Cults and Culture Discussion Group
Cults & Culture is an educational forum designed to empower community members and dialog promote dialogue about the role of power, authority and control in groups. Everyone who has a sincere interest in how misused power can cause harm is welcome to participate in this respectful community dialog that is free and open to the public.
The mission of Cults & Culture is to promote recognition and understanding of destructive power dynamics and strives to reduce the possibility of harm through encouraging participants to become attentive to the patterns or controlling or cultic groups. For example, destructive groups may require members to tithe or spend excessive amounts of money, make extreme demands on their time, limit their ability to make choices, and control who is acceptable for them to spend time with. All these patterns (and many more) can cause harm. Destructive power dynamics have the potential to develop ingroups of all kinds, ranging from popular culture, to religious organizations to self-help groups. Therefore, recognizing them can become an essential life skill.
Cults & Culture welcomes all individuals, including those who may have experienced destructive groups in the past or present, those who are concerned about a loved one’s involvement in a group, and all who are simply curious or concerned. The group facilitators will assure the discussion is focused on the dynamics, rather than identifying or defaming any one leader or group. The intention is solely to promote constructive dialog and further recognition of controlling dynamics, hopefully before harm occurs.
After introductions and a brief educational presentation the floor will be opened for discussion.