based filmmaker and activist Katina Parker, has begun again, as she did last
year, the “Many Voices” Video Campaign series of short videos, which highlights LGBT justice
“Many Voices” is a Black church movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender justice, and the videos, the first of which was released
last week, will feature LGBT-affirming African American clergy from the South.
subjects for this year include: Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler, Associate Professor of
Bible, Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte; Rev. Reggie Longcrier,
Executive Director of prison ministry Exodus Missionary Outreach Church; and
Rev. Dr. Terence Leathers, Pastor, Mount Vernon Christian Church.
subjects, all based in North Carolina, will, as Ms. Parker says “speak
candidly and courageously about their desire to create a church experience that
welcomes all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity” and her aim is to “capture
experiences from voices of faith that undermine the misconception that Black
pastors are monolithically homophobia.”
And she adds
that “as a filmmaker, an activist,
an out lesbian, and someone who grew up in the Black church, it is extremely
gratifying to contribute work to my community that creates safety and
understanding for my family.”
Watch the first video below with Rev.
Sadler, who says that “all
people are worthy of God’s love… In essence, sex is at the core of the biblical
message. Our fear of sexuality is inconsistent with the biblical text. Our job
is not to keep people away…our job is to be open in our welcome.”