You Make Jesus Smile - Rev. Mel White & Soulforce

Soulforce is a ministry pioneered by the Rev. Mel White. Soulforce uses peaceful methods to protest against spiritual violence, which Soulforce defines as "the misuse of religion to sanction the condemnation and rejection of any of Godís children."

Soulforce believes that some churches and religious institutions have been a major source of incorrect information about sexual minorities. They also believe the incorrect information contributes to prejudice and discrimination against members of sexual minorities.

Soulforce has helped organize peaceful protests at religious institutions and at the major conferences of denominations that condemn gay people. Some of the peaceful protestors have been arrested.

The Rev. Mel White and Soulforce have helped gay people understand they are not powerless. Gay people have God-given spiritual authority and do not have to put up with relentless condemnation and rejection from the pulpits and religious organizations of the land. For helping gay people understand they are not powerless in spiritual matters, we award Rev. Mel White and Soulforce with the You Make Jesus Smile Award.

Visit the Soulforce web site, learn about what Soulforce is doing for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people and consider supporting their ministry.