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 special screening will be held at the Glendale City Adventist Church's chapel at 610 East California Avenue, Glendale, CA, 91206. There will be time for reflections and discussion following the film. This screening is free of charge (a love offering will be collected).
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 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
- "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 Glendale!
You can learn more about the film here: http://www.sgamovie.com/trailer/
Stephen & Daneen (co-producers/directors)