The Ex-Jehovah's Witness Meetup Group is a support and meetup group for ex-Jehovah's Witnesses in the UK, with most meetups happening in the south of England.
It is a religiously neutral group made up of current members who may be baptised or unbaptised, doubters or merely curious, ex-members who may have faded, been disfellowshipped or disassociated, and who may have remained religious or spiritual or become agnostic or atheist.
The organisers are made up of people of all walks of life; atheist or Christian, straight or gay, black or white. We are religiously neutral, and most of our meetups are just about offering friendship and support, but we do also have meetups for humanists to discuss their ideas, and for Christians to engage in fellowship.
We extend an open hand especially to people who simply cannot talk about their suffering or their doubts with Witness family, or with people who were never witnesses (affectionately known as "nevawazzas" or "nevawazzadubs").
We started in 2006 as a group for xJWs in Kent, we then expanded into South East England, then the whole o England, and now we operate as a group for xJWs in the whole of Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) to meet and receive support and friendship.
Please keep in mind that this group is public to anyone who joins and as we know, the Jehovah's Witnesses operate a shunning policy on anyone who disobeys the Watchtower organisation. So if you are a fader or a doubter and fear that there may be repercussions of your joining such a group, please do not use your real name, your face photo or any other information that may incriminate you or cause you to be seen as an apostate.
People have suffered a lot because of the shunning of family members, the mishandling of child abuse cases, the mishandling of domestic abuse cases, the ban on certain medical treatments involving blood and the stigmatising of higher education as the pursuit of materialism and a waste of time. We are here to offer a listening ear and to reignite your social life and meet new people who understand you.
We appreciate the efforts of other JWs or xJWs who have given time and effort to expose the damaging policies and teachings of Watchtower through books, website and blogs.
Ray Franz,Crisis of Conscience
Ray Franz,In Search of Christian Freedom
Steve Hassan,Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults, and Beliefs
Don Cameron, Captives of a Concept
Join us, meet other local Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, a community of vibrant individuals from around the world who are learning and sharing about successful and enjoyable lives outside of the JW religion.
Membership is open to everyone
Content of this Meetup Group is only visible to members
Saturday, August 22, 2015 6:00 PM
Saturday, August 29, 2015 11:00 AM
Saturday, September 12, 2015 1:00 PM
Friday, October 2, 2015 10:00 AM
Saturday, November 14, 2015 10:00 AM
Saturday, December 5, 2015 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 25, 2016 1:00 PM
I started the group because there wasn't any other type of group like this. I've met some great folks in the group who have become close friends and have also met some amazing business owners.
— Bill, started New York City Gay Craft Beer Lovers