Desert Palm UCC to attend Desperado LGBTQ Film Festival opening night

October 11, 7:30 p.m. at Paradise Valley Community College, 8401 N. 32nd St, Phoenix

Opening night film: For They Know Not What They Do followed by Q&A with Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Bishop to be elected by the Episcopal Church in America. He has been an inspiration and a leader in examining the connection between the faith community and the LGBTQ community. He was invited by President Barack Obama to give the invocation at the inaugural ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial in 2009. He was elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire on June 7, 2003, after having served 28 years in that diocese. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, Washington, DC. Bishop Robinson continues as an activist in the area of full civil/human rights for the LGBT community, in the U.S. and abroad.

Bishop Robinson was integral to the creation of the documentary and will be present for a question and answer session after the film.

For They Know Not What They Do shines in its examination of family ties and religious devotion. In this new film by Director Daniel G. Karslake, four faith-focused families must come to terms with sexual orientation and gender identity. From conversion therapy, ever-present adversity, and self-harm to reconciliation and acceptance. The film takes a powerful look at the fight for recognition, validation, and ultimately, familial love.

If purchased in advance tickets are $8.00 ($10 at the door) and include a reception with catered food before the film. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the box office at 602-787-7738 Tu-Fr between 12-5 and tell them you are with Desert Palm.

If you would like to carpool from Desert Palm UCC, please be at the church by 5:30 and please let Lori Nordstrom know you will be coming so no one is left behind. or 602-214-8417 (call or text).

Read more about the film festival here.