Posts Tagged ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’

For another year, the world’s most famous door-knocking ministry will stay home

Monday, July 12th, 2021

For Jehovah’s Witnesses, the pandemic has meant putting principles ahead of personal preferences. “Our preference is to meet together, to hug one another, to greet one another, to see each other’s smiles, but our principles won’t let us do that, not yet,” said Robert Hendriks, US spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. For the second year, the Read more

Former Jehovah’s Witness admits: We targeted grief-stricken

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Jehovah’s Witnesses target grief and see the recently bereaved as “ripe fruit” for conversion, a former elder of the faith says. Vince and Michele Tylor spoke out after reading the story of Wellington woman Jean Sergent-Shadbolt, who received a handwritten letter from a Jehovah’s Witness three months to the day after her step-cousin, friend and Read more

Accusations of Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘preying’ on grief

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Jehovah’s Witnesses are being accused of “religious marketing” as another grieving Wellington woman reveals she was sent marketing guff from the religion. This week, Aro Valley woman Jean Sergent-Shadbolt spoke out after a hand-delivered, hand-written letter arrived from a Jehovah’s Witness, three months to the day since the well-publicised death of her close friend and Read more

Aussie court upholds man’s will insisting children be Catholic

Friday, August 15th, 2014

A New South Wales court has upheld the will of a man who stipulated his children must become Catholic in order to receive their inheritance. Patrick Carroll died in 2012 and his will stated that, in order to inherit, his adult children must attend his funeral and become Catholic within three months of his death. Read more

Faith of a convert

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

I never knew my maternal grandmother’s father, but my mother told me three stories that shaped my view of him. One involved his being mugged by a hitchhiker to whom he had offered a ride. I think my mom related this tale as a warning against good-natured but borderline foolish benevolence. The second dealt with Read more