Peoples Temple Collection; Box 27, Virtual item 31, Q1027- San Francisco sermon (1973)
- Digitized: 1973
- Jones, Jim (Jones, James Warren) (Person)
Recorded in January 1973, this address by Jim Jones to his Peoples Temple congregation in San Francisco contains few overt references to God – either as the traditional Judeo-Christian God whom Jones often disparages, or to himself as being the new Christ or the new God – few interpretations of the news that characterize many of his sermons from this period, and only a limited number of reminders of what Peoples Temple has done for its followers. Instead, it is a more focused talk, dwelling principally on a couple of subjects: Angela Davis, the Communist Party and radical political groups in the US; recent publicity about the Temple and what that means for the group; and the role of nonviolence in political struggle. The recording includes several familiar characteristics, including tape edits at the times that Jones asks the congregation for money. The sermon also cuts off in mid-sentence at the end. What is relatively rare is that the tape begins with the beginning of the address, rather than picking it up after it has begun. Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.
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Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
Publisher: The Jonestown Institute