He said, “They prey on the vulnerable.” At first it was enjoyable, but then the group started expecting more, and “it got really suffocating.” Taylor added that they used “guilt trips” to bring his beliefs in line with the ICC’s.Now an ex-member, Taylor watches as others alienate themselves from friends and family.“Someone would say, ‘I’d rather not come to your church,’ and if we pressed it again, then we’re ‘harassing’ — that’s the buzzword,” he said.Mc Kean agreed there was some truth to charges of excessive control of members, but said the church has worked hard to correct any abuses.“At first they give them a lot of attention and love.
(Jennifer Ludbrook, Gauntlet, University of Calgary, Internet, 11/21/02) [csr 2.1 2003] Brief Report: Perceived Psychological Abuse and the Cincinnati Church of Christ. Adams Psychological Distress in Former Members of the International Churches of Christ and Noncultic Groups.
A French court ruled that Getliffe had breached the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
She was arrested when she returned to Vancouver to defend her doctoral dissertation at the University of British Columbia.
Seventeen-year members Jack and Kay Pelham want to recover over ,000 in tithings and offerings. (Mitchel Kline, The Tennessean, Internet, 6/22/05) [csr 4.2 2005] Recruiting at U of Oregon The International Church of Christ (ICOC), banned from a number of campuses in the US and Canada, and having lost thousands of members in recent years following revelations of financial abuse and authoritarian control of followers, is now recruiting among students at the University of Oregon, in Eugene.
[csr 3.1 2004] Church founder Kip Mc Kean, senior minister in the ICOC Portland church, who has sent 18 members to proselytize among the 30,000 students at nine colleges in the Eugene area, acknowledged that some campus bans for “over-the-top” proselytizing were justified.
The beliefs of the ICOC consist primarily of the writings in the New Testament of the Bible.