‘Love Free or Die’ shown locally
Two local churches will screen “Love Free or Die.” The 2012 documentary is being screened Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, Rockland (594-8750); and Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 200 Main St./Route 1, Thomaston. The Thomaston screening and discussion will be preceded at 6 p.m. by a potluck meal; for more information, call the church office at 354-8734. All are welcome. and there is no charge.
“Love Free or Die” is about a man whose two defining passions are in direct conflict — his love for God and for his partner. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay person to become 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.
The film follows Robinson's personal story as American churches debate whether or not lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God while our nation debates whether LGBT people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of the law.
In “Love Free or Die,” Bishop Robinson steps onto the world stage as he travels from small-town churches in northern New England to Washington's Lincoln Memorial to London's Lambeth Palace, calling for all to stand for justice — inspiring bishops, priests, and lay people to come out of the shadows and change history.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.