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REVEREND BILLY & THE CHURCH OF STOP SHOPPING

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STATEMENT OF BELIEF (an excerpt)

Our church is a radical performance community based in New York City. Performances are designed and directed by Savitri D. The musical director is Nehemiah Luckett. The lead singer is Laura Newman.

Let’s talk about the Devil. Corporate Commercialism has sped up to a roar, virtually unopposed. Consumerism is normalized in the mind of the average person. Sometimes we even refer to ourselves as consumers, forgetting that we are also citizens, humans, men, women, animals. We forget that we share many resources, public spaces, libraries, information, history, sidewalks, streets, schools that we created laws and covenants and governments to protect us, to support us, to help us … The subjugation of these resources and these laws to the forces of the market demands a response.

… Above all we try to “complexify” the moment of purchase, to snap people out their hypnosis and back into the mystery of being human. We remind people that things come from somewhere, that products have a resource past, a labor past. Someone made It, and It is made of something. We trace the route a product took to get on the shelf, the life it might have when we throw it away. We animate the objects that surround us and, in so doing, we re-animate ourselves. We become citizens again.

 Attend the Church of Stop Shopping
with Reverend Billy

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