Laughter is Sacred Space is even funnier than Mennonite in a Little Black Dress—an authentic and profound snapshot of what it means to grow up and live Mennonite
-Howard Zehr, professor of restorative justice, Eastern Mennonite University
Ted Swartz knows that if we can't laugh then the devil has already won...In the end we see life conquer death and love triumph over hatred.
-Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and lover of Jesus
This avant-garde memoir is alive with merriment and anguish, anger and tenderness, the profane...and the profound. I laughed out loud and wept...sometimes simultaneously, which is the hallmark of a truly sacred story.
-Karla Yaconelli, philanthropist and founding board member of the Wild Goose festival
There's a humor and non-threatening vulnerability in these pages which gives us permission to be vulnerable.
-Mike Patin, Catholic speaker and trainer
Like practically half the Christian world, I saw Ted & Lee perform and thought they were smart and hilarious. In the pages of this book, Ted is vulnerable and honest again, only this time on purpose. If you jump in, I promise you'll be glad you did.
--Bart Campolo, neighborhood minister and Middle East peace activist
About the Author
In 1992 Ted graduated from seminary and began a ministry that took him, not to a pulpit in a congregation, but to audiences across the U.S. and beyond. The first 20 years of this work included the creation of Ted & Lee TheaterWorks with Lee Eshleman and development of plays such as Armadillo Shorts, Fish-Eyes, Creation Chronicles, Live at Jacob's Ladder and DoveTale.
Since Lee's death in May, 2007, Ted has been writing and performing new plays with a number of other artists. Ted lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Along with writing and acting, his loves include his wife, Sue, three sons, Eliot, Ian, and Derek — and new daughter-in-laws, Katrina and Hannah; oh, and baseball.