I hope to spend time with each and every one of you this month. April promises to be both full, and fulfilling – with fun, educational, and exciting events for everyone.
It is my distinct pleasure to personally invite you to join me at the Cincinnati theater premiere of In the Parlor, on Wednesday evening, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton. April 25th marks the 20th anniversary of my mother’s death, and I chose that date for our exclusive regional screening of “In the Parlor” to honor her memory, and to show Cincinnati that there is another way to pay our respects to, and care for, our dead – an alternative to funeral homes and the funeral industry that is as traditional, and as old, as human culture itself. “In the Parlor” is a documentary about what we now call “home funerals” – the time-honored tradition of families caring for their departed loved ones themselves, in their own home or faith community, prior to burial or cremation. I wish I had had that opportunity with my own parents.
As an added bonus, the film’s creator and director, Heidi Boucher, will be in town for the movie, available to meet and talk with those of you who are at the theater, as well as privately with the folks on our Heritage End-of-Life Ministry Team. She will be making other public appearances as well during that last week of April, including a session at a local hospice care agency. Heidi, some of you may recall, recently discovered that she and I are related, in ways both genealogical and spiritual – physical and metaphysical. If you have not heard the story, you can hear it that night at the Esquire.
Please go to the Facebook event page and indicate that you are “going” (or, if you’re not yet sure, at least that you are “interested”). I hope to see you there.
There will of course be many other chances to get together this month, all of which you can read about elsewhere in this edition of the Heirloom. In particular, I encourage you not to miss the Gala of Benevolent Deities on Saturday night, April 21. As the saying goes, this will be the “party event of the season” at Heritage, and you’ll make memories that will last well beyond the season, I promise. (It’ll also be your last chance to see me as a 50-something…)
If you’re new to the church, be sure to come to our Get Acquainted Dinner the following weekend, on Saturday night, April 28.
We’ll offer other movies this month (we do love our movies!). Come Sunday, the story of an African-America Pentecostal preacher who became a Universalist and merged his flock with a large UU church (one where I once worked), will show twice on the weekend of April 13-14, while the previous Friday, April 6, we’ll be showing An Outrage, a potent documentary about lynching in the American South.
If you like to eat (and who doesn’t?), the middle of the month brings our regular potluck lunch at noon on Sunday, April 15.
Yes, there are plenty of chances to get together this month. Like I said, I hope to spend some quality time with each and every one of you. Oh – did I mention there are five Sundays this month?