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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 28, Virtual Item 12, Q1055-1, Side B, Redwood Valley sermon (undated)

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_28.13 Part 1 Side B


Summary Note

Jim Jones preaches a sermon to the Peoples Temple congregation. With very few references to members of the Temple, and even fewer references to current events – both rare occurrences – this sermon is difficult to locate in time and, in some respects, place. At one point, Jones speaks of “this valley,” and of the swimming pool in “this building,” a building which he helped construct – all suggesting that he is in Redwood Valley – although elsewhere, he speaks of the purest of his followers able to see God “in San Francisco, California.” In the continuation of the sermon located here, however, Jones refers to a puppy and a little cat “upstairs,” which – as former Temple member Garry Lambrev notes – places the location in San Francisco. “There was no ‘upstairs’ at the Redwood Valley Temple or at the one in LA.” Garry Lambrev also offers this note in terms of dating the address: “The term ‘Body of God’ didn't come into currency until the arrival of the elderly ladies and few gentlemen from Father Divine's Peace Mission, which means it can't be earlier than July 1971. Moreover, the reference to a Sacramento meeting dates it to later than the spring of 1972, approximately the time of our one public Sacramento meeting. He has evolved by this point to speaking of the ‘office’ he held and the authority of such ‘office’, a very important point in terms of ideology and reflective of the disappearance of Jim into/behind the mask of his role as savior. It seems in this first tape that he's speaking to a lot of people who've never heard him before, and undoubtedly a black audience.” Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

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Physical Description Note

Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.

Publisher Note

Publisher: The Jonestown Institute

Repository Details

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