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We’re Here to Act!

This article was published in Worship Arts, March 2002.We’re here to act And in the vein of arts in religious education, a 2004 academic paper: “Here to Act: Using Theater Games as Rehearsal at the Intersection of Youth, Politics, and Social Action” (can be found at www.religiouseducation.net/member/04_papers/Bower.pdf)

always emergent roles

I have been reflecting on the role of the clown and by extension to purpose and function of clown ministry. Floyd Shaffer used to teach that in the circus clowns are different than performers. Performers are the skilled acts: animal trainers, aerialists, acrobats. Clowns are … clowns. Performers stay in or above the ring; clowns …

Foolish Wisdom

I have read a lot of books. This is one that changed my life and continues to challenge me deeply. I received this book in lieu of pay. Floyd Shaffer had invited me to assist him at a weekend workshop he was leading. I forget what he offered to pay me, but whatever it was …

Relationship with Props

When I was in college, I remember reading a description of the Swiss clown Grock living in a world where objects refused to cooperate. I don’t play a musical instrument, but I could see myself in a world where objects obstruct my progress. Surrounded by ordinary objects, the clown struggles with the simplest of tasks, …

Clown Camp

I have just returned from Mooseburger Clown Camp. Before I left, many people asked me “What goes on at Clown Camp?” I replied that since I had not been to Mooseburger Clown Camp before I did not know. (For the record, I had done my research before paying my tuition AND I was on staff …