1) Saturday May 25: Our Annual Tag Sale! We need items to sell and volunteers to helpthat day. Please email
the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
see Clyde and Scott after worship with sale items or to volunteer for a portion
of time. Tag sale location: 990 Forbes Street, East Hartford.
2) Saturday June 1: Movie matinee starts at 3pm! Join us for the Ct Gay and
Lesbian Film Festival double feature Taking a Chance on God (54 minutes) and
I Am Gay and Muslim (57 minutes). We will be going as a group, so
pleaseRSVP BY MAY 20 if you will be joining us, so we can reserve the
number of seats we need. A group of 10 or more will also reduce the
ticket price to $7. So, we hope you will join us for movie and
fellowship. And, these movies should provoke some great discussion!
Saturday, June 1 @
Cinestudio, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Taking a Chance on God
Brendan Fay, 2011, USA, 54 min
A Chance On God
chronicles the extraordinary life and legacy of 85 year old John McNeill, gay
Catholic priest, founder of the LGBT spiritual movement, and pioneering voice
of gay liberation. Refusing to betray his own conscience, McNeill stood up to
the man who became Pope Benedict XVI and would not be silenced. The Film
depicts McNeill's remarkable journey: growing up in Buffalo, escaping death as
a POW in Nazi Germany, falling in love with his husband, writing groundbreaking
books, coming out on national television, calling for compassion and justice
during the AIDS crisis, and celebrating the unique spiritual gifts of LGBT
people. Theologians, journalists, activists, and LGBT religious figures,
including openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, movingly testify to
McNeill's influence and importance.
I Am Gay and Muslim
Chris Belloni, 2012, Netherlands/Morocco, 59 min
intimate documentary follows a number of young Moroccan gay men in their
exploration of their religious and sexual identity. Triggered by the current
political situation in which homosexuality and Islam seem irreconcilable,
director Chris Belloni spent the major part of 2011
traveling in Morocco to interview gay Muslims. The men portrayed in the film
openly share their personal experiences and talk about the ambiguity and
secretiveness of the life they feel condemned to live, although some have
openly acknowledged their sexual orientation.
Join us for an
'afternoon at the movies' on Saturday June 1, beginning at 3pm!
Only a few more seats
So, please RSVP to this email BY THURSDAY 5/23 to reserve your seat.
Tickets are reduced
to $7 (assuming we have enough people to reserve as a group).
See movie descriptions
(double feature) and location below.
Hope you can join us!
CT Gay & Lesbian Film Festival presents:
Films of Religious Interest
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 3 pm
Cinestudio, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Taking A Chance On God (54 minutes)
A documentary profile of John McNeill, pioneer gay priest
directed by Brendan Fay, in attendance
An aspiring portrait of a pioneer gay priest,
Taking A Chance On God follows the extraordinary
life of 86-year-old John McNeill from
his Buffalo boyhood through his experiences
as a POW in Nazi Germany, Vietnam peace
promoter, leading gay rights advocate, and
loving partner of forty-six years to Charles
Chiarelli. McNeill the author of
works of gay spirituality, a founder
of the LGBT Catholic group Dignity/New
York, and a gay community leader during the
AIDS crisis of the 1980s refused to be silenced
by the Vatican on LGBT issues, which
resulted in his expulsion from the priesthood.
Taking A Chance On God is a powerful story of
faith, love and perseverance in the face of oppression
I Am Gay and Muslim (57 minutes)
directed by Chris Belloni
The film I am Gay and Muslim focuses on the subject
of gay rights in the Islamic world. This intimate documentary
follows a number of young gay Moroccan
men in their exploration of their religious and sexual
identity. Triggered by the current political situation
in which homosexuality and the Islam seem irreconcilable,
director Chris Belloni spent the major
2011 traveling in Morocco to interview gay Muslims.
The men portrayed in the film openly share their
personal experiences and talk about the ambiguity
and secretiveness of the life they feel condemned to
live, although some have openly acknowledged their
NEW...during PENTECOST that happens every day!
Please see the REVISED updated event
calendars--for MAY and JUNE (attached)
THIS Saturday May 25: Our Annual Tag Sale! Still have items to sell or want to
volunteer to helpthat day?? Please email the office (email@example.com)
and we will connect you to Clyde and Scott (or just come to the tag sale itself
on Saturday! Tag sale location: 990 Forbes Street, East
Hartford. Thank you!
Saturday June 1 starting at 3pm: Join us at the Ct Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
double feature Taking a Chance on God (54 minutes) and I Am Gay and Muslim
(57 minutes)see the attached flyer. We will be going as a group, so
please RSVP BY TOMORROW (MAY 23) (to the
church office: firstname.lastname@example.org) if you will
be joining us, so we can reserve the number of seats we need. A
group of 10 or more will also reduce the ticket price to $7. So, we hope
you will join us for movie and fellowship. And, these movies should
provoke some great discussion!
Sunday June 2 has 2 great events!
Join us from 8:30-9:45am for breakfast ($5)
Join us in celebrating Rogation Sunday when we
combine services with the host church, Church of the Good Shepherd in their
sanctuary with Rev. Aaron preaching. Following the service, we will be
planting a tree and blessing Gods creation.
Saturday June 8: Gods Ministry has a church! Join us from 11-1pm as we begin the discernment
process...who MCC Hartford is today and where God is calling us. This is
a new chapter and we will be prayerfully moving toward creating vision and
mission statements. Who are we and who are we called by God to
become? We hope you will be a part of this discernment process and
exciting journey that is just starting to take shape!
Friday June 14: Somewhere Coffee House: >From 7-9pm---for some great fun and fellowship!
Saturday June 22: MCC Pride Picnic:
We will be joining MCC New Haven for a combined church picnic starting at 11am
at Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford, off Route 5. So, bring your
Frisbees, lawn chairs, and a dish for the potluckand plan to have a great time
as we celebrate Pride Month, MCC-style!
Monday June 24: McKinney Shelter Dinner: Join us at 5:30pm as we serve Shepherds Pie to the 100+/- men at
this homeless shelter. If you plan to bring a dish, please let Rev. Aaron
know. Joy and hope abounds as we feed our hungry neighbors.
BEAN there...done that? The
month of May we are collecting canned BAKED BEANS --supporting the Hands
on Hartford food pantry. June...it will be RICE (twice as nice)!
Bible Study -- off for the Summer. It has been a great Bible study season and we are now taking our summer
break. Be watching late summer for news about its return...perhaps
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we
stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that,
but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does
not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through
the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Do we boast in our sufferings, knowing and
trusting what it produces (hope)? And, do we feel the love of God that
pours into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, even in such suffering? My
prayer is that we know that all things made good by God and that we never cease
to see, feel, and know Gods unconditional and abundant love every moment, in
every difficulty and in every joy...through the Holy Spirit who is always near.
THEN, we will surely know peace that is through Jesus Christ and beyond
human understanding. Amen. -- Rev. Aaron
For more information...about our church and our
events...please visit the website:www.mcchartford.com
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