The future of marriage equality was discussed during a Townhall Meeting at First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St. Oakland, CA on October 2, 2008. In association with Catch A Dream Entertainment and The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, filmmaker Nefertiti Strong filmed the event in a documentary entitled: “For Faith, For Love, Forever.”
The documentary, in final negotiations to be narrated by Rodney Chester, the lead actor of Logo’s hit movie Noah’s Arc – Jumping the Broom, explores the debate on same-sex marriage in the African-American community and its inclusion of the black church. Despite media portrayals suggesting complete disapproval, African-American clergy will have an opportunity to express their individual opinions on same-sex marriage. These African-American pastors and ministers will also have a chance to speak openly about their reasons for being for or against the inclusions of same sex couples, their rights to marry and being a part of their individual congregations.
“For Faith, For Love, Forever will dig down deep, past the politics, and focus on the people and the lives at are really affected by this proposition,” say Nefertiti Strong the Director and Producer of this powerful documentary.
The townhall discussion, sponsored by the San Francisco Foundation, Energy 92.7 FM, and First Congregational Church of Oakland, brought “dialogue and people together to work out issues in their communities,” said Reverend Roland Stringfellow, the event’s organizer, gay rights activist and Executive Producer of For Faith, For Love: FOREVER, “its effectiveness as a tool for ministry; as well as its instructions, theories and motivations as it relates to homosexuality such as how is it expressed, what is taught and how homosexuality is tolerated.”
In the past few months, the HOT button issue has been gay marriage. Strong believes the recording of the documentary will not only shed light onto a very important issue, but give people who may not been in attendance a chance to weigh in on the issues. “The beauty of film has captured a moment in time forever, that generations can not only see what happened, but understand why you did something,” Strong said.
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