Soulforce, the group that has targeted schools with policies that hurt LGBT students, sent us a flier about a new effort called The American Family Outing, with gay and gay-friendly families visiting six mega-churches around the nation. The closest to Charleston is New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., on May 30 and June 1.
From the postcard:
We visit these churches because we recognize the enormous influences 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.
Those looking to participate or donate can apply for the visit at www.soulforce.org.