What happens to the homeless when they die?
Four years ago the wrestling team at St. Xavier High School was offered an opportunity by their assistant coach, Ben Kresse, to do something positive for the community that would forever change their lives. The opportunity was to hold memorial services for the unknown, homeless, and those who had no remaining family to ensure a respectful burial. To this day, the students have volunteered their time and energy to make sure no one in Louisville, KY leaves this earth alone. Over the past four years there have been more than five hundred burials and not a single service has been missed.
Since the inception of the memorial program, seven schools and two colleges have joined St. Xavier's efforts. After graduating, some of the students have gone on to other cities and tried to start similar programs to give dignity to those who might otherwise have been cremated or placed in the ground without a second thought or care. The philosophy of the students and teachers involved is simple, “You come into the world being held and loved, and you should leave the world in the same way.”
The Potter's Field is a documentary film attempting to craft an honest portrait of the students and teachers involved as a means of recording their story and sharing their unique and important perspectives on life and death.
The homeless have never been an issue in the COG. The Church had the attitude, "Why bother? They will just continue on living as they are. Let God fix it in the kingdom." Instead of bringing the kingdom of God to earth for these people, the COG turned their backs on them.
The shit hit the fan with that suggestion. HWA and the hierarchy were vehemently against it. How dare we bring unclean and dirty people into God's sacred buildings.
Can you imagine the youth of Living Church of God, Restored Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God ever doing such a thing?