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Repost: UBF international conferences: prime time for abuse 
1st-Jul-2008 03:10 pm
(This is a repost of an old thread at http://rsqubf.info/discuss/archive/7568.html, on the occasion of another UBF international self-glorification conference coming up this month.)

Date Posted: 21:45:25 07/15/04 Thu
Author: Noony Moose
Subject: UBF international conferences: prime time for abuse

These UBF international conferences are prime times when it comes to spiritual abuse in UBF. This is the time when UBF leaders and members won't take no for an answer. The "registration battle" is in full tilt. People have to pay out of their own pockets to register their "sheep" who may not even plan to attend or who have little interest in attending despite UBF members' assurances that the conference is like a "preview of the kingdom of God". The registration charts showing who is "working hard" and who is "lazy" cover large sections of UBF center walls.

People are being forced to take time off from their jobs to attend this conference, even if their bosses have already said no, even if they could jeopardize their jobs, to attend this conference to "encourage" someone; for people overseas, this time off could be a week or two weeks. People overseas who have been turned down for visas repeatedly are being ordered to apply again and again at their own monetary expense to attend this conference to "encourage" someone. Basically, sacrifice everything to go to this conference by any means. For what? To "encourage" whom? Isn't it to "encourage" the UBF bosses who seem to have a pathological need to congratulate themselves through artificially generated numbers? This is a definition of spiritual abuse from the book, "The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse", and it applies to these UBF bosses:

"There are spiritual systems in which. . .the members are there to meet the needs of the leaders. . . These leaders attempt to find fulfillment through the religious performance of the very people whom they are there to serve and build. This is an inversion of the body of Christ. It is spiritual abuse."

These are times when the spiritual abuse in UBF really stands out. I hope the people who are forced, coerced, guilt-tripped and deceived into attending this conference can see that.
3rd-Jul-2008 06:35 pm (UTC) - "Creative fund raising efforts by Chicago UBF for Purdue Conference ..."
It's reported that Chicago UBF is holding car washes and yard/garage sales to raise money. For the local food bank? For the homeless? No. For conference registration fees and airfare. When you have UBF leaders calling the conference a "heavenly feast", I guess it's not surprising to see this type of screwed up value system at work.
8th-Jul-2008 03:22 pm (UTC) - Re: "Creative fund raising efforts by Chicago UBF for Purdue Conference ..."
The question that needs to be asked is, why would international "delegates", students in poor foreign countries, be cajoled/pushed/manipulated to come to this conference when they can't afford it? It's so the UBF missionaries and directors can show off their "fruit"; this fits the classic definition of spiritual abuse. And also the conference show is designed to induce the kind of UBF euphoria that binds these sheep closer to UBF.
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