Purity Culture in the UC: “God in the eyes of the cult” on Blessed Child podcast

“⚠️⚠️Trigger warning, sexual assault, religious abuse, financial abuse, and difficult family dynamics. We welcome Mi sook and Becca to speak more on purity culture in the Unification Church and what that means, this is part 1 of a 2 part episode. For more on Mi sook and Becca search @mis_mend and @Mightybrecca on instagram. ContactContinue reading “Purity Culture in the UC: “God in the eyes of the cult” on Blessed Child podcast”

The House Wrapped in Sorrow: Teresa Obayashi, Aurl Jin Vornbrock and Limi Bauer on Falling Out podcast

Elgen speaks to Teresa who was nursery staff at Jacob House, a chrurch nursery in the eighties where Aurl Jin and Limi were infants. Summary: 1. People are leaving the church because of the podcasts. Mosaic of stories so people can see the whole picture. 11. Teresa joining church. Running nursery in San Francisco. 1983Continue reading “The House Wrapped in Sorrow: Teresa Obayashi, Aurl Jin Vornbrock and Limi Bauer on Falling Out podcast”

Cults in Our Midst: Jen Kiaba on ‘And Then Everything Changed’ podcast

Jen speaks to Ronit Plank about her life in – and recovery from – the church. Summary: The term Moonies, Vulnerability to cults and Cultic practices in business, religion, MLM. 10. Intro to church and influence in political right. ‘Bad moon rising’ by John Gorenfeld. 14. Blessed Children. 15. Moon’s marriage to 16 year oldContinue reading “Cults in Our Midst: Jen Kiaba on ‘And Then Everything Changed’ podcast”

No Hope Academy and ‘Jesus isn’t Black. He’s Korean’: Aurl Jin Vornbrock and Sun Ae Davis on Falling Out Podcast

Elgen speaks to sisters Aurl Jin and Sun Ae about their early experience in church nurseries and New Hope Academy. 1. Elgen update on Qanon interview and Frank Koffman’s funeral 9. Origin of names Elgen and Aurl Jin. 15. Jacob House. Aurl Jin nearly died at 9 months old. 24. Ancestors and restoration. 27. ‘Don’t be theContinue reading “No Hope Academy and ‘Jesus isn’t Black. He’s Korean’: Aurl Jin Vornbrock and Sun Ae Davis on Falling Out Podcast”

‘Cha Cha the True Dog’ and ‘Survive, Any Way You Can’: Yousei Sama on Falling Out Podcast (Parts 1 & 2)

In part one of this interview Yousei describes his turbulent early years in the church – moving home eleven times in eleven years and dealing with a string of challenges along the way. Summary of contents: 1. Qanon connections. 3. Intro Yousei. 5. Origin of Yousei’s name. Early years. 14. New York and moving houseContinue reading “‘Cha Cha the True Dog’ and ‘Survive, Any Way You Can’: Yousei Sama on Falling Out Podcast (Parts 1 & 2)”

Blessed Child the Documentary: Cara Jones

‘More than a decade after leaving the Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church (the “Moonies”), filmmaker Cara Jones attempts to finally break free from the religious movement which dominated her childhood in an attempt to unpack the legacy of the decisions her parents made while challenging assumptions – hers and ours – about cults andContinue reading “Blessed Child the Documentary: Cara Jones”

‘The Fucked up Brady Bunch’ on Falling Out

Elgen Strait starts the second season of his podcast ‘Falling Out’ with a reunion of the contributors for the first series. This three hour conversation features the collaborative story-telling skills of eight ex-moonies making sense of their past:

To The Moon and Back: Lisa Kohn’s memoir

Lisa’s mother joined the church when Lisa was a child, making her a ‘Jacob’s Child.’, inferior to the born and raised ‘blessed children.’. In her memoir, Lisa describes her early life with the Moon family children and her experience of abandonment while her mother took care of ‘blessed children’ instead of her own.