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Religion News Blog, Mar. 2, 2003

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  • Anton Hein
    March 2, 2003 [Branch Davidians] Waiting for Koresh http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002546.html Part 2 in a 9-part series. ... Things are going to
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      March 2, 2003

      [Branch Davidians] Waiting for Koresh
      Part 2 in a 9-part series.
      :===Begin Quote===
      "Things are going to change soon," says Catherine Matteson, 87, one of
      the few Branch Davidians still attending gatherings in the 3-year-old
      chapel built atop where Koresh's compound stood at their Mount Carmel
      site. "He is going to return. He is going to be resurrected."
      :===End Quote===

      [New Age] Motivational program teaches trust in angels
      :===Begin Quote===
      About 130 children from across the valley participated in a leadership
      training program Saturday that encouraged them to trust in the power
      of angels.

      The annual Angel Light Academy Youth Leadership conference is
      scheduled to continue through today at the Fred Young Labor Center.
      :===End Quote===

      [Seventh–day Adventism] Lawsuit revisits a Bellevue family's demise
      :===Begin Quote===
      At a small church near downtown Issaquah, a Seventh-day Adventist
      pastor urged his secretary, Terry Rose, to join a counseling circle of
      more than a dozen women.

      Though he had no clinical training, Pastor Terry Reid Campbell
      diagnosed Rose and the rest of the women as suffering from multiple
      personalities and the trauma of satanic ritual abuse.

      Jerry Rose has filed a civil lawsuit against Campbell, 61, the Western
      Washington Corporation of Seventh-Day Adventists and the General
      Conference Corporation of Seventh-Day Adventists.

      Campbell's attorney, John Woodbery of Bellevue, denied all allegations
      cited in the lawsuit, but said any potential responsibility for
      damages should be shared with the church. The General Conference
      Corporation of Seventh-Day Adventists has filed a cross-claim, placing
      all potential blame on the pastor.
      :===End Quote===

      [Nuwaubians] York getting a lot of jail mail
      :===Begin Quote===
      York is expected to be sentenced to serve 13 years in a federal prison
      with his state sentence to run concurrent. He will be 71-years-old
      when he is eligible for parole.
      :===End Quote===

      [World Ministries Church] Friend fears dead man's faith did him in
      :===Begin Quote===
      Buddy Martinez, Killeen's co-worker and friend, said he became worried
      about Killeen even before Christmas. The two men used to attend the
      same church on the South Side. Martinez started to worry about Killeen
      and his wife after they started missing services.

      Killeen told Martinez that his new ministry owned property near
      Sahuarita and that during the apocalypse, it was a safe haven that
      "God wouldn't touch."

      "That threw up red flags for me," Martinez said Friday. "I know that
      God doesn't work like that. He loved the Lord. I know this."
      :===End Quote===

      [Media] Keston news service put out in the cold
      :===Begin Quote===
      As a result, the director, Lawrence Uzell, and the service’s three
      full-time journalists based in Russia, central Asia and the UK, have
      all resigned. They did so in December, after the Keston Institute, the
      parent body of the News Service, decided on suspension.

      Canon Michael Bourdeaux, who founded the Institute in 1969 and this
      year was elected president for life, said that new plans were afoot
      for the News Service, and that these would be announced at an
      extraordinary general meeting. This is to be held at 11 a. m. on 22
      March at St Anne’s College in Oxford.

      One of Keston’s trustees, Leonid Finkelstein, has also resigned over
      the suspension of the News Service. He said that the News Service was
      the most viable and important product of the Keston Institute, and
      that “without it, the value of Keston is nil”.
      :===End Quote===

      [Buddhism] Area Buddhists building bridges between sects
      :===Begin Quote===
      Currently there are 31 groups that have joined the new Northwest
      Dharma Association, a small fraction of the close to 400 Buddhist
      groups in the Northwest. But Wilhelm said it's an encouraging start
      after one year of planning. "We thought that if we had 10 groups by
      the end of this process, we'd be thrilled."
      :===End Quote===

      [Hate Groups : Scientology] Scientologists establish missions in their
      back yard
      :===Begin Quote===
      Geared toward introducing newcomers to Scientology, the missions mark
      the first time in the church's 27 years in Clearwater that Scientology
      overtly will try to recruit Tampa Bay area residents.
      :===End Quote===

      March 1, 2003 (Continued)

      [Hate Groups : Scientology] Chairman Makes Loan to Clearwater, Fla.,
      Technology Firm
      :===Begin Quote===
      Digital Lightwave's fortunes have tumbled since the telecom boom of
      the late 1990s, when its stock surged and put Zwan on Forbes
      magazine's list of the 400 richest Americans. The company was later
      dogged by legal problems, a federal investigation and investor
      concerns about Zwan's close ties to the Church of Scientology.
      :===End Quote===

      [Mark Cecil Thurman] Lauderdale man who defrauded Christian
      fundamentalists gets eight years
      :===Begin Quote===
      To push his stock, Thurman falsely claimed his company was connected
      to some of the best-known religious groups in the country. He produced
      a letter, later proved a forgery, from the Trinity Broadcasting
      Network endorsing his company. Thurman claimed, also falsely, that TBN
      had invested $500,000 in Families on Line.
      :===End Quote===

      [The Family (Winnfred Wright)] Judge OKs cult deprogramming
      :===Begin Quote===
      Judge Terrence Boren set Wilson's bail at $600,000, despite the
      objections of the District Attorney's Office, which wanted Wilson held
      without bail pending her sentencing on April 14. Deputy District
      Attorney Barry Borden said Wilson has improperly been sending letters
      to her children and remains a danger to them.

      But Wilson's defense attorney, Douglas Horngrad of Mill Valley, said
      his client deserves to have "deprogramming" for years of abuse before
      she is sentenced. Wilson shared the Lucas Valley home with Winifred
      Wright, who sired all 13 children, and three of Wright's other

      She remained in custody last night while her supporters work out the
      logistics of her transfer to the specialized treatment clinic, the
      Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center in Albany, Ohio.
      :===End Quote===

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