One of Soulforce‘s priorities is nonviolence. The group works to achieve true justice and equality for GLBT people in the world’s churches. Mel White, the organization’s co-founder (with Mel’s partner, the incredible and incomparable Gary Nixon), often paraphrases Gandhi, noting that the goal is to transform society and to transform ourselves as well. If we want the world to be nonviolent, we must be nonviolent and understand the reasons why nonviolence is so important. This requires study.
Being peace means more than refusing to physically assault others:
NONVIOLENCE IS AS NONVIOLENCE DOES, THINKS, & SPEAKS. IT REQUIRES THE RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF TRUTH.
Soulforce provides some terrific reading matter on the subjects of peace and nonviolence in its “Journey to Soulforce,” a series of valuable lessons — steps along the journey, one might say — that help Soulforcees to transform themselves into instruments of peace the Gandhi way.
Take the time, please, to read the materials (these and other resources that appear on the site) — they will change your life if you let them. And do check the vows each Soulforce member takes — they are serious, and they are for life.
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