2006 - A Year of Movers and Shakers for The Society

by truthseeker 33 Replies latest jw friends

  • Nosferatu

    Is it me, or did Jehovah's fast moving chariot crash into a ditch?

  • Mary
    Goingoingone said: It's so nice to see how Jehovah is speeding things up in the Time of the End (of the WTS)

    Hey! You took the words right out of my mouth!!

  • drew sagan
    drew sagan

    Just curious, what is:

    WT Special Campaign for 2006 re: District Convention

  • Boxed elder bugs
    Boxed elder bugs

    I would like to hear more about no. 8. Shunned father gets go ahead to sue Watchtower over daughters death.

  • insearchoftruth


    Is the CNN world post about the Canada suit going forward.

  • leftbelow

    Just curious, what is:

    I too am in the dark on this one

    Thanks in advance for any info

  • greendawn

    The vicious beast is gradually retreating but who knows when it will suddenly fall apart? More interesting is the slow down in their growth rates in the Western world. Jehovah is no longer blessing his organisation.

  • Justitia Themis
    Justitia Themis

    What Workers' Compensation case did they lose?

  • sir82
    WT Special Campaign for 2006 re: District Convention

    I too am in the dark on this one

    Thanks in advance for any info

    There was a BOE letter earlier this month. In an effort to drum up enthusiasm for the District Convention, publishers are supposed to hand out handbills advertising the District Convention. I haven't seen the handbills yet, do I don't know what they contain.

    Something like 3 weeks before the convention, each publisher will get 50 handbills, to pass out to people in the door to door work and/or return visits.

    This really seems like a lame-o idea. Like, a householder is going to say, "Wow, maybe I should make a 300 mile round trip to hear a symposium on the contents of Obadiah". They won't drive 2 miles to go to the local Kingdom Hall, what makes the Society think they will travel great distances to hear Brother Decrepit wheezingly read a manuscript on the dangers of internet porn?

    And besides, does the Society really want Joe Public attending a district convention? That's where the really wack-o ideas, the ones they won't put in writing, are expounded.

    What would a "worldly person" with a ounce of comprehension or intellect have thought of last year's drama, where Timothy refuses to go the "University of Athens", but his buddy goes "so he can run the family business" and nearly "falls out of the truth"?

  • truthseeker

    Justitia Themis here's the info...


    A 46-year-old woman who devoted her life to the Jehovah's Witnesses said she was forced to move from their

    But a judge's ruling this week that she is entitled to worker's compensation payments could end up costing the church millions of dollars.

    Brenda Upton and her husband, Michael, took a vow of poverty and moved to the Witnesses' headquarters in 1998 to work as chiropractors for other church members.

    She injured her spine while running to catch a bus at an upstate church compound later that year.

    "They take wonderful care of you up to a point, and then you're on your own," said. "That's why we wound up going to court."

    She said she suffered debilitating nerve injuries that have left her barely able to carry a laundry basket. The church took care of her medical care until 2001, when she and her husband were asked to leave and were given a $79,000 stipend.

    But Workers' Compensation Law Judge Stephen Goldstein ruled Wednesday that is entitled to $400 a week in workers' compensation payments.

    "I'm finding they were not religious volunteers," Goldstein said. "They were engaged, particularly Dr. Brenda Upton, in a number of work-like activities."

    The Witnesses vowed to appeal the ruling, saying Upton and the other 5,800 Witnesses who live and work in the church's operations are volunteers, not employees.

    But if the decision stands, the Witnesses - and other religious organizations - could potentially face millions of dollars in workers' compensation insurance premiums and payments, said church lawyer John Miller.

    "It'll pretty much put religious orders out of business," Miller said. "It would certainly impact whether we would ever want to continue operations" in .

    The church owns about 40 properties in downtown and has plans to build a huge new structure on a vacant lot.

    Miller would not speculate how the workers' compensation case would affect those plans.

    "We don't have a spiritual conflict," said Upton, who has moved with her husband to .

    "Our problem all along has been medical-legal. We are still active Jehovah's Witnesses."

    Originally published on January 6, 2006

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