The Industrial Church of the New World Comforter is a UFO religion founded in 1973 by Allen Michael.
In 1947, Allen Noonan was a pictorial sign painter in Long Beach, California who that year claimed to have a telepathic encounter with a UFO. He then changed his name from Allen Noonan to Allen Michael. He claimed to have physically encountered a flying saucer in 1954 at Giant Rock in the Mojave Desert of California. During the Summer of Love, he had a vegan restaurant on the northwest corner of Haight and Scott streets in San Francisco, California called the Here and Now (also called the Mustard Seed).
His group lived in two communes in two large houses during the late 1960s and early 1970s in Berkeley, California called The One World Family. They had classes in tantric sex. In 1969, the vegan restaurant moved to a much larger space on Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street in Berkeley and the name of the restaurant was changed to the One World Family Natural Food Center.
They published a vegan cookbook called Cosmic Cookery. In 1973, Allen Michael founded The Industrial Church of the New World Comforter and published the first volume of his revelations, The Everlasting Gospel. In 1975, the church headquarters and the vegetarian restaurant relocated to Stockton, California. Allen Noonan ran for President of the United States in the 1980 and 1984 elections on the Utopian Synthesis Party ticket.
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