For those of you who may not know, I’m involved in a play right now called Seven Passages, the title coming from the seven passages in the bible that deal specifically with homosexuality. The reason I wanted to be involved is because I felt like this is a really important piece to be doing right now, especially in Grand Rapids, MI. You may remember from before that I’ve been very insistent about the church beginning a dialogue on this, and I feel like this is a big piece to that.
The thing that makes the play so powerful, in my opinion, is that the entire thing is going to be constructed from interviews with over one hundred people that consider themselves gay and Christian. So the power really comes in hearing peoples’ stories, and that’s something that anyone on either side of the debate can relate to.
However, since we don’t have a play yet, we haven’t so much had rehearsals as we have had meetings (hence the reason I’ve been reading about Gay Christians, as I mentioned yesterday). One of things most noticeable thus far about our meetings has been the difficulty of the conversations we’ve had so far. Though the tension in the room with us has been thick at times, it has all the more convinced me that this is a very important project for us to be working on. If the conversations were easy, then either this topic isn’t that controversial, or we are not covering it well enough. I imagine early artists working on pieces about women’s rights probably had similar heated debates.
My only hope is that we can tell these stories honestly and artistically, and that a dialogue can begin.