Sat06Oct20182:00pm - 4:00pmEmmen, Netherlands
Fri26Oct2018Sat27Oct20189:00am - 5:30pm16 Ella T Grasso Tpke, Windsor Locks, Connecticut 06096
Hosted by spiritualabuseresources.com, a program of ICSA in conjunction with Meadow Haven: Information and guidance for those who have experienced spiritual abuse in cults, relationships, or mainstream religious organizations; professionals and other persons who want to help spiritual abuse survivors; and church personnel and volunteers who want to make their churches more welcoming and healing to survivors of spiritual abuse.
For more information, visit the FB event page
Workshops on topics such as:
- Critical Thinking: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
- Is There Such a Thing As a Healthy Family?
- Stages of Development: What Did We Miss and How Can We Catch Up?
- Now We Are Parents: What Have We Learned?
- You Mean I Have a Right to Boundaries?
- What Are Our Strengths and Challenges Building a New Life?
- Perfectionism, or The Inner Critic: Can We Accept Success?
- Moving On: What Does It Mean and Is It Possible?
- Postcult, How Should We Feel Toward People Who Harmed Us?
- Relationships: Why Are They So Difficult?
More information at ICSAhome.com
The VAA is probably most well known for doing kingdom hall crashes. These are peaceful protests which can be done spontaneously by one brave soul or as a planned “flash mob” type of protest. We avoid advertising planned crashes so as to avoid interference. However, if you would like help in planning one please feel free to contact us. In the meantime, we’ve put together a few suggestions on how to execute a successful “crash.”
- Check into the laws that govern “disturbing” religious practices in your target area. Most of the time, a “disturbance” is defined quite specifically in legal terms and still allows for activists to exercise their free speech in a public forum. Since Jehovah’s Witnesses extend a public invitation to their meetings, it is your right to be there until your invitation has been “revoked.”
- It’s never a bad idea to contact local law enforcement ahead of time and let them know what you intend to do and to clarify any uncertainties. This will also give YOU the upper hand when the elders call the authorities on you for speaking up.
- When the elders approach you, know your rights. They are NOT allowed to touch you. This is harassment. They are NOT allowed to take your personal property (camera,phone…) This is theft.
- When the elders advise you that your “invitation has been revoked” (oh by the way, yeah, that phrase was penned specifically for the VAA by the governing body of Jehovah’s Witnesses…cool, right?!) it is recommended that you comply and start making your way towards exiting. That said, you can make your way as slowly as you see fit! As long as you are heading in that direction, you are being “physically cooperative” in legal terms.
- Always take care of yourself. Revisiting a kingdom hall, convention, or witnessing cart can be triggering for those who have experienced abuse at the hand of this organization. Be kind to yourself. Know that you may feel overwhelmed. You may feel empowered or emotional. And that’s okay! Reach out to your loved ones for support.
- Last but not least: be heard! You deserve it, and the children do too!