For the Bible Tells Me So

Friend’s Congregational Church
Thursday, January 31, 2008 @ 6:30pm

Directions from campus: Take Texas Ave S, Turn right at FM-2818, Turn left at Southwood Dr, 2200 Southwood Drive.

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A screening of the documentary For The Bible Tells Me So to encourage discussion about the seeming chasm between scripture, the church, and homosexuality and what that has meant for families and their gay children. This event is funded by a grant from Brazos Valley QueSt.

Sponsors include:

  • Aggie Allies
  • Aggie Amnesty International
  • Brazos Valley QueSt
  • Equality Texas
  • Friends Congregational Church
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
  • Texas A&M Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Student Association
  • Texas A&M Office of Multicultural Services
  • United Campus Ministry in Aggieland

At the conclusion of the event we will have 30 minutes available for discussion and a viewing of a 5 minute film by a Texas A&M student entitled “Being a Gay Aggie”. Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate? Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, Dan Karslake’s provocative, entertaining documentary brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and in the process reveals that Church-sanctioned anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a significant (and often malicious) misinterpretation of the Bible.

As the film notes, most Christians live their lives today without feeling obliged to kill anyone who works on the Sabbath or eats shrimp (as a literal reading of scripture dictates). Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families — including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson — we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard’s Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.

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