Bruce Buckley Lecture
Thursday, May 9 • 7:30 pm
In his 2013 Bruce Buckley Lecture, How the Divine Mother of the Universe and Others in the City of Angels Make Space, Place, and Things Sacred, Dr. Michael Owen Jones will comment on some of the ways that individuals in Los Angeles utilize objects to express religiosity, focusing on the Church of Humanity and Divine Love, established in 1965 in a former barbershop by Senior Bishop Margaret Johnson.
Like other older women in the church, Bishop Johnson is called “Mother” out of respect. She calls herself, and is accepted by some, as the Divine Mother of the Universe, an incarnation of Mother God. The Mothers believe that the human spirit lives forever, moving from the deceased to a new “house” (body), which may be human, animal, or inanimate. The church is perceived as a place not only of worship but of learning — a university which utilizes sacred texts, dreams, visions, out-of-body experiences, and objects both Christian and secular as vehicles for metaphysical discourse.
Join us for this special presentation, Thursday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. at the Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium, Cooperstown, NY. This event is free and open to the public.