Early Days of Godspell

“I went home and realized what I wanted to do with the Gospels: I wanted to make it the simple, joyful message that I felt the first time I read them and recreate the sense of community, which I did not share when I went to that service.”

—John-Michael Tebelak, bookwriter and original director of Godspell

Check out this excerpt from the Godspell creator’s 1975 interview with Dramatics Magazine (you can find the full interview here).  Along with the excerpt are some great links that illustrate not only Godspell‘s origins, but its original production and the addition of “By My Side” in the La Mama production.  Did you know that “By My Side” was originally written for a play called “Marigold and Elkin”?

Spirituality & Community-Building Through Burning Man


Burning Man creates a city in a desert every year that lasts for a week, and then is completely removed. Among the many structures that Burners erect for the week of Burning Man each year are temples. The Huffington Post looks at ten years of temples and the spirituality of Burning Man that they reveal.

It’s an hour long, but this panel is full of great discussion of the different ways that Burning Man, and groups influenced by Burning Man, create and nurture communities.