Documentary screening slated
HELENA, Mont. — The LGBTQ and Civil Rights Movement documentary “From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet?” will screen at locations across North Carolina from Oct. 17-20.
The film explores the complex relationship between the LGBTQ rights movement and the Black Civil Rights Movement. Directed by author and LGBTQ activist Marilyn Bennett, and executive produced by lifelong Civil Rights activist Rev. Gilbert Caldwell, “From Selma to Stonewall” takes a look at the similarities, differences, and conflicts between the two movements. This 60-minute documentary follows Caldwell, a Black, straight preacher, and Bennett, a white lesbian activist, as they seek to find the intersection between these two movements.
“I look forward to our upcoming screenings and discussion in North Carolina; they could not be more timely or needed,” Caldwell said. “In the early 1950s, I was rejected by Duke University Divinity School because of practiced segregation. More recently, we saw the divisions created by the anti-LGBTQ legislation HB2 and continued racial unrest throughout the country in an increasingly hostile environment. They say you ‘cannot go home,’ but my hope and prayer is that I can indeed return to North Carolina to foster discussion, reduce divisions and promote healing for our diverse communities. As a heterosexual, African-American preacher, I have learned so much in our journey with this film, and I believe North Carolinians will welcome a discussion of the issues we address and work to find ways to build bridges in their local communities,” Caldwell concluded.
“There was never a better time to have this play in our city. So much of the tension and racial mistrust in Charlotte is reinforced by flawed interpretation of holy text and the fear it produces,” said Bishop Tonyia Rawls, pastor at Charlotte’s Sacred Souls Community Church, United Church of Christ.
Dates, times and locations are: Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Fairmont United Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh, N.C., Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Duke University, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, N.C.; Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m., Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Rd., Charlotte, N.C.; Oct. 20, 7 p.m., The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, McNeil Hall, Room MC-1005, Wilmington, N.C.
Also, “Reckoning with Our Past, Shaping Our Future,” a service, lunch and panel discussion, will be held on Oct. 18, 11:25 a.m., at Goodson Chapel, The Divinity School at Duke University, 407 Chapel Dr., Durham, N.C. Rev. Caldwell will be the guest clergy who will take the pulpit to preach.
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RUM meeting upcoming
DURHAM, N.C. — The Reconciling United Methodists & Friends of North Carolina will meet for a vesper service on Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m., at Calvary United Methodist Church, 304 E. Trinity Ave. in Durham, N.C.
Officiating at the service will be Rev. Chris Agoranos and Indhira Udofia will serve as the preacher. Special guest Rev. Laurie Hays Coffman will be in attendance, along with others.
“Aside from the annual Jack Crum Conferences, this will be our first inclusive worship service in the sanctuary of a Methodist Church and just for a RUM-NC meeting in several years,” the organization shared.
Organizational members and friends who are singers are invited to join the choir for the communion hymn, “Let There Be Bread.” Practice will take place at 4:45 p.m. prior to the service.
A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.
Pride set for Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Savannah Pride will be held from Oct. 26-29 for the first time in the downtown district.
The four-day event, which has been organized by a newly-selected board of directors, will be highlighted by a street fair and musical performances in Savannah’s Ellis Square adjacent to the city’s major tourist and shopping district, organizers said. The festival will also include a series of parties, community get-togethers and films, as well as educational workshops and presentations.
Grammy Award-winning singer, producer, songwriter and actress Estelle will headline the entertainment at Pride in Savannah: Downtown Takeover on Oct. 28 in Ellis Square running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“This year, it is particularly important to bring the Savannah Pride Festival front-and-center,” said new Festival Director Dusty Church. “Historically, the festival has taken place in a beautiful but not central part of town, isolated by a fence and an admission fee. As the government chips away at LGBT rights, from the move to ban transgender Americans for serving in the armed forces to the recent news of the Department of Justice throwing its support behind a wedding vendor who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple, we felt it was time to come out of the shadows. By bringing it downtown and making it free, we encourage the community to join in this celebration of diversity.”
In addition to the appearance by Estelle, Pride In Savannah: Downtown Takeover will include a street fair, a self-guided pub crawl and educational workshops. A special Pride wristband, providing discounts on drinks and more at participating businesses, is currently on sale.
Pride in Savannah: Downtown Takeover is a highlight of the three-day Savannah Pride event, which begins on Oct. 26 with the Masqueerade Ball at The Mansion at Forsyth Park and ends Saturday night with Bootleg Spirits: The Official Pride After Party at Ghost Coast Distillery.
Individual tickets are available for both the Masqueerade Ball and Bootleg Spirits. A limited amount of VIP All-Access passes are also available, offering exclusive benefits throughout Pride weekend.
The event is free and open to the public.
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