HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL – Feb. 2, 2017 – SHEROES & HEROES: ACTIVISTS
Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Assistant Director, Reiki Master, and Psychic Kali Meister
“Keep your sense of humor, my friend; if you don’t have a sense of humor it just isn’t funny anymore.” ~ Wavy Gravy
Wavy Gravy is an American entertainer and activist for peace, best known for his hippie appearance, personality and beliefs. Wavy (born Hugh Nanton Romney) founded and co-founded several organizations, including Camp Winnarainbow, the Seva Foundation and the Hog Farm, an activist commune. He was also the official clown of the Grateful Dead and has two radio shows on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Jam On station. A major film documentary on Wavy Gravy’s life, Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Story, was released in late 2010 by Ripple Effect Films. The film, directed by Michelle Esrick, received excellent reviews.
Romney’s clown persona resulted from his political activism. Frequently arrested at demonstrations, he decided he would be less likely to be arrested if he dressed as a clown, so he became a founding member of the Phurst Church of Phun, a secret society of comics and clowns dedicated to ending the Vietnam War through the use of political theater. “Clowns are safe,” he said. Despite this, he also performs traditional clown activities such as jokes, magic tricks and entertaining children.
Today’s Action: When has your sense of humor saved you?
Today’s Sharing: Share your stories of what you find funny with us on the Holy Heretic Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine.
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