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They’re not broadcasting it to all the halls like last year. I believe they said they’re going to put it up on the website to watch a short period of time afterward

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there is a new Ministry School guidebook, but it’s smaller, and in the form of a brochure (available online Monday)

no more personally assigned counsel points. Everyone with the same talk, worldwide, will be working on same counsel point, as found in the weekly meeting

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On 10/6/2018 at 11:33 PM, Jack Ryan said:

Everyone with the same talk, worldwide, will be working on same counsel point, as found in the weekly meeting

This is clear prove, evidence about worldwide unity .....or uniformity? :))

.............,

What is an advantage, and what is a flaw in unity and what in uniformity?

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