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February 6, 2013 Grand Haven, Michigan. Local Church teams up with Bar to Screen Movie about Gay Bishop
As the debate about the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people continues to occupy our national political discussion, a local church prepares a community screening of a movie that deals with these questions head on. On Monday, February 11, St. Johns Episcopal Church in Grand Haven will be hosting a screening of Love Free or Die. The screening will be at the Rosebud Bar & Grill in downtown Grand Haven.
Love Free or Die is about a man whose two defining passions are seen by some to be in direct conflict: his love for God and for his partner Mark. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. His consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir, and he has lived with death threats every day since.
The film follows Robinsons personal story as American churches debate whether or not lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God while our nation debates whether LGBT people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of the law.
In Love Free or Die, Robinson steps onto the world stage as he travels from small-town churches to Washingtons Lincoln Memorial to Londons Lambeth Palace calling for all to stand for equality inspiring bishops, priests and ordinary folk to come out from the shadows and change history.
My own experience as a priest has been deeply shaped by my LGBT colleagues in ministry and my LGBT parishioners. They have demonstrated Gods love and faithfulness to those they love and to me, said the Very Rev. Jared Cramer, rector of St. Johns. Bishop Robinsons story is a small example of the struggles of LGBT people around our nationand right here in the Tri-Citieswho are seeking faithfulness to God while having their relationships rejected by their brothers and sisters in churches. I hope this community screening provokes continued conversation about these important questions.
Doors will open at 6:00pm on February 11, giving people ample time to order food or drinks. The movie will begin promptly at 6:30pm and will be followed by a discussion led by Father Cramer. Those coming are encouraged to RSVP online so that St. Johns and the Rosebud can be prepared.
St. Johns Episcopal Church is a diverse Christian community in the heart of downtown Grand Haven. One of the oldest places of worship in Grand Haven, they seek to blend historic liturgy with challenging education and active outreach. They gather together for worship on Sundays at 8:30am and 10:45am and on Wednesdays at Noon.
February 6, 2013