Attending My Father’s Funeral

When my father was diagnosed with cancer and it was clear he would die, I greatly feared having to attend his funeral. I knew what to expect from the discourse and how irritated it would make me. Even more difficult would be the shunning I would receive. I would be going back to the congregation I was raised in, but this time I would be considered “a notorious apostate.” I had read many experiences about the mistreatment of former Witnesses at funerals and how they were shunned or excluded from the proceedings.

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Growing Up a Jehovah’s Witness

Editor’s Note: You met former Jehovah’s Witness Paul Grundy in an earlier article. For this video, Paul is assisted in the narration by “Lance,” another former JW (also known as “ExGileadMissionary”). As is typical of Paul’s work, he is dead-on with his facts, presenting them in a very straightforward and enlightening manner. Feel free to share this video with anyone who wants to know what it is like “growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness.” Although Paul is from Australia (you’ll know which voice is Paul’s by his pronounced “down-under” accent), his description of growing up during that fifty year time span describes exactly what life was like for most young JWs during that time period. Unfortunately, life as a Jehovah’s Witness really hasn’t changed much from that of the second half of the 20th Century. The question that no one seems to ask is “How much longer will this go … Continue reading

Raised a Jehovah’s Witness

I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness by loving parents. My grandmothers, an aunty and uncle, and some cousins were Jehovah’s Witnesses. After I left home, my father spent twenty years as a Circuit Overseer and my sister and her husband spent time in Bethel prior to having children. I grew up in a congregation where many older Witnesses expressed the strictly fundamental viewpoint that Jehovah personally directed the Organization and soon would destroy anyone who was not a Jehovah’s Witness. As promoted in the Watchtower, I thought I was never going to die; I did not even expect to finish school prior to Armageddon. However, Armageddon had not arrived by the time I matriculated – so, unusually for Witnesses in the 1980’s, my parents were open-minded enough to encourage me to obtain a university degree. I felt I could justify obtaining a higher education by studying part-time whilst regular pioneering. … Continue reading