ERIC Number: EJ1111154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching Love: Embodying Prophetic Imagination through Clowning
Goto, Courtney T.
Religious Education, v111 n4 p398-414 2016
Christian religious educators are charged with teaching the practice of loving as Jesus did--transforming broken relationships and enacting radical, life-giving ways of being with and for one another. Redefining some of the sensibilities of "clown ministry" of earlier decades, the author presents clowning as a critical pedagogy that "tutors" (Pruyser 1983) learners to embody prophetic imagination, thereby approximating God's new creation. The article explores experiences of students clowning led by the author. In mimicking "fools for Christ," they surprise themselves and those they meet by loving. Their experiences are analyzed through interdisciplinary perspectives, drawing on D.W. Winnicott, Walter Brueggemann, Maria Harris, Paulo Freire, and others.
Descriptors: Religious Education, Religious Factors, Christianity, Intimacy, Interpersonal Relationship, Play, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods, Imagination
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts (Boston)
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