American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel

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USA | 2019 | 85 minutes | Jeanine Butler

September 23, 2019

An intimate and engaging look at a mostly unseen aspect of the culture wars, viewed through the lens of a progressive congregation in Oklahoma at the moment when they're weighing whether or not to become a sanctuary church in opposition to the Trump era immigration crackdown.


Stick around after the screening for a panel discussion featuring Dan Koch (host: "You Have Permission, "Depolarize!" and "Reconstruct" podcasts) and special guests.


Monday, September 23, 2019

Dr. Robin Meyers, who leads the Mayflower Congregational UCC Church, isn't afraid to challenge the fundamentalist realities that plague his occupation and, in his view, have subverted the political state of the union. Mayflower has long been a site of progressive Christian ethics in action, embracing the LGBTQIA+ community, granting leadership roles to women clergy, and exposing the use of religious rhetoric to drive conservative political views based in hate, fear, and xenophobia. Documentary filmmaker Jeanine Isabel Butler captures Meyers and his flock as they're about to take the next step in turning their beliefs into activism, offering up a charged take on what it looks like to live one's ideals.

"The message of the film is how and why the United States got where it is, with politicians who talk family values while remaining silent about incarcerated children, xenophobic immigration policies, and a racist White House."—John Anderson, America Magazine

  • Director: Jeanine Butler
  • Principal Cast: Dr. Reverend Robin Meyers, Reverend Lori Walke, Reverend Bishop Carlton Pearson, Dr. Bernard Brandon Scott, OK State Representative Collin Walke, Dr. Robert Jones, Reverend Marlin Lavanhar, Nehemiah Frank
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Producer: Jeannine Isabel Butler, Catherine Lynn Butler
  • Screenplay: Jeannine Isabel Butler, Catherine Lynn Butler
  • Cinematographers: Peter Hutchens
  • Language: English