By Tim Nafziger, JP Keenan 10-12-2015

"Always preach the gospel," goes a quote often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. "And if necessary, use words."

Or, as the members of the Carnival de Resistance might add, a bicycle-powered sound system. Or a clock piñata. Or even, yes, a kitchen sink (powered by a foot pedal).

First started in 2013, the Carnival de Resistance is a traveling arts carnival using dance, music, participatory theater, and fire performance to recover the ecological themes in the gospels and the Hebrew scriptures. During the carnival, midway games, costumed characters, and theater performance under the big top "enchant people of all ages with a holy wildness that questions faith in progress and technology."

Earlier this fall, the Carnival crew gathered for a week of rehearsals and then two days of performances in Charlotte, North Carolina.

All photos by Tim Nafziger.

For more information about the Carnival, visit

Tim lives with his wife Charletta in the Ventura River watershed in Southern California and works with the Carnival de Resistance as development director.

JP Keenan is the Director of Multimedia at Sojourners.

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