"The purpose of Soulforce is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance."
What is Soulforce? Soulforce began in 1998 and is named after Gandhi's term "satyagraha", which means "truth force" or "life force." Gandhi defined this as a plan of action that developed inner lives while working to transform society. Throughout history, these principles have guided many nonviolent justice movements - including Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for racial equality.
Soulforce is determined to help end oppression against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people; determined to help change the minds and hearts of religious and political leaders whose words and influence lead (directly and indirectly) to that oppression; and determined to be guided in our every action by the principles of relentless nonviolent resistance as lived and taught by M.K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.. Soulforce ultimately seeks to challenge systems of injustice, not people. We are seeking a community wherein all can share health, safety, and liberty. One day we want to be in community with those in which we currently find ourselves divided. In the process of bringing hope and healing to our society, we find redirection and renewal for ourselves.