This is a controversial DVD for sure. There are not many people who take middle ground when it comes to the debate on homosexuality and its place in the church. Although conservative voices speak up in this documentary, it is slanted toward the acceptance of gay leaders in the church, a stand which many of our Dove conservative viewers will have a hard time swallowing. The DVD opens up in July 2008 with the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England, birthplace of the Anglican Church.
Despite Gene Robinson’s likable personality, this DVD shows he and his “partner” Mark share a quick kiss, his blessing of lesbian couples, his walking hand in hand with his partner, and also a rebuke from a man while he is speaking, with the man telling him to “repent”. Gene was the first openly gay Bishop in the Anglican Communion. Since Dove seeks to promote wholesome entertainment for the family, this particular DVD is certainly educational in various spots but assuredly is too controversial to be considered “family friendly” and many of our Dove faithful will take exception to its liberal views. Perhaps almost as troubling are scenes of Gene smoking cigarettes. We sadly cannot award this DVD our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal although we can certainly agree with the comment made in this film that God loves all people but not all our behavior.