Friday, July 1, 2011 4:00 PM
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Taking A Chance on God: John McNeill, Pioneer gay priest
The film traces his life – from a childhood in Buffalo, his months as a prisoner of war in Nazi Germany, his call to priesthood and his ongoing passion for justice and equality. In the 1960s, with fellow Jesuit Dan Berrigan, he was a herald for peace at the height of the Vietnam war. After the Stonewall riots of June 1969, John became a voice of liberation for gay people. In 1972, he co-founded Dignity/New York. In 1976, he published the groundbreaking classic The Church and the Homosexual and his coming out on the Today Show in 1976, before millions, was historic. In the 1980s, he proclaimed hope and compassion for the gay community in the face of the despair and derision of the AIDS crisis.....
Q & A with film director Brendan Fay and John McNeill
Film Site: www.takingachanceongod.com