The primary purpose of this group is to facilitate socialization and support among former Jehovah's Witnesses or those in the process of leaving. The Jehovah's Witness organization is considered a high-control group and even a cult by some. Jehovah's Witness members experience varying levels of isolation from the rest of the world. When someone leaves the Jehovah's Witness organization, whether by being disfellowshipped, disassociation or “fading” through inactivity, they are often shunned by close “friends” and “family” and are therefore further isolated and may face other difficult feelings. The transition to a healthy social life outside of the Jehovah's Witnesses can be difficult for some. Hopefully this group can be a place to help make that transition easier by providing a place to meet, talk and provide mutual support amongst people who have a common background and can understand the challenges. General social fun is encouraged.
Please note that the organizer is not a therapist or counselor and has had no training in that area, so if you feel that you need professional help, you should seek that help from a qualified professional. However as mentioned above, if you want understanding ears or you want to be an understanding ear, this can be the place.
This is not the place to promote/proselytize your current worldview/religion/philosophy etc. All former Jehovah's Witnesses or fading Jehovah's Witnesses are welcome. Current religious beliefs or the lack thereof are not off limits for conversation, however all should be respectful of other's beliefs. This is also not a place to promote some agenda to “take down” the Jehovah's Witnesses (Watchtower Bible and Tract Society) organization.
I would prefer that this group does not deteriorate into meetups geared primarily towards Jehovah's Witness bashing sessions. Certainly, the Jehovah's Witness organization has faults. Many former Jehovah's Witnesses have had and continue to have bad experiences, that directly result from their association with Jehovah's Witnesses. They should feel free to discuss and vent about those experiences in this group. However, hopefully we can also have some positive conversation.
Please be respectful of members who would like to maintain a level of anonymity. Members who are fading or who have faded may want to keep a certain status with the Jehovah's Witness organization in order to maintain relationships with friends or family who are still in the organization.
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