KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting partnership includes television and radio features.
Is homosexuality a sin? This question is at the core of some of the most heated debates in Christian communities today. As the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to make a decision about the future of same-sex marriage, KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) launch A Church Divided, a multimedia partnership to examine how different churches are approaching this divisive question. Please visit kqed.org/churchdivided to watch and listen online.
A Church Divided will include television and radio content, providing an in-depth investigation of this complex issue:
Friday, February 15, 2013, at 7:30pm on KQED 9
A Church Divided
The television documentary A Church Divided takes viewers to the United Methodist Church’s convention in Tampa, FL, where delegates from around the world gather to decide the future of the church and its official policy on gays and lesbians. Progressive Methodists want to amend church doctrine by removing the sentence that identifies the practice of homosexuality as incompatible with Christian teaching, while conservative evangelical Methodists want to retain the church’s traditional stance. Who will prevail?
A Church Divided: The Struggle Over Same Sex Marriage
This two-part series will air as part of The California Report on KQED Public Radio (88.5 FM San Francisco and 89.3 FM Sacramento) and on public radio stations throughout the state.
Friday, February 15, 5:50am, 6:50am and 8:50am
A Church Divided: The Struggle Over Same Sex Marriage Part 1
The Church of Latter Day Saints, one of the biggest financial backers of Proposition 8 in 2008, still considers same-sex marriage incompatible with official church doctrine. However since then, many prominent Mormon Church leaders and members have had a change of heart. In this report, Los Angeles Bureau Chief Steven Cuevas discovers this change is being spurred by gay and straight Mormons across Southern California.
Monday February 18, 5:50am, 6:50am and 8:50am
A Church Divided: The Struggle Over Same Sex Marriage Part 2
A devout Mormon family in Temecula reveals both sides of the struggle over homosexuality with a gay son coming to terms with his sexual identity as his mother campaigns for Prop 8.
A Church Divided is the fifth special to come out of KQED and CIR’s multimedia partnership with three more specials coming over the next year. The two news organizations most recently produced Prison Break, which looked into the impact of Governor Jerry Brown’s far-reaching efforts to overhaul California’s prison system; Heat and Harvest, which shed light on how climate change is challenging California’s agriculture industry; Republic of Cannabis, which explored California’s marijuana trade; and On Shaky Ground, an investigation into the seismic safety of public schools that prompted calls for change.
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Founded in 1977, the Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation’s oldest nonprofit investigative news organization, producing unique, high-impact reporting. The organization’s stories appear in hundreds of news outlets, including NPR News, PBS Frontline, PBS NewsHour, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, MinnPost and American Public Media’s Marketplace. CIR stories have received numerous journalism awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, George Polk Award, Emmy Award, and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. The organization received the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Its reports have sparked state and federal hearings and legislation, public-interest lawsuits, changes in corporate policies and a United Nations resolution. CIR is the parent organization of California Watch, the largest investigative team in California and The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit, nonpartisan member-supported news organization that provides in-depth original reporting on the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit cironline.org, californiawatch.org and baycitizen.org.