Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir
The Church of Stop Shopping, along with Reverend Billy, is a New York City based radical performance community, with 45 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. We are anti-consumerist gospel shouting, earth loving activists and have worked with communities on 4 continents defending land, life, and imagination from reckless development and environmentally destructive practices. Learn more about our work at www.revbilly.com.
Sermon and Song at the Temple at Burning Man
Burn-a-lujah!! The Stop Shopping Choir is honored to be asked to perform at the Temple by artists David and Maggie Best and the Temple's community of artists and builders. The Temple is constantly active over the week of Burning Man. People journey there with their mementos from those loved ones who have died in the last 12 months. The entire week, any time of day or night, mourners can be found at the Temple gazing into photographs, reading messages, tacking up a bit of cloth or a feather. Then on Sunday night, the last night of Black Rock City each year, the Temple is burned down to the embers within a ring of tens of thousands of silent mourners.
The Burning Man 2012 theme is Fertility. This year, the ones who have lost their mothers will have special care. The "Temple of Juno" honors the love and the work of mothers, and honors our sorrowing for our mothers when they pass from us.
The Mother Earth is under attack by corporations and governments like never before. The power of creativity is profited-from, but unacknowledged by the economy based on Consumerism and Militarism. The present leaders cannot seem to stop subsidizing fossil fuel habits, and CO2 rises every week. This is the era of the extinction of living things. We carry around with us the threat to the lives of our children. We pretend that we will never live to see the motherlessness of the Silent Spring.
We will come to the end of this year's Burning Man on the high desert playa and prepare for the 51 weeks back in cities, traffic, and computers with a pledge to become radical Earth warriors. The Temple of Juno will be the mother of our courage!
Partner with Us in our Mission to Black Rock City!
Please join us in bringing the Stop Shopping gospel to Burning Man this year! We are sending 27 active members of our Church to perform with Reverend Billy at the Temple. Your support will help us cover our camp infrastructure, performance equipment, food, and desert-survival provisions for all traveling performers.
Performing Member of the Stop Shopping Choir