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Seventh Gay Adventists

There will be a free screening of the film, Seventh-Gay Adventists this Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 7 PM at the Cinemark Redding 14, 980 Old Alturas Road, Redding, CA. It’s a free screening thanks to a local family hoping this film will help spark helpful conversations in our community. The documentary is about three gay and lesbian members of a conservative Christian denomination as they navigate how to follow their faith and their hearts.

Caught in the collision of two worlds, three gay and lesbian Seventh-day Adventists wrestle with how to reconcile their faith, identity, and sexuality.

  1. One young man spent five years in “ex-gay” therapy trying to become straight, but now he’s falling in love with another man and wondering if that can be okay.
  2. Another was an Adventist pastor in Brazil who was fired for being gay. Can he find his calling again?
  3. A lesbian mom from the midwest wants her daughters to grow up with her faith and beliefs, even though she knows her church might not accept their family.

This film is an independent production and is not officially sanctioned, endorsed, or sponsored by the General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists or its affiliates. Although the film is set in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist church, the themes and questions have resonated widely. The Human Rights Campaign has endorsed the film, calling it “beautiful,” “compelling” and “a film anyone who has ever felt that their faith is in conflict with their sexuality will instantly get.”

The film was created with the intent of promoting conversations about religion and sexuality with an opportunity to hear rarely heard voices in the larger conversation about gay rights, particularly in faith communities where the debate is often quite shallowly as God vs Gays. Daneen Akers, one of the co-producers/directors will be at this screening for a Q & A. 

Register online at Eventbrite to attend. For more information contact Carrie Jo Diamond, Director of the NorCal OUTreach Projectcarriejo.diamond@icloud.com or 530-262-8161.

While a number of congregations in Redding, CA (i.e. First United Methodist, Unity, Center for Spiritual Living and First Christian Church) promote that they are “open to all,” to my knowledge, only Pilgrim Church UCC is clear about being “open and affirming” with regard to sexual identity or orientation.