I am honored to be introducing this documentary film by my friends Mark Nealey and C Reed at a special screening of “Preacher’s Sons.”

“Preacher’s Sons” is a provocative chronicle of five troubled boys; the two men who adopt them; and the four cities that alternately accept them (Los Angeles), revile them (Grand Rapids), exclude them (Reno), and lionize them (San Francisco). Join the fledgling Stewart family on their five-year, emotionally charged odyssey through the American heartland. Marvel, as they meet racism and homophobia with faith and irreverent humor. Observe five all-but-lost boys becoming a true band of brothers. And find out what really happens behind the minister’s closed doors, in this intimate, moving, and humorous portrait.

The preacher is the Rev. Greg Stewart, who started this journey as our minister of religious education at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, where I am a member. The filmmakers, Mark and C, followed Greg and his family over a 5 year period. Tragically, shortly after completing the film, Mark was diagnosed with cancer and passed away a couple weeks ago. This is the first public screening of the film and it is a benefit for the family’s medical expenses. It is exciting too that the film’s subjects, Greg, Stillman and their 5 boys, will be coming down from San Francisco for the screening. I encourage you not to miss this wonderful opportunity to see this special film. I hope you to see you there.

Thursday, April 3, 7 pm, $10 suggested donation

Laemmle One Colorado, 42 Miller Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103

Advance tickets available online with no additional fees at http://www.laemmle.com/viewtheatre.php?date=04032008&thid=9

Here’s a link to the film’s website: http://www.preacherssons.com/