Anti-clericalism and/or anti-churchism, the rejection of the concept of membership in a congregation, celebration of a weekly ceremony commemorating the Lord's death, separation of roles for men and women in the meeting and outside the meeting, absolutely non professionalization of ministers (there are no ministers per the proper definition of the term) and the rejection of charismatic gifts (cess… On their rules against mixing socially with outsiders, he says: "We are believers and don't need to go out with people who might not even be Christians. "They apologised for the way they'd been treating us. With no TV or stereo, most kids learnt to play instruments and played together. * Firms clustered in around 40 towns and cities, mostly provincial centres * A national trust, run by three of the Secret Seven who bankrolled the anti-government pamphlets last year, now operates 15 regional campuses under the umbrella of Westmount School. Vaughan Thomas spoke to TVNZ’s Breakfast about learning how to use things like the internet and TV remotes. New Zealand there are at present at least 6,000 Exclusive Brethren, which is about three times their estimated numbers in 2006, although exact figures are not available. It's very sad to see these small communities losing reasonable access to the Mass with the reality being that many parishioners will no longer attend Mass on Sundays. What clinched it for them was realising they "could never say to our children 'we can't have you in the house', like our parents said to us". The Exclusive Brethren is the name given (by outsiders) to those among the so-called Plymouth Brethren who, in the mid-nineteenth century, joined John Nelson Darby ( 1800-82) in forming a Christian fellowship which they believed to be based on strict biblical principles. There'll be a dinner and dance, a "mystery day" and lots of socialising - "certainly not religious, just a fun weekend". They see young single people often "going off the rails" after leaving the church. However, their children live quite separate lives from other New Zealand children. The supreme leader of the Exclusive Brethren church has flown in to New Zealand on a private jet, sources say. Phone: (03) 348 5507 Email: admin@rcc.co.nz Website: www.rcc.co.nz. It's the same in 40 towns around the country, from Gisborne to Cust. Dargaville also has a well-established Brethren community with a big business presence. Life as an Exclusive Brethren had its good sides. I think they expected we'd go back and were surprised when we didn't. The Christian Brethren Church of New Zealand is the name by which churches in the Open Brethren movement in New Zealand are publicly known. The couple maintain a faith in God but don't go to any church. I've kept in touch so the kids know them. steward's trust. "Most girls were there to check out the guys rather than listen to the word of God. We believe the Holy Bible provides each of us with invaluable guidance to every aspect of life. "You'd get a new dress and you'd have to get the perfect scarf to match it, and the right shape. This week the New Zealand Presbyterian Church voted to ban anyone in a sexual relationship outside marriage from its leadership roles (though 35 per cent voted against the ban). His alleged wrongdoing? Most work in Exclusive Brethren businesses, so leaving means losing their job. Once the couple went to the beach with some other young families and took a portable stereo, which got them temporarily banned from church. Translated courtesy of Google: This is very good news!! Remembers Adrian: "Once you were out, you started to question it." Minding their business * Fewer than 2000 Exclusive Brethren New Zealanders "I got on very well with my father, and I was never there in the years you want to be there, when they get old and you want to do their lawns." "We made it our own fun." Like Cambridge couple Diana and Adrian* who left the Exclusive Brethren 16 years ago after realising they couldn't live a lie. Across the Tasman, we've seen exposes of strong Exclusive Brethren financial backing in John Howard's re-election and allegations of past money-smuggling and child sexual abuse cover-ups. Obviously I wasn't a good Brethren girl, but back then I'd never have dreamt of leaving." The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church was established in the early nineteenth century in Plymouth, southern England. They are distinguished from the Open Brethren from whom they separated in 1848. Bruce Hales, also known as the Elect Vessel and … This week, former teachers at Brethren-run schools claimed the schools heavily censored reading material, ripping out chapters on reproduction from science texts, and dictated every aspect of the children's lives. * An internal memo sent to Brethren worldwide leaked to One News talks about setting up an umbrella group code-named National Office Assist. The Green Party's demanding the group loses its exemption from labour laws requiring union access to work sites, since the cosying up to political parties makes a mockery of the basis for that exemption - finding association with any outside organisation unconscionable. For him, too, the forced distancing from his parents hurt the most. Liberal, Green and gay communities worry about yet another attack on gains in social policy over recent years, while mainstream Christian churches swing towards moral conservatism. "A lot of guys, they've got a perception out here it's just one big orgy. They make you angry, but they also give hope. He says, "We think women have a major role: to be a Godly influence on their husbands and families. Unispace is a global office design firm which was founded in 2010, has more than 400 employees and operations in 18 countries, according to the company's website. The Exclusive Brethren are now divided into a number of groups, most of which differ on minor points of doctrine or practice. Unauthorised use of an Exclusive Brethren directory. According to the Evangelical publication, Operation World, there are 202 Brethren congregations in New Zealand with 16,164 in regular attendance (including children). A private detective has admitted he was hired by the Exclusive Brethren religious sect to dig dirt on Labour MPs including New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, and her husband.. On Thursday, private investigator Wayne Idour was still denying he’d been hired by the sect to tail Clark and her husband as part of the group’s campaign to unseat the Labour government. Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and even Kaitaia! Says Diana: "To this day my parents are heartbroken, because they can't have anything to do with us. The Exclusive Brethren are a subset of the Christian evangelical movement generally described as the Plymouth Brethren. Says one happy Anglican employee of a Brethren business: "They've got their beliefs, that's fine. But if the pricetag of this funding is that we need to teach things that are contrary to our special character and that our schools are barely distinguishable from State Schools - then it is a price too high. brethren.org.nz. So at first pass, hardly the Machiavellian, freakish, hostile weirdos you might expect from all the reports. The PBCC was established in the early nineteenth century. He's organising a reunion for "ex-peebs" next Easter, and is expecting 150. You'll find most of them are really happy in their role." Burnside Wairakei Road Bible Church, 392 Wairakei Road, Burnside, Christchurch Since 2003 an Exclusive Brethren trust has set up 15 year 7-12 schools here, teaching about 1000 children. Though their businesses bring them into daily contact with non-Brethrens, Brethren rules forbid socialising with "worldly" outsiders. To bardzo dobra wiadomość!! Yes, we rely on the State for co-funding our 237 Catholic schools. Now 53, he's in his second marriage and runs a cartage business in his hometown, Christchurch. What about university or professional careers? An Exclusive Brethren member has … According to Statistics New Zealand there were 20,406 Brethren in New Zealand in 2001. 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NZ POLICE The scene of a crash in which three members of the Exclusive Brethren church died in Baylys Coast Rd, Northland in June in 2016. * Around 800 mainly small private businesses Exclusive Brethren boss in New Zealand – National Party leaders keep distance Sunday March 18, 2007 Exclusive Brethren While National Party leader John Key further distances his party from the Exclusive Brethren, the controversial sect has been hosting a rare visit from its world leader. The majority of local Exclusive Brethren live in Wellington’s northern corridor. Even their churches are typically windowless. They are not allowed to form friendships with people outside the church, who are known as 'worldlies'. Brethren run at least 12 firms in Dargaville - mostly in trade and farm supplies - many clustered in an industrial complex on the town's southern edge. They observe "separation from evil", which according to the official Exclusive Brethren website also compels them to "shun the conduits of evil communications: television, the radio and the internet" (newspapers are OK). Exclusive Brethren Vernon Suckling, manager of Trax Equipment, says: "The way we're promoted is certainly not the way we feel we are. Members of the Exclusive Brethren church are encouraged to have large families. While we don't have fellowship and eat with them, we still appreciate they're genuine people." Graeme Hubbard left the Exclusive Brethren at 21. "We are accused of being secretive; it's more that we want to keep our heads down and live according to our convictions. Welcome to the Christian Brethren Church of New Zealand . Some Brethren so… The group has its origins in Exclusive Brethren, a Plymouth Brethren group, itself a branch of the Open Brethren. There are about 8,000 Exclusive Brethren in scattered communities around New Zealand. Diana: "I had a great family life, I loved Mum and Dad and my brothers." What's behind it all will come out in time. Massey religious history expert Peter Lineham believes the political campaigns are part of a masterplan orchestrated by the powerful, rich Sydney-based world leader Bruce Hales, implemented here by a select group of Brethren businessmen. New Zealand's Exclusive Brethren, who number fewer than 2000, operate about 800 small businesses, according to a political pamphlet they released in 2002. There are two main motivations thought to be behind Brethren-backed political campaigns: promoting parties whose policies are closest to Brethren values (anti-gay rights, pro-traditional family, privatisation and decentralisation), thus delaying the "Rapture", when Jesus Christ is expected to descend and take away true believers; and, the more worldly theory of promoting parties with business-friendly policies to further Brethren's own business interests. They believe the rules have been relaxed since their time in the fold. Those that leave become completely cut off from their families and friends remaining within the church — with often traumatic, and sometimes tragic, results. Like most ex-Brethren - they call themselves ex-peebs (short for people of the Exclusive Brethren) - the hardest thing has been losing family from their lives. I was at the 1988 Lay... 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