Reverent Billy, Guest Faculty 2008–10
Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir believe that Consumerism is overwhelming in our lives. The corporations want us to have experienced only through their products. Our neighborhoods, “commons” places like stoops and parks and streets and libraries, are disappearing into the corporatized world of big boxes and chain stores. But if we “back away from the product”—even a little bit—well then we Put The Odd Back In God! The supermodels fly away and we’re left with our original sensuality. So we are singing and preaching for local economies and real—not mediated through products—experience. We like independent shops where you know the person behind the counter or at least you like them enough to share a story. We ask that local activists who are defending themselves against supermalls, nuke plants, gentrification—call us and we’ll come and put on our “Fabulous Worship!” Remember children… Love is a Gift Economy!