From the Newsletter of Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir
(Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir are a radical performance community. They use music, language and creative direct action. They work for the Earth. Learn more via their website.)
For some of you this is no surprise: our work is “bringing humor and music to the environment movement.” But a deeper truth might be that we are “bringing a spiritual life to defending the Earth.” Maybe I should say a SECULAR spiritual life. No gods please. Just the Earth.
The big riddle of our time is: How can we remain so passive in the face of the Earth’s crisis? We can’t get people to stop shopping and we’ve been trying hard for 20 years. On the other hand, what activism is working? The Church of Stop Shopping attended COP26 in Glasgow, a year ago, and we met all the enviro-types, people with green careers in famous institutions, people with ideologies and lawsuits and scary climate data… it’s not working.
How can anyone avoid the old wisdom that says that – the Earth is alive. In our community, we’re not all the way there yet, but it’s coming into our music and my sermons. We’ve got a building now and have our Earthchurch services every Sunday and our activism is so much stronger.
We ask that you take this leap with us. The earth spirit becomes clear in flashes, especially when we’re singing. The Earth is the activist now. When we are effective, singing in that Chase bank, shielding that tree from the chainsaw – we feel the Earth saving herself.
Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir