(excerpt from) NYUlocal.com
Convert To Anti-Consumerism (Or Something Like It) At The Church Of Earthalujah
by Colt Steele on January 31st, 2011
…according to the group’s website, the performances are “an urban study of indigenous wisdom, wrap[ped] with a distortion of Jimmy Swaggart and a radical gospel choir from around the world… that’s the Church of Earthalujah!” Oh, right.
Led by the Reverend Billy Talen, famous for founding the Church of Life After Shopping, starring in the documentary “What Would Jesus Buy,” and (unsuccessfully) running a third party campaign for mayor in 2009, the Church of Earthalujah aims to fuse Talen’s anti-consumerism views with the ideals of the green movement, all presented through the traditions of the Christian Church…
Talen then gave a passionate sermon on the recent protests in Tunisia and Egypt, the destructive practices of coal mining, and the amazing ability of the earth to adapt. He writes that, “What is happening to us is not natural disasters, these blackbirds and fish, droughts and floods and tsunamis and quakes… These are cries and laughter, these are YouTubes and tabloid scandals from our Supreme Being. Earthalujah!”…
The Church of Earthalujah meets at 7:30 p.m. for the next 20 Sundays at Theatre 80 (St. Mark’s Pl. & 1st Ave.).