Church of the Holy Fool Preacher Uses Offbeat Methods to Spread God's Word

At the Church of the Holy Fool in Sheffield, AL, you won't find any blessed artifacts or beautified saints--just lots and lots of weirdness. There, presiding Pastor Ethan Acres proselytizes ponderously on profound and pious points, using art and light-hearted silliness to spread the word of God.

Examples of his eccentric method of sermonizing include the 'Blessing of the Hippopotamus,' in which he comments on a poem by T.S. Eliot by dipping himself into a pool of mud, and the 'Elvis Sweatcloth,' a sly reference to the shroud of Turin.