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2016 Pan African Film Festival: The Church House


So, everybody talks about it.  It’s whispered during the sermon amongst the church members in the pews.  Is the Minister of Music a little on the sweet side?  Why are all these women half naked sitting in the front pew lustfully staring at the pastor?  Why are all the female pastors?

Not until now, has the issues been discussed on such a grand scale as though the latest documentary form “Dark Girls” director – D. Channsin Berry in “The Church House -Sexuality in the Black Church”


At first glance, the audience at PAFF was all ready to have their jaws tight at the prospect of “homosexuality” being attacked or certain clergy being called out on their questionable behavior.  Instead, what we got was a very well-rounded and educational view of how Black people as a culture handle sexuality in the church.

“A young girl would get pregnant in church who sings in choir. Suddenly she’s pregnant. Now she can’t sing in choir,” says Pastor John Faison from West Grove Baptist in Nashville, more than halfway through the film. “Back in the day,” that same girl would come in front of the church and apologize to the whole congregation. “Now the deacon who got her pregnant was never brought up, nobody said anything,” Faison adds, in frustrated disbelief. “It’s the same thing today. It’s the exact same thing.”

I personally remember in my own family, girls being sent away for a “summer vacation” to have the baby.  When in reality, the baby would be born out-of-state and placed with another family member or put up for adoption away from the watchful eyes of the hometown congregation.

The same thing goes for homosexuality in the church.  Now, y’all know he was flaming like the last of the forest fires, but as long as he is being of “service” to the church it’s not an issue.

Christ Community Temple – Church of God in Christ is where I spent most of my childhood evenings and Sundays.    All the pastors since the beginning of time have been know to always be male.  The same was true at my church.  The women were on the usher board, supported the men and prepared the basement dinners available after every service.  In other words, there did not speak unless spoken to.  Are women not interested in leading a flock or have they been suppressed by their male counterparts? I think it’s safe to say the later may very well be true.  Just look at how women are treated when running for President…just saying.

We won’t even get into pastors and their ongoing relationship with lustful opportunities in skirts.  D. Channsin Berry does it though and very effectively!!


Check out this trailer for THE CHURCH HOUSE and for up to date release info join The Church House on Facebook




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