Community or Cult? [part 1-1]





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Published on Aug 6, 2008

Chronicle, a news magazine (WCVB-TV, Channel 5 Boston), broadcast this show on July 21, 1993 (the first of two parts). It is a report on the Community of Jesus, Inc. of Orleans, Massachusetts, USA. Their respective web sites are: http://www.thebostonchannel.com http://www.communityofjesus.org

The report was done with standard journalistic technique, showing both sides of the issue: is the Community a cult? Some neutral experts were interviewed. Former members were interviewed. Current members of the Community (at the time) were interviewed. Interestingly, many "current" members that are shown in the taping have since left.

The Community of Jesus was founded by two lay women, Cay Anderson & Judy Sorensen. Cay Anderson died in 1988. The leader of the Community at the time of the taping, Betty Pugsley (who goes by Elizabeth Patterson when she conducts the choir outside the Community), is still in charge as of the date of this posting. Over the years, the Community has been the subject of the print media, including the Cape Cod Times (the local newspaper), the Cape Cod Voice (a local magazine), Boston Magazine (a regional magazine), and the Globe and Mail (the national newspaper of Canada).

The observations, declarations, and accusations of former members are trivialized and dismissed by the Community to this day.

FACTnet, a web site about cults and other high-control environments, includes a topic on the Community in their forums: http://www.factnet.org/vbforum/index.php
Look under "Religions, Religious Sub Sects and Religious or Spiritual Cults",
then under "Christian Centered Groups",
then scroll down to "Community of Jesus Grenville Christian College"

Grenville Christian College (GCC) became affiliated with the Community in 1973 when its leadership sought the help of Cay & Judy. Its leadership and staff members became non-resident members (and some eventually became resident members at the Community in Orleans). GCC ran a private Christian boarding school using the same principles and techniques as the Community. Its staff, being non-resident members, followed the teachings of Cay and Judy and applied it to staff members, staff children, children from the Community who attended GCC, and students not affiliated with either GCC or the Community.

GCC closed its doors at the end of the summer of 2007. Shortly thereafter, it was named as a defendant in a class action lawsuit in Canada, along with the Anglican Church of Canada and the Community of Jesus. At the date of this posting, the legal teams are preparing, filing, etc. and an actual trial has not yet begun. Not surprisingly, the Community has distanced itself from GCC.

Another web site that discusses the truth about the Community of Jesus and Grenville Christian College is: http://www.communityofjesus.biz

Used by permission.


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