For the Bible Tells Me So
How can your community go further in their understanding of the welcoming relationship between the Bible and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people?
For the Bible Tells Me So shares the relationship between homosexuality and the Bible through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families -- including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and through their stories we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child.
Call to Action
Fact: More than four out of 10 Americans say the message coming out of churches about gay people is negative, and about the same number say those messages contribute "a lot" to negative perceptions of gay and lesbian people.
For the Bible Tells Me So can help your religious community:
• Explore Scripture and how texts have been used to welcome and shut out issues of difference.
• Create welcoming language toward people who have been marginalized due to intolerance into the liturgy, prayers and sermons of your church
• Form a committee to address issues of intolerance toward gay, lesbian and transgendered people within the local community.
Bookmark this Organization: Auburn recommends Human Rights Campaign as a best practices website that tracks news on religion within the gay, lesbian and transgendered communities.
Watch For the Bible Tells Me So and let this just be the beginning of an important discussion of the faithful relationship between being gay, lesbian and transgendered and religion.
►New: Study Guide for Moderate to Conservative Communities: If you know of a community or congregation that is deeply questioning or seeking conversation about the Bible and LGBT equality, we encourage you to note this new For the Bible Tells Me So resource from THIS I KNOW. Click here for this Bible Study resource.
►Study Guide for Progressive Communities: Click here to download this For the Bible Tells Me So Study Guide and Advocacy Curriculum for your community.
To keep the For the Bible Tells Me So conversation going, Auburn recommends:
• Incorporating welcoming language into community prayers and liturgy. Here are examples of scripture and language to include in liturgy.
• Resource Scripture texts with attention given to how it can be a resource to the LGBT community. Click here for more.
• Purchasing this film for your community lending library:
• Using guided discussion points to create an education program.
• Preaching on this important issue. For a sample sermon follow this link.
Synopsis and Purchase Information
For the Bible Tells Me So, 2007
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? Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families -- including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal 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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