International Public Affairs Desk for The Family International
In light of the recent reports regarding the case of Nathaniel Enright, who was found guilty by the court in Australia of numerous sexual offenses, TFI wishes to state the following:
Nathaniel Enright was born to a former TFI member and resided within TFI communities until he was 16 years of age. According to his statements at court, Nathaniel departed the movement in 1996.
TFI does not condone in any way the acts for which Enright was prosecuted. Our position on such actions is that they are morally wrong and detrimental, as well as a sin in the eyes of God. Continue reading
In response to the recent spate of articles about Rose McGowan which paint The Family International in a negative light, TFI’s Public Affairs desk issued the following statement:
The Family International is a Christian community currently present in over 90 countries, committed to sharing the message of God’s love with people around the globe. Our fundamental beliefs are generally in accordance with those held by Christians the world over; we also embrace some untraditional doctrines. (See the Family’s statement of faith) We seek to bring hope and spiritual renewal through the unconditional love of Jesus Christ that knows no borders or boundaries of race, creed, or social status.
The usage of the label “cult” in reference to the Family International (TFI) by the media is pejorative and discriminatory. Such labeling is an age-old tactic—Jesus and his followers were also maligned as the “cult of the Nazarenes” in their day. Founded in the late 1960s, TFI has expanded into an international missionary fellowship that has led millions to faith in Christ, and has assisted the needy in a multitude of volunteer and humanitarian efforts.
Our sincere hope for those who were once part of TFI is that they can lead constructive, fulfilling lives and progress in the new goals they set for themselves. Our prayer is for reconciliation and mutual respect in the path that each one has chosen of his or her own free will. Continue reading
A major Mexican newspaper called La Jornada recently published a very libelous article about the Family International. Since members of the Family International were not given a chance to tell their side of the story, I’m including the official rebuttal to that article below (written in Spanish).
Read the full rebuttal
The Family International put out a press release about the “reboot” and the changes taking place in the Family. I’m really looking forward to this having a major impact on the daily working of the Family International. I also love the fact that they quoted Karen Zerby and Steve Kelly’s internal memo. Time will tell, but I think this is going to get cool.
Karen Zerby, the spiritual and administrative co-director of the Family International, now has a website. You can find some of her meditations and writings there. Check it out.