I’m not sure if the group above, Clowns for Christ, Inc. (complete with Gideon the Parrot, Precious the Super Dog, and illustrated Bible messages, songs, and clown tricks), is the group responsible for the training videos that I posted yesterday. If it’s not, though, apparently clowning for Christ is more widespread than I thought, because Googling “Clowns for Christ” or “Clowns for Jesus” brought up a lot of hits, including:
- Clown Ministry
- Clowns for Christ (a different group)
- Christ the Rebel Clown (which led to The Rebel Clown Army, which bills itself as wanting “to make clowning dangerous again, to bring it back to the street, restore its disobedience and give it back the social function it once had: its ability to disrupt, critique and heal society.”)
- Clowning Resources for Children’s Ministry
- The Gnostic Depiction of the Clown as Christ
- Show Me Clowns For Jesus
So, maybe it’s just me. Clowns still kind of creep me out, and the thought of clowns preaching religion creeps me out even more. To each his or her own, however. Kids of a certain age do appear to like them.