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Soulforce Launches Two Prong Campaign To Stop RC Church Leaders' Attacks

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    Soulforce is implementing a two prong campaign this year to try to change the hearts and minds of Catholic Bishops. ... October 20, 2004 Soulforce, Inc.
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 22, 2004
      Soulforce is implementing a two prong campaign this year to try to
      change the hearts and minds of Catholic Bishops.

      October 20, 2004
      Soulforce, Inc. Launches Two Prong Campaign To Stop Roman Catholic
      Church Leaders' Attacks against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and
      Transgender Individuals and Couples

      Vigils at Local Catholic Chanceries to take place across the United
      States in November

      November 9, 2004: Local Catholic Chancery Vigils across the United
      States – Soulforce National Call to Prayer and Vigils

      November 14-17: Soulforce Protest at U.S. Conference of Catholic
      Bishops in Washington, DC – 5th year in a row

      (Lynchburg, VA) - In response to continued attacks against gay,
      lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) individuals and couples,
      Soulforce is implementing a two prong campaign this year to try to
      change the hearts and minds of Catholic Bishops, and beseech them to
      stop the spiritual violence perpetuated by Roman Catholic religious
      policies, teachings and anti-gay rhetoric.

      Local Soulforce groups and other supportive groups in a dozen
      different cities are trying to dialogue with their local bishops
      through letters and other correspondence. Soulforce's commitment to
      the non-violent principles as taught by Gandhi and King dictates that
      each group first try to dialogue with their local Bishop first. If
      these attempts fail and Bishops refuse to dialogue, vigils are being
      planned in front of local chanceries. Local Soulforce groups planning
      vigils on November 9 include, Cleveland, Philadelphia, New York City,
      Albuquerque, Washington, DC/Arlington, Orange County (Los Angeles),
      Atlanta, Detroit, and San Francisco. Additionally, supportive groups
      in Denver and St. Louis are also planning vigils outside their local
      chanceries on November 9th. (Call media contact above for specific
      details on each location)

      Soulforce Twin Cities will attend Mass at St. Paul's Cathedral on
      Sunday, November 7 wearing rainbow sashes. The bishop in Oklahoma has
      agreed to dialogue, so no vigils will be taking place.

      "We are praying for these bishops to follow in the footsteps of Oscar
      Romero, who gave his life to stop the violence against the Salvadoran
      people. Most of these bishops, know the truth of our lives, but they
      are fearful to speak out," said Kara Speltz, Chair of the Soulforce
      Catholic Denominational Team. "They know the gifts we have brought to
      our church, because they've seen them first hand, in their families,
      parishes and chanceries. On this day we call down the power of the
      Holy Spirit to transform their fear and temerity into courage and
      prophecy. As M.L. King, jr. said in his letter from a Birmingham Jail,
      `We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the
      vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling
      silence of the good people.'"

      On November 14, 2004, Soulforce volunteers will gather in Washington,
      D.C. to try to continue to speak to the bishops, and vigil outside of
      the USCCB meetings. If the USCCB persists in ignoring Soulforce's
      requests for dialogue, a civil disobedience will be considered.

      This will mark the fifth year in a row that Soulforce has had a
      presence outside of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB)
      annual meeting. This is the first time Soulforce and Soulforce local
      groups have done vigils at their local Chanceries prior to the USCCB's
      annual meeting.

      Additionally, Soulforce is encouraging supportive people to
      individually communicate with their local bishops concerning the
      devastating effects of their anti-gay rhetoric, their outspoken
      support of the now-defeated Federal Marriage Amendment, and their
      involvement in electoral politics. For more information, see
      http://www.soulforce.org/denomination/rc/usccb2004/ .

      Soulforce, Inc. is a national interfaith movement committed to ending
      spiritual violence perpetuated by religious policies and teachings
      against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
      Soulforce teaches and employs the non-violent principles of Gandhi and
      King to the liberation of sexual and gender minorities.

      Soulforce Press Release
      Contact: Laura Montgomery Rutt
      Cell 717-278-0592
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