Dec 1, 2021

CultNEWS101 Articles: 12/1/2021 (Channeling, Children of God, Shincheonji Church of Jesus, South Korean, Obituary, Clergy Sexual Abuse)

Channeling, Children of God, Shincheonji Church of Jesus, South Korean, Obituary, Clergy Sexual Abuse

NY Times:  In Good Spirits
"Last Saturday night, a group gathered at the Flamingo Estate in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles to meet the spiritual adviser Carissa Schumacher."

At the front of an open-air room, a seat awaited Ms. Schumacher under a large floral arch. After guests, including the actresses Jennifer Aniston and Uma Thurman, filled the rows of chairs, others moved to the floor. Andie MacDowell reclined on a rug among a heap of pillows. Ms. Schumacher was supposed to appear at 8:30 p.m. A gospel choir sang while everyone sat around and glanced at Ms. Schumacher's empty chair and at each other.

Since 2010, Ms. Schumacher has worked as a medium, meaning someone who receives messages from people who have died. She doesn't have a website and is often booked months in advance. Her prices are another obstacle, with sessions priced at $1,111 per hour. (She likes the synchronicity of the number.)

Ms. Schumacher might fall under a category of so-called New Age practitioners. But spiritualism — the belief that the living can communicate with the dead — is very old, its popularity surging in times of high mortality rates: in the Victorian era, for example, and after major wars in the United States and Europe.

In late 2019, just as the world was on the precipice of a plague of biblical proportions, Ms. Schumacher said she began channeling Yeshua, a.k.a. Jesus Christ. Transcribed recordings of some of those sessions appear in a new book, "The Freedom Transmissions," out Nov. 30.

The party was for the book, but it was also a chance for her clients, many of whom hadn't experienced the Yeshua channeling, to see what it was all about. Maybe she would channel him at the party. No one was quite sure.

USA Today: "Sex Cult Nun: Breaking Away from the Children of God, a Wild, Radical Religious Cult," by Faith Jones (William Morrow, nonfiction)
" ... Raised in the Children of God cult to be part of a religious army preparing for the apocalypse, Jones recounts her time in the oppressive group and her story of liberation."

ABC Australia: Coronavirus is surging in South Korea thanks to an eye-poking sect. That's bad news for Kim Jong Un
" ... The latest surge in South Korean cases has once again been triggered by a controversial sect.

This time, a cluster of infections spread from a little-known religious settlement led by a pastor who pokes his followers in the eyes to heal them."

Boston 25 News: Friends remember legacy of Catholic Sex Abuse Whistleblower & 'Spotlight' source
"Survivors of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church are remembering the legacy of an activist and whistleblower who played a pivotal role in exposing decades of assaults and cover-ups.

Phil Saviano died at the age of 69 after a battle with gallbladder cancer.

The resident of Roslindale passed away at his brother's home in the small Massachusetts community of Douglas – where he endured abuse as a young boy in the 1960s.

Saviano didn't talk about the molestation at St. Denis Church until he was 40-years-old.

Once he went public, he refused to accept a settlement that would have prevented him from speaking about it.

His courage helped set off troubling accusations across Massachusetts, the United States, and around the world.

"All of us were alone at home, not knowing that we weren't the only ones. Phil was one of those first voices who told us we weren't alone, and that's priceless," said Ann Hagan Webb, Rhode Island SNAP representative.

Saviano founded the New England Chapter of SNAP – the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests – in 1997."

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