Sites and Articles That Uncover the Truth
Here are some sites to help you learn more about the Community and other high-control environments:
- Another site that points out fallacies and inconsistencies about the Community of Jesus and Grenville Christian College. A must read!
- NEW-ish mylifecoj.wordpress.com
- This is a well-written blog that covers people’s experiences at the Community and their recovery experiences. There is a lot of good information in there. Another must read!
- NEW-ish oblatesdaughter.blogspot.com/
- The Oblates’ Daughter is a well-written blog that covers one person’s experiences with and perspectives about the Community. She has very well-written posts and insights. Yet another must read!
- NEW thecofj.com
- Another person’s “perspectives on the Community of Jesus.”
- Mothers of Invention
- This is a very detailed, well-researched article written for the Globe and Mail, Canada’s equal of USA Today. Another must read!
- FACTnet is a site with links and a huge discussion board devoted to the discussion and exposure of high control environments. Their tagline is: “Since 1993, Discussion, Resources and Support for Recovery from the Abusive Practices of Religions and Cults.”
- A discussion topic about the Community of Jesus/Grenville Christian College is found under Christian Centered Groups. (They are listed alphabetically.)
- Wikipedia entry on the Community
- Originally started by Community members, some others made entries to give a more balanced view. The Community attempted to take the negative text out. That action contradicted the charter of Wikipedia and the less-than-favorable text was reinstated.
Resources About Domination Psychology
Here are some sites to help you learn more about the subject of high-control environments:
- A good site that explains domination psychology.
- The link takes you to the page entitled “Cult Psychology.” In particular, read the section “Them and Us: Cult Thinking and the Terrorist Threat” (not because the Community of Jesus is filled with terrorists, but because of the explanation of the “them vs. us” mentality).
- This is the section entitled “Cult Dynamics.”
- This is a blog entry entitled “How to Start a Cult.” Before you assume this could never describe the Community, read it (especially #6). If you are afraid to read it, ask yourself why.
- NEW-ish decision-making-confidence.com
- This is a page entitled “Mind Control Methods Used to Change the Personality.” There is a lot of good information in there. Another must read!
Web Sites & Organizations That List the Community as a Place of Manipulation
These organizations include the Community in their lists as a dominated group—a “closed high-demand group” (CHDG) or cult. The contributors are experts in the field of cults and high-control environments.
- The Rick Ross Institute is a non-profit organization. Its web site describes itself as: “An Internet archive of information about cults, destructive cults, controversial groups and movements.”
- The discussion topic about the Community of Jesus: click here.
- The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a non-profit organization. Its web site describes the organization as:
- “. . . a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic groups, alternative movements, and other environments.
- ICSA is tax-exempt, supports civil liberties, and is not affiliated with any religious or commercial organizations.
- ICSA’s mission is to apply research and professional perspectives to the problems encountered by family members and former group members adversely affected by a cultic involvement and to forewarn those who might become involved in potentially harmful group situations.”
- The page about the Community of Jesus: click here.
- The site of Steven Hassan is a cult counselor and mind control expert. His web site describes him as: “A former member of the Moon cult, ex-cult members and others seek him out for specialized counseling to help them recover from symptoms other mental health professionals are not trained to address.
- Steve has been at the forefront of cult awareness activism since 1976 and is the author of two critically acclaimed books – Combatting Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults (1988) and Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves (2000).
- With over 30 years of frontline activism exposing destructive cults, providing counseling and training, Steve Hassan appears in major media including 60 Minutes, Nightline, Dateline, Larry King Live, and The O’Reilly Factor.”
- The page about the Community of Jesus: click here.
- The Cult Awareness and Information Centre (CAIC), founded by the late Jan Groenveld (a former Jehovah’s Witness and Mormon), is a comprehensively funded organization that does not require donations and provides its information & services for free. Located in Australia, its web site states: “CAIC educates the public about the technique used by ALL cults and spiritually abusive churches, and how to counteract them. If you have a family member of a friend involved in a cult, make sure you learn to identify a cult by its behavior (not doctrinal differences).”
- This is a wonderful resource with lots of great articles—a “must” read!
- The page about the Community of Jesus is Michael Valpy’s article: click here.
- The Watchman Fellowship was founded by David Henke in Columbus, Georgia in 1979. It now has several offices in the United States. Its web site states: “Watchman Fellowship is an independent, nondenominational Christian research and apologetics ministry focusing on new religious movements, cults, the occult and the New Age.”
- While we do not agree with every stance and belief of the Watchman Fellowship, their site is another huge resource. We agree on their inclusion of the Community in their list.
- The page that includes the Community of Jesus is: click here.
- For more about their short listing of the Community of Jesus, click here.
Places Where You Can Recover & Resources for Recovery
These are places that help former cult members to recover and heal after they leave:
- MeadowHaven is a wonderful place to transition from a high control environment to living a normal life. As the site puts it: “A Place to Rest, Heal, and Grow.”
- Wellspring is another great residential treatment center. As the site puts it: “Here at Wellspring, We Can Help You Get Your Life Back on Track.”
- Cult FAQ has the tagline “Frequently Asked Questions About Cults, Sects, and Related Issues.”