You are invited to a screening of the new documentary film, Seventh-Gay Adventists: A film about faith on the margins. This film follows the stories of three gay and lesbian Adventists as they wrestle with being both deeply Adventist and gay. The film is set in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but the film's themes of belonging, identity, and wrestling to know who you are and how you relate to your faith has been resonating with viewers around the country who can't tell their Adventists from their Mormons.
We are holding this screening on Saturday night, April 6th at the Century Theater in Clackamas, especially for the benefit of those attending the Seventh-day Adventist-affiliated conference in the area "Gays in the Family" (http://www.gaysinthefamily.com). (The theater is just 5 miles from Gladstone.) While we are thrilled that the Adventist church is taking steps to acknowledge that they have LGBT members, we are concerned that the line-up for this conference is going to exclude those who are most marginalized in our churches already. It's the equivalent of having a conference on women's ordination and only allowing men or the few women who believe with male headship and the status quo to speak. It's a missed opportunity to allow everyone who should have a voice in this conversation a place at the table. And so we want to provide the opportunity for anyone at that conference to come, free of charge, to come to see the stories of those whose voices aren't being invited to participate. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the directors and two people featured in the film, so it promised to be a realy special screening.
Although this is a topic that is often highly charged in the church (any church), this film's approach to simply share stories is being affirmed by thought leaders in the Adventist church and the film community. Here are a few endorsements:
- "This film is--hands down--the best bridge-building film in the genre that I've ever seen." - Andrew Marin, author of Love is an Orientation
- "Whatever one's position regarding homosexuals and the church may be, this film is worth seeing because it candidly probes issues with real human faces and stories." - Dr. Roy Gane, professor, Andrews Seminary
- "The film is superb--a poignant and profound experience beyond any I've seen on the subject." - Chris Blake, author and professor, Union College
- "The movie, which simply tells stories rather than taking an advocacy stance, is powerful. It can, I believe, do much to make Adventists more compassionate in this controversial area of lifestyle." - Dr. William Johnsson, retired editor The Adventist Review
- "Although it's set in the context of Adventism, anyone who has felt their faith and sexuality to be in conflict will instantly get this film." Dr. Sharon Groves, faith and religion program director, Human Rights Campaign
We're very much looking forward to sharing the film in Portland again, and we look forward to conversing with you all. The screening will be at 8 PM at the Century Theatre at the Clackamas Town Center Mall (it's the northeast side of the mall), just 5 miles from Gladstone. Doors will open at 7:45 PM. It's right next to a food court, so you can get a bite beforehand. Here's the address: 12000 SE 82nd Ave.Suite # 3000, Portland, OR 97086
Note: This is a free screening, but a donation to help with expenses would be greatly appreciated!
You can learn more about the film here: http://www.sgamovie.com/trailer/
Stephen & Daneen (co-producers/directors)