Reverend Billy’s Church of Earthalujah!
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_blank”>the incomparable Reverend Billy, the performance artist, activist, and post-theistic preacher, with news about his latest project, now running on Sunday nights at Theatre 80 in New York City:
Our experiment, “The Church of Earthalujah!”—is a playful but pretty basically new approach to environmentalism. Like our usual play—this iteration may be a political rally for the earth, or a post-theistic religion designed for hipsters, or a improvisational comedy show. And if it isn’t all three—we’re having a bad night…
We’re saying that we need a kind of faith to drive stronger analysis and direct action—for the crisis of the Earth’s physical systems. Prayers and rousing gospel, polemics like sermons and liturgy and the altar call—it’s a step beyond traditional environmentalism in 2011, which has fallen into a stupor since Copenhagen.
He’s definitely right about the stupor. And with the big climate meeting coming up this December in Durban, once again, there’s need to build a stronger, more creative, and more effective global movement than ever before to support real change. If you’re in town, you can start by catching Billy’s show!
Nathan Schneider is an editor of Killing the Buddha and writes about religion, reason, and violence for a variety of publications. He is also a founding editor of Waging Nonviolence. His first two books, published by University of California Press in 2013, are God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet and Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse. Visit his website at The Row Boat.