I moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1990 with two college friends. We’d decided to leave school at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and transfer to a small art school north of Boston called Montserrat College of Art.
A few days after moving into town we met a couple of local kids, who told us there was a “Satan Church” on the eastern end of town. Our immediate response was: “where? We’ve got to check that out!”. So we walked across town, found the old church building the kids had described, walked up to the front door and knocked. That was the day I met Richard Emmanuel.
“The Church” as we found out wasn’t a Satan Church. It was founded by Richard in 1968 as a place to explore belief systems and to create a space where it was possible to question belief systems and to consciously explore the meaning of the journey that each of us takes through the course of our lives.
As Richard describes it “it’s a Church with no members”.