"Voices of Witness: Africa"

This video offers a first look at "Voices of Witness: Africa", a new film by Integrity USA that offers stories of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians in Africa. It will premiere at the Lambeth Conference on July 23rd at 8 p.m. in Keynes Lecture Theatre 1.

Ruth Gledhill was given a preview of the film and her brief interview of film editor Katie Sherrod is at the start of the clip above. Here are her observations after seeing the film:

The result is an incredibly powerful and moving film which is to be sent to every one of the 880 bishops in the 38 provinces of the Anglican Communion.

. . .

The stories include a transgendered male-to-female Nigerian, a partnered lesbian activist in Uganda, a transgendered male-to-female Ugandan, a Kenyan who was abused along with his twin brother by an uncle, a gay Ugandan farmer, gay partners in Kenya who dream of having their union blessed and a gay Nigerian who was beaten badly simply for being gay.

Considering the penalties in Africa for being actively gay - in Uganda it carries a life sentence - these people must be applauded for their bravery.

There can be no doubt that the Anglican Communion is moving in the direction of inclusivity. With barely 100 conservative bishops here in Canterbury and 230 boycotting the conference, the conservative voice is unlikely to prevail.

Read it all here.

The full video, "Voices of Witness: Africa", be found at the Integrity USA blog.

Comments (5)

Definitely go see the whole video here. The witness of these brave voices is a powerful testimony to God's love. Better sound quality on the Integrity site, too.

Also, go visit Baby Blue's site and Stand Firm in Faith. I lack the words to describe BB's and Greg Griffith's response to this video. See it for yourself.

More than just brave, these people now have represented the hundreds of thousands/millions of LGBT people in Africa who I have thought/prayed about and considered my dearest brothers and sister for years...it years that I have been concerned, with them, about the discrimination and persecution they face at The Body of Christ...I now know them and their stories very personally and they will never leave my heart and daily thoughts!

I wanted to apologize here because some personal correspondence between Baby Blue and me appeared for a while in the comment thread on this item on Sunday evening. I was attempting to call attention to an email that Katie Sherrod, producer of Voices of Witness Africa sent to me predicting with great precision the kind of response her film would receive on conservative blogs. However, I didn't give very clear instructions about what I wanted put online, and we published the email thread, which included an email from BB. This was never my intention. It took a while to get the comment killed because I am now living in an area with very erratic wireless service. I've apologized to Baby Blue privately. (Yes, we do speak.)

Ruth Gledhill is coming in for a fair amount of "reasserter" nastiness as well, DAA. Her description "an incredibly powerful and moving film" has them seriously wound up.

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