The trailer is for its PBS premiere this fall … but you can see the award-winning film “Love Free or Die” in West Seattle next week. St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church plans a screening, followed by a community forum on marriage equality, at 6:30 pm Thursday, August 9th. Read on for the invitation:
You are invited to St. John’s in West Seattle for a screening of the film Love Free or Die, followed by a community forum around the questions and issues related to Marriage Equality, which will be put to an historic vote here in Washington State in November.
Awarded the 2012 Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Love Free or Die is about a man whose two defining passions – his love for God and for his partner Mark – the world cannot reconcile. Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson will not give up on either. Robinson is the first openly gay person ordained as a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. His consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir, and he has lived with death threats every day since. Love Free or Die follows Robinson’s personal story and will help us, as people of faith, explore the questions of identity, belovedness, and American freedoms.
Our conversation following the film will be facilitated by Aubrey Thonvold, the Faith Outreach Specialist at Pride Foundation. Her work focuses on education and outreach in faith communities on marriage equality — helping communities express why marriage matters to them by engaging in intentional and loving dialogues and forums. Born in Minnesota, Aubrey has lived in Washington State for 12 years. Raised in the Lutheran tradition, she holds a Master’s Degree in Transforming Spirituality from School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University and has worked in ministry settings professionally for ten years.
For more information about the film, please visit www.lovefreeordiemovie.com. For other questions, please contact St. John’s church office at 206-937-4545, or visit our website at www.SaintJohnOnline.org.
For those who are wondering – the Episcopal Church’s policies continue to evolve, with an official liturgy for the blessing of same-sex unions approved earlier this month.