Soulforce Sunday at Saddleback Church

Something very special will be happening here in OC on Sunday, January 18. Soulforce, the group of progressive people of faith that travel across the nation & around the world to engage in dialogue with other faith communities on LGBT civil rights, will be coming to Saddleback Church two days before Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren is to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration. And yes, you’re all invited to join this action!

Soulforce will be coming to Orange County on January 18, 2 days before Rick Warren speaks at Barack Obama’s inauguration, to bring the truth about Prop H8 & marriage equality to Warren’s Saddleback Church. This will be our chance to bring our message of equality directly to Warren’s congregation as we wear buttons & t-shirts that read, “gay marriage? fine by me.” This will help us start conversation in a nonviolent way. We’ll be attending the 11:15 AM service on this Sunday.

But before we attend the service, it’ll be necessary to first stop at the Irvine UCC at 8:30 AM to be trained in nonviolent communication strategies and pick up our buttons & shirts. From there, we’ll all go to church at Saddleback.

If you’d like to be a part of this historic action, then please RSVP here & follow the directions listed. I hope to see you there!

  5 comments for “Soulforce Sunday at Saddleback Church

  1. Steve Perez
    January 7, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    What a great lot of help Soulforce is going to be AFTER prop 8. Funny how they let Soulforce come to their realm AFTER Prop 8 (which is when it would have been convenient for us to have been there) but BEFORE Rick Warren gives his invocation. Haha how convenient for them, and how foolish for those who do attend this, they are taking the wind out of your gay-loving sails and all under the guise of unity!

    LOL and to add insult to injury, “it’ll be necessary to first stop at the Irvine UCC to be trained in non-violent communication”?!? Is that because they think gay rights supporters are to stupid to communicate without resulting to physical violence? How idiotic is that?

    Wow even the buttons are ridiculous, “Gay Marriage; Fine by me” could they have taken a more standoff-ish stance or what? Why don’t they bar flamboyancy while their at it?

  2. January 7, 2009 at 4:06 pm


    Hold on. I don’t think Soulforce is trying to be milquetoast. They just don’t want to start a war on Saddleback that would only blow up in our faces.

    They’re just trying to engage in real dialogue with the people of Saddleback. And what better time to do it than 2 days before Rick Warren speaks at Obama’s Inauguration?

  3. Steve Perez
    January 7, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Yes Andrew, go have a discussion with them about how many rights they want to leave gay people with. How interesting that this “conversation” is taking place post Prop 8. You can choose to be deluded by this obvious facade, but it’s clear to me that it’s just an effort to provide political cover for Warren’s invocation. I also notice that you didn’t refute any of my points. Is that because you too are realizing the political football they’re playing?

  4. January 8, 2009 at 8:51 am


    I’m not sure if you understand what Soulforce was trying to do. This was meant to educate people, not provide “political cover” for Rick Warren. I doubt an event with LGBT people standing in the church, provoking communication with the parishioners, could have been used by Warren for “political cover”.

    Anyway, this discussion is moot now. This event has been cancelled.

    However, we’ll still be going to church at 10:00 AM. We’ll just be outside the front entrance now, holding signs & being 100% flambuoyant. Happy now? 😉

  5. Chris
    January 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Can I just add that Rick Warren looks like a fat nelly queen who probably wears muumuus around the house on his days off.

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