guardianship to my Mother. The pain and anguish for my sister and her daughter were almost too much to bear. Only thirteen days earlier my sister had been honest when confronted by my Mother inquiring if she were a lesbian. (There are three siblings in my family. Two of us are lesbians.)

I am not sure what my Mother means when she says that she has "given me back to God." I only feel sad for my Mother as she accuses me of "believing the biggest liar that ever was." What does she mean, "It may be that He will take you out of this life, and that’s okay with me, as long as your soul is saved?" Would she rather I be dead?

This was my birthday present from my Mother. There is no doubt in my mind that it is a direct reflection of the teaching she has received from her Southern Baptist religion.

What makes me so very very sad is the fact that young people all over the world who are gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender, and who have parents who are Southern Baptists, are receiving these same messages in letters, words and actions from their parents, also.

I believe in a loving God who created me just the way I am – left-handed and a lesbian! I can survive the spiritual violence my Mother is inflicting upon me. My heart aches over the many many persons who for whatever reason can not withstand such abuse. They end up living lives of fear, isolation, self-degradation, drug/alcohol abuse, and many even commit suicide.

What my Mother does not realize, is that each of these letters from her only fuel my passion to do what I can to stop such spiritual violence. You see, my Mother knew for years that I was homosexual but would not talk about it. It was when I made my reality visible that the abuse and injustice was made visible too. I want the injustice to be visible.

I want all my Southern Baptist and Ex-Southern Baptist gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender sisters and brothers to stand with me. I want them to come out to their families and their churches and be visible. I want the covert abuse and violence to be made visible also. We must be visible in order to combat the spiritual violence.

The spiritual violence is alive and doing well in my family… I will be in New Orleans in June.

I am currently an M.Div student at Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Oklahoma. My life is committed to the ministry of helping stop spiritual violence against gays/lesbians/bisexuals/transgenders. The tragic consequences of my honesty about who I am with my Mother is still not reason enough to hide the truth in my heart. The benefits of living a life of dignity and integrity still out way the pain ten fold. Praise God my journey has brought me out of the darkness of the closet and into the light of Truth and love.

Please pray for my Mother and the many many other parents just like her.
Pray for the children.

In love and peace,

Karen Weldin
Stigler, Oklahoma


A Note from Mel White, Soulforce Executive Director:

It is important to remember why we have posted this exchange on our Soulforce website. It is not here to make you angry at Karen’s mom or to make you feel sorry for Karen. Karen’s mother, too, is a victim of the tragic untruths taught by the Southern Baptist Church about God’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children. She doesn’t mean to hurt Karen. Nor do thousands of other Southern Baptist parents who condemn and reject their children in the hope of helping them.

If you knew Karen Weldin and her life-partner, Susanne, you would be shocked that any mother could condemn or reject these two beautiful, thoughtful, creative, courageous women. We’re going to take our stand in front of the Southern Baptist Annual Meeting in New Orleans, June 12-13, 2001, because 10,000 Messengers will be there and everyone of them needs to see and hear the truth about sexual and gender minorities. The truth must be known. The suffering must end. Will you help us?

Mel

Schedule of Events for the Soulforce St. Louis Action

Soulforce Institute

Soulforce Institute for Nonviolent Change (June 7-9) will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church, 55 Plaza Square in St. Louis, Missouri.

"Twenty-Four Hours of Justice" (June 10-11).
Vigils to take place outside the America’s Center.

You are welcome to attend both or either event.
Special events are being planned for and by youth.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Link here to download a copy of the Journey to St. Louis Schedule of Events – PDF


5:00 – 9:30pm Registration

7:00 – 7:30 pm Shabot Sabbath Service
Rabbi Randy Fleisher of the Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis
Philip Deitch, Soulforce participant

7:30 – 8:00pm Welcome and Introductions
Karen Weldin, Soulforce Director of Operations amp; St. Louis Co-Chair
Rev. Doug Donley, St. Louis Co-Chair
Margaret Johnson, St. Louis Local Planning Committee Co-Chair
Rev. Dr. Mel White, Co-Founder amp; Exec. Dir. Soulforce, Inc.

8:00 – 9:00 pm State of the Nation and Our Soulforce Response
Rev. Mel White, Co-Founder amp; Executive Director, Soulforce, Inc.

9:00- 9:15 pm Evening Closure
Karen Weldin, Doug Donley, Mel White

9:15 – 10:00 pm Young Adult Caucus
Jake Reitan, Young Adult Coordinator


Soulforce Institute for Nonviolent Change
St. Louis, MO June 7-9, 2002

Saturday, June 8
All Sessions are taking place at Centenary United Methodist Church
55 Plaza Square (16th and Olive), St. Louis 314-421-3136

8:00 – 4:30 pm Registration open

8:00 – 9:00 am Coffee

9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome and Introduction
Karen Weldin, Doug Donley

9:15 – 9:30 am The Spirit of Gandhi: Spiritual Reflection Jimmy Creech, Soulforce, Inc. Board Chairperson

9:30 – 9:45 am Break (to get to workshop)

9:45-10:45 am Soulforce Training:

  • Track 1: Intro to Soulforce (for those new to Soulforce):
    Beliefs and Vows
    Facilitator: Dotti Berry, Soulforce Extended Leadership Team

  • Track 2: Advanced
    Soulforce: Advanced Beliefs, Vows, Negotiation
    Facilitator: Mel White

10:45 -11:00 am Break

11:00 – 12:30 pm Soulforce From Grandfather’s Perspective
Arun and Sunanda Gandhi

12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch (on your own)

2:00 – 2:30 pm Rally and Gathering: "A Force More Powerful"
Mel White

2:30 – 4:00 pm Soulforce From Martin’s Perspective
Rev. Dr. James Lawson

4:00-4:30 pm Break

4:30- 6:00 pm Applying the Principles:

  • Track 1: Intro to Soulforce (for those new to Soulforce): Negotiation and Direct Action Facilitator: Dotti Berry

  • Track 2: Advanced Soulforce-Direct Actions Where do we go from here? Facilitator: Rev. James Lawson amp; Mel White

6:00-7:30 pm Dinner On Your Own

7:30-8:30 pm
Young Adult/Civil Rights Rally: Honoring our Young Adults
Theme: 50’s – 60’s Freedom Riders amp; Diner Sit-Ins
Facilitators: David North, Music Coordinator
Dr. Rodney Powell, Mel White, Jake Reitain

8:30-10:00 pm Movie: "THIS OBEDIENCE"
Dawn Mikkelson, Director and Producer, Aquarius. Co-founder and senior principal
Mel White

10:00 – 10:30 pm Young Adult Reception/Caucus
Jake Reitan


Soulforce Institute for Nonviolent Change
St. Louis, MO June 7-9, 2002

Sunday, June 9
All Sessions are taking place at Centenary United Methodist Church
55 Plaza Square (16th and Olive), St. Louis 314-421-3136

8:30 – 9:00 am Gathering for coffee and juice

9:00 – 9:15 am The Spirit of King: Spiritual Reflection
Jimmy Creech

9:15- 10:30 am
Soulforce Grassroots Movement: Local Groups
Mel White, Karen Weldin
Panel of Soulforce Local Group Leaders

10: 30 – 10:45 am Break

10:45 am – 12 Noon
Joint Inclusive Worship (The Spirit of Jesus and the Prophets)
Rev. Gwen Trullinger, Centenary United Methodist Church
Rev. Dr. Mel White
Following Worship: Let’s Do Tea

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:30 – 3:30 pm Specialty Workshops (see "Specialty Workshop Descriptions" handout in packet)

  • Simplifying Our Lives – An Essential Aspect of Nonviolence!
    Kara Speltz

  • Spirituality versus Sexuality? – The Costs of Internal Homophobia:
    Dotti Berry

  • When Faith Meets Action: Reflections of Lynchburg amp; "We’re Going Back!
    Philip Deitch

  • Women and Activism
    Margaret Johnson

  • Young Adult Seminar
    Bill Carpenter & Jake Reitan

3:30 – 3:45 pm Break

3:45 – 4:30 pm Gathering for Closure

OPTIONS FOR THOSE STAYING FOR THE 24 HOURS FOR JUSTICE

5:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner on your own

Planning team meet together for dinner

7:00 – 9:00 pm World Premiere of the video: "THE VERDICT IS IN"

Monday, June 10
All Sessions are taking place at Centenary United Methodist Church
55 Plaza Square (16th and Olive), St. Louis 314-421-3136

8:30 am – 12:30 pm Squad Leader Training

12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch with Planning Team

1:00 pm Registration begins for 24 Hours of Justice

2:30 – 4:00 pm Licensed Local Group Meeting
Sharing Our Stories

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Meet the victims of Southern Baptist Teachings and hear their stories of tragedy and triumph and here our message in song performed by our Soulforce guest musicians.

See separate schedule in packets

Film Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Continue your Soulforce training by watching films on nonviolence in our film festival room

Alert #1: Getting Ready for the Soulforce Action at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting June 13-16, 2004

April 21, 2004

Dear Soulforce volunteer to the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Indianapolis,

We are so glad that you have registered and plan to attend the Soulforce action at the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN June 13-16th. This is the first of several "Alerts" we will be sending your way as we continue to plan for our journey to Indianapolis. Click here for housing information. If you have not made your reservations yet, we encourage you to do so.

This will be the fifth year Soulforce will be present at the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting. We have been relentless in our efforts to take truth to our Southern Baptist sisters and brothers. If you are not familiar with the resolutions and rhetoric of Southern Baptists against God’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with our case against the SB teachings by clicking here and reading the summary.

Additionally, keep in mind that the Southern Baptists have been actively working to support an anti-gay, anti-family “marriage” amendment to the US Constitution, and speaking out at everyone opportunity against equal marriage rights for same-gender couples.

In 2002 after the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, a Task Force on Ministry to Homosexuals was formed by Life Way Christian Resources and The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention in response to a motion at the 2001 annual SBC meeting. The task force’s report was delivered at the SBC 2003 meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The essence of their report is that homosexuals are sick and sinful and in need of ministry to help escape the lifestyle. They unveiled "The Way Out Ministry – finding freedom from homosexuality." http://www.lifeway.com/thewayout

Soulforce’s response to the Task Force was to form our own task force of ten people who each adopted a Southern Baptist Task Force member and have worked diligently all year long to attempt to dialogue with these persons. Each Soulforce task force volunteer has written letters, sent "Soulforce Remember Cards," "God Bless Our Family Cards," and purchased and sent copies of "Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth."

http://www.bpfna.org/rightly.html

Several volunteers have sent over sixty pieces of correspondence to their Southern Baptist Task Force adoptee. There has been little response. Now it is time to begin making our plans for direct action in Indianapolis.

I hope as you prepare for our journey that you will first and foremost, prepare yourselves spiritually. If you take the time to read the above links and research and study the background material on Southern Baptist anti-gay rhetoric, you will be reading a great deal of spiritually violent material. We suggest that you find spiritual nourishment before and after these readings.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to study and review the Soulforce 4 Step Journey found at https://soulforceactionarchives.org/main/step1.shtmland remember that you are a beautiful child of God and loved by our Creator just the way you are. We also encourage you to familiarize yourself and review Mel’s booklet What the Bible Says and Does Not Say About Homosexuality.

Whatever faith tradition you embrace, we simply encourage you to be spiritually fed as you prepare for this journey.

As our plans continue to unfold, we will continue to send out alerts and keep you updated. In the meantime, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and continue to keep checking the website at www.soulforce.org for updates. Again, we are glad that you are joining us and look forward to doing justice work together in Indianapolis.

Remember, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Martin Luther King Jr.

In love and peace,

Karen Weldin
Soulforce Director of Operations

Jamie McDaniel
Southern Baptist Co-Chair

For hotel information and registration, go to
www.soulforce.org/denomination/sbc/sbc2004/

Southern Baptist

The Southern Baptist Convention, with over 15 million members, is the 2nd largest denomination in the United States. Southern Baptist teachings are a primary source of misinformation about homosexuality and homosexual people. Southern Baptist leaders also attempt to rally their congregations to defeat nearly every piece of legislation that would help GLBT Americans gain equality. In the past, the Southern Baptist Convention simply condemned homosexuals with anti-gay rhetoric, but in recent years Soutern Baptists have stated their intention to "minister" to gays and lesbians by promoting ex-gay programs and reparative therapy.

Resources:

Christian Youth: An Important Voice in the Present Struggle for Gay Rights in America (Southern Baptist Edition)
This booklet was distributed outside the 2004 and 2005 annual meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention. In addition to Bible studies, it contains open letters to Southern Baptist youth from young Christian leaders in other denominations.

Southern Baptists May Not Say "God Hates Fags" as Fred Phelps Does — But The Effect is the Same (pdf)
This booklet was handed to messengers outside the 2003 Southern Baptist Convention.

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth (pdf)
An order form for Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: a resource for congregations in dialogue on sexual orientation. This book was published by the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America and the Alliance of Baptists.

Soulforce Actions:

Nashville – 2005 Southern Baptist Convention

Indianapolis – 2004 Southern Baptist Convention

Phoenix – 2003 Southern Baptist Convention

St.Louis – 2002 Southern Baptist Convention

New Orleans – 2001 Southern Baptist Convention

Orlando – 2000 Southern Baptist Convention

Southern Baptist Action in Phoenix

Soulforce will be in Phoenix June 15 – 18 during the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting (SBC) to once again address the spiritual violence committed against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people by their anti-gay policies and teachings and promote a message of hope and love instead.

Please click on the links below to find out additional information:

Phoenix Photos 1

Phoenix Photos 2

Phoenix Photos 3

Soulforce Response to the Report From the Southern Baptist Convention’s Task Force on Ministry to Homosexuals

Southern Baptists May Not Say "God Hates Fags" as Fred Phelps Does – But The Effect is the Same (pdf)

Phoenix Clergy, Gay Southern Baptists, and Soulforce to Hold Press Conference Outside Southern Baptist Convention – Monday, June 16, 2003 at 6:00PM

Top 10 Reasons to Join us in Phoenix

Soulforce Press Release about SBC action in Phoenix – (released May 20, 2003)

Rev. Mel White’s Letter the SBC President Jack Graham, May 7, 2003

Introduction to Phoenix Action (email sent 04/26/03)

Action Alerts

Letters sent to SBC Executive Committee members from Soulforce Volunteers

Schedule

Hotel Information – Soulforce Central

Previous Actions at Southern Baptist Convention annual meetings:

2002 – St. Louis

2001 – New Orleans

2000 – Orlando

Oklahoman Article: "Caution Urged With Schools"

Carla Hinton, Religion Editor
The Oklahoman, 06/23/2005

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Southern Baptist Convention messengers expressed concerns about public education Wednesday, but stopped short of urging parents to remove their children from public schools.

Instead, messengers at the annual meeting in Nashville approved a resolution focusing on parental responsibility in determining negative influences — such as those promoting homosexuality as a "morally legitimate lifestyle."

"We broadened it," the Rev. Jeff Moore of Altus said of the resolution. "Homosexuality is not the only threat to our children. The real focus is to make education the parents’ primary responsibility. We didn’t feel it was healthy to make a blanket statement that all Southern Baptists take their children out of public schools."

Texans Voddie Baucham and Bruce Shortt had submitted a proposal targeting homosexuality, calling for parents to remove their children from schools that had any programs touting homosexuality as acceptable.

Moore, a member of the convention’s Resolutions Committee, said Southern Baptists continue to stand by their "biblically accurate" belief that homosexuality is morally wrong.

Though the resolution did not force the issue of a mass exodus from public schools, it had its detractors.

Jaime McDaniel, a spokesman for Soul Force, passed out pamphlets about his group’s biblical interpretation of homosexuality in front of the Gaylord Entertainment Center where the Baptists met.

McDaniel said members of Soul Force — an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals — think the convention is going back to its roots of bigotry.

Many Southern Baptists, including Tom and Kimberly Woodson of Tulsa, agree with the denomination’s stance.

"School is not a place to teach things like that," Tom Woodson said of sexual orientation issues.

"It’s a place for teaching basic learning skills and reading, writing and arithmetic, not a place to indoctrinate children with social agendas."

Woodson, pastor of Tulsa’s Sheridan Road Baptist Church, said he and his wife homeschool their three children.

The resolution reflected the concern Southern Baptists have expressed for several years about public schools. The issue was brought up at last year’s meeting with a proposal — ultimately rejected — urging Southern Baptist parents to pull their children from public schools.

Moore said one issue the resolution committee discussed was that many people cannot afford to remove their children from public schools.

www.newsok.com/article/1533757/?template=life/main

St.Louis – 2002 Southern Baptist Convention

St. Louis"Soulforce Institute for Nonviolent Change" (June 7-9)
and "24 Hours of Justice" (June 10-11)

Join with supporters of Soulforce from across the United States and Canada for this exciting opportunity! (You may participate in one of both of these events.)

Testimonies from St. Louis

St. Louis Photo Album 1: June 10

St. Louis Photo Album 2: June 11

St. Louis Photo Album 3: June 11

St. Louis Photo Album 4: June 11

St. Louis Photo Album 5: June 11

St. Louis Photo Album 6: June 11

St. Louis Hotel Information

Soulforce Alert #1
Soulforce Alert #2
Soulforce Alert #3
Soulforce Alert #4
Soulforce Alert #5
Soulforce Alert #6

6/11/2002
Press Release:
Soulforce Infiltrates Southern Baptist Convention

6/3/2002
Press Release:
Soulforce Prepares to Confront Anti-Gay Rhetoric at SBC’S Annual Meeting in St. Louis June 11

5/28/2002
Press Release:
Influential Southern Baptist Believes Gays Should be Killed

5/24/2002
Memo to St. Louis Police

5/23/2002
May Letter to James Merritt

4/4/2002
Soulforce Young Adult Web Page

2/12/2002
Soulforce Leaders Go to St. Louis to Recruit Participants for June 2002 Direct Action

2/7/2002
Soulforce Institute for Nonviolent Change and 24 Hours of Justice – Schedule of Events

2/3/2002
Arun Gandhi to Lead Training in Principles of Nonviolence

1/21/2002
Help Soulforce Recruit for St. Louis

1/4/2002
SBC Executive Committee Correspondence

11/5/2001
Soulforce to Protest Anti-Gay Policies of Southern Baptist Convention for Third Year in a Row

10/23/2001
Join Soulforce on a Journey to Justice to St. Louis

RESOURCES:

LINKS:

Yahoo! Groups
Yahoo Bulletin Board: Out & Closeted Southern Baptists
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocsb

Dialogue and Negotiations Efforts:
Letters to Dr. James Merritt, President, Southern Baptist Annual Meeting:
From Mel White
6/26/2001
From Karen Weldin
6/25/2001
7/28/2001
8/28/2001
10/5/2001

Response from Dr. James Merritt:
To Mel White 8/30/2001
To Karen Weldin 8/30/2001

Case Against Southern Baptist Teaching

Sign the Pledge to Nonviolence

Orlando – 2000 Southern Baptist Convention

Soulforce volunteers in OrlandoSOULFORCE DIRECT ACTION
Orlando, Florida
June 13-14, 2000

6/18/2000
Soulforce Direct Action, Orlando Photos: (1 of 4)
Soulforce Direct Action, Orlando Photos: (2 of 4)
Soulforce Direct Action, Orlando Photos: (3 of 4)
Soulforce Direct Action, Orlando Photos: (4 of 4)

6/9/2000
An Urgent Soulforce Alert: Take a stand for justice on Wednesday, June 14.

6/8/2000
Location for Tuesday night Training, June 13, at 6:30 p.m.
Joy Metropolitan Community Center
2351 South Ferncreek Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32806
Telephone: 407-894-1081
joymcc.com

6/5/2000
Our Soulforce Commitment to the Southern Baptist Convention
There are rumors circulating about our Soulforce presence at the Southern Baptist Convention, June 14, in Orlando. We promise you this: We will not disrupt, anger, or embarrass the SBC or your delegates in any way. Whatever you have heard, we will not block, impede or attempt to enter. We are coming to bring you truth (as we understand it) lovingly and relentlessly.
Read more.

5/23/2000
Join us at the Southern Baptist Convention, Orlando, Florida