Watch college-aged summer camp staffers do a laughter meditation.
Pastor Laura Gentry is in the midst of pioneering a whole new type of spreading the joyful gospel known as "Laughter Ministry." Could your church or religious institution use more laughter? Consider bringing the laughing pastor to preach, teach or offer a retreat that will renew your flock and get them laughing themselves into deeper joy in the Spirit.
Holy Hilarity Sunday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lansing, Iowa
As I was participating in a dance session Pastor Laura led, it suddenly occurred to me that I was living out scripture: My mourning had been turned into dancing—my shroud of grief had turned to dancing praise of God (Psalm 30: 11-12). That realization was a sacred moment for me. It was one of those times where it feels like all of time stood still—that there was an uncanny opening into eternity. And it appears there is a lot of laughter and dancing going on there!
—Jill Beverlin, Minister of Congregational Life
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Neenah, Wisconsin
I was so pleased with the laughter event Pastor Laura facilitated at our church. What I expected is that our congregation would enjoy laughing together. The surprise was how the event drew us unforgettably closer as a community. Laura has a beautifully natural way of leading. This was our first laughter event, and she let everyone in the room feel relaxed about trying something new. It's hard to describe the beauty of seeing all generations laughing uproariously together, from (literally) 8 years up to 80. Our fellowship room was packed, and we laughed until our faces hurt. We are truly grateful for Laura’s laughter ministry.
—Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, Minister of Worship Life
First Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Watch 135 church ladies laughing in holy merriment at a retreat led by Laughing Laura
Here are testimonials about a Biblical program Laura led at the first Laughter Yoga Congress of Mexico.
Watch Laughing Laura lead laughter events at Holden Village in Chelan, Washington
Here a Lutheran group takes the hilarious Laughter Pledge at the conclusion of a three day retreat with Laughing Laura
Here's an interview Laura did following a Holy Hysterics program she did at a theological seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.
We were so happy with the joy-filled program Pastor Laura gave to a standing-room only crowd at our church. Everyone was so excited about the idea of a laughter program that we got many of the area churches to sponsor it together. What a delight to come together to celebrate the joy of the Lord and the gift of laughter. Laura shared the Christian message in a thrilling way!
—Jolene Jebsen, Pastoral Care Director
Trinity Lutheran Church, Marshalltown, Iowa
Pastor Laura's primary resource for sharing the joy of the gospel is Holy Hysterics—a full program of biblical laughter and hilarity. Visit the Holy Hysterics page to learn more.
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