Tuesday, October 15, 2013

LA Weekly GoLA Pick: Faith Meets 8 Discussion Hosted by David Lazarus at The Autry - Sunday October 20, 2013

Power marriage: Shane Goldsmith and Monica Granados are married outside City Hall by (at the time) L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti, the couple's former boss in 2008. Image by Ted Soqui.

This is interesting, go to this:

Long is the list of groups and organizations that either supported or rallied against Prop 8, the state constitutional amendment passed by California voters in November of 2008 stipulating that only marriages between a man and a woman were valid and recognized. Of those many organizations vehemently against the ideals that Prop 8 was spawned from, the groups least expected to be on that roster were organized Western religions. However counter-intuitive it would seem upon first glance to have Judeo-Christian sects on the side of homosexual inclusiveness, those factions do exist, and deserve to be recognized, as their voices are so politically necessary (and underrepresented) in the struggle for homosexual civil rights. Even after the United States Supreme Court rejected Prop 8 this year and Governor Brown resumed the processing of California’s same-sex marriages, the faith-based organizations that are on the side of equality continue the debate within their world of ancient texts and God’s teachings, and how those teachings translate to contemporary life. 
As part of the eclectic and wide-reaching programming for the Autry’s “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic” exhibition, ongoing until January 5, 2014, Los Angeles Times and NPR reporter David Lazarus will host a discussion, “Faith Meets 8,” whose panelists will speak about their religious community activism with the LGBT community and their involvement in issues surrounding Prop 8. Speakers include: Reverend Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), the world’s first gay and lesbian Christian church; Paul Lichterman, Professor of Sociology and Religion at USC; Joanna Brooks, scholar and author of The Book of Mormon Girl; and Rabbi Lisa Edwards of Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), the world’s first lesbian and gay synagogue. 

The Autry in Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles; Sun., Oct. 20, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; included with museum admission, free for Autry members. (323) 667-2000, theautry.org.

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