The Political Vending Machine: Reverend Billy’s Church Undergoes Name Change

11 02 2009

Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping is now known as “The Church of Life After Shopping.” Their first performance under the new banner will be at the Highline Ballroom on March 8th.

From a statement released on Reverend Billy’s facebook:

“…We have stopped and we are starting something new. Our neighborhoods and Main Streets, shuttered by the big boxes and their big banks, are now blossoming again. There are record start-ups each week, usually family businesses. Organic farms and green markets are strong. People are meeting their neighbors and are trading with each other, skill-swapping and loaning tools. This last Christmas, indy shops out-performed chain stores. We shopped local. Local-a-lujah!…”

A Reverend Billy show features gospel songs advocating anti-consumerism and sustainability, among other progressive topics.

(by Jonathan Singer; photo courtesy of Gothamist)