The Other Convention: A Church Votes on Gay Rights

A short documentary about General Conference 2012, by Adithya Sambamurthy

From California Watch:  Methodists are among the last mainline Protestant holdouts on the topic of homosexuality. Karen Oliveto, pastor of San Francisco’s Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, is bound and determined to change that at the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla., just steps away from the site of the Republican National Convention. Similar to a political convention, the question of whether homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching will be the subject of intense lobbying, heated debate, close committee votes and, if Oliveto and the progressive faction are successful, a decision on the convention floor.

But the conservatives, bolstered by large and rapidly growing Methodist congregations in Africa, are just as determined – and they believe they have the Old Testament on their side. The two factions are destined for a showdown at the convention. This is the story of what happened.

Sambamurthy shot and edited this documentary for the Center for Investigative Reporting just launched on The I Files, CIR’s video channel. He is working on a fuller version for KQED (Northern California PBS member station), which will be broadcast later this year.

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