Jalessa Castillo, a Jehovah Witness Pioneer, who joined The Orlando Times Team, maintains a 3.75 Grade Point Average at Valencia College.

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  • ToesUp
    • "I'm am surprised she qualified as a regular pioneer and still going to college."

      It's all about who you know in the org. Some Bodies of Elders turn the other way and others are Elder Nazi's. Some bodies of elders will DF ones for years and others will be out for 6 months. We have seen that happen. It is what happens when you put men in charge of judging others. Men with NO holy spirit.

  • Ruby456

    I also wonder if the work ex jws are doing is having an effect nowadays. Particularly on geetting an education. I think so - for some it doesn't,t make them leave the jws but does elicit a response to improve their lives with secular education

  • blondie

    I live in a large university town where many jws go to university and graduate without negative results in the congregation. I'm sure it is different in rural congregations where a lower percentage of the general population go to college.

    In many ways it depends on who is rich, is popular, has powerful "friends", or is just a bully, and the time frame.

  • Ruby456

    Blonde what I have noticed is that there is still prejudice against further education but somehow young ones (perhaps as u suggest this is so in big towns) are choosing to go to university despite opposition

  • betterdaze

    Interesting ecumenical business angle.

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    Oops. They removed her article but not the byline.

  • Magnum

    scratchme1010: "No password, I'm not sure what the point of your post is."

    I certainly see a point. When I was young, the end of the whole @#$% earth was imminent, and I was supposed to spend my days (and nights, too) warning people of the cataclysm on the horizon. I was supposed to do menial work just to get enough food to eat. I remember a dist conv drama about a young man who was pioneering in a need-greater area and who was dejected because he couldn't even afford tires for his pioneer car. He was encouraged to stay in the area.

    If it's OK now for JWs to go to college and get degrees and have good jobs, then my a$$ will be chapped more than it already is. That wouldn't be fair to people like me who gave their all and suffered and did menial work because the end was supposed to be coming literally any minute.

    JWs today don't seem to be living the way some of us did in the past. It's as if they don't have the sense of urgency that used to exist - as if they want to have one foot in JWdom and the other in "the world", enjoying its benefits and fitting in.

  • tepidpoultry

    Good reporting betterdaze!

    Sister's already in trouble

    Time to start that housecleaning biz

    She seem nice enough

    It's just that JWs have a lot of restrictions


  • darkspilver

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  • Magnum

    I just read the article.

    First, she gives the impression that she not only approves of the church partners, but even that she thinks their contributions are beneficial. In my time, that would have been a definite no-no.

    In fact, we were instructed to not even give the impression when going to door-to-door that we approved of other religions. For example, if a householder said something like "I go to Riverside Church", we were instructed not to say "that's good" (or something expressing approval), but something like "well, I'm glad to know you're interested in spiritual things" (which doesn't express approval of the religion).

    Second, she's not a good journalist and even though she might have a good GPA, her writing is not indicative of a high IQ. I saw multiple grammatical, logic, etc. errors in her writing, and I'm not referring to typos; I'm referring to errors that indicate that she doesn't qualify to call herself a journalist. And, yes, I realize she's young and am taking that into consideration.

    I'm not trying to be harsh, but if she's going to claim to be a journalist and have material published, then she makes herself fair game for criticism. If I claim to be a boxer and jump in the ring with Mike Tyson and he cleans my clock, I have no room for complaint; his beating me would be fair. She put herself in the ring.

  • betterdaze

    Are Jehovah’s Witnesses allowed to read Orlando Times sermons?

    If this young lady was a study progressing to baptism, would she be allowed to share in the ministry as an unbaptized publisher?

    Would she be allowed to keep her position, considering her employer actively partners with Christendom as part of its business model?

    Or would she be coerced to quit a paying job so as not to stumble others?

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