Rev. Dr. Cindi Love
The Reverend Dr. Cindi Love is the Executive Director of Soulforce, a national organization devoted to acceptance of LGBTQ people of faith through dialogue and ending anti-LGBTQ discrimination in the religious landscape. Founded some two decades ago by renowned gay Christian activist, Rev. Dr. Mel White, Soulforce has modeled ‘relentless nonviolent resistance’ as taught and practiced by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Soulforce is active on conservative Christian University campuses and other hostile environments.
Cindi is an ordained minister with the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) and served on the church’s Executive Leadership Board of Elders for five years. She also served as the founding Pastor of MCC of Greater Dallas. For many years she was active in the business sector founding companies and was named one of the "Top 50 Entrepreneurs" in North America by Inc. Magazine, MIT, and YEO.
She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, serves on the "Faith and Religion Council" for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., and the Compass to Compassion working with the United Nations to end criminalization of LGBT persons throughout the world. She is the author of Would Jesus Discriminate? The 21st Century Question. This book is part of a global campaign to encourage churches, communities and individuals to consider the ways that religious attitudes against homosexuality may contribute to wider discrimination against gays and lesbians.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Arts from Louisiana Tech University, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas Tech University.
A native of Abilene, Texas, USA, Cindi grew up in an ultra-conservative evangelical home. Cindi is no stranger to the struggle at the intersection of faith and sexuality. , and hasdedicated her life to making the church a more welcoming and safe space for LGBTQ people of faith. She is coming to Hong Kong with her partner of 31 years, Sue – they were legally married in Canada and have two adult children.
For more information about Cindi and the work of Soulforce, please visit: http://www.soulforce.org/about/staff/
辛迪洛芙博士牧師（Cindi Love）是“靈魂力量”（Soulforce）的行政總裁。“靈魂力量”是美國一家致力以和平手法爭取消除所有政治及宗教對同志的歧視的全國性機構。該機構在二十年前由梅蘭妮 • 懷特（Mel White）建立，效法甘地和馬丁路德金的非暴力反抗，在非常保守的基督教校園和其他不友善的環境進行抗議活動。
辛迪是赫芬頓郵報的撰稿人，並在“人權運動”（Human Rights Campaign）的信仰與宗教委員會和與試圖在全球結束同性戀刑事化的“憐憫指南針”服侍。辛迪寫了《耶穌會歧視嗎？21世紀的問題》一書，鼓勵教會，社群和個人思考宗教對同性戀的否定如何促進社會的恐同。
Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng