New Video Confronts Ignorance and Homophobia in the Church
- CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE
Press Release: June 1, 2001
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Davis, Producer
(610) 989-0198 johnfsvideo@...
MINDS AND HEART CAN AND DO CHANGE:
New Video Confronts Ignorance and Homophobia in the Church and Offers
Hope to Those Who Face Condemnation and Judgement
WORLD PREMIER!!! "Family Stories: Journeys of Spirit in Mixed
Philadephia - Two women, trapped by their own judgemental and
homophobic religious beliefs, share their stories of love and hope in
the soon to be released video, "Family Stories: Journeys of Spirit in
Mixed Orientation Families." The video documents the transition of
Roberta Kreider and Mary Lou Wallner from devasation to empowerment
when confronted with the myriad of issues that resulted from the
deaths of their gay and lesbian family members.
Roberta Kreider, whose brother first told her he was gay two weeks
before he died of AIDS, tells of her 10 year process of research,
education, soul searching and prayer to overcome her own fear,
ignorance and homophobia. Mary Lou Wallner tells about the
complicated spiritual task of trying to comprehend the suicide of her
daughter, Anna, in February of 1997 and the implication of her
refusal to accept Anna's homosexuality.
Both women are from religious backgrounds that condemn homosexuality
as a sin, and both tried unsuccessfully to reconcile their loved
homosexuality with the judgemental religion of their childhood. They
are now both active in a faith which promotes acceptance and
understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals,
and offer hope to a community that has been condemned by religious
organizations, religious leaders, and family members.
"When I first head the stories of these two women, I knew they needed
to be recorded and given a larger audience," said John Davis,
producer of Family Stories. "A young man told me when he heard these
two women tell their stories, it had given him hope for his own
unaccepting family, a hope that had been sorely lacking as he had
contemplated his own suicide in the past."
Introduced by Rev. Peter Gomes, Professor of Christian Morals at
Harvard Divinity School, the video will be a resource to be used by
churches, community organizations, universities, seminaries, gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations, and individuals of
all backgrounds and denominations.
A premier screening will be held at The Center for Sexuality and
Religion, 987 Old Eagle School Road - Suite 719, Wayne, PA on June 17
at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments to follow. RSVP to Helen
Heineman at hheinem@... .
The video can be purchased for $29.95 - along with a study guide, by
sending a check for $29.95 to John Davis, PO Box 164, Wayne PA 19807,
or by calling (610) 989-0198. The video is available free or at a
reduced price for journalists or those interested in distribution.
Profits will be used to fund new ventures that promote equality for
God's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender childen. Funding and
support were provided for this video by Central Baptist Church (CBC)
in Wayne, PA, the CBC Concerned mission group, and many individuals
within the congregation. For more information, see:
This press release written and circulated for "Family Stories" by the
Interfaith Movement for Progressive Action and Cultural
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