Cover Story: Happy Father’s Day! (and PechaKucha too)

Honoring  father … just as he was

Benjamin Pratts father in his 20s (1)COVER STORYBenjamin Pratt returns this week with a column that will touch many of us as we reflect on our fathers this week. Are you finding yourself wanting to adjust your memories of your father just a little bit? It’s a natural desire, writes Pratt, a veteran counselor and author of books about caregiving and spiritual wellbeing. Perhaps if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to honor our fathers—honestly.

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Social Justice Films—Pecha-Kucha Style

Movie still Sin Nombre (2)‘MUST SEE’ MOVIESRecently, Visual Parables film critic Edward McNulty presented a PechaKucha for an audience in Dayton, Ohio. His chosen theme was social-justice films that should be on your Bucket List. What is “PechaKucha”? It’s a presentation format in which 20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds. The format was devised to force rambling speakers to be more concise. See what Ed said in his 400 seconds.

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An unlikely artist’s vision lives on

Visitors with Ed Lantzer muralGOD SIGNS—Suzy Farbman brings us an update this week on the legacy of the late “outsider” artist Ed Lantzer. Sometimes homeless and largely ignored as an artist, his life’s work in wood mosaics—all images from the Bible—have a whole new life thanks to supporters who see a great depth in his huge panels. Friends and followers now are drawing interest from young and old.

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HOLIDAYS & MILESTONES

Don’t miss a date! Remember www.InterfaithHolidays.org, our master calendar.

Juneteenth celebrants singing (1)JUNETEENTH—Now, the holiday marking the end of slavery in the U.S. is officially known as Juneteenth Independence Day. The holiday began in Texas, where U.S. military finally enforced the Emancipation Proclamation months after the end of the war. Today, the holiday has spread nationwide.

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Fathers Day photo of father and son with cars (1)PLAN NOW FOR FATHER’S DAY! Read Stephanie Fenton’s column on the holiday and you’ll find the roots of this century-old observance began in church—following the model of Mother’s Day, which also began in church. 

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FILM, FAITH & CULTURE

VP_Update_-_david_crumm_gmail_com_-_Gmail (1)LOVE MOVIES? Enjoy all of the free resources from Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film website: www.VisualParables.orgThe one service Ed sells, to support his work, is the monthly Visual Parables Journal, packed with complete study guides for your individual enjoyment—or use in small groups. We’ve just added the June issue. 

Among Ed’s recent free reviews are …

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