Kind Words

Ted takes this tradition’s sacred text and does not treat it as a very old relic whose pages would crumble or fall apart if they were turned too quickly or too lightly. Instead, he puts us there between the lines, and on being there, we say, “Yup! That could-a, should-a, would-a, might-a been me/us.”

- Ken Nafziger, Professor of Music at Eastern Mennonite University

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Ted & Company made it painless to navigate the logistics of scheduling and setting up for the performance. More importantly, though, is their ability to use humor and poignant dialog in their versions of story-telling to lead their audiences in the contemplation of important issues related to our Christian journey.

- Deb King, Gift & Thrift

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Ted seems willing to work with a unique set of circumstances.  His performances are always engaging and moving.  This time was no different.

- Ben Wideman, Salford Mennonite Church

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Ted was fantastic.  He was amazing with our students and helped lead 13 of them through a one day prep to perform an opening act skit.  It went fantastic and the kids loved him.

- Tammy Rempel, Mennonite Collegiate Institute

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We knew that [Just Give Em the News] would be a great way to begin the Advent season. We weren’t disappointed – in fact, it exceeded our expectations. The show was entertaining and engaging, yet had a real hook spiritually. It was very meaningful. Both Ted and Jeff were warm and connected well with the audience. The standing ovation was evidence of appreciation for content and delivery. It was GREAT!

Pam Reist, Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren

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I got a ukulele for my birthday. I am super excited. More than that, I got “Laughter Is Sacred Space,” Ted Swartz’s new book. I opened it like three hours ago and haven’t been able to put it down. I literally had to shut it in the middle of a sentence so I would stop and get some sleep…

- anonymous

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Ted was able to use both humor and irony to communicate deep truths of our human journey with God.  His theatrical interpretation of conversations between the disciples provided insight into both the angst and the celebration of walking with Jesus day to day.  We saw him “toss the nets into the sea” at Jesus’ instruction and discover the great catch that comes with obedience. 

Further, Ted spoke with incredible sensitivity about his friend and partner, Lee, and Lee’s struggle with bi polar disease.  Ted was able, with gentle acknowledgement of pain and real expression of growth, to describe his friend’s suicide and his own journey down the path of abandonment and grief.  Ted’s presentation took the academic facts and lectures of the semester and gave expression to the human experience that makes them matter.  The time together was unforgettable. 

- Helen Harris,  Assistant Professor of Social Work at Baylor University

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We viewed Ted’s message as one of hope, healing and God’s love so we therefore offered [the performance of Laughter is Sacred Space] to our congregation and the community on a donation basis. We think Ted’s message is healthy for any community and the delivery is entertaining and uplifting.  This was a positive event for our church family and for those who do not attend our church.

- Robin Long, Blooming Glen Mennonite Church

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A fun evening with a quality performance and powerful message!  The power was not in the “acting”, this was an integral expression of faithfulness in following Christ’s call to be peacemakers! A month later, people are still commenting on the quality and fun of the performance, and asking whether another one will be coming to their community!

- Esther Kern, CPT Canada

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I know everyone thanks you for your humor, but that is not what moves me about your work! I truly thank you for your stimulating intellect. Thank you for engaging the mind as well as the soul and the deep creative thought that goes into each word. Thank you for being honest about the joy of what you learn when you are writing and thinking. Thank you for your vulnerability, and authenticity. Most importantly, thank you for being you.

- Luke A. Hartman, Vice President for Enrollment, Eastern Mennonite University