An ambitious three-year film project about the experience of LGBT people at church will have its world premiere at St Asaph Cathedral in Wales.
All One in Christ is deeply critical of the church’s attitude to homosexuality.
It tells the story of two former nuns who fell in love, only to be ostracised by the church after their relationship was exposed.
The premiere will be part of a mini Iris Prize film festival and will take place on Tuesday 6th December 2016.
Members of Changing Attitude, Trawsnewid Agwedd Cymru, a network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and heterosexual members of the Church in Wales, took part in the filming produced by the organisers of the Iris Prize
Mike Jones from the network said: “Those who took part in the film describe the pain experienced by LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual) people, as a result of being made unwelcome, or the fear of being unwelcome, even rejected, by the Church. But the film is also full of faith, and hope, and even love, for a Church that continues to struggle with accepting people whatever their sexuality.
“We are all one in Christ. This means, for example, that everyone should be able celebrate their marriages or civil partnerships in churches and receive God’s blessing, wherever they live in Wales. Many – and, in some parts of Wales, the majority – of church members, clergy and bishops agree. But not all do.”
The Archbishop of Wales, Rev Dr Barry Morgan commented: · “I hope this powerful film will bring home to all the scale of the damage done and ultimately help change attitudes within the church.”
The film is one of 36 which will be produced in partnership with communities across Wales by Iris Prize Outreach and funded by The Big Lottery Fund.
Iris Prize Chair, Andrew Pierce added: “Film is a democratic medium which in our experience allows people to express ideas about how they feel. I’m convinced this film and the mini Iris film festival will be helpful for the Church in Wales in moving forward.”