I wonder if we live in a time when walls are becoming less of a thing.
This past Saturday we put on our second Rebel Storytellers live event. Beth Guckenberger shared her life story on the stage at Memorial Hall. Two shows. 900ish in attendance. It was better than I hoped and I had high hopes.
Meanwhile, right next to us at Music Hall the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra was having their opening gala. Thousands of tuxedos and dresses and autumn furs streamed inside to see one of world’s most famous pianists Lang Lang. Near the entrance there were jugglers throwing and swallowing fire. Valet parking attendants sprinted about managing the deluge of foreign cars.
Across the street, Washington Park was packed with huge tents full of foodies going to the much-acclaimed Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic. The dog park was packed with happy doggies and their owners. There must’ve been a concert somewhere in the park because the R&B music poured through Memorial Hall’s 100+ year-old windows (open because there’s no A/C in the building). We ran around closing them during the second show.
So many people, so many experiences, all within a couple of blocks. It felt like an important night in the middle of our city.
And there we were.
Sharing stories of faith, hope and love that are normally confined to church walls. And people who usually avoid those walls were there with us wiping away tears. Good stories make walls irrelevant. Or maybe said another way, good stories are always relevant and can extend past any walls.
Rebel Storytellers exists to push down walls and re-imagine how we engage culture. Thank you to our sponsors, supporters, Back2Back, and the Guckenbergers for joining us in this rebellious venture. It was a night to remember.
Photo courtesy of Rebel Pilgrim Productions