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Valencia’s PJI, Community Groups to Show Film on Faith, Homosexuality

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Orlando, FL – In the wake of the Pulse tragedy, Valencia College’s Peace and Justice Institute, in partnership with WMFE’s “Friends Talking Faith,” the League of Women Voters of Orange County and the Global Peace Film Festival, will hold a free community screening of the award-winning documentary, “For the Bible Tells Me So.”

bible tells me so posterDan Karslake’s film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, takes a comprehensive look at the issue of homosexuality and religion. Karslake’s starting point for his examination of this issue is: Can it ever be a sin to love? Does the Bible offer an excuse to hate?

The documentary includes lengthy interview segments with five Christian families, each with a gay or lesbian child. Parents talk about their marriages and church-going, their children’s childhood and coming out, their reactions, and changes over time.

The film will be shown at the Performing Arts Center at the East Campus on Sept. 9 at 6 pm. Admission is free.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion that will include leaders from the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the hosts of radio’s “Friends Talking Faith.” The panel discussion also includes audience participation. Please join us to add your voice to this important community conversation.

This event is a partnership between the League of Women Voters of Orange County, the Global Peace Film Festival, OYA, QLatinx, Equality Florida, Friends Talking Faith, GLSEN, Zebra Coalition, Valencia East and West Gay Straight Alliances, and the Peace and Justice Institute.

What: Screening of “For the Bible Tells Me So,” followed by a panel & audience discussion

When: 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9

Where: Performing Arts Center, Valencia College, East Campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando

 

About Valencia College’s Peace and Justice Institute: The Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College promotes peace and justice for all. Their aim is to nurture an inclusive, caring and respectful environment on campus and within the community. In addition to teaching a peace and justice studies curriculum, the institute works with nursing and criminal justice students to integrate peace studies into their curriculum. The institute also holds peace and justice events throughout the year, conducts community service and provides students with internships and service-learning opportunities.

About Friends Talking Faith: Airing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays on 90.7 WMFE, the one-hour radio show features three clergy from different faith traditions — Imam Muhammad Musri, Rabbi Steven Engel and the Rev. Bryan Fulwider — sitting down as friends to talk together about important things from the perspectives of the different religions they represent. Today’s 24-hour news cycle most often highlights the ways in which people of differing faiths act in violence, disrespect and apparent malevolence toward one another. Friends Talking Faith is a counterbalance to this warped view, demonstrating that the vast majority of people — religious or non-religious — are peaceful, kind and compassionate. Visit wmfe.org/programs for more information.

About the Global Peace Film FestivalThe Global Peace Film Festival, established in 2003, uses the power of the moving image to further the cause of peace on earth. From the outset, the GPFF envisioned “peace” not as the absence of conflict but as a framework for channeling, processing and resolving conflict through respectful and non-violent means. People of good faith have real differences that deserve to be discussed, debated and contested. GPFF works to connect expression – artistic, political, social and personal – to positive, respectful vehicles for action and change. The festival program is carefully curated to create a place for open dialogue, using the films as catalysts for change. Visit www.peacefilmfest.org for more information.

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