'Articles of Faith' is a play designed to promote understanding of the controversial subject of the blessing of same-sex unions. The play is based on a series of interviews conducted by the author in a Pacific Northwest community where the issue of formal condoning and blessing of same-sex unions divided and eventually split an Anglican parish. "Intended to "spark a dialogue" regarding the Anglican Church's internal battlesover same-sex marriage, the play examines the case of a Port Alberni, BC parish that voted to "disaffiliate" from the church in 1996 in protest against its perceived openness toward blessing same-sex relationships. . ..The result, if rarely dramatic or compelling, is a work that succinctly and earnestly voices a representative range of opinion on the issue. " - Canadian Literature
Mark Leiren-Young is a popular Canadian performer, playwright and journalist. His plays have been produced throughout Canada and his award-winning drama, the romantic fantasy 'Blueprints from Space' received a staged reading at New York's Open Eye Theatre. Mark's first radio drama, 'Dim Sum Diaries', received international attention when it debuted on CBC's Morningside in 1991. Mark's humorous commentaries have appeared in such publications as 'The Hollywood Reporter', 'The TorontoStar', 'The Vancouver Sun', and 'The Georgia Straight'. His writing has also appeared in 'The Utne Reader', 'TV Guide', 'This Magazine', 'The Globe and Mail', and the 'South China Morning Post'. Leirin-Young has two plays published by Anvil Press: 'Shylock' and 'Articles of Faith'.
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