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: Truth, n., an ingenious compound of desirability and appearance.
The Quotation in Rotation: Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. --Andre Gide
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__________________________________________________ Breaking news from Church headquarters:
Alex Monday: Back from vacation and looking good
After spending some time alone in the wilds of...he won't say where, but it was apparently a nice place, the "Go-To Guy" of The Golly Group is ready to do some more readings of A Man Called Oval. And although reluctant to disclose his retreat location, he did spend some time in the area of Chimayo, New Mexico, visiting weaver Susan Meredith in her studio where she was busy creating her new product, a line of neckties and bowties made from her woven fabric. He immediately offered to take one off her hands--"I offered to buy one," he insists--and she gave him one of the first neckties to come off the table. Learning of Alex's well-known passion for bowties, she immediately added these to the project and sent him some to use in his videos. This led to an endorsement deal between Chimayo Ties and The Golly Group. Ms Meredith, though she doesn't claim membership in The Church Of Golly, admits a certain inclination towards its principles. "I found Alex to be a very surprising person," she said by phone to this reporter. When asked to elaborate, she added, "He was very doubtful on several levels. A doubtable guy." "We are friends," said Alex. "Perhaps she meant 'redoubtable'. But I doubt it. I am surprised she admits knowing me." See the video below to view some of the ties being worn by Alex. He is said to be working on getting Oval to take up bowties.
Note: The Surprise of Your Life can be read free here. To buy your own copy, see below.
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: Are you people nuts? The local branch of The Church Of Golly in [name of town withheld] my hometown has been sending out young "missionaries", for lack of a better word. They recently came to my door, and I hadn't spoken to them for more than a minute before they were expressing their doubt about their religion, its founders, and their own membership. Now how can an organization such as yours expect to succeed if this is typical of its membership? I swear I found myself trying to prop up their church for them and feeling like I was the missionary. I will say it was a refreshing change from the Latter Day Jehovah's Saints who usually cruise this neighborhood. --Tables turned in Tampa Dear Tables: We have been told that these missionaries, as you call them, are carefully selected and trained for this work. Apparently they succeeded with you, since you took up their cause, as you say. We suggest that next time you see if you can reflect their doubt back at them, which would indicate genuine advancement in Doubt. Meanwhile, we thank you for your concern and your hospitality to our young ambassadors, although we doubt your story in general. --Editor
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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 again, friends of friends of Golly. And speaking of Friends, I was talking with a couple of my Quaker friends the other day (yes, there are a few of them in Houston, Kansas). One of them mentioned that he was going to be offering a class in Doubt and Surprise at the local Friends meeting house. I asked him if he expected to have a good turnout and he said, "I doubt it. People, no matter how sympathetic, seem to find it difficult to take Gollyism seriously when I bring up the subject. Oh, they find it an amusing topic for awhile over a glass of wine and some hummus with pita chips, but when it comes to actually studying how to put it to practical use in their lives, they seem to have too much to do." I thought to myself, isn't that the truth? Like most spiritual philosophies, the teachings of Golly require commitment if one is going to reap more than superficial benefits in one's life. It is a problem which faces the leaders of our own congregations around the country, as I hear in their letters to me, or when I am visiting them during my travels. Like most churches, I suppose, Gollyite centers have a challenge when it comes to bringing their members into deeper understandings of what their "beliefs"--pardon the expression--can offer them. We talk a lot about doubt and surprise here on the website, and on The By Golly Show; and of course it is important to keep it simple for the benefit of newcomers and for the casual Gollyite, as it were. And to a great extent that is all there is. There is good reason for the continual focus on these concepts. But it can be a deceptive picture. (Which is a good thing in its way. There is every reason to doubt what we preach. But for a teacher like me, it can sometimes seem like trying to land a fish on the shore with your bare hands: a very slippery situation.) Over the years I have developed a meditation technique, if you will, which is able to take someone who is willing to invest some time from their daily life far deeper into this world of doubt. I call it Transcend Doubtful Meditation, or TDM. (Tedium, as my son Galvin says it. By the way, he is one of the most advanced practitioners of the technique that I know of.) I can't go into detail here, but there may be a book coming out soon on the subject. I have been teaching seminars here and at some of our bigger centers around the country for some time now. By the way, my Friend friend has talked me into presenting a lecture at one of his class meetings. So if you happen to be in the area of First and Houston next Wednesday night, stop in to the meeting house and join us.
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