The First Universalist Church in Rockland will show two documentary films that shed light on the clash between conservative Christians and gay and lesbian Americans. The films will be followed by a brief discussion.

“8: The Mormon Proposition,” a film by Reed Cowan, will be shown at the church on Friday, Oct. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The documentary reveals the Mormon Church’s involvement in the promotion and passage of Proposition 8 in California, their funding of the National Organization for Marriage, and their secretive decades-long campaign against equality for gays and lesbians.

“For The Bible Tells Me So,” a film by Daniel Karslake, will be shown at the church on Friday, Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The documentary reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture and reveals that religious anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a misinterpretation of the Bible. Through the experiences of five very normal, Christian families — including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gebhardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson — the film discovers how people of faith handle the realization that they have a gay child or family member.

The First Universalist Church in Rockland welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and affirms the equality of all individuals, couples and families. In 1995 the church was certified by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Welcoming Congregation, a congregation that actively works for the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in all aspects of society.

The First Universalist Church is located at 345 Broadway, Rockland.

There is no charge for the programs. For further information, call the church office at 594-8750.