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Workshop 20: Cults: Lose Your Will, Lose Your Soul

Workshop 20: Cults: Lose Your Will, Lose Your Soul
Workshop 20: Cults: Lose Your Will, Lose Your Soul

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  • When theology erodes and organization crumbles, when the institutional framework of religion begins to break up, the search for a direct...
  • Not all cult practices are dangerous, and not all cults degenerate to tragic ends. However, a primary feature of all cults, as they are...
  • Materials for Activity Newsprint, markers, and tape Leader Resource 1, What Do Cults and Religions Do? Bowl or dish to hold folded slips...
  • Materials for Activity Chalice, candle, and lighter or LED/battery-operated candle Newsprint, markers, and tape Handout 1, What Makes a...
  • Materials for Activity Story, " Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple " Handout 2, Behavior of Abusers Newsprint, markers, and tape Preparation...
  • Materials for Activity Handout 1, What Makes a Cult? Optional: Cults/Religions poster the group created in the Welcoming and Entering...
  • Description of Activity Participants consider what might make a cult attractive to a prospective member and how they might intervene if a...
  • Materials for Activity Chalice, candle, and lighter or LED/battery-operated candle Taking It Home handout Optional: Newsprint, markers, and...
  • This workshop dealt with slippery subject matter: Discussion of cults can reveal people's prejudices, and the word "cult" is used in so...
  • Materials for Activity The PBS American Experience documentary Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple , either on DVD or online at...
  • Materials for Activity One episode of the MTV program If You Really Knew Me Computer with Internet access, projector, and screen Handout 1...
  • When theology erodes and organization crumbles, when the institutional framework of religion begins to break up, the search for a direct...
  • The Reverend James Jones was a charismatic young man of 24 when he founded the Peoples Temple in Indianapolis in 1955. He preached racial...
  • The information in this handout was compiled from the International Cultic Studies Association , particularly the article "Characteristics...
  • Abusers can be hard to identify because at first they can be completely charming. Skilled at gaining people's trust, they often seem...
  • Recreate the image of the poster on newsprint. Cut the phrases into slips of paper. Make everybody eat together Pressure people to give...
  • The first dictionary definition of "cult" is "a system of religious worship." In other words, by the first definition, all religions...
  • The Ross Institute Internet Archives offers links to many articles on Jones, the Peoples Temple, and the tragedy in British Guyana...

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