The Sunday Sessions Film Screening & Panel (Grand Rapids)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Women's City Club, 254 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI, View Map


Join us for a special film screening of The Sunday Sessions followed by a panel discussion with Jennifer Beahan, Program Director at CFI Michigan; Matthew Clark, Clinical Psychologist at The Clark Institute; and Larry DeShane, Center Administrator at the Grand Rapids Pride Center.



THE SUNDAY SESSIONS is an intimate portrait of one man’s struggle to reconcile his religious conviction and sexual identity. The observational documentary chronicles the turbulent journey of a devoutly Catholic gay man as he attends conversion therapy in hopes of changing his sexual orientation.

Watch the film trailer and read more about the film at: .

Conversion therapy is the controversial, non-scientifically based process which aims to convert an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. Although it has been discredited by all major American medical, psychiatric, psychological and professional counseling organizations, some therapists still offer the service for reasons almost exclusively rooted in a conservative religious belief system.

The filmmakers had unfettered access to individual therapy sessions, family sessions, and a collection of weekend camps, and have crafted an emotional and psychological thriller which chronicles two years of Nathan’s journey from acceptance to skepticism, all leading to a profound epiphany.

Will Nathan succumb to the power of dogma at the expense of finding and accepting his true self?

About the Panelists

imageLarry DeShane is the Center Administrator at the Grand Rapids Pride Center. He is in charge of their outreach and education programming and publicity, and also serves as the volunteer & program coordinator. The Pride Center's goal is to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for the LGBTQ community by providing a space for like-minded individuals to congregate, share experiences, and be comfortable expressing their true self. They offer a variety of support groups geared toward a range of ages, backgrounds and needs, and help connect community members with resources that have been vetted as LGBTQ supportive. Larry currently leads the Youth Support Group for teens, which is the same group he attended in 1989! Larry has been with his partner Robert for 15 years.

image Matthew Clark, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist at The Clark Institute-HRA Psychological Services and and the Gay Christian Therapy Center. He works with children, teens, and adults. His passion is helping members of the LGBT community and their families who come from Conservative Christian backgrounds. He is currently writing a book about his life growing up Gay and Christian—The Boy and Other Plagues. He has coordinated and presented at various speaking and dialogue events in the community at churches, universities and other organizations. He has led workshops for the Gay Christian Network and Room for All. He is currently on the Faith subcommittee of the True Colors Initiative to help end LGBT Youth Homelessness and with the Network 180 Family Acceptance Project Training and Community Support Initiative. In the past he has served on the Board for Gays in Faith Together, the GR Pride Center.

imageJennifer Beahan is the Program Director at CFI Michigan, and has been a leader of the group for 15 years. She manages CFI Michigan’s ongoing programming—with over 200 educational, social and service events each year—and supports the growing secular community throughout Michigan. Her interests include interfaith outreach, volunteer management, program development, and she is an activist fighting for secular, LGBTQ and women’s equality. She holds a Bachelor's of Music Education (K-12), and in addition to her work for CFI she teaches private music lessons on piano and woodwinds.

Additional Details

Meetings are open to the Public. This meeting will be upstairs in Desdemona's Dining Room. Please use the front door on the north side of the building. Handicap access via a lift is available through the south door on the lower level (by parking lot).

After the meeting, join us at Vitale's Sports Bar, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

The Auditorium is wheelchair accessible via a lift immediately inside and to the left of the lower level door.

Center for Inquiry Michigan values full participation for all attendees at all of our events, including participation from individuals with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting Jennifer Beahan at or 616-706-2029 at least three days prior to the event.

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Cost: FREE / Suggested Donation $5. Ways to Support CFI & Donate Online

Contact: Jennifer Beahan, , 616-706-2029