Social Justice Film Series presents For the Bible Tells Me So

VERO BEACH — The community-wide, nondenominational Social Justice Film Series continues its fifth year on Sunday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, with For the Bible Tells Me So, an exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S.

This 2007 film also considers how the religious “right” has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community.

Directed by Daniel G. Karslake, “For the Bible Tells Me So” discusses homosexuality and its perceived conflict with religion, as well as various interpretations of what the Bible says about same-sex sexuality.

It also includes lengthy interview segments with several sets of religious parents (including former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt and his wife and the parents of Bishop V. Gene Robinson regarding their personal experiences raising homosexual children. There are also interviews with those now adult children.

Discussion afterward will be facilitated by the Rev. Scott Alexander, UUFVB minister.

Following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the film went on to win a number of prestigious festival awards including the Katherine Bryan Edwards Human Rights Prize at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and the Best Documentary Audience Awards at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Provincetown International Film Festival, Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the Milwaukee International Film Festival, and a number of others.

The film is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

Due to this film’s large public performance rights fee, there will be two baskets in the lobby for donations.  Usually meeting on the second Sunday of each month, the series was moved up a week because of the Mothers Day conflict.

For further information about the series, please call 772-778-5880.

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