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Let's Talk About Sects is an award-winning monthly podcast focusing on a different cult each episode. Sarah takes a storytelling, deep dive approach, looking at the history of a sect's leaders, the recruitment of members, their experiences, psychological aspects, and notable incidents during its existence.


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“A fascinating and well-researched look into cults and the charismatic leaders behind them.”
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“A fantastic examination of sects, cults, and religion… a fact-based program that’ll hook you in and keep you coming back for more.”
Zach Johnston, Uproxx, February 2019


“Cleverly named, meticulously researched.”
Elena Nicolaou, Refinery29, December 2018


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Universal Medicine

Universal Medicine

2019-10-1501:18:37

Australian esoteric healing organisation Universal Medicine teaches that entities known as The Four Lords of Form rule over 9-foot-tall spirits that are all around us, and that most people have lived at least 2,300 lives before.Former student Matt Sutherland told Sunday Night journalist Matt Doran that he would describe Universal Medicine’s founder Serge Benhayon as “a human wrecking ball.”CORRECTION: The 'groping' allegations were found to be conveyed by the publication but the court did not find that Esther Rockett had proven them true. Defences of honest opinion and qualified privilege were upheld for these allegations.Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com. You can support the creation of this independent podcast at www.patreon.com/ltaspod.With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 3 of Let's Talk About Sects.If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).Credits:Written, Researched and Hosted by Sarah SteelMusic by Joe GouldLinks: - The Cult: International investigation into Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine — by Matt Doran, Sunday Night, Channel 7, 17 February 2019 - Australian cult leader Serge Benhayon targeted in international investigation — by Matt Doran, Sunday Night, Channel 7, 15 May 2019 - The Da Vinci Mode — by David Leser, Good Weekend, 25 August 2012 - Universal Medicine follower's daughter releases private emails between mother and 'cult' leader — by Josh Robertson, ABC News, 10 November 2017 - Universal Medicine cult founder exposed as ‘charlatan’ — by Rhian Deutrom, news.com.au, 18 February 2019 - Universal Medicine 'cult' received hundreds of thousands in charity donations from prominent donors — by Josh Robertson, ABC News, 14 September 2019 - Universal Medicine Facebook page — accessed September 2019 - Universal Medicine website — accessed September 2019 - Serge Benhayon’s website — accessed September 2019 - Unimed Living website — accessed September 2019 - The Truth about Universal Medicine — blog by students of Universal Medicine, accessed September 2019 - Universal Medicine Exposed — website by students of Universal Medicine, accessed September 2019 - The College of Universal Medicine — website accessed September 2019 - Esoteric Breast Massage website — archived in March 2012 by the Wayback Machine - Self-styled healer Serge Benhayon leads 'socially harmful cult': jury — by Michaela Whitbourn, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 October 2018 - Esther Rockett’s blog — accessed September 2019 - Benhayon v Rockett (No 8) [2019] NSWSC 169 — Supreme Court of NSW final determination, 6 December 2018 - Benhayon v Rockett (No 9) [2019] NSWSC 172 — Supreme Court of NSW costs determination, 28 February 2019 - Parliament of NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard — 21 August 2019 - How one hippie town became the anti-vaxxer capital of Australia — by Tim Elliott, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 June 2019 - Australian Charity Register listing for College of Universal Medicine — accessed on 27 September 2019 - 'Cult' cures on Medicare — by Heath Aston, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 July 2012 - Controversial health provider under investigation — by Samantha Turnbull and Bruce MacKenzie, ABC North Coast NSW 23 July 2012 - Rick Ross Cult Education Institute Forum — thread started by Herbert Kane, 15 January 2012 - Jane Hansen: How Universal Medicine bullied me — by Jane Hansen, The Sunday Telegraph, 15 March 2015 - Lance Martin’s blog — accessed September 2019 - Doctor rebuked over 'spiritual healing' group touting 'esoteric breast massage' — by Joshua Robertson, The Guardian, 31 May 2017 - Doctor who gave patient medical history to Universal...
NXIVM

NXIVM

2019-09-1701:13:041

Edgar Bronfman Sr. of the Seagram liquor fortune once wrote a testimonial for a course he had taken through an organisation called Executive Success Programs, or ESP. He said, quote, “If everyone were to go through this training, the world would be a much better and safer place to live.” Seventeen years later, the leader and inner circle of that same organisation, now going under the name NXIVM, would be on trial for charges including sex trafficking, forced labour, fraud, extortion and child pornography.Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com. You can support the creation of this independent podcast at www.patreon.com/ltaspod.With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 3 of Let's Talk About Sects.If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support right now, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 in Australia, or find your local crisis centre via the International Association for Suicide Prevention website at www.iasp.info.Credits:Written and Hosted by Sarah SteelResearched by Haley Gray and Sarah SteelMusic by Joe GouldLinks: - The Founder of “Nxivm,” a Purported Self-Help Organization Based in Albany, N.Y., Arrested for Sex Trafficking and Forced Labor Conspiracy — US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York - Complaint and Affidavit — US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York - Jury Finds Nxivm Leader Keith Raniere Guilty of All Counts — US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York - Founder Of “Nxivm,” a Purported Self-Help Organization, and Five Others Charged in Superseding Indictment with Racketeering Conspiracy — US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York - Founder of “NXIVM,” a Purported Self-Help Organization, and Actor Indicted for Sex Trafficking and Forced Labor Conspiracy — US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York - Indictment — US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York - FBI raids NXIVM president's house as Raniere appears in federal court — by Brendan J. Lyons, Albany Times Union, 27 March 2018 - Rochester woman tells all about life with NXIVM's Keith Raniere, her ex — by Jon Campbell, Democrat and Chronicle, 8 March 2018 - Allison Mack's Twitter - Brighton woman is quickly sold on Local Buyline —by Frank Bilovsky, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 22 June 1992 - Toni Natalie's Statement —23 August 2011 - Leader of NY Group Branded Women, Made Them Sex Slaves: Feds — NBC New York, 26 March 2018 - Self-help guru denies enslaving, branding women in sex cult —by Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, 5 May 2018 - Raniere's High School Graduation —The Journal News (via Frank Report), 29 June 1978 - In Raniere's shadows — by James M. Odato & Jennifer Gish, Times Union, 22 February 2012 - Cult of Personality — by Michael Freedman, Forbes, 13 October 2003 - The Heiresses and the Cult —by Suzanna Andrews, Vanity Fair, 13 October 2010 - The making of Vanguard — by Josh Bloch, Kathleen Goldhar, Anita Elash & Dave Pizer, CBC News, 12 September 2018 - Escaping NXIVM — by Josh Bloch, Kathleen Goldhar, Anita Elash & Dave Pizer, CBC News, 5 September 2018 - The public and private turmoil of escaping a suspected sex cult — by Josh Bloch, Kathleen Goldhar, Anita Elash & Dave Pizer, CBC News, 26 September 2018 - NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman pleads guilty in case of alleged cult — by Jon Campbell, Democrat and Chronicle, 13 March 2019 - Lauren Salzman Pleads Guilty – to one count each of Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy — by Frank Parlato, Frank Report, 28 March - Nxivm: Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman plead...
On the 14 June 2019, news broke in Australia that many people had been waiting on for a number of years. That news was the death of this country’s most notorious cult leader, Anne Hamilton-Byrne.In this bonus episode, I’m bringing you an interview with investigative journalist Chris Johnston, who has been looking into The Family for quite some time. He worked with director Rosie Jones on her recent documentary ‘The Cult of the Family’, and they also co-wrote a book together about the group and its history. Chris spoke to me from Melbourne.CORRECTION: In this episode I mentioned that Chris Johnston is a senior journalist for The Age. He worked with The Age for 20 years but is not currently working there.Special Guest: Chris Johnston.If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support right now, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 in Australia, or find your local crisis centre via the International Association for Suicide Prevention website at www.iasp.info.Links: - The Family: The shocking true story of a notorious cult — by Chris Johnston & Rosie Jones, Scribe Publications, 2016 - The Family — Documentary film website For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Chung Moo Quan

Chung Moo Quan

2019-04-1601:04:10

Chung Moo Quan positioned itself as a superior martial arts school that taught eight different practices at once. Though this may have originally struck prospective students as a bargain-and-a-half, many who chose to take it up would come out the other end having lost thousands of dollars, personal relationships and job opportunities, and even their sense of self. Before the school’s founder and four other defendants were jailed in 1995, various experts had told reporters that Chung Moo Quan fit their definition of a destructive cult.Special Guest: Russell Johnson.Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com.If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support right now, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 in Australia, or find your local crisis centre via the International Association for Suicide Prevention website at www.iasp.info.Links: - Deceived: The Moo Years — podcast by Russell Johnson, with many resources from his research - Herding the Moo: Exploits of a Martial Arts Cult — by Joe Smith, Trafford Publishing, 2006 - Martial arts school owners convicted — UPI, 10 December 1996 - Chung Moo Quan Handbook - Investigators: Students take aim at martial arts school — by Chris Ingalls, KING 5 News, 16 February 2005 - The Cult and the Con — special report by Pam Zekman, CBS 2 Chicago, 1989 - Martial Arts School Chief Found Guilty in Tax Scam — by Matt O'Connor, Chicago Tribune, 10 December 1996 - Chung Moonies? Critics call martial-arts club a cult of violence and greed — by Ric Kahn, The Boston Phoenix, 25 October 1991 - Be True to Your School — by Jennifer Vogel, City Pages, 1 April 1992 - Martial Arts School Link to Body Found in Forest Probed — MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL LINK TO BODY FOUND IN FOREST PROBED by Harlene Ellin, Chicago Tribune, 12 October 1991 - The Martial Arts Cult of John C. Kim — by Laurence Gonzales, unpublished article for Penthouse, 5 May 1992 - Vivien Francis vs. John C. Kim, Oom Yung Doe, LLC, et al — Vivien Francis vs. John C. Kim, Oom Yung Doe, LLC, Thomas White, Harmonizing Herbal Products, Inc., Jadience, Inc., Robert Sawinski - People of the State of Illinois, ex rel. ROLAND W. BURRIS, Attorney General of Illinois vs. JOHN C. KIM et al. — Notice of Filing, 5 June 1992 - United States of America v. John C. Kim et al — Special Grand Jury charges filed 11 April 1995 - People of the State of Illinois, ex rel. Neil F. Hartigan, Attorney General of Illinois vs. JOHN C. KIM et al. — Complaint for Injunctive and Other Relief - John B. Maddox Obituary & Police Case Report — The Naperville Sun, 21 September 1988 and Will County Sheriff's Police Department, 19 September 1988 - Kyung Gong Sul Bope — by Oom Yung Doe New England, 24 January 2016 - Promo: The Crooked Fiddle Band Pozible — you can pre-order a copy of LTAS composer Joe Gould's band's next album For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Order of the Solar Temple

Order of the Solar Temple

2019-03-1200:58:22

The Order of the Solar Temple was a secret society that would go down sharing the pages of history with Jonestown, the Branch Davidians and Heaven’s Gate. But is it fair to compare the groups? When it comes to incidents of mass violence and cults, perhaps it may be unavoidable. Because whether they ended in mass murder-suicide or a different form of violence, in spite of the striking ideological differences between them, there were some similarities – in all of these groups that ended with such undeniable tragedy.Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com.If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support right now, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 in Australia, or find your local crisis centre via the International Association for Suicide Prevention website at www.iasp.info.Links: - Violence and New Religious Movements — by James R. Lewis, Oxford University Press, 2011 - Millennium, Messiahs, and Mayhem: Contemporary Apocalyptic Movements — by Thomas Robbins & Susan J. Palmer, Psychology Press, 1997 - Pont-Saint-Esprit poisoning: Did the CIA spread LSD? — by Mike Thomson, BBC News, 23 August 2010 - Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis — AMORC international website - Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis — AMORC Austral-Asia website - The Tragedy Of The Solar Temple Cult — by Stephen Dafoe, TemplarHistory.com, 1 April 2010 - Joseph Di Mambro Biography — Biography.com listing for Joseph Di Mambro, 2 April 2014 - A Preacher With a Dark Side Led Cultists to Swiss Chalets — by Alan Riding, The New York Times, 9 October 1994 - Homeopathy — Homeopathy listing on the Victoria State Government's Better Health Channel - The Order of the Solar Temple: The Temple of Death — by Professor James R Lewis, Ashgate Publishing, 2013 - Coroner's Report into the deaths at Morin Heights, Cheiry and Salvan — in French, June 1996 - "Our Terrestrial Journey is Coming to an End": The Last Voyage of the Solar Temple — by Jean-Francois Mayer, Nova Religio, 1999 - Swiss Say They've Identified Body of Solar Temple Leader — by Alan Riding, The New York Times, 14 October 1994 - Quebec Fire Kills 2; Linked to Cult in Switzerland — by Clyde Farnsworth, The New York Times, 6 October 1994 - Canada Seeks Money Trail Of Secret Cult — by Clyde Farnsworth, The New York Times, 16 October 1994 - Wife of Top Cult Leader Identified — Associated Press, 21 October 1994 - Cults: The One Thing I Will Never Write About — by Hannah Mary McKinnon, CrimeReads, 19 April 2018 - Suspected cult leader faces second trial — SWI swissinfo.ch, 24 October 2006 - Geneva seeks to temper influence of cults — SWI swissinfo.ch, 3 November 2001 - Fire kills 5 Canadian cultists — The Victoria Advocate, 24 March 1997 - Le miraculé du Temple solaire — by Renaud Leblond, l'express, 3 August 1995 (in French) - Millennialism, Persecution, and Violence: Historical Cases — by Catherine Wessinger, Syracuse University Press, 2000 - "There Is no Place for Us to Go but Up": New Religious Movements and Violence — by Massimo Introvigne, Conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (SISR), 21 August 2001 - Sects and Violence: The "Standard Model" of New Religions Violence — by James R Lewis, Journal of Religion and Violence 1:1, 2013 - The gory details of the Solar Temple cult at Morin Heights — Jed Kahane, CBC News, 8 October 1994 - Is the Solar Temple a doomsday cult or New Age religion? — Tina Srebotnjak, CBC News, 6 October 1994 - Solar Temple cult leader Joseph Di Mambro confirmed dead — Heather Hiscox, CBC News, 10 October 1994 - Brainwashed or free will? A former ...
The Seaside Sect

The Seaside Sect

2019-02-1200:26:03

A New Zealand-born man who moved to Australia in the 1970s and started a sect, telling his eventual 9 wives and 60-plus children that he was Jesus Christ, was put behind bars for 7 years in Victoria in 2000. In spite of the fairly sensational nature of his lifestyle and crimes, his name is not well-known here, and his polygamous group gained the most media attention when a recent Bachelor Australia contestant was outed by the press for her childhood involvement.This episode we’re talking about a cult that didn’t officially have a name, but was unofficially referred to as The Seaside Sect.Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com.If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).Links: - Abuser kept secret through cult of fear — by Naomi Larkin, NZ Herald, 12 August 2000 - Meet Sam and James, the Unsuspecting Villains of Netflix's 'Instant Hotel' — by Pippa Raga, Distractify, 11 January 2019 - Stayz accommodation listing for 'Sands North Byron – Private Oasis' - Cult head, 71, molested girls, trial told — AAP, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 July 2000 - 'Harem' deserts convicted guru — AAP, The Age, 4 August 2000 - 'Guru' jailed for child molestation — News24, 11 August 2000 - Polygamist guru faces new child sex charges — by Katie Lapthorne, The Courier Mail, 8 March 2003 - Ian Francis LOWE Death Notice — New Zealand Herald, 14 April 2012 - The Bachelor Cult Bombshell — Alison Petrovsky, A Current Affair, 8 August 2016 - Polygamist Kiwi cult leader who fathered The Bachelor's Keira Maguire exposed — Stuff, 10 August 2016 - Aussie Bachelor star Keira Maguire reveals Kiwi father was cult leader jailed for sexual abuse — NZ Herald, 9 August 2016 - The Bachelor Australia: Keira Maguire cries on The Project for cult siblings — by Aja Styles, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 August 2016 - ‘I didn’t know who my mum was until I was five’: Bachelor’s Keira Maguire breaks down over cult past — by James Weir, News Corp, 11 August 2016 - A shocking look inside Bachelor star Keira's upbringing and exactly how her father shared nine wives. — by Belinda Jepsen, Mamamia, 9 August 2016 - The Bachelor Australia 2016: Keira Maguire's mother defended polygamist cult to A Current Affair — by Aja Styles, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 August 2016 - The Bachelor's Keira Maguire distances herself from paedophile father and cult past — by Amy Croffey, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 August 2016 - 'I didn't even know what a mum was': Celeb on Byron cult — by Cathryn McLauchlan, The Northern Star, 20 February 2017 - The Bachelor's Keira Grew Up In A Cult Led By Her Paedophile Dad — by Cayla Dengate, HuffPost Australia, 11 August 2016 - 'Any man can satisfy five women a night': Chilling boast of paedophile at head of polygamous cult where The Bachelor's Keira Maguire was raised — by Jenny Awford, Daily Mail Australia, 9 August 2016 - Bachelorette's Byron Bay "polygamy cult" connection — The Northern Star, 9 August 2016 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Joy Kuo and her husband moved to Sydney from Taiwan in 2000, and the couple both began working for the University of Sydney Library the following year. They both studied for and gained their masters degrees, and enjoyed their work. By 2012 they had had a son together, and Joy found herself wanting to help humanity in some greater way. She was looking for something she could really dedicate herself to in her career.Iphigenie Amoutzias moved to New Zealand from Germany in 1996. She completed postgraduate studies in her new home country, and had practised Buddhism for many years. By 2011 she had reached a point in her life where something seemed to be missing. She felt that the modern world was lacking in connection, that technology was driving people apart, and that she wanted to be surrounded with a greater sense of community.Both women came across the same new age group at this point in their lives. They had no idea that years later they would find themselves broke, emotionally affected, and questioning all of their previous decisions to become involved.Special Guest: Joy Kuo & Iphigenie Amoutzias.Further information on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com.If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support right now, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 in Australia, or find your local crisis centre via the International Association for Suicide Prevention website at www.iasp.info.Links: - KF website - Bad Vibrations – The implosion of a New Age cult — by Steve Kilgallon and Tony Wall, stuff.co.nz, July 2018 - NZ Cult List — Entry for KF - KF Foundation webpage - KF Chronicles — blog credited to Ananya Bhakt Niranjana - Awakening with Joy — YouTube channel by Joy Kuo - Joy’s Story — by Joy Kuo, via the Cult Information and Family Support (CIFS) website For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Grace J. Adams and Poia Alpha are two sisters from New Zealand, who joined David Koresh’s Branch Davidians in the 1980s along with their other sister, the younger Rebecca. Poia left the sect in early 1990, and Grace in late 1991. Rebecca remained with the group at the compound in Waco, Texas, and perished in the fire of April 1993. Grace and Poia have recently released their memoir, called ‘Hearken O Daughter’, and I caught up with them on a recent trip to Auckland.Special Guest: Grace J. Adams and Poia Alpha.Further information available on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com.If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support right now, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 in Australia, or find your local crisis centre via the International Association for Suicide Prevention website at www.iasp.info.Links: - Hearken O Daughter — by Grace J. Adams and Poia Alpha, 2018 - Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships — by Janja Lalich and Madeleine Tobias, Bay Tree Publishing, 2006 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Laura left Outreach International when she was 32 years old, having been born into the sect in the late 1970s. Hear her story as she relates the experience of being a young woman in a highly patriarchal and controlling organisation, the difficult decision to leave, the trauma of starting her life from scratch, and the joy that she's found in this new life – a kind that most of us take for granted. You'll also hear from other ex-members about their experiences, and where the sect stands today.Special Guest: Laura Sullivan.Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com.If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support right now, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 in Australia, or find your local crisis centre via the International Association for Suicide Prevention website at www.iasp.info.Links: - The Effect of Billy Graham Crusades in 1959 Still Being Felt Today — Christian Today - Billy Graham in Australia, 1959 - Was it Revival? — by Dr. Stuart Piggin, Lucas: An Evangelical History Review, no. 6, Oct 1989 - Letters to the Editor — Vision Magazine, No. 9, May-June 1975 - Salaries for ministers rapped by church founder — by Rose Simpson, The Ottawa Journal, Wednesday July 25, 1979 - The Association of Alatsatians — website with a history of the city of Alatsata - Outreach International website - Tony Kostas' personal website - Seek Ye First — by Tony Kostas, Outreach International, 1975 - The Ultimate Attainment — by Tony Kostas, Outreach Media, 1983 - Building with God — series by Tony Kostas, 1985 - Led Into Love — by Tony Kostas, 2016 - UK Charity Commission Records — London Outreach Church Community Trust - Open Charities UK — Basic charity accounts records from 30 April 2006 to 30 April 2010 for London Outreach Church Community Trust, AKA Outreach International - ASIC Records for Outreach International — Australian Securities and Investments Commission - Religious Trauma Syndrome: How some organized religion leads to mental health problems — by Valerie Tarico, Raw Story, 15 October 2018 - Marlene Winell, Ph.D website — Professional background, education and professional history, and current work of Dr. Winell, accessed 23 October 2018 - Outreach Letters Series — by Tony Kostas, 1988-89 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
In May 2017, a sect that started in Melbourne, Australia, 50 years ago, and has been highly secretive over the last few decades, decided to change its closed-doors policy and go public with a website. Whilst up until now very little has been known about the group except by direct conversations with former believers, its members go to government schools, attend public universities, and work in everyday jobs. They could be your neighbour, your colleague, or even a friend, and you’d have no idea what’s really going on in their private lives.CORRECTION: There is a mention of the Book of David in this episode – this was a slip of the tongue, it should be the Book of John.Special Guest: Laura Sullivan.Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com.If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support right now, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 in Australia, or find your local crisis centre via the International Association for Suicide Prevention website at www.iasp.info.Links: - The Effect of Billy Graham Crusades in 1959 Still Being Felt Today — Christian Today - Billy Graham in Australia, 1959 - Was it Revival? — by Dr. Stuart Piggin, Lucas: An Evangelical History Review, no. 6, Oct 1989 - Letters to the Editor — Vision Magazine, No. 9, May-June 1975 - Salaries for ministers rapped by church founder — by Rose Simpson, The Ottawa Journal, Wednesday July 25, 1979 - The Association of Alatsatians — website with a history of the city of Alatsata - Outreach International website - Tony Kostas' personal website - Seek Ye First — by Tony Kostas, Outreach International, 1975 - The Ultimate Attainment — by Tony Kostas, Outreach Media, 1983 - Building with God — series by Tony Kostas, 1985 - Led Into Love — by Tony Kostas, 2016 - UK Charity Commission Records — London Outreach Church Community Trust - Open Charities UK — Basic charity accounts records from 30 April 2006 to 30 April 2010 for London Outreach Church Community Trust, AKA Outreach International - ASIC Records for Outreach International — Australian Securities and Investments Commission - Religious Trauma Syndrome: How some organized religion leads to mental health problems — by Valerie Tarico, Raw Story, 15 October 2018 - Marlene Winell, Ph.D website — Professional background, education and professional history, and current work of Dr. Winell, accessed 23 October 2018 - Outreach Letters Series — by Tony Kostas, 1988-89 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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Brian Knowles

The many many horrible mispronounciations are so distracting that I keep having to reverse the audio to listen a second time 😂

Oct 17th
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