Religion: Becoming Fools for Christ

Clowning as an aid to holy ritual and service

On the darkened stage, a white-faced clown with bulbous nose, orange woolen wig and baggy red-and-white costume sits at a table reading a large book marked Bible. He eats from a box of popcorn as big as a milk crate. Beside him two mimes in blue leotards do their silent best to act starved. When the clown notices, he merely makes the sign of the cross and calmly resumes reading—and eating. Now a large banner unfurls upstage saying FEED THE HUNGRY! At last the clown gets...

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