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THIS Obedience

Reverend Anita C. Hill made national headlines a few years ago when she became the first lesbian minister in a committed relationship to be ordained by a Lutheran church. This moving 2000 documentary by Jamie A. Lee and Dawn Mikkelson explores the fallout from her congregation's momentous decision, which defied the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's prohibition against ordaining noncelibate gay and lesbian clergy. The narrative begins on the day Hill was ordained and builds suspense as she travels to the ELCA's national assembly to ask that the ban be overturned. Her story is undeniably inspiring, though this would have been more enlightening had the filmmakers interviewed some of the people within the wider church who opposed changing the rules. 87 min.

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