Out of Order

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At a time when Christian America is deeply divided over homosexuality and the Bible, there’s a new kind of spiritual leader on the block. Thanks to a recent rule change, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people can now be ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

But they must be hired first, and attitudes are slow to change. So why would LGBTQ people want to become leaders in a denomination which doesn’t welcome them? And can they turn the “frozen chosen” into a beacon of tolerance?

In pursuit of these answers, “Out of Order” examines the silent rejection at work in the pews of America, and uncovers a surprising story of empowerment. “Out of Order” tells the story of a group of LGBTQ people of faith working to actively change the meaning of “church,” while providing unprecedented access to the secret gay church camp in the rural South where they met.

We believe the film has the power to heal divisions within Christian denominations that have been broken by debates over LGBTQ clergy. We feel the film can help those who have long felt Christianity has abandoned them. In their pursuit of leadership and through their encounters with intolerance, the heroes of this film radiate qualities which arguably make them the authentic heirs of modern Christianity: faith, hope and love.

But “Out of Order” also addresses issues beyond religion, touching on questions of civil rights, equality and courage. It inspires people to tell their own stories.