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Updates, news and blog stories from around the Ted and Company universe.

  • May 10, 2017

    Human Faces Tour En Route!

    April 22, 2017: Steven Stauffer and I begin the 2017 Laughter Is Sacred Space Human Faces Tour in Tucson, AZ at Shalom Mennonite Fellowship, to an almost full house. I could feel, despite the loss of amplification, an audience leaning in to absorb the story I had to tell and give back their empathy and...

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  • September 27, 2016

    A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

    It’s an American idiom for a reason. Steven has been on the Laughter is Sacred Space: Human Faces tour with Ted for the month of September as photographer, driver, helper, and Nature Slim advice-giver, assisting the crew to survive the wilderness of the journey. His photographs are the highlight of this tour – opening space...

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  • September 26, 2016

    U-Turns

    A guest post. While on tour somewhere in the Mid-west, this story reached our ears from a good friend of ours. Bev said she wished people could’ve heard the story of what happened to her on her way to one of our Laughter is Sacred Space shows. So, here it is! We want to share it...

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  • September 12, 2016

    Overheard with Ted

    By Alison Brookins   Alison, an AMBS student, interned with Ted & Co over the Summer and is now a roadie on the Laughter is Sacred Space: Human Faces Tour helping with tech and set up and other various and needful tasks. Here’s her blog about what she learned during her time with Ted, which...

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  • September 6, 2016

    Laughter Tour Update

    aka “Ted-and-Steven-Will-Be-Back-In-27-Days-Tour.” Day 1 September 1 By Ted Swartz First show of the tour in Weyers Cave VA, sponsored by Pleasant Valley Church Of the Brethren and Karis.  After months of planning and anticipation, mucking and coordinating, building and huddling, we kicked off the tour! Thanks to Valerie Serrels for all the logistics, coordinating, and...

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  • August 5, 2016

    A Story of Struggle and Hope

    This is our friend, Scott Hackman, and his story of struggle toward mental health and stability. Our upcoming Laughter is Sacred Space: Human Faces Tour will invite stories and photos of every day people who also struggle. These are sacred stories of being human, discovering God at the core. If you’d like to share your...

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  • June 20, 2016

    Ted & Co ‘Catches’ a New Intern

    Please give a warm welcome to Alison Brookins, our new Summer intern here at Ted & Co. You’ll hear more from her in the coming weeks. Here’s a bit about who she is and what she brings to the Company.  How do I describe myself when I am somewhere totally new, doing something I have...

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  • August 10, 2015

    Celtic Pilgrimage with Ted? Bucket List Alert!

    In May of 2016 Sue and I are traveling to Iona Community in Scotland as part of a pilgrimage I am co-leading with friend Sheryl Shenk and her husband John.  Iona is one of the places on my, “whatever you want to call it” list—bucket/pail/small pitcher with a cute handle. In any event, there are...

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  • June 2, 2015

    Voice Behind the Cello

    By Chris Yoder June 2, 2015 (Chris Yoder is one of two cellists who alternately plays “the son” in Listening for Grace. The following is a repost of an editorial by Chris for The Weather Vane at Eastern Mennonite University.) Ted Swartz is bringing his show, “Listening for Grace,” to EMU this Sunday evening. It...

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  • May 20, 2015

    Meet…the chicken

    By Ted Swartz May 20, 2015 A couple of years ago Jeff Raught and I spent a week in a story-book land to the North. Cooperstown, New York. The home of the baseball hall of fame…moment of silence… Seriously, I’m taking a moment…ok, done. Along with dramaturge and serial bellower of contagious laughter, Bob Small,...

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