One of my friends, a disfellowshipped person, recently started attending the Hall again.
Firstly, he went to the convention and told me tonight that members of his congregation came and spoke to him and he told them of his status and they apologized and left.
Any elderly sister from the congregation who has known him all his life came and spoke and again he said he couldn't. He was stunned when she said she "didn't care" and spoke to him anyway which he found touching. The Mother of this person did nothing to stop her from talking to him.
The older lady (a wife of an elder) said that she and many others are fed up with the "hatred" being talked about and that if people are to be helped then it is nonsense the way things are being done.
He then went to his Hall and was surprised at one brother he had known for years who said that he wanted to take his picture along with his parents since he had known him since childhood. Again the brother said that he knew he 'shouldn't but he didnt care".
I think things are back firing to some extent with the shunning policy at least in this instance which is great.
To me freedom from bondage was bought with the blood of one man and freedom has no restrictions!