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Philip Liebenberg on the panel of guests at the screening of the Oscar nominated documentary, “For the Bible tells me so”.

Pastor Philip Liebenberg, author of “Daar is ‘n gay pastoor in my kop” (“There is a gay pastor in my head”) will be on the panel of guests at the screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “For the Bible Tells me so”. This documentary is being screened as part of the Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Other panel members include Janine Preesman (Glorious Light MCC) and Douglas Torr (Anglican priest). The panel members will conduct a Q&A session after the 7:30 screening of the documentary on Saturday, 13 September at Nu Metro Killarney Mall.

Copies of Philip’s book will be available at Exclusive Books Killarney Mall and Philip will be available for book signing, a chat and some coffee at Exclusive Books afterwards.

Die dokumenter is nie net baie aangrypend nie, maar die verhale van ouers wat hulle kinders aanvaar het as gay en lesbies is ook baie inspirerend. Verskeie prominente mense verskyn in die dokumenter, onder andere Biskop Gene Robinson, die eerste openlike gay biskop in die Anglikaanse kommunie. Gene se ouers deel ook hul eie ervaringe i.v.m. hul seun en hoe hulle deur die jare hom as gay aanvaar het. Gene se eks-vrou, “Boo” deel ook hoe hul eie huwelik deur sy bekentenis geraak is- hulle het saam ‘n “release of vows” seremonie gehad om so die huwelik op ‘n geestelike wyse tot einde te roep. Sy was by sy ordening as biskop en die toneel is een van die talle roerende tonele in die dokumenter, wat talle toekennings ontvang het en vir ‘n Oscar benoem is.

Daar is talle teoloë wat in die dokumenter verskyn wat die mite dat die Bybel ‘n bepaalde seksuele etiek het, wat vir alle tye geld, en dat die Bybel teen liefdevolle gay en lesbiese verhoudings is, goed in die wiele ry. Die dokumenter is nie net vir gelowiges nie, maar is iets waarby mense wat hulself as “nie-gelowig” beskou ook sal baat, want ons samelewing word nog steeds baie bepaal deur dit wat mense glo oor die Bybel.

Stylisties is die dokumenter ook ‘n absoloute visuele kunswerk en stap mens uit die teater met ‘n warm gevoel in jou hart. Biskop Robinson het ook onlangs ‘n boek vrygestel, “In the eye of the storm- swept to the centre by God” en dit is baie interessant hoe hy en Philip Liebenberg, twee predikante van twee verskillende denominasies en vanaf twee verskillende kontinente, so ‘n soortgelyke pad kon stap en ten spyte van als so ‘n hart van liefde kan hê. Beide outeurs raak jou ook baie diep deur hul geestelike passie en hul diep spiritualiteit.

Moenie die dokumenter misloop nie!!

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More Information about “For the Bible Tells me so”/Meer Inligting oor “For the Bible tells me so”:

DIRECTOR: Daniel Karslake
USA 2007 100min

JHB: MON 8 @ 7.15pm ♥ SAT 13 @ 7.30pm (PANEL)
CPT: MON 15 @ 6.30pm (PANEL) ♥ THURS 18 @ 7pm

Homosexuality is a sin – or so a sector of fundamental Christians would have us believe. In this intimate yet provocative film, the families of five gay Christian Americans discuss what homosexuality has meant to their family, and how familial love and acceptance has triumphed over the alienation and rejection endorsed by their churches. Adding intellectual fuel to the fire, the filmmaker debunks myths surrounding homosexuality through a cartoon illustrating scientific fact, two Harvard theologians deconstruct the scriptures (and the contextual meaning of ‘abomination’), and world experts, including our own Archbishop Tutu, express their opinions on discrimination and the intentional misinterpretation of the scriptures. In this thorough, positive and ultimately hopeful documentary, the filmmaker presents a complex subject with both personal and intellectual arguments that encourages people to examine their beliefs rather than mindlessly accept the words of others.

2008 Oscar nominated

More information on the documentary at the Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Website:

http://www.oia.co.za/films/features/for-the-bible-tells-me-so/

Information about Panel Members for the documentary’s screening:

http://www.oia.co.za/film-festivals/guest-appearances-and-panel-discussions-in-jhb/

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Facebook Event Information link: http://www.new.facebook.com/event.php?eid=33055932174

Website, “For the Bible Tells me so:” http://www.forthebibletellsmeso.org/indexd.htm

Directions to Killarney Mall: http://www.killarneymall.co.za/contact/streetmap.html

Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: http://www.oia.co.za/

Gayspeak: http://www.gayspeak.com/

Daar’s ‘n gay pastoor in my kop: http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=18723828889

 

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