Doubt all that you see. Be surprised at all that happens. This is the message of Golly of Nazareth, at the core of The Church Of Golly. Founder Oval Rubber, and all of us at The Golly Group of Media Companies, invite you to explore this website, starting with the latest news here on the front page. Go inside to learn about the history of Gollyism, receive lessons in Doubt, and meet some of the people who promote Oval's ministry through The By Golly Show and the other enterprises of the Church and The Golly Group.
Today's Doubtful Definition: Cynic, n., a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. --Ambrose Bierce
The Quotation in Rotation: If two philosophers agree, one is not a philosopher. If two saints disagree, one is not a saint. --Tibetan saying
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Mormon missionaries wander into Church offices--Pt 3: Oval Rubber camps out at local Ward
Church Of Golly CEO Oval Rubber, saying the time has come for the world to understand where Gollyism fits in with mainstream religions, has been spending several hours a day for the last month sitting in a small room in the basement of the 1st Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in downtown Houston, Kansas. Located only two blocks from his own office at the Church Of Golly world headquarters, the ward house has become the focus of attention by local and national news media because of this good-natured sit-in. A steady trickle of one or two reporters each day, as well as some video coverage by network news programs, seems to have helped him make his point, Mr. Rubber said. With the bishop of the ward at his side in the small room that has been his office away from office, he announced today that he is pleased with the publicity the stunt (his term) has given to the issue. "The Church Of Golly, despite its widespread name recognition, partly as a result of the success of The By Golly Show on television, has continued to be misunderstood by many. I want the world to know that Gollyism, though it promotes Doubt, does not condemn belief." Wearing his signature red tie--a practice he took up after meeting Oral Roberts many years ago--he concluded the day's informal press conference by offering the bishop a cup of coffee brought by son Galvin Rubber for the occasion. "I symbolically decline this cup," said Bishop Ron Wheeler, laughing. "Oval and I have agreed that I will not drink coffee when I visit his office, and he will not indulge in Postum when he visits mine."
The Surprise of Your Life This little book will attempt to summarize the story of Golly of Nazareth, in order to give those unfamiliar with the prophet a glimpse not only of his life, but of the philosophy which he brought to the world and which is known as Gollyism. Thus, Oval Rubber--founder of The Church Of Golly--begins the volume before you now. Drawing on the Book of Gol, which he likens--especially the three Gospels of Doubt--to the New Testament of the Bible, he presents a picture of the life and times of Golly in the first century AD. His desert conversion, the assembling of his twelve "non-disciples", his association with Jesus, and his ministry, are described with the help of quotes from the texts themselves. Theorizing that Golly and Jesus collaborated in what he terms The Golilean Scene, he tells how the Jewish establishment's betrayal of Jesus to the Romans led to Golly's decision to "disappear" just in time to avoid his own entrapment. Reverend Rubber challenges our thinking about this time and place, even as he welcomes our doubt. For as he points out, doubt and surprise were the central message of Golly of Nazareth. To go to the book site, push the button below: For the Kindle e-book version:
This is the biography of Oval Rubber, father of The Church Of Golly, from his childhood until the age of 28. Beginning with an overview of Oval's early life in Ohio, where he is born in 1948, through his college days in Utah, it goes on to introduce the people who influence his thinking as a young intellectual in search of a ministry. We meet the theatrical pioneers who bring him together with his future wife, Ethyl, in Salt Lake City, and watch as he uses their example to begin creating a revolutionary new religion called Gollyism. We go with Oval and Ethyl in 1976 as they embark on a journey, both figurative and literal, into their future, and across the country toward the founding of The Church Of Golly in the little town of Houston, Kansas. Along the way, they meet the people who will play key roles in the organization that has brought the message of Golly of Nazareth to the world. This is a tale of the 1970s and a group of restless bohemians who come together to form the core of one of the most original religious movements to come out of the American experience. They are led by the man who millions have come to know through The By Golly Show as the evangelist of Doubt and Surprise, Oval Rubber. Author Ethie Rubber paints a minutely detailed picture of a group of hippies on the road, and the humor and loyalty they develop as they find themselves being drawn into the world of Gollyism brought forth by a man called Oval. To go to the book site: For the Kindle version:
(Editor's note--We welcome all letters, no matter how doubtful. The more doubtful the better, actually.)
Editor: Several weeks ago I wrote a letter to the Editor, but I haven't seen it published here. Are you afraid of what I had to say? I was rather critical of the Church, the Rubber family, and even this website. I realize you probably receive many letters, so I waited patiently. Still, nothing. Surely you could have printed it by now. --Doubtful in Denver Dear Denver: We remember your letter. The editorial board felt it was mean, bitter, and without redeeming merit. In such cases we put the letter into a file called "When Hell Freezes Over". Yours is the third one in line for publication at that time. And don't call me Shirley. --Editor Editor: That last exchange was silly and cruel. And it blatantly stole the Shirley joke from Airplane! with Leslie Nielsen. You have raised my doubt level, I admit. Was that your intention? --Vigilant in Visalia Dear Vise (may I call you Vise?): --Yes. Well, Vise, I don't have to answer that. This column does not have an accountability clause. By the way, how did you read that letter so soon? It was only published about twenty minutes ago. --Thirty is more like it. But never mind how. Just remember, we are watching you, Editor, or whatever your name is. And I know it's not Shirley. --Editor P.S. that was a great movie.
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The Oval Corner By Oval Rubber Founder of The Church Of Golly and Host Emeritus of The By Golly Show
Hello, readers! I am writing from the basement of the 1st Ward of the LDS Church in Houston, Kansas. I have been hiding here off and on for over a month now--even spending some nights here on a cot graciously provided by the bishop (the lay minister of the local church). My wife, Ethyl, is with me at the moment, although she does not spend as much time here as I do. Having grown up Mormon, she says, provided her plenty of experience of ward basements for a lifetime. Hiding? you say. What are you hiding from? Well, perhaps hiding is not the right word. Let's say 'occupying'. I am here to show the world that we Gollyites are internecine, ecclesiastical folks who love religions of all types. This was the result of a conversation I had, as reported in the last "Corner", with a couple of young Mormon missionaries who visited my office. I felt I had to do something noteworthy about the age-old question, "Is Gollyism anti-religion?" I have the complete cooperation of the bishop of the ward, with whom I have had some great discussions during my time here. I even attended a Sunday meeting here, where I briefly addressed the membership on the topic of Golly's relationship with Jesus. This is a subject about which there is of course almost complete agreement among most theologians that it never happened. And I am fine with that. Even though my career as a minister of Golly seems to contradict it, I concur with their doubt 100 percent. And I am as sure as Doubt can allow, that Golly would agree with my position. Golly of Nazareth taught his nondisciples that they should doubt all that they see, including his own--and by extension, their--work of spreading the philosophy of Doubt and Surprise. Well, I think I have made my point. I will probably not continue my sit-in after today. I have to say, I miss my office, the cafeteria down the hall, and especially the never-empty pot of coffee which I have maintained on my desk ever since I stole it from the Village Inn restaurant in Salt Lake City forty years ago. The Babylon Theatre boys, Alex and Kent, who readers of Ethie's wonderful book about our early life together will know were our close friends when we lived there, called it the Refillable Steamy--even naming their book of plays after it. If we at The C of G believe in anything, it is the power of coffee to make everything right with the world, a form of idolatry which our LDS friends still refute, despite the (seemingly pointed) incursion across the street of a Starbucks store recently. I think the bishop and I have reached an 'agree to disagree' position on this subject.
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