Catholic and Baptist Bodies Screen Immigration Documentary


Catholic and Baptist Bodies Screen Immigration Documentary | EthicsDaily Staff, GWB, Immigration

No More Deaths co-founder Gene Lefebvre greets a border patrol agent who arrives at No More Death's camp in Arizona to take a migrant into custody in a scene from "Gospel Without Borders." (Photo: EthicsDaily.com)
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), will screen EthicsDaily.com's documentary Gospel Without Borders in May at its national conference in Austin, Texas.

Created in 1988 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), CLINIC provides legal services each year to 600,000 low-income immigrants – regardless of religious affiliation.

Anthony Taylor, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, is vice president of CLINIC's board and an interviewee in "Gospel Without Borders," which aims to bring more light and less heat to the issue of immigration.

The documentary, available on DVD in both long and short versions (53 and 31 minutes, respectively), separates myth from fact, examines what the Bible says about treatment of the "stranger," shows the experiences of documented and undocumented immigrants, and provides handles for Christians to advance the common good.

CLINIC's screening is one example of the continued and growing usage in 2012 of the documentary in churches and at Christian conferences.

Christ the King Catholic Church in Little Rock viewed it in March. Church of the Holy Comforter in Richmond, Va., screened the documentary on April 15 as part of the church's Agape and Justice Mass.

Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock used the documentary in Sunday school in mid-April.

Hominy Baptist Church in Candler, N.C., viewed the documentary in March, while Tabernacle Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C., offered a four-week, large-group study in April.

Upcoming screening dates and locations include: First Baptist Church of Athens, Ga., on April 25; St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., on April 29, with Robert Parham, executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics, in attendance; and First Baptist Church of Richmond, Va., on May 2.

The American Baptist Women's Ministries will hold a film festival featuring "Gospel Without Borders" at its 2012 national conference, scheduled for July 21-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

The documentary will also be screened during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4 at Saint Peter's Catholic Church with an ecumenical panel of bishops.

Some 5,700 DVDs of the documentary have been distributed since its release in August 2011.

The USCCB distributed the documentary to several hundred bishops and other Catholic leaders last September. A United Methodist Church bishop mailed a DVD to every active Methodist bishop.

"Gospel Without Borders" was also awarded a Silver Telly in the film/video category (non-broadcast) for religion/spirituality.

The DVD for home use sells for $10. Copies for institutional libraries cost $50. Contact info@ethicsdaily.com for rates for bulk orders.


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