You’ve likely heard arguments against homosexuality based upon Bible verses, but do you know the actual context and full meaning of those Bible quotes?
On Thursday, the Adler School’s LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center and Chicago Lakeshore Hospital are hosting a special screening of the film “A Fish Out of Water” with director Ky Dickens from 6-8:30 pm in the school’s Community Hall.
“A Fish Out of Water” is a feature documentary that illustrates how the Bible is misinterpreted and misquoted regarding same-sex relationships. Through animation and academic interviews, the film takes a close look at the seven Bible verses that condemn homosexuality and justify marriage discrimination.
The documentary begins with an animated recollection of the fallout at Vanderbilt University when the film’s director, Dickens, came ‘out’ to her sorority sisters. Their rejection sparks Dickens’ search for Bible condemnation of homosexuality. Dickens uses animation, including a cartoon narrator, to take a fresh look at an old issue.
The screening will include a panel of speakers, including Dickens, clergy and clinicians who help LGBTQ individuals develop and heal their spiritual selves.
Dr. Kevin Osten, Psy. D., director of the LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center, said the panel and event participants will explore the context of the Bible passages and the historical societal norms and laws present during the time the Bible was written. Participants will learn about addressing Bible-based arguments with LGBTQ individuals–both spiritually and clinically–to promote understanding and healing.
The screening is part of an ongoing series of continuing education events organized by the center with groups committed to addressing LGBTQ issues.