About Reverend Billy

Reverend Billy From his humble beginnings preaching outside the Disney Store in Times Square, Reverend Billy has spent the last decade toggling between community activism and theatrical spectacle. He even became the subject of "Supersize Me" director Morgan Spurlock's sophomore documentary, "What Would Jesus Buy?" A logical extension of his anti-consumerism gospel, Reverend Billy now tackles the growing environmental crisis with "The Church of Earthalujah!" Anchored by Rev.'s impassioned sermons and backed by a 35-person gospel choir, "Earthalujah" transcends parody in favor of a passionate humanism that speaks to growing public anxiety in the face of the ever-growing climate emergency and impotent leadership from politicians, NGOs and corporate CEOs.

Author Archives: Reverend Billy

Rev. Billy: Sandy and Much More Extreme Weather is Climate Change

November 2nd, 2012 | by Reverend Billy

Climate Change town crier and leader of the Church of Stop Shopping, Reverend Billy, describes the enormity of Sandy's death and destruction in New York neighborhoods. He also explains that the global warming tipping point has already been reached, and that NOW is the time for radical change

Occupy Jail, Occupy Big Banks

May 11th, 2012 | by Reverend Billy

We are submitting to the mug shots of an activist photographer. We are confessing to crimes against big banks IN ADVANCE, so there is a pre-criminal condition that we all share. First, we feel the humiliation of the mug-shot, feeling the gaze of the security state, en route to the retinal shot and the strip search, the scramble to be represented legally, to be heard, to be free again — but then free to do what

Banktransferlujah!! Money Transfer Action Day!

November 3rd, 2011 | by Reverend Billy

This Saturday thousands of people around the country are transferring their money from large corporate banks, into small financial institutions, community-oriented cooperatives and credit unions. We've been doing this for some time, check out our own Dragonfly's amazing stealth video during our successful campaign against JP Morgan Chase and their financing of Mountaintop Removal

Faith, Faithlessness, and the Occupation in Between

November 3rd, 2011 | by Reverend Billy

Join critically acclaimed author, KtB editor, and OccupyWriters.com founder Jeff Sharlet, and the unstoppable evangelists of anti-consumerism Reverend Billy and Savitri D for a discussion about religion and politics in the Occupy movement and beyond. The conversation, held at the renowned Midtown performance space The Tank on November 15, will be hosted by Killing the Buddha

Our Grief Is Not A Cry For War

September 9th, 2011 | by Reverend Billy

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Reverend asks “What happened to peace?” On that impossible day when the skyline

Earth Preaching

August 19th, 2011 | by Reverend Billy

Believing that the Earth is our god, government, economy and culture - all wrapped into one big institution - that is simple common sense!

Reverend Billy: Protest, Art and Exorcism

July 27th, 2011 | by Reverend Billy

Exorcism: the act of driving out a dark spirit that has possessed a person or a place, by commanding it to leave in the name of a more powerful power - in our case the life of the Earth

Reverend Billy Exorcizes BP from London’s Tate Museum

July 24th, 2011 | by Reverend Billy

At the Tate Modern in London, British Petroleum seeks to capture our imagination by hitching its BP sunflower logo to the Miro exhibit. This reduces the artistic experience to a dangerously passive consumerism. Only the Earth itself, a kind of freak storm inside, can free us from such a damaging lie

Hysterical Revolution!

July 7th, 2011 | by Reverend Billy

As The Church of Earthalujah takes off for our European tour, Reverend Billy gets a lesson in hysterical revolution from British activists and his one-year-old daughter.

Rev. Billy: Ask What You Can Do for the Earth

July 1st, 2011 | by Reverend Billy

Reverend Billy preaches on whittling all of those 700 issues in your inbox every morning down to just one vital thing: saving life itself. "All the issues will be one issue when the ocean has risen to the point where we have got our chin above the brine and we are inhaling our last breath of life; at that point life is the one issue that we all share. But why can't life be an issue now?"

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