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Monthly Meetup @ The Pickle Barrel

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If you are in the process of fading [becoming inactive] and are concerned about having your identity revealed by joining, you can sign up using a fake name. The email address you must enter to register for Meetup is not viewable by anyone and is only for Meetup to send automated notifications and updates to [which you can turn off in your settings]. Also, no one outside of the group can see who is in the group or the details and RSVP list for our events.

Also, you may feel more at ease to know that many of us are not officially disfellowshiped or disassociated, but rather are considered inactive, we've just stopped attending meetings. That being said we aren't "on the fence". Whatever contact we have with active JW's is so that we can keep in contact with family and long-time friends that are still "in".

This group is for everyone who has left, or has serious doubts and is considering leaving the religion known as Jehovah's Witnesses. We want you to know that you are not alone, it is a difficult transition but we are here to assist you on your journey. Some of us were Elders and MS's. Some have pioneered for over a decade, but we've all survived and are thriving!

This group is here to support you through the exiting process, and we will do our best to help you deal with being shunned by friends and family, the emotional blackmail being dealt to you, as well as the other impacts leaving has had on your life. Freedom awaits, there are so many opportunities and adventures that lie ahead for all of us in this new chapter of life.


It hopefully doesn't need to be said, however discrimination or bigotry of any sort will not be tolerated. This is not a place to try and "convert" ex-JW's to other religions or promote a personal business interests. At meetups, we may discuss our differences in an open dialogue format, but we never belittle other member's thoughts.

The vast majority of our meetups will occur in public places throughout the Greater Toronto Area, usually for coffee, lunch or an activity. If you have any questions regarding the group please feel free to contact the organizer through meetup or via email at:

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