This letter was sent as an addendum to the elders regarding their latest Elders textbook. I think you'll find this interesting and also disconcerting as well.
TO ALL BODIES OF ELDERS
Re: Spiral binding of Shepherding textbook
Dear Brothers :
Since the release of the new Shepherding textbook, several elders have asked about the possibility of having their textbook spiral bound. There is no objection if an elder personally spiral binds or laminates his own textbook or does so for other elders. If he has another baptized brother who is not an elder do the work for him, the elder must WATCH WHILE THE WORK IS BEING DONE. Outside companies, unbelievers, or sisters ARE NOT PERMITTED to do this work. The material in the book is confidential, and confidentiality MUST be preserved.
Each elder should make the following notation next to the box on the title page of the Shepherding textbook : " See letter dated October 7, 2010, to all bodies of elders regarding spiral binding of this textbook. "
Please be assured of our warm Christian love and best wishes.
Your brothers ,
Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses
cc: Traveling overseers
P.S. to secretary :
This letter should be retained in the congregation permanent file of policy letters. You may wish to update the congregation copy of Index to Letters- For Bodies of Elders ( s-22) at this time as well.
O.K. Is this weird, or is this weird ? First of all - so much for elders trusting that a non-elder brother spiraling his Shepherding book is trustworthy or not ! Now let's be realistic - WHAT elder is going to stand there looking over the shoulder of a non-elder brother spiraling this elders Shepherding book ? That's just creepy ! And JW sisters ? Don't YOU just get a warm , fuzzy , cared for feeling that YOU are put in the same category with WORLDLY outside companies or UNBELIEVERS in that you are NOT ALLOWED to spiral bind elders textbooks ?? How does THAT make you feel on the WT society totem pole ? Pretty bad. That's what I thought. And how arrogant is the WT society to think that WORLDLY companies who would spiral bind these elders textbooks in the fIRST place would give a rats a$$ about the contents anyway ?? They are just there to spiral bind them and make some $$$$ . They don't care about the content.
If you ask me- the WT society is enamored with thinking that non-witnesses and worldly companies think they are important as they themselves think they are. It's delusional, narcissistic of the WT society leaders to think any non-witness companies view them as important. And it's unspeakable how they view JW women in the organization. If you have ever BEEN a JW woman or are currently, I would be INSULTED at the thoughts expressed in this letter. You are within your rights to feel so.
So- I've said my piece . Let me know how YOU folks feel about this letter to the elders. I feel it's insane and paranoid from a desperate cult covering it's legal rear end. As always, I look forward to your takes and observations ! Peace out to all and Happy New year ! Peace out, Mr. Flipper