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Community Cinema offers free screening of ‘Love Free or Die’ in Fayetteville June 17

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), Fayetteville Public Library and KUAF 91.3FM invite the public to a free screening of "Love Free or Die" as part of Community Cinema Monday, June 17, at 6:30 p.m. The screening will be held in the library’s auditorium.

"Love Free or Die" follows Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christianity, and his struggle to dispel the notion that God’s love has limits. Robinson’s 2003 elevation in the Episcopal diocese of New Hampshire ignited a worldwide firestorm in the Anglican Communion that has threatened schism. Even as he has pushed for greater inclusion within his own church, Robinson has become a standard bearer in the fight over the rights of LGBT people to receive full acceptance in church and state.

The film traces Robinson’s journey as he steps onto the world stage, traveling from small town churches to the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivers the invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration; to London, where he is scorned and relegated to the fringes of a once-in-a-decade convocation of bishops to which he is deliberately not invited; to a decisive meeting the of the Episcopal Church in California where Robinson steadfastly calls for everyone to stand for equality. Through such efforts, Robinson seeks to inspire bishops, priests and ordinary folk to step out of the shadows to change history.

A community discussion will follow the screening. Panelists include: Lowell Grisham, priest of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Kate Guendling, licensed unity teacher and lay leader of Unity Church; Roman Ruiz, academic advisor for Educational Talent Search for the Office of Diversity Affairs of the University of Arkansas; and Jordan Garcia of the Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality. Additional information is available by calling AETN at 800-662-2386 or visiting aetn.org/communitycinema.

Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through films produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.

The Fayetteville Public Library’s mission is to strengthen the community, empower citizens with free and public access to knowledge, inspire imagination, foster learning, be powerfully relevant and be completely accessible. Additional information is available at faylib.org.

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