The American Family Outing

The American Family Outing

Soulforce, the National Black Justice Coalition, COLAGE and the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches are proud to present …

The American Family Outing

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People & Their Families Create Dialogue with Six of America’s Most Influential Evangelical Leaders & Their Mega-Churches

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Between Mother’s Day Weekend and Father’s Day Weekend, 2008, diverse families from around the country will create meaningful conversations about faith, family, and LGBT people. We seek first to understand, and then to be understood, as we engage the families at six of America’s leading mega-churches. We visit these churches because we recognize the enormous influence each has within Christianity and the larger culture, through ministries, radio and television programs, and books that reach millions. We believe these churches have the potential to be a positive force in ending the physical and spiritual violence perpetuated by some religious voices against LGBT people and their families. Some of these churches have exercised inspirational leadership on social issues such as poverty and AIDS, and we believe they can exercise comparable, courageous leadership in ending spiritual and physical violence against LGBT people.

Same-gender couples with or without children, supportive straight couples and families, single-parent families, and single individuals who want to participate with a member of their extended family, are invited to apply for one or more church visits. To apply and learn more about the clergy and families leading each visit, please visit the AFO page for each church below.

Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church

Friday, May 9 – Sunday, May 11, 2008 (Mother’s Day Weekend) Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas

Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Lakewood is North America’s largest and fastest growing church averaging more than 42,000 attendees at weekly services, and a television program reaching over 100 million households in over 100 nations. He was featured as one of Barbara Walters’ "10 Most Fascinating People of 2006" and was named "Most Influential Christian in America" in 2006 by the readers of The Church Report Magazine. His television ministry is the most watched inspirational program in the United States.

Read more on the visit to Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church.

Bishop T.D. Jakes and The Potter's House

Friday, May 16 – Sunday, May 18, 2008 Bishop T.D. Jakes and The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas

Bishop T.D. Jakes, founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, a multiracial, nondenominational church with over 30,000 members, nearly 400 staff members, and more than 50 outreach ministries to millions around the globe. A best-selling author, Jakes has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine and was named "America’s Best Preacher" by the magazine.

Read more on the visit to Bishop T.D. Jakes and The Potter’s House.

Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. and Hope Christian Church

Friday, May 23 – Sunday, May 25, 2008 (Memorial Day Weekend) Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. and Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland (near Washington, D.C.)

Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr., the African-American pastor of Hope Christian Church with 3,500 members in Beltsville, MD, just outside Washington, D.C. Jackson was named one of the top 50 most influential Christians in 2005 by the Christian Post. His radio commentary can be heard daily on 400+ stations nationally. Jackson is a fervent opponent of gay rights and founded the High Impact Leadership Coalition to promote his "Black Contract With America on Moral Values," a six-point platform which includes the prohibition of same-sex marriage.

Read more on the visit to Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. and Hope Christian Church.

Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

Friday, May 30 – Sunday, June 1, 2008 Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia (near Atlanta)

Bishop Eddie L. Long, the African-American pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church with over 25,000 members and 40 ministries, frequently teaches that "homosexuality is a manifestation of the fallen man" and that God can "deliver" homosexuals. Bishop Long was honored by the Center for Disease Control and the National HIV/AIDS Partnership (NHAP) for his outstanding work in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS. He was chosen by the family of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2006 to host and officiate the funeral of Mrs. Coretta Scott King, which was attended by four Presidents.

Read more on the visit to Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church

Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8, 2008 Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois (near Chicago)

Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois with 30,000 members. The church has been listed as the most influential church in America the last several years in a national poll of pastors. Hybels started the Global Leadership Summit in 1995 as an annual training event broadcast live from the Willow Creek campus in suburban Chicago to 100+ video sites across America, plus later via delay for another 70 international sites. 80,000 attendees were part of the 2006 Leadership Summit.

Read more on the visit to Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church.

Rick Warren and Saddleback Church

Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15, 2008 (Father’s Day Weekend) Dr. Rick Warren and Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California

Dr. Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life and founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, one of America’s largest and best-known churches with a membership of over 16,000. Warren was named one of "America’s Top 25 Leaders" by U.S. News and World Report in 2005. He was elected by TIME Magazine as one of "15 World Leaders Who Mattered Most" in 2004 and one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2005.

Read more on the visit to Rick Warren and Saddleback Church.

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The American Family Outing: Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church

Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church

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Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois

Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8, 2008

Clergy Leader for Our Families:

Jay Bakker Jay Bakker
Pastor of Revolution NYC

Lead Families:

Learn more about the following families leading the visit to Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church. Find out how your family can join them!

Wallner Family Wallner Family
Mary Lou and Bob
Berry-Sapp Family Berry-Sapp Family
Dotti and Roby
Lutes-Stein Family Lutes-Stein Family
Jeff, Gary, and children Niko (11), Trei (5), and Jole’ (4)
Eggleston-Brindle Family Eggleston-Brindle Family
Mark and Darrin
Ritterbeck-DeCanio Family Ritterbeck-DeCanio Family
Johna and Elaine
Gray-Reed Family Gray-Reed Family
Di and Robin
Bill Carpenter Bill Carpenter
Director of National Actions
Soulforce

 

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Join us on the American Family Outing

The American Family Outing

Join us on the American Family Outing

Consider joining us on the American Family Outing as we work to create meaningful conversations about faith, family, and LGBT people with six of America’s largest churches. Fill out an application form today!

  1. Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church
    Houston, Texas
    May 9 – May 11, 2008
  2. Bishop T.D. Jakes and The Potter’s House
    Dallas, Texas
    May 16 – May 18, 2008
  3. Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. and Hope Christian Church
    Beltsville, Maryland
    May 23 – May 25, 2008
  4. Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church
    Lithonia, Georgia
    May 30 – June 1, 2008
  5. Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church
    South Barrington, Illinois
    June 6 – June 8, 2008
  6. Dr. Rick Warren and Saddleback Church
    Lake Forest, California
    June 13 – June 15, 2008

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The American Family Outing: Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

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Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia

Friday, May 30 – Sunday, June 1, 2008

Clergy Leader for Our Families:

Troy Sanders Rev. Troy Sanders
The Fellowship

Lead Families:

Learn more about the following families leading the visit to Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Church. Find out how your family can join them!

Freeman-Chambers Family Freeman-Chambers Family
Michelle and Georgia
Parelli-Ortiz Family Parelli-Ortiz Family
Steve and Jose
Rasmus-Ford Family Rasmus-Ford Family
Amy, Kim, and daughters Madison (5) and McKenzie (2)
Bill Carpenter Bill Carpenter
Director of National Actions
Soulforce
Sylvia Rhue Dr. Sylvia Rhue
Director of Religious Affairs
National Black Justice Coalition

 

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Frequently Asked Questions about the American Family Outing

The American Family Outing

Frequently Asked Questions about the American Family Outing

1. What is the American Family Outing?

The AFO is a campaign between Mother’s Day Weekend and Father’s Day Weekend in which LGBT families and supportive straight families will seek peaceful and heart-to- heart dialogue with six of today’s most influential evangelical leaders and their mega- churches about faith, family, and LGBT people. We seek first to understand, and then to be understood, as we engage families and staff within these congregations.

2. Who are the sponsors of the American Family Outing?

The AFO is a collaborative project between Soulforce, The National Black Justice Coalition, COLAGE, and the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches.

3. Why is it important for LGBT people and our families to dialogue with these mega-churches?

The six pastors we plan to visit during the AFO have been ranked by Christian organizations as among the 50 most influential Christian leaders in America. In addition to pastoring large churches whose memberships often exceed tens of thousands, each has an enormous influence on American culture through best-selling books, radio and television programs that reach millions of homes, and frequent speaking engagements in packed churches and large coliseums in cities across the country. While some are actively involved in American politics, all have significant influence on public opinion and therefore, the rights of LGBT people and their loved ones. In some of these churches, LGBT people are welcomed – but they are not affirmed – often meeting resistance from church leaders when they offer their spiritual gifts and seek to take a more active role within the life of the church. Soulforce and our partnering organizations care deeply about the emotional, mental, and spiritual welfare of those in the LGBT community who choose to attend these churches. We want them to know that God loves and affirms them exactly as they are and that each of us can live lives of service filled with dignity and grace, regardless of our sexual orientation or gender identity. Our vision is that one day; every church sanctuary in America will truly be a sanctuary for ALL people.

4. Does Soulforce consider these churches and leaders to be our enemy?

Absolutely not. These churches are filled with good and loving people who want, as we do, to make the world a better place. The leaders of these churches are victims of misinformation, as we all have been, about sexual orientation and gender identity. Our ultimate goal is reconciliation – not victory. We believe these churches have the potential to be a positive force in ending the physical and spiritual violence perpetuated by some religious voices against LGBT people and their families. Some of these churches have exercised inspirational leadership on social issues such as poverty and AIDS, and we believe they can exercise comparable, courageous leadership in ending spiritual and physical violence against LGBT people. We believe that each of these churches will grow and prosper by welcoming us; recent research shows that a majority of young Christians are alienated by some churches’ hostility to gay and lesbian people. More and more people of faith now understand that there are all kinds of families in America, and what really matters is our love and commitment to one another.

5. What are the requirements if my family wants to participate?

a) If you welcome and affirm all people regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity, then you may participate with your family. Couples with or without children, single-parent families, supportive straight families, and single individuals who wish to participate with a member of their extended family (a parent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, etc) may participate. All families must pre-register online.

b) Your family must attend a brief training in nonviolence prior to the church visit for which you register. The nonviolence training will be scheduled in the same city/area as the church we are visiting and will occur on the same weekend as our scheduled visit. The exact date, time, and location of the training will be emailed to each family once their online registration has been approved.

c) At the local training in nonviolence, each member of your family must sign the Soulforce Pledge to Nonviolence. Your signed copy of the pledge will be placed inside your name-badge holder during the meetings with the church. The Soulforce Pledge of Nonviolence was originally written by Martin Luther King, Jr., and was modified by Soulforce in 2003. "Soul force" comes from Gandhi’s term "Satyagraha" and the nonviolent principles for change taught by both Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Pledge to Nonviolence reads:

"As I prepare for this direct action, I will meditate regularly on the life and teachings of Gandhi and King and other truth-seekers. I will remember that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation-not victory. I will walk and talk in the manner of love and nonviolence. I will contemplate daily what I can do so that all can be free. I will sacrifice my own personal wishes that all might be free. I will observe with friend and foes the ordinary rules of courtesy. I will perform regular service for others and for the world. I will refrain from violence of fist, tongue, and heart. I will strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health. I will follow the directions of Soulforce leaders during this direct action."

6. What are the plans for caring for our children?

We believe that these churches will agree to loving and respectful conversations at all times, despite our differences. All of these churches care deeply about families and children, and we believe they want to engage in dialogue in a manner that honors the human dignity of all children, regardless of the sexual orientation or gender-identity of their parents. We seek to share a meal with representative families, clergy, and leaders at each of these churches. If we have a more in-depth conversation after the meal, we will negotiate to have our children placed in the church’s childcare facility, with supervision by both church members and some parents from our delegation. This plan should address the needs of our children, and the children from the church, especially younger ones who may not have the attention span for such an adult conversation. Our transportation will be waiting outside the church at all times with childcare volunteers in place, should parents decide to leave the conversation for any reason. Again, while the dialogue may be intense as we discuss our differences and seek common ground, we expect that each of these churches will engage us as we seek to engage them – with love and respect.

Additionally, for youth who are older than 11, COLAGE is providing training and support for those who wish to take part in the conversations with the churches. We recognize that the voices of young people are powerful and that they can authentically share their experiences as children of LGBT parents. COLAGE will help youth and young adult participants in the American Family Outing have the tools and support they need to participate in the outings.

7. Where will my family sleep during the weekend if we are traveling from outside the city?

Soulforce will negotiate a reasonable room rate at a comfortable hotel nearby. The details of these hotel arrangements will be emailed to approved registrants once finalized.

8. Do I have to be a Christian to participate in the American Family Outing?

No. However, most of our family leaders (whose profiles can be viewed on this site) do identify as strong people of faith. We are seeking families who know how to have respectful conversations about differences, and are able to take religion and the Bible seriously since our dialogue will often be based in Scripture. Each family must be willing to educate themselves and attend the local training in nonviolence.

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The American Family Outing: Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church

Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church

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Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas

Friday, May 9 – Sunday, May 11, 2008 (Mother’s Day Weekend)

Clergy Leaders for Our Families:

Jay Bakker Troy Sanders
Jay Bakker
Pastor of Revolution NYC
Rev. Troy Sanders
The Fellowship

Lead Families:

Learn more about the following families leading the visit to Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church. Find out how your family can join them!

Schilt-Koonce Family Shilt-Koonce Family
Paige, Katy, and son Waylon (4)
Nagle-Pickham Family Nagle-Pinkham Family
Della, Ruth, and daughters Stacie (14), Samantha (14), Juliana (10), and Polly Ann (10)
Rasmus-Ford Family Rasmus-Ford Family
Amy, Kim, and daughters Madison (5) and McKenzie (2)
Lutes-Stein Family Lutes-Stein Family
Jeff, Gary, and children Niko (11), Trei (5), and Jole’ (4)
Beggs Family Beggs Family
Kim Beggs and daughter Laura
Collie Family Collie Family
Angel and mother, Mary Helen Phelps
Bill Carpenter Bill Carpenter
Director of National Actions
Soulforce

 

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The American Family Outing: Dr. Rick Warren and Saddleback Church

Rick Warren and Saddleback Church

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Dr. Rick Warren and Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California

Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15, 2008 (Father’s Day Weekend)

Clergy Leaders for Our Families:

Jay Bakker Troy Sanders
Jay Bakker
Pastor of Revolution NYC
Rev. Troy Sanders
The Fellowship

Lead Families:

Learn more about the following families leading the visit to Dr. Rick Warren and Saddleback Church. Find out how your family can join them!

Lutes-Stein Family Lutes-Stein Family
Jeff, Gary, and children Niko (11), Trei (5), and Jole’ (4)
Wright Family Wright Family
Steve, John, and sons Eli (4) and Simon (2)
Bednar-Hayes Family Bednar-Hayes Family
Robert, Danielle, and children Anika (6) and Lukas (3)
Kotchick-Moore Family Kotchick-Moore Family
Kimrey and Jeanie
Bill Carpenter Bill Carpenter
Director of National Actions
Soulforce
Sylvia Rhue Dr. Sylvia Rhue
Director of Religious Affairs
National Black Justice Coalition
Phelan-McIntyre Family Phelan-McIntyre Family
Chuck and Steve

 

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The American Family Outing: Bishop T.D. Jakes and The Potter’s House

Bishop T.D. Jakes and the Potter's House

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Bishop T.D. Jakes and the Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas

Friday, May 16 – Sunday, May 18, 2008

Clergy Leader for Our Families:

Troy Sanders Rev. Troy Sanders
The Fellowship

Lead Families:

Learn more about the following families leading the visit to Bishop T.D. Jakes and The Potter’s House. Find out how your family can join them!

Johnson-Willoughby Family Johnson-Willoughby Family
Le’ Tonia, Carrie, and daughter Zandria (15)
Bill Carpenter Bill Carpenter
Director of National Actions
Soulforce
Sylvia Rhue Dr. Sylvia Rhue
Director of Religious Affairs
National Black Justice Coalition

 

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LGBT Families Ask Six Mega-Churches "Can We Talk?"

Jay Bakker to Join "American Family Outing" to Create Dialogue Among Evangelicals

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SOULFORCE PRESS RELEASE: January 8, 2008
For Immediate Release
Contact: Paige Schilt, Director of Public Relations and Media
Cell: 512-659-1771
paige@soulforce.org
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(Austin, TX) — This winter, as the Rev. Joel Osteen graces the pages of People Magazine, the familiar image of the old-school, anti-gay televangelist is rapidly being replaced by a new iconography: a younger generation of mega-church leaders with upbeat and inviting messages. Unfortunately, while this generation’s tone may seem less harsh, many of their mega-churches still enforce policies of exclusion and teach theologies that label Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people as sick, sinful, and in need of change.

An "American Family Outing" is taking shape in the spring of 2008 so LGBT families can talk with mega-church leaders and congregation members to share the message that justice for LGBT people is compatible with Christian teaching.  Pot lucks, picnics and soulful talk are the order of the day as Soulforce, the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC), the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), and COLAGE invite churches to talk-the-talk so everyone is free to walk-the-walk.  

On behalf of the four partner organizations, Soulforce Executive Director Jeff Lutes has written letters to:

  • Rev. Joel Osteen and the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas
  • Bishop T.D. Jakes and The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas
  • Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. and Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland
  • Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia
  • Rev. Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois
  • Dr. Rick Warren and Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California

"These pastors are part of a new generation of evangelical leaders in America," says Lutes.  "We are calling on them and their congregations to demonstrate a new kind of leadership, one that models compassion and justice for all families, including families with two moms and two dads."

The letters inform each pastor that a delegation of families with two moms and two dads, as well as supportive heterosexual-parent and single-parent families, plans to visit each church. The letters invite their congregations to collaborate in creating opportunities for meaningful conversations. Over the next several weeks, staff from Soulforce, UFMCC, NBJC, and COLAGE will negotiate peaceful forums with members from each of the congregations.

Then, over the weekends between Mother’s Day (May 11, 2008) and Father’s Day (June 15, 2008), dozens of families with children will travel by air and by bus to engage in dialogue about faith, family, and the harm done by religion-based discrimination to LGBT families.

"It is difficult for mega-churches to claim to be progressive in the area of Civil Rights and at the same time deny the equal dignity and value of LGBT persons," said Rev. Dr. Ken Samuel, pastor of the 5,000 plus, LGBT-friendly, Victory Church in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Samuel will join Rev. Jay Bakker, son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, as a clergy leader on the American Family Outing.

"Homophobia and heterosexism directly contradict the principles of equality and justice for all God’s children, and I think that the younger generation of evangelicals are beginning more and more to see this contradiction," Samuel continued.

According to a recent Barna study of evangelical youth, 80% said Christians show excessive contempt and unloving attitudes towards gays and lesbians.


Soulforce is a national civil rights and social justice organization. Our vision is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance. For more information go to www.soulforce.org.

The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC) is an international fellowship of Christian churches with a special ministry to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The National Black Justice Coalition(NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black same-gender-loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. The Coalition works with our communities and our allies for social justice, equality, and an end to racism and homophobia.

COLAGE engages, connects, and empowers people to make the world a better place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and families.

Letter to Bishop T.D. Jakes

The American Family Outing

Letter to Bishop T.D. Jakes

December 3, 2007

Bishop T.D. Jakes
The Potter’s House
6777 West Kiest Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75236

Dear Bishop Jakes and The Potter’s House,

As a new year approaches, thousands of parents across America share an urgent desire for dialogue on the topic of homosexuality and Christianity. Because so many look to you for leadership, you and your congregation are uniquely situated to contribute to a productive conversation on a topic that too often divides our families and our nation. I am writing today to offer a forum and an opportunity: On Saturday May 17th and Sunday, May 18th, 2008, my partner and I, along with our three children, will bring several dozen families from Texas and around the country to visit The Potter’s House. Our group of families will include many gay and lesbian parents and their children, as well as clergy and heterosexual families who have chosen to join us for this important visit. While the families who take part in the Soulforce American Family Outing will represent a diverse array of identities and faith backgrounds, we are all deeply committed to respect for the authority of Biblical teachings, compassion for the human condition, and peaceful interaction aimed at reaching new understanding.

The purpose of the American Family Outing is to lift up the conversation about faith, family and homosexuality to a national level and bring a new tenor of respect to the issue. We do not intend our visit to be confrontational or hardhearted. Rather, we believe that our families, and yours, are especially well-equipped to engage difficult topics through loving, prayerful, informed, and Christ-centered dialogue.

In order to make such a conversation possible, it is our hope that you will collaborate with us in structuring our time at your church. We invite The Potter’s House to match our families with an equal number of families from your congregation. We ask that these families share a meal together on Saturday, May 17th or Sunday, May 18th, followed by a structured format for meaningful conversation. Together, we can make this an educational, spiritual, and interpersonal experience for everyone involved. In addition to this structured conversation and meal together, we are also planning to attend your worship service on Sunday, May 18th. We trust the weekend will be a blessing to us all.

I know we may disagree on this very controversial topic and that it may not be easy to offer hospitality to the parents and children who are participating in the American Family Outing. We at Soulforce are called to be a part of a healing conversation, and that is what we believe can happen at The Potter’s House under your guidance. Please contact me via email or phone at any time, even beyond regular business hours, so that we can collaborate to create honest exchange and respectful fellowship. In doing so, we can stand united in love and strive toward true hope and prosperity for all God’s children.

Between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, 2008, we will also seek peaceful dialogue with Rev. Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas; Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. and Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland; Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia; Rev. Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois; and Dr. Rick Warren and Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.

Soulforce is joined in this effort by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, the National Black Justice Coalition, and COLAGE. Leaders from these organizations have co-signed below to authenticate their enthusiasm for our upcoming meal, conversation, and worship at your church. We extend blessings to your congregation as we head into the Christmas season, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Jeff Lutes, MS, LPC
Executive Director
Soulforce, Inc.
www.soulforce.org

The Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Chair
Moderator’s Global Justice Team
Metropolitan Community Churches
www.mccchurch.org

Dr. Sylvia Rhue
Director of Religious Affairs
National Black Justice Coalition
www.nbjcoalition.org

Meredith Fenton
Program Director
COLAGE
www.colage.org

cc: Lawrence Robinson, Derick Faison, Ronnie Guynes, Rita Twiggs, Kevin Caldwell, Rob Rocha, Timothy Ross, Bonnie Moon, Michael Exum, and Rodney Derrick

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