Resources for Clergy

From Christian Priests, Pastors and Lay-Ministers, to Rabbis and Imams, the clergy of non-totalist religious organizations can be a valuable influence to keep their congregants safe from scam artists, manipulators and cult-like groups. 

Below are some resources that the clergy may find useful, and if you require any specific advice or guidance, please contact us. Alternatively, for a larger list of resources, you can use our recommended resources page.

 

ARTICLE: Cults and Kids

Cults / Sects

The Cults and Kids: a study of coercion is written by Robert Dellinger and published on the Believers Web website. The study gives an overview of cults and how they work, an insight into who joins them and why, as well as detailed preventative guidance. It also details how to help get people out.

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SPECIALIST: Reverend Leo Booth

Extremism - religious or political

Reverend Leo Booth focuses on creating healthy spirituality, with the ambition of undermining religious extremism and encouraging free thought. He is a published author of many books on the subject, is a regular lecturer at conferences and offers videos on the subject too.

fatherleo.com

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RESOURCES: When God becomes a drug

Extremism - religious or political

Author: Reverend Leo Booth

Publisher: Tarcher (September 23, 1992)

ISBN: 0874777038 / 978-0874777031

Synopsis:

Written by religious extremism expert Reverend Leo Booth, 'When God becomes a drug' reveals a startling picture of millions of people living dysfunctional lives through their religious addiction. Father Booth offers a clear-cut program, giving readers practical ways to overcome excessive devotion and attain healthy spirituality.

Available from Amazon

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HELPLINE: UK Child Support - Childline

Domestic Violence Abuse / Child Abuse Bullying

Childline offer support to young people up to the age of 19, with any issues they may have. With a focus on support, talking and counselling, young people can ring Childline with any issue, big or small. 

www.childline.org.uk

 

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HELPLINE: Swiss counter-cult

Cults / Sects

infoSekta is a consumer protection organisation which is independent of religious and political ties. They offer counselling for individuals, education and awareness campaigns, impartial information and support for individuals in Switzerland. Although they don't currently operate outside Switzerland, they do offer brilliant online resources and information, and are an excellent example of counter-cult initiatives. 

www.infosekta.ch

 

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HELPLINE: US National Domestic Violence Hotline

Domestic Violence

Delivering a 24/7 support line, the National Domestic Violence Hotline offers immediate help and lifesaving solutions to enable victims of Domestic Violence to escape and be safe. Anyone calling the helpline will reach a fully qualified advocates, who can offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services, in more than 170 languages.

1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 

www.thehotline.org

 

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RESOURCES: ICSA - International Cultic Studies Association

Cults / Sects

ISCA is a global network of individuals who are concerned about the psychological manipulation and abuse of individuals, who are involved in high-demand groups, cults, alternative movements and all similar environments.

www.icsahome.com

 

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People do have the right to try to persuade others to think as they do. But participants should know ahead of time when a program teaches a new belief system, and they should be able to choose whether or not to participate - Singer and Lalich, Cults in Our Midst