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June 15, 2010


Yes! There must be room for everything that is beautiful or else the natural world would not be the way it is.

Yes, the Community has certainly produced some beautiful art. I wonder, though, if you're aware of the very real cost in broken lives and deep scars left on the survivors of this cult. I lived there as a monastic brother for seven years. Thirty years after leaving (literally running away in the middle of the night), I still shudder at how breathtakingly abusive the CofJ was.

If you're interested in learning more, here is a link to a TV magazine, Chronicle, and the multi-part series they did on the Community. Pay particular attention to the differences between the stories of the survivors and the denials by now-head Betty Pugsley. See which of the two seem more authentic. I can testify to just how untrue Betty's denials are.

Sorry! Forgot to leave the link: http://gccglobe.com/

My associations with the Community have been limited, as have been my visits. But I have never picked up on the sorts of abuse referred to in these (dated) videos. I have friends whose associations have been much closer, and they have witnessed the community as healthy. That's all I know.

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