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Laughing in Church: Why Is Humor Missing From Worship?

Humor is built into us. It helps us welcome others into a group, helps us heal, relaxes us, opens our minds, lets us gracefully see ourselves when we need to be reminded of our limitations and speaks to a sense of optimism. So why is humor often absent in Christian circles and frowned upon in many worship services? In an excerpt from his book "Between Heaven and Mirth," the Rev. James Martin, SJ, explores the role of humor in spiritual life and suggests some reasons for its absence in the lives of earnest Christians. Read “Laughing in Church” and the companion Q & A, “Faith Leads to Joy,” on the website of Faith & Leadership, an online offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

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