Resources - Films & Videos
Resources - Films & Videos
My claim is that full affirmation of same-sex marriage and transgender identity is the most biblical approach to the LGBTQ community. My study led me to believe that, though well-intentioned, the institutional church has gotten this question completely wrong. I know that’s a big claim. I know it might sound audacious or even deluded to some people. For others, it is as hopeful as an oasis in the desert. You’re thirsty, it’s dry, and you’re hoping this promise is not an illusion. One thing most of us can agree on is that many Christian churches today are struggling to have open, robust, respectful conversations about homosexuality and the LGBTQ community. Many of us are struggling with the collateral damage caused by much of what institutional Christianity has done, and are struggling to find a way forward in the churches we love. I believe there is a way forward, and I believe things can get better if we have the courage to get curious and start learning.
Justin Lee is the author of "Talking Across the Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree With and Maybe Even Change the World" and "Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate." For 20 years, He's been known for bridging the LGBT–Christian divide, and today, he is focused on using those strategies to bring nuance to a polarized world on all sorts of issues.
Kathy Baldock, author, LGBT advocate, international speaker and educator, and Executive Director of CanyonWalker Connections, based in Reno, Nevada, is a leading expert on LGBT issues in the United States, especially dealing with historical and current discrimination faced from the socially conservative Christian church and political sector.
Visit www.CanyonwalkerConnections.com for insights into the intersection between faith and sexual orientation and gender identity, public policy, and the history of cultural & religious discrimination in the US -- all from a straight Evangelical Christian affirming perspective. Author of "Walking the Bridgeless Canyon" (2014) on Amazon and direct as a signed copy at canyonwalkerpress.com. "Walking the Bridgeless Canyon" is a video series of Q&R useful to parents, family, and friends of LGBT people and as a webinar.
Kinship Awareness Month (October)
Ministering to the LGBTIQ+ Adventist Community
Adventist Families with LGBTIQ+ Loved Ones
Week of Prayer (2020)
SDA Kinship Documentary: The First 10 Years
Faith, identity, and sexuality collide in this raw and moving documentary about the challenges and spiritual journeys of three Seventh-day Adventists who love God and their church and are also gay.
Caught in the collision of two worlds, three gay and lesbian Seventh-day Adventists wrestle with how to reconcile their faith, identity, and sexuality. 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. Another was an Adventist pastor in Brazil who was fired for being gay. Can he find his calling again? And 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.
Growing up Adventist means knowing you belong. And being Adventist is about much more than a set of beliefs--it's a close-knit community not easily left. Discovering you are gay in this community often means loss and exile from all that has been home. This feature-length documentary follows their raw and moving journeys as they wrestle with deep questions and struggle to find a place where they can integrate identity, love, and belief.
Watch Now! at https://www.sgamovie.com/watch
Enough Room At The Table
ENOUGH ROOM AT THE TABLE is a dialogue film set at the intersection of faith, gender, and sexuality. It’s meant to model the sacred space that opens up when we gather to genuinely listen to each other and participate in each other’s lives. Our differences in beliefs, theological paradigms, and practice don’t disappear; but we stop seeing each other as position statements or labels and instead see each other as fellow beloved children of God. We start looking like the sort of people who are known by their love.
This film shows a weekend dialogue as 12 Adventists from around the United States gathered to engage and converse about topics often not discussed (or often discussed without key voices at the table). The group includes pastors, educators, parents, and LGBT+ Adventists, all from differing theological paradigms, experiences, and perspectives.
The participants didn’t know each other before this weekend, but they were committed to open, authentic, and respectful dialogue. The deeply honest, sacred, and inspiring dialogue they model is what we’re making available now. We hope this dialogue inspires viewers to host your own small group conversations in your own homes, churches, and communities as it’s a powerful and transformative process that will create ripples of hope and healing.
“The first duty of love is listening.” - Paul Tillich
This film is produced and directed by Stephen Eyer and Daneen Akers.
Watch at https://www.sgamovie.com/watch-ert
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