Religion News Blog, Mar. 2, 2003
- March 2, 2003
[Branch Davidians] Waiting for Koresh
Part 2 in a 9-part series.
"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."
[New Age] Motivational program teaches trust in angels
About 130 children from across the valley participated in a leadership
training program Saturday that encouraged them to trust in the power
The annual Angel Light Academy Youth Leadership conference is
scheduled to continue through today at the Fred Young Labor Center.
[Seventhday Adventism] Lawsuit revisits a Bellevue family's demise
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.
[Nuwaubians] York getting a lot of jail mail
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.
[World Ministries Church] Friend fears dead man's faith did him in
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."
[Media] Keston news service put out in the cold
As a result, the director, Lawrence Uzell, and the services 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 Annes College in Oxford.
One of Kestons 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.
[Buddhism] Area Buddhists building bridges between sects
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."
[Hate Groups : Scientology] Scientologists establish missions in their
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.
March 1, 2003 (Continued)
[Hate Groups : Scientology] Chairman Makes Loan to Clearwater, Fla.,
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.
[Mark Cecil Thurman] Lauderdale man who defrauded Christian
fundamentalists gets eight years
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.
[The Family (Winnfred Wright)] Judge OKs cult deprogramming
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.
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