You are invited to a private 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 special screening is being planned especially for the many Adventist educators who will be in Nashville for a national conference and would like to hear the stories of gay and lesbian Adventists, all of whom went to Adventist schools. For Adventists, the film is especially meaningful as the deep culture and belonging that Adventists share is apparent in the film. 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 church and film community. Here are a few endorsements:
- "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
- "It is a movie every Seventh-day Adventist ought to see." Spectrum Review
- "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 a Ft. Lauderdale paper which reviewed the film for its premiere in Miami called the film "powerful" and "inspirational" and applauded the intimate, simple style of the film's pure story approach.
The screening will be held at the Scarritt Bennett Center's Harambee Auditorium at 1008 19th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37212 (615.340.7500).
This screening is being brought to Nashville thanks to oikianashville.org, a local resource site for LGBT Christians. The screening is free, and donations will be accepted to help cover costs.
The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers as well as some special guests, including Dr. George Babcock, an Adventist educator with experience and insights at every educational level and the father of one of the main film subjects.
If you need assistance with transportation from the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center to the screening at the Scarritt-Bennett Center, a shuttle will be leaving at 6:45 p.m. (be there earlier) from the Delta Portico of Opryland (it's right outside the exhibit hall area).
Here is the map of the Scarritt-Bennett Center. As you can see on the map, the closest (and largest) parking lot is Parking Lot A on 18th Avenue South. It's just off a short walk to the auditorium. Please give yourselves a few extra minutes to park and get there--as you all know from being in education, campuses can be a touch confusing to navigate the first time. Here's the map: http://www.scarrittbennett.org/about/images/sbcmap2012.pdf
Looking forward to meeting you in Nashville,
Daneen Akers & Stephen Eyer