Stand Up to NOM

No More Hate Yes on Marriage Equality

Recently, Soulforce executive director Rev. Dr. Cindi Love urged people everywhere to stand up to the hate and lies of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and meet them with nonviolence at NOM’s stops around the country.

While Soulforce is unable to organize an "official" action, our strength lies in our committed grassroots networks of concerned people around the country. We are calling on you to stand up to NOM. View the list of stops for NOM’s "Summer of Marriage" tour, review Soulforce’s core values & pledge to nonviolence, put together a group or meet others on location, and take justice to the streets.

We’ve put together a one-sheet poster you can print on standard computer paper or have printed on a tshirt. Download your poster here (also available as a PDF).

Download the flyer here

Soulforce action covered by The Presbyterian Outlook

Soulforce’s actions at the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s recent General Assembly were covered The Presybterian Outlook.

Arrest at the PC(USA) general assemblyAbout 20 protesters from a group called Soulforce disrupted the plenary of the 219th General Assembly tonight (July 9), and some were arrested by the Minneapolis Police Department.

A group of protesters entered the plenary hall shortly before 5 p.m., and silently moved as a group to the front of the plenary hall, carrying signs protesting the policies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) regarding ordination standards; Christian marriage and same-gender unions; and pension benefits.

Cynthia Bolbach, moderator of the assembly, immediately called a recess. She said during a news conference later that she didn’t know whether any of the protesters were Presbyterian, but said "I think they’re angry because this discussion (on ordination standards) has been going on in the church for quite a long time." Bolbach said one protestor told her she was a former Presbyterian who had left the church; some were gays or lesbians, or have children who are gay and lesbian.

Photo by Erin Dunigan

Read the full article at The Presbyterian Outlook

11 arrested at Presbyterian convention

Participants in an action at the PC(USA) General Assembly hold signs before being arrestedToday, participants at the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly entered the convention center holding signs that read "Prayer: Ordination, Marriage,Pension" to remind attendees that justice delayed is justice denied in the wake of a vote to avoid any discussion, debate, or vote regarding marriage equality within the church. Eleven were arrested.

KARE 11 covered the event and you can read more on their website.
KSTP has video coverage on their website

Photo: KARE 11

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.