Free Advance Screening of "Love Free or Die" in North Little Rock June 4

May 30, 2013

UALR Public Radio, The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), and William F. Laman Library invite the public to a free advance screening of "Love Free or Die" as part of Community Cinema Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m.


Bishop Gene Robinson addresses a congregation.

“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 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.


The screening will be held in the auditorium of William F. Laman Public Library, 2801 Orange Street, North Little Rock. A community discussion led by panelists, including Daniel Davis, vice president of The Alliance of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will follow the screening.