Knox to speak at reconciliation celebration

Knox to speak at reconciliation celebration
On Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, the Vermillion First United Methodist Church will be celebrating its Third Annual Reconciling Celebration.

Pastor Brook McBride said, "This is an event celebrating the anniversary of our decision to become a reconciling congregation in the spring of 2005. In honor of this event we would like to invite the public to our celebration."

The keynote speaker on Saturday and guest preacher on Sunday will be Harry Knox, director of the Human Rights Campaign's Religion and Faith Program.

Knox joined the staff of the Human Rights Campaign in July 2005. Under his leadership the HRC Religion and Faith Program has seen the creation of a national speakers' bureau that reaches more than 10 million Americans monthly and a weekly preaching resource that provides scriptural commentary to ministers and lay people interested in an ecumenical GLBT perspective on the Bible.

Knox has also been instrumental in creating a national network for 22 progressive state clergy coalitions around the country, and has been featured on programs as diverse as The Michael Nedved Show, the BBC News, PBS, NBC, CBS and national and local newspapers and has co-authored an article on GLBT issues and world religions for Conscience magazine.

Also featured on Saturday will be a showing of the film For the Bible Tells Me So. In this wonderful film we experience the struggle of five very normal, Christian, American families – including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephart and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson – as we discover how people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child or family member.

This movie offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity,

Come join us for our celebration. The cost is free for students and $20 for adults (this money is used to pay for travel and hotel expenses for our speakers and includes a noon meal).

The celebration, scheduled for Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, will start with registration at 9 a.m. Our worship service on Sunday morning begins at 10:25 a.m. We are located at 16 N. Dakota St. All are welcome!

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