WEDU's Community Cinema Presents Love Free or Die
Community Cinema, a national documentary screening series presented locally by WEDU and Independent Television Service (ITVS) presents a screening of Love Free or Die at Metro Wellness and Community Centers in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, June 19th at 6:30pm.
About the film: In 2003, Gene Robinson became the first openly gay priest in a committed same-sex relationship to be ordained a bishop in any Christian denomination. But his consecration has brought the Episcopal Church in the United States to the brink of a catastrophic schism, and has resulted in threats of violence against Robinson himself (he wore a bulletproof vest to the elevation ceremony). But with his beloved husband Mark at his side, Robinson continues to calmly make the case that who you love doesn’t determine whether God loves you.
Robinson’s story parallels the conversation underway in many American churches about whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God, and also the debate in legislatures and courthouses across the nation as to whether LGBT people are entitled to equal status under the law.
His ministry takes him from the tiny rural churches of rural New Hampshire all the way to the national stage, when he was chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to deliver the invocation at his 2009 inauguration. Sometimes he is shouted down when he is leading prayers; he has received more death threats than he can count. He also receives calls from young gay Christians who draw strength, hope, and courage from Robinson’s example.
WHAT: FREE community film screening of Love Free or Die, followed by discussion
WHO: Presented by WEDU, ITVS Community Cinema, and Metro Wellness and Community Centers
WHEN: Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30pm at Metro Wellness and Community Centers in St. Petersburg
For more information, visit: www.wedu.org/cinema
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