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Meet and greet

My therapist has recommended that I start this meetup group as part of my JW Cult healing therapy.

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I have been wanting to start an ExJW (Ex-Jehovah's Witness) meetup group locally here in New Albany, IN. I have been conflicted because I have no desire to lead any ExJWs toward any faith or non-faith direction. For anyone who is healing from a cult environment, me included, evangelism...

evan·ge·lize\i-ˈvan-jə-ˌlīz\
: to try to convert (a group or area) to a different religion (especially Christianity)

...can feel very threatening and can even feel dangerous. I believe that ExJWs, me included, can be in a very vulnerable state as we are detoxing from leaving and healing from the JW Cult climate. Belonging is important and is human nature but not at the cost of freedom.
I want my group to have some sense of purpose being part healing and part social. To be healing and social for me and for other ExJWs, friends, family and healing supporters. I'm not clear as to what this ExJW meetup group should look like.
One idea was to host a book club type setting starting off with reading CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE, Ray Franz.
I think I just need to dive in and give this ExJW meetup group a try, fears and all. I can learn from and apologize for my hiccups, flops and mistakes along the way. I may also benefit from any healing successes along the way. I won't know unless I try.

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For more info about the location of this meetup:

SOAR Ministries is a ministry where I have received much healing from my past childhood sexual abuse. Because I am a client of SOAR, I have requested and have been given permission to use the SOAR Ministry Center as a meeting space for my ExJW Meetup Group. SOAR (Survivor's of Abuse Restored) is not a faith or religious denomination.

For your comfort, please feel free to check out SOAR:

soarministry.org/

https://www.facebook.com/SOARMinistry

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  • Lynda Bradley A.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

    May 26, 2014

    • Lynda Bradley A.

      Hi Kenny and Julie, yes my hubby and I will be there.

      1 · August 3, 2014

  • Bill P.

    hi,Lynda your message really touched me and you are definitley doing the very thing all xjws must do..this group will be such a help to all xjws..ive joined countless groups worldwide but yours is the most compelling..the jws are trapped in a mind control cult..i too have no agenda no religion to peddle..i just want to support all xjws..my group in san antonio tx has been hijacked by christians which is a turnoff for people who just want to find validation with other xjws still we have to help those which have lost close family members like me 8 bros and sisters and all sorts of cousins..i just join every xjw group and send emails you have my long distant support..your xjw friend in texas,Bill

    1 · July 21, 2014

    • Lynda Bradley A.

      Hi Bill, even though I am nervous, I must give this meetup a try. I want to meet fellow exjws live and in person. I want to know their stories. I want to know their journeys and where they have each come to rest outside of the JW Cult. Some exjws may not emotionally connect with me or I may not connect with them but even if meetup group members emotionally connect with each other then I will feel I have done a positive thing.

      July 22, 2014

    • Bill P.

      Great to hear from you Lynda..i get very positive vibes from you..your work touches so many hearts..and your doing just fine..so many groups of xjws everywhere..they get courage from your group..my fav speakers and authors are Inelia benz, David icke,Michael Tsarion,David wilcock,christopher hitchens, Richard dawkins, i became a jw back in 72 and left in 77,leaving 8 bros and sisters , cousins im open to all people and persuaions,i believe were entering a new era of freedom for humanity and we are the pioneers of this brave new world,we must help others that are waking up,this meetup is doing exactly that! your heart is the source,it will guide you and protect you, you have my support in any endeavor or path you choose, friends always, Bill

      July 22, 2014

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