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 struggle to be true to themselves and their faith.The film is set in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the fastest growing denomination in the United States, 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. This intersection of faith and sexuality is at the core of many conversations political, religious, and family conversations today, and this film offers viewers the opportunity to experience the spiritual journey of a gay person of faith.
This screening will be at the AMC in La Jolla. There will be time for reflections and discussion following the film with the filmmakers. This screening is free of charge (an offering will be accepted to help with expenses).
Although this is a topic that is often highly charged in any church, this film's approach to simply share stories is being affirmed by thought leaders. Here are a few endorsements:
“This film is a ministering film! Having watched it four times now, at four locations, I am deeply impressed each time by how, rather than creating contention, it creates an atmosphere of concern and a spirit of community in a way very like what we try to foster at our church, actually.” - Jared Wright, pastor for media ministry, Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church
- "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
- "This is a beautifu and compelling film that speaks for many withing the Seventh-day Adventist and larger Christian community. It has the potential to do much good, particularly among religious conservatives because of the way it engages with those of devout faith. Althouth 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.
- "It's a very powerful film. Gentle in its way. Only tree stumps could get through the film without tears or sobs; yet it ends with joy." - Dr. Charles Scriven, president of Kettering College of Medical Arts and chair of the board for Adventist Forum
We're very much looking forward to sharing the film in San Diego!
You can learn more about the film here: http://www.sgamovie.com/trailer/
Stephen & Daneen (co-producers/directors)