Note -- this screening is technically full, but if you'd like to come, please do sign up for the wait list and come anyway. We always have last-minute no-shows due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, and we have almost always been able to accomodat everyone who showed up! Thanks for your interest! We may plan an additional screening, so please do sign up on the wait list.
You are invited to a special 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 has been screening for over a year in Adventist churches, film festivals and other community gatherings where people are looking for a way to engage in this important conversation in a gentle way through the lens of real people and real stories. As we like to say in our introduction, this is a listening space. It's not about a theological debate, but it is about listening to the stories of those often talked at or about in most churches but seldom with. This is just a chance to listen. And we are thrilled to bring the film to the Collegedale/Chattanooga area for the third time, particularly in light of recent news around this topic that has had Collegedale in the news. Daneen's grandparents live in Collegedale, the parents of one of the main film subjects lives in Collegedale, and we have had a lot of conversations and visits there in the past four years as we've been making/screening the film, so we feel a very special connection there.
Although this is a topic that is often highly charged, this film's approach to simply share stories is being affirmed by a range of thought leaders (in the Adventist church and beyond). Here are a few endorsements:
- "If you are processing how a 'follower of Jesus' should respond to someone whom society has labelled as LGBT, you owe it to yourself to add this documentary to the list of resources you are considering. I was unexpectedly blown away...I cannot recommend this film highly enough." - Herb Montgomery, director of Renewed Heart Ministries, speaker at numerous Adventist campmeetings and revivals, and author of "Finding the Father"
- "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
- "This is a beautiful and compelling film...Although it's set in the context of Seventh-day Adventism, anyone who has felt that their faith and sexuality are in conflict will instantly get this film." - Sharon Groves, director, religion and faith program, Human Rights Campaign
- "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
We're very much looking forward to this special screening at the Collegedale City Hall courtroom (the Municipal Building). It's being offered as a free screening as a gift to the community to help continue respectful dialogue (donations will be accepted).
Please do invite your friends, family, and church members. The screening will be followed by a discussion, and we really welcome your thoughts and participation.
You can learn more about the film here: http://www.sgamovie.com/trailer
Stephen Eyer & Daneen Akers (co-producers/directors)