Hi I’m Lisa, and I’m a cult survivor

Hi I’m Lisa, and I’m a cult survivor

Those were the words I said. It felt good – and weird – to say them. I followed it with, “I’ve sat in many chairs in many rooms to introduce myself in the past, but I’ve never used those words before. ‘Hi, I’m Lisa, and I a cult survivor.’” I attended an ICSA...
The horror of extremist beliefs

The horror of extremist beliefs

Last week hundreds of couples toting (I believe unarmed) AR-15 rifles attended a “Blessing” – a ceremony sanctifying marriages – in Newfoundland, PA. This ceremony was conducted by an offshoot of the Unification Church – the Sanctuary Church – that is led by one of...
I would never be with an alcoholic

I would never be with an alcoholic

That’s what I said to myself, all those years ago when I (practically) crawled into my first Al-Anon meeting. “I would never be with an alcoholic.” I was engaged to a man who drank. Whose drinking bothered me. Whose personality changed (in a not nice way) when he...