by Timothy Wyllie
The Inside Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgment -- Expanded Edition
The Process Church of the Final Judgment was the apocalyptic shadow side of the flower-powered ’60s and perhaps the most notorious cult of modern times.
The Process Church of the Final Judgment was the apocalyptic shadow side of the flower-powered ’60s and perhaps the most notorious cult of modern times. Hundreds of black-cloaked devotees, often wearing a satanic “Goat of Mendes” and a swastika-like mandala, swept the streets of London, New York, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, and Toronto, selling magazines and books with titles like “Fear” and Humanity is the Devil.
Members would participate in “Midnight Meditations” beneath photographs of the Christ-like leader. Celebrities like Marianne Faithful, James Coburn, and Mick Jagger participated in Process publications, and Funkadelic, in its Maggot Brain album, reprinted Process’ “Fear Issue.” Process’ “Death Issue” interviewed the freshly-imprisoned Charles Manson leading to conspiracy hysteria in such books as Ed Sanders’ The Family and Maury Terry’s The Ultimate Evil. A lawsuit against Sanders’ Manson book led to the removal of its Process-themed chapter by Dutton.
Love, Sex, Fear, Death is the shocking, surprising, and secretive inside story of The Process Church, which was later transformed into Foundation Faith of the Millennium, and most recently as the Utah-based animal sanctuary, Best Friends. Timothy Wyllie, a formative member of the Process and Foundation Faith organizations contributed a comprehensive history of the group and its rituals. Love, Sex, Fear, Death also includes interviews with other former Processeans; selections from the rare and notorious Process magazines; never-before-seen photographs; and fascinating transcripts from holy books. New to this edition will be select court transcripts from the 1972 suit where the Process Church sued Ed Sanders for libel in England (and won.)
Author Biography: Timothy Wyllie (1940-2017) was born in Great Britain and raised in London and is one of the original Process Church members.