Welcome and congratulations!If you are "no longer one of Jehovah's Witnesses" or are considering leaving, just visiting this site could be a courageous step. Cue applause!
The idea of of even thinking of leaving the organization can provoke very deep anxieties. Fears about loss of family, friends and business associates, not to mention fears about your spiritual well-being—the very ground under your feet—hold many back from leaving. A former Witnesses myself, I understand these challenges. I've also found that it was one of the most worthwhile moves I ever made. Contrary to what we were taught to believe, there is a wonderful life outside The Organization.
The purpose of this blog is to provide support, friendship and a safe haven as you deal with loss of faith and loved ones while entering into the joys and challenges of the post-Witness life. It remains free from judgment—regardless of lifestyle, religious views, sexual orientation or personal choices. You are not alone. You are loved!
Born and raised in PortlandMy name is Joel Gunz. For the first 35 years of my life, I was a Jehovah's Witness. Congregations I attended in Portland: Mock's Crest, Columbia Park, Brooklyn Park, Hawthorne and Mt. Tabor. I also served at Brooklyn Bethel, and was assigned to the Brooklyn Center congregation.
To find out more, or if you just want to talk, you are invited to email me at joel.gunz (at) gmail.com.