Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping

Reverend Billy (aka Bill Talen) is a fierce anti-consumer advocate who preaches anti-consumerism with his Church of Stop Shopping, giving voice against mult-national corporations and attempting to wake up the masses hypnotized by the powerful spell of consumerism.


The Church of Stop Shopping is a New York City based radical performance community, with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. They are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters, earth loving urban activists who have worked with communities on 4 continents defending land, life and imagination from reckless development and the extractive imperatives of global capital. They employ multiple tactics and creative strategies, including:

  • cash register exorcisms,
  • retail interventions,
  • cell phone operas combined with grass roots organizing and media activism

They are entertainers and artists, performing regularly throughout The US and Europe and anywhere else that will have them.

revbilly-starbucks Reverend Billy is not a friend of Starbucks
revbilly-street-sermon1 Street preaching on the Evils of Consumerism
revbilly-sermon Preaching the Gospel
revbilly-cash-register-exorcism Reverend Billy performing a Credit Card exorcism
revbilly-bank-of-america He’s no friend of Bank of America either
revbilly-street-sermon2 Pounding the pavement to raise awareness

The 2007 Movie: What Would Jesus Buy? A documentary about Reverend Billy

Credit card exorcism for shopaholics

Reverend Billy charged by Chase Manhattan

Preaching at Chase Manhattan