Sharing a Message of Inclusion

Minnesota Reconciling Congregations (MRC) invites you, your family, and your friends to view “For They Know Not What They Do”, a film by the producer/director of the film “For the Bible Tells Me So”, Daniel Karslake.  “For They Know Not What They Do” is a powerful exploration of the intersection of religion, sexual orientation and gender identity in America. The film features four families of faith including Rob & Linda Robertson, who were encouraged by their evangelical church family to put their son, Ryan, in conversion therapy; David & Sally McBride, life-long Presbyterians who were shocked when their youngest boy came out to them as a transgender woman; Victor Baez & Annette Febo, whose Catholic tradition and Puerto Rican upbringing greatly concerned their gay son; and Harold & Coleen Porcher, a mixed-race couple whose child endured self-harm before their parents’ acceptance enabled them to come to terms with their gender. Alongside these family stories of faith, rejection, validation, tragedy and triumph, the film weaves together unique perspectives from religious leaders. Through love, reconciliation, and acceptance, “For They Know Not What They Do” takes us on a journey of understanding what connects us all and gives us the courage to embrace each other.

Minnesota Reconciling Congregations is sponsoring twelve showings at Reconciling Churches throughout the state.  Each showing will include the 90-minute film followed by a 30-minute discussion.

Viewing Sites, Dates, and Times

Week of Oct. 24

  • Bethel UMC, Mound – Thurs, Oct 28, 6:30 p.m.

  • Centennial UMC, Roseville – Thurs, Oct 28, 7:00 p.m.

Week of Oct. 31

  • First UMC, Duluth – Wed, Nov 3, 6:30 p.m.

  • Champlin UMC – Sat, Nov 6, 3:00 p.m.

Week of Nov. 7

  • Christ UMC, Rochester – Sun, Nov 7, 5:00 p.m.

  • Common Ground UM Community, Cambridge – Sun, Nov 7, 2:00 p.m.

  • Centenary UMC, Mankato – Sun, Nov 7, 6:00 p.m.

Week of Nov. 14

  • Detroit Lakes UMC – Sun, Nov 14, 2:00 p.m.

  • Eden Prairie UMC – Sun, Nov 14, 3:00 p.m.

  • Faith UMC, St. Anthony – Sun, Nov 14, 3:00 p.m.

  • First UMC of the St. Cloud Region, Sartell – Fri, Nov 19, 5:30 p.m.

Week of Nov. 21

  • Good Samaritan UMC, Edina – Sun, Nov 21, 6:30 p.m.

Funding for all showings is provided by MRC. There is no charge to the churches or those attending a showing. All showings are dependent on the current COVID guidelines. Please check the Minnesota Reconciling Congregations website for the latest updates.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact minnesotareconciling@gmail.com