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    • By Jack Ryan
      Jehovah's Witnesses in a 1968 interview _Armageddon and 1975_ London Watchtower rep speaks to BBC.mp4
    • By James Thomas Rook Jr.
      wow!
      It's been NINE years since the first "Shepherd the Flock Of God" Elder's handbook came out, that was so top secret that non-elders were forbidden to read it, and sisters were not even allowed  to touch it, and to this day, most Jehovah's Witnesses are not aware that the book even exists.  At the same time copies were given to the Finnish Department of Justice, and the Department of Education, and the Australian Royal Commission on Child Abuse.
      Here it is 2019, and the latest 2019 version is out, available all over the Internet in PDF format, but I have not had a chance to read it yet.    
      I still do not know what all the top secret hub-bub was about .... I read the 2010 version and the subsequent updates, and found it a fine publication that ALL Jehovah's Witnesses would benefit from reading.
      I did not mention I knew of the 2010 version's existence until they started giving out copies to lots of government officials, my reasoning being that the Society had thereby "declassified" it.
      Does anybody know if the Society has given the OK for the general Brotherhood to read this book, by which we are governed?
      Can any Brother or Sister at the Kingdom Hall request, and get a copy?
      I will ask at my Weekend Meeting, in two days, and let you know what I have found out.
    • By Jack Ryan
      Here some points I noted not sure if these r different from the previous edition:
      medical marijuana is a personal choice
      Any allegations of child sexual abuse r to b given to the legal department to tell the elders how to proceed.
      Also specific instructions to not make abused persons face their accuser
      The elders should all b made aware of any sexual predators and if they move the new congregation elders should b made aware including parents of children in the congregation. This is only done if the legal department says to.
      Victims of abuse or their parents r to b advised that they can go to the police and r not to b discouraged from doing so.
      Masturbation is not pornia and is not really covered. Not sure if this is new and the org is backing away from discussing it.
      Probing sexual questions r to b avoided during a judicial committee
      Sexual offenders r not to receive any major privileges in the congregation, possibly minor ones such as handling mics after an extended time has passed.
      The elders r to clearly tell people that they r being invited to a judicial committee and what the meeting is about up front.
      Things they r still clinging to:
      Still sticking to the two witnesses rule for child abuse
      it says that attempted suicide victims may b subject to a judicial committee ( someone that has mental illness should not b subject to more trauma I find this to b so disgusting)
      Of course all the other ridiculous invasive restrictions we all have experienced
      Highlights from the book above (2019 links added)
      The three year rule is re-iterated without specific mention of "three"
      An elder or MS will be removed if he allows his adult DA'd child to move into family home
      An elder can be removed for filing for bankruptcy
      The language around the definition of rape is better - no more references to the woman having to scream
      The stayover rule is still there. If you stay in the house of a member of the opposite sex, and two people know about it, it's a judicial matter.
      "Abhorrent" forms of porn are now a DF offense. Gay, Lez, child, violent, bestial.
      Gluttony is now listed as a DF offense. Not sure if it was there before
      They have narrowed the definition of apostasy: " Deliberately Spreading Teachings Contrary to Bible Truth " the end of that sentence used to read "as taught by Jehovah's Witnesses"
      I think this the first time they explicitly stated that marking talks can be given based on misconduct from unbaptized minors
      There's a whole new section on CSA. It seems like an improvement overall and includes the child no longer having to confront her rapist in most cases, but it still doesn't have the promised female representation from Jackson's promise to the Australian court.
      Willingly taking blood remains an automatic disassociation offence.
      Reinstatement is "several months, a year or even longer"
      Ownership of kingdom halls. They make clear that regardless of what it says on the title, a congregation does not OWN their own kingdom hall.

      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. email - all correspondance between elders is now via the elders private account on Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. . I guess they want to make sure they know EVERYTHING Congregation file: Still they say the best place to keep it is at the KH. Therefore, paper records of all judicial matters should be in those files. ALL CSA RECORDS HAVE "DO NOT DESTROY" WRITTEN ON THEM
      Here's the entire section on legal action as a result of judicial action. I think it's worth noting that it demonstrates that they will leave you alone if you write a legal letter:
       
      IF THE ACCUSED THREATENS LEGAL ACTION 18. If the accused threatens legal action against the elders, the elders should suspend proceedings and promptly telephone the Legal Department. 19. If a member ofthe media or an attorney representing the accused contacts the elders, they should not give any information about PREPARING FOR JUDICIAL HEARINGS CHAPTER 15 “SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD” the case or verify that there is a judicial committee. Rather, they should give the following explanation: “The spiritual and physical welfare of Jehovah’s Witnesses is of paramount concern to the elders, who willingly provide spiritual assistance to congregation members. The elders extend this spiritual assistance confidentially. This makes it easier for those who seek the elders’ help to do so without worrying that what they say to the elders will be divulged later. Consequently, we do not comment on whether elders are currently or have formerly met to assist any member of the congregation.” If there is a need to do so, the elders may obtain the inquirer’s name and phone number and inform him that their attorney will contact him. The elders should then promptly telephone the Legal Department. 20. Ifthe authorities request confidential congregation records or ask that elders give testimony regarding confidential congregation matters, the elders should promptly telephone the Legal Department.
       
      This seems like a big change below as it codifies what we have all been hearing about ownership of KH's:
       
      OWNERSHIP 2. A Kingdom Hall is dedicated to the worship of Jehovah. Whether the property title, or deed, is held in the name of a local corporation or by means of a trustee arrangement or it is held in the name of a legal entity managed by the branch office, no congregation should conclude that it “owns” the Kingdom Hall. However, it is the responsibility of the congregations using the property to care for it and see that it is used in harmony with Kingdom interests. 3. As many as three or four congregations may be assigned by the branch office to use the same Kingdom Hall auditorium in order to make full use of the facility and to keep expenses to a minimum. The branch office will generally correspond with only one of the congregations using the facility regarding legal, property, and related matters. Usually, this contact congregation holds the documents related to the Kingdom Hall and the property on which it is located. This is for practical reasons only and does not provide a basis for the contact congregation to make unilateral
    • By Jack Ryan
      Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses The Ridgeway, London, NW7 1RN Telephone: 020 8906 2211
      SDI December 31, 2018
      TO ALL FIELD SERVICE GROUP OVERSEERS
      Re: Auxiliary Pioneering in March 2019
      Dear Brothers:
      We are aiming for an all-time peak in auxiliary pioneers during March 2019, which will be announced to the congregation in the Announcements and Reminders (S-147) form for January 2019. How can you and your fellow elders assist?
      During January, arrange to meet with your group. (Where a group is cared for by a ministerial servant, the body of elders should assign an elder to meet with the group servant and the group.) In the meeting, kindly and tactfully build enthusiasm for this campaign. Share practical suggestions to help the publishers plan ahead.
      This March campaign offers you an excellent opportunity to give even greater attention to your assignment. (ks10 chap. 2 pars. 22, 23) Warmly commend the brothers for the efforts they make to increase their share in the ministry.
      Thank you very much for giving this matter your prompt attention. We are confident that, through your loving efforts and Jehovah’s blessing, this initiative will increase praise to his name. Please accept our warm brotherly affection and greetings.
      Your brothers,
      😄 All elders
      Circuit overseers
       
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    • By Queen Esther
      The  CO - class,  learning  in  a  course  in  Bethel  *Mill  Hill*  -
      Left  side  first  is  GB  Brother  Barba !   A  friend-sister  met  him  by  a  New york  Bethel  visit,   she  got  alot  pictures
      That  picture  is  from  the  past  ~  Bro. Barba  is  now  in  Heaven  by  the  others  from  NY.
    • By The Librarian
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    • By Bible Speaks
      Closing of the Bethel of London and opening of the new Bethel in Chelmsford
      We are pleased to inform you that a new and exciting exhibition is now open for visitors in our Installations In Mill Hill. This new feature will take you on a journey through the history of witnesses in great Britain and Ireland. It includes material that will strengthen your faith and undoubtedly increase your appreciation for being part of the wonderful organization of Jehovah. - Ps. 144: 15.
      News: the new facilities at Chelmsford will not include a printer and will discontinue the printing at Mill Hill at the end of March 2018. So if you want to see the printing presses we invite you to visit as soon as possible.
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      The Accelerated speed of new news in our organization makes us look forward to all kinds of communiqués as you can see, there will be no printing of publications in London.
      When they announced the new branch, they said it was necessary because the production of magazines is expanding and Britain is the key Bethel for the production of magazines. That was just a couple of years ago they said that.
      Literature comes from Germany now. It's the center of Europe. Sent to London (soon Chelmsford) and distributed from there. The single page brochures will be used much more now. 

    • By Jack Ryan
      Down to one meal a day ? Doing their own laundry. Downsizing British building project.
      Maybe bread and water once a day will be next.
      So the GB is now going to do their own laundry, cook their own food, clean their own room? Not!
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      The Bible book of Ezekiel contains many prophecies that focus on the restoration of pure worship. How do these prophecies involve us?

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      Was curious if there would be a posting of the upcoming season of assembly talks. It would benefit us who may be unable to go, for personal study and research. Any answer would suffice. Thanks for your time.
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    • By Jack Ryan
      The NEW downsized UK branch of Jehovah's Witnesses. (Orignally approved for a printery and 14 residential blocks, but downsized to just 5 residence blocks and...no printery.
    • By Jack Ryan
      2018-01-20--Chelmsford Visitor Centre Update.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.   2018 Newsletter.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.   Thank you @Atlantis4
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    • By The Librarian
      Jehovah’s Witnesses sale to watch out for
      The Jehovah’s Witnesses is considering a sale of the majority of its UK property portfolio.
      The organisation, which has nearly 8m followers across the world and is undertaking a similar exercise in the US, is asking for expressions of interest for 29 freehold properties around Mill Hill in north London, NW7.
      They are formally being marketed by the International Bible Students Association – the registered charity which deals with property, personnel management and magazine distribution for JW in Britain.
      The properties are generally located in strong residential areas and interest is expected from residential developers and investors, retirement and care home providers, and hotel companies.
      IBSA was not prepared to put a value on the portfolio but its most recent accounts for the year ended 31 August 2014 reported total fixed assets of £73m. However, a sale would be expected to generate proceeds in excess of that figure.
      Primary assets include Watch Tower House, a 103,334 sq ft mixed-use building on an eight-acre plot which includes 175 studio or one-bedroom flats for IBSA staff. The building is used to publish magazines The Watchtower and Awake!, which JW said had a combined distribution of 117m copies a year and were the two most widely distributed magazines in the world.
      IBSA House, a 201,285 sq ft building on a five-acre plot which serves as the religious group’s main offices, is also included. The site has planning approval for a further 34,445 sq ft of offices. The phasing of the sale is under review but is expected by 2021 at the latest as the organisation moves to its new purpose-built centre in Chelmsford, Essex. However, IBSA said offices could be quickly vacated if investors requested.
      IBSA is in the process of appointing an advisor for the residential sites but will use its own in-house property team to market the bulk of the portfolio, which will be officially launched later this month.
      Its US branch has also separately put up for sale three residential blocks in Brooklyn, New York, 11-storey 107 Columbia Heights, 69 Adams, by the Manhattan Bridge, and The Towers at 21 Clark Street, formerly the 1920s era Leverich Towers Hotel, and sold 124 Columbia Heights in Brooklyn. It is moving to Warwick, New York state.
      Steve Canning, of IBSA’s London Real Estate Team, said: “We have been contacted by various developers but as a charity we have to go to the market to decide how we can progress.”

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      The Jehovah’s Witnesses is selling 29 properties including:
      • Watch Tower House, a 103,334 sq ft mixed-use building with residential redevelopment potential in Mill Hill, NW7
      • IBSA House, a 201,285 sq ft office building with residential redevelopment potential in Mill Hill
      • 138 flats and 11 detached houses across six sites in Edgware, Middlesex; Barnet, NW7; and Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
      • Two office and warehouse complexes (52,743 sq ft and 47,361 sq ft) in Borehamwood (above, Manor Point)
      • A two-storey 2,475 sq ft office building in Manor Way, Borehamwood
      • 300-seat seminar facility, NW7
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      In the UK the Society appears to be selling all its properties that currently house Bethelites... AND .. the facilities used to print 117 million Watchtowers and Awakes a year.
      Plans include installing mimeograph machines on the Literature Carts so they can be printed on an as-needed basis when the Cart Attendants are not busy explaining deep theological concepts to the crowds - Contributed








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