LCERA 6.5.09

June 5, 2009

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On a warm night in Lapeer, Michigan – 135 people from across the state, gathered in the newly remodeled PIX theatre to experience and discuss THE ANATOMY OF HATE. The host group LCERA brought the film to Lapeer to facilitate a dialogue between the homosexual community and the Christian community within Lapeer. The screening began at 7:05 – the talk back started at approximately 8:50 lasting 45 minutes. On stage with me were John Loeding, a local lay minister with the Community Church of Christ, and Robbie Shroeber, an openly Gay woman who has been in a committed relationship for almost a decade. The discussions were aimed at beginning a dialogue between the groups these individuals represented. It was by all accounts an incredible success; an opportunity for individuals to speak with one another about their experiences and how they can find ways to create a more accepting community. It was an honor to be part of this event, and not one any of those involved will soon forget. Here is what LCERA founding member Gale Crooks had to say -

Mike Ramsdell introduced ANATOMY OF HATE and facilitated a fantastic, first-class discussion for our Lapeer County presentation of this remarkable film. He helped us fulfill every objective of this incomparable presentation.

Mike Ramsdell respectfully addressed every participant comment, and skillfully led the discussion, with outstanding sensitivity, in the direction of the issues of HATE and VIOLENCE.

A group of HS students came to the film for credit and they praised the film and presentation; they were able to openly discuss issues of hatred and discrimination and violence that they had been studying in class – the students described the event as “awesome” and “amazing.” Mr. Ramsdell couldn’t have done a better job in helping us bring the devastating issue of hatred with the message of hope to our community. It isn’t an exaggeration to describe this distinguished, preeminent film as STUNNING.