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Clint Bussey and Ashely Bussey
Lori Hodgson

RE-WRITE condense it. like – Lori’s 2 teenage children disconnected from her just weeks after Lori and her mom re-signed from the Cof S.

joined Scientology in 1976 at the tender age of only 13. She raised both her children in the Scientology community thinking she was providing a safe community for her children to grow and thrive in. But her faith was shaken after observing first hand the manipulation and deceiving tactics the church used to recruit her 2 impressionable teenage children to join their elite “Sea Org” where they signed “Billion Year Contracts” to work at only 15 years of age. Lori was against her children joining the Sea Org and fought it from the beginning. Lori had had enough and resigned from the church in 2010. After speaking out publicly her children were manipulated by the church and their father (Lori’s ex-husband) into disconnecting from her.

Lori’s children disconnected from her in February 2011. Since then Lori has been educating herself about cults, shunning, mind control and religious abuse and is doing all that she can to speak out and tell her story in hopes that it will reunite her family and help others in their fight to re-connect with their loved ones. Lori can be reached by e-mail at PeaandPod63@aol.com

Rex Hilton

Brenda Lee

memoir, “Out of the Cocoon:   A Young Woman’s Courageous Flight from the Grip of a Religious Cult,” chronicles her strict religious upbringing and subsequent exodus from “The Friends” after her mom, a Methodist Sunday School Teacher, joined a divisive religious sect better known as Jehovah’s Witnesses.  When Brenda was just 9 years old, a single knock on the door one hot summer day turned her world upside down and for the next decade she struggled to survive emotional and physical abuse.  As a result of her family’s association with this group, Brenda was forced at the tender age of 18 to make a choice:  family or freedom.  Her heart-breaking choice resulted in her being shunned by her family for more than 30 years.

Born on a 100-year-old farm in rural Pennsylvania in 1962, early on Brenda began her love of writing through journaling.  In fact, as a child she hid her diary in a log in the forest for four years to help preserve her identity and independent thoughts.  She still has that diary today and it has her baby teeth taped inside, a reminder of her once turbulent childhood.  Reflecting back on her life in a cult, Brenda’s motto is, “Acceptance of anything outside your control is liberating.”  Brenda considers herself both resourceful and tenacious. At age 47 she became a certified scuba diver, despite the fact that she has nearly drowned twice in her life.  

Since her memoir was published in 2006, Brenda’s story was featured in a national cable documentary entitled “Secret Lives of Women/Cults” (WE-TV).  She’s also been involved in counter-cult work through her seminars entitled, “Understanding Cults: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Family.”  As a public speaker, she’s been a frequent guest speaker at the Colorado Organization for Victims Assistance in Keystone, Colorado, and has appeared on countless radio and TV programs in Denver, Colorado, including KCNC, KUSA, KDVR/KGWN, and Colorado and Company.

Today Brenda enjoys spending her free time with her boyfriend, son, and old dog, Scruffy, joyfully embracing every moment and relishing her life Out of the Cocoon.

For more information and to hear some of her interviews, please visit Brenda Lee’s website at www.outofthecocoon.net 

Nick Lister

Nancy J. Sage was born Nancy Joanne Hike in a mid-western town of Omaha, Nebraska. She attended South High School in south Omaha and was raised to believe in the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses.From the age 5 she found herself drawn to a love of spirituality by her parents Frances M. and William M. who studied the Bible enthusiactally and became baptized in the Jehovah’s Witness religion.  She remembered vividly the happiness displayed in her every day life during that time and became baptized herself at the age of 8 years old at their annual convention located in St. Louis, Missouri.  She experienced that inner peace manifested by her parent’s spiritual joy and wanted also to dedicate her life serving her creator Jehovah God. She was married to her husband Jerry S. Sage also a Jehovah’s Witness and raised by his grandmother who was baptized in the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He assumed the responsibility of being a congregational presiding elder for 15 years.

Together they raised 3 children, Thomas R, Gloria J and Tamra J.  They also were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses.

It was in the 1970’s they discovered their religion grew into a cult and all of them resigned in 1983 except for their oldest daughter Gloria, they lost her for 10 years because of the shunning policy instituted by their Governing Body.  Nancy decided to go (Undercover) and went back into the cult as a member to rescue her so she could communicate with her and show her their cult-like errors.  After a 2 year rescue journey, they are once again a happy close family.Nancy is the author of the book: “Going Undercover to Rescue My Daughter, From the Cult of Jehovah’s Witnesses“.

For more information about Nancy and to order her book visit  www.nancyjsage.com or E-mail her: nancyjsage@hotmail.com

Nikki Smith

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