Jehovah’s Witnesses maintain the practice of handling sexual abuse cases internally, and retain a secret database of child molesters. Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses Iberekodo Area Igboora . The term was first suggested in 1935 by Joseph Franklin Rutherford, then president of the Watch Tower Society, for a building in Hawaii. !….think about how the W\T insists on absolute and complete obeisance NOW and then think about how THEY imagine things will be in the new system…to be honest I WOULDN’T WANT TO BE THERE!!!………….. , Kingdom Halls may be used for wedding ceremonies of Witness-baptized couples. Mark O'Donnell is a former Jehovah's Witness turned whistleblower after discovering the disturbing child abuse epidemic within the religion. According to the Witnesses’ latest metrics, the number has risen to 1,618. We invite everyone to come along. Congregation Meetings of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Great article Mark; I think you are right in that this development is a ‘mirror image’ of what occurred in the US back in 2014 – effectively a property and money grab!  In areas where the literacy rate is low, congregations may arrange to use Kingdom Halls to conduct literacy classes, which non-Witnesses may also attend. However, a noticeably dominant architectural style of Kingdom Halls is often used based on standardized design concepts and models, depending on needs. that Regional Building Committees would be replaced by Local Design/Construction Department of the branch office, but with a more defined organizational structure. No Ratings. The WT would say this even if it is only ‘under approval’ no-one would doubt it. I just hope that their are elders who can see through the smoke and mirrors to what is really taking place. No collections are ever taken. Nearly six years ago, JW Survey reported on the shocking 2014 news in which all U.S. congregations were put on notice that they would henceforth remit fixed, permanent donations to Watchtower headquarters, even if their Kingdom Hall property was already paid off. Jehovah's Witnesses' Official Website : What happens at a Kingdom Hall, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kingdom_Hall&oldid=987008943, Organizational structure of Jehovah's Witnesses, Beliefs and practices of Jehovah's Witnesses, Articles lacking reliable references from May 2014, Articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from February 2020, Articles with unsourced statements from February 2015, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 November 2020, at 08:43. While Witnesses have always been able to donate funds to the “Worldwide” work, the latest directive appears to give the Kingdom Hall Trust the ability to extract funds normally marked for local use only, and allocate them for use by Jehovah’s Witness leadership anywhere in the world. The term was first suggested in 1935 by Joseph Franklin Rutherford, then president of the Watch Tower Society, for a building in Hawaii. All meetings are free and open to the public. Unfortunately, we do not have any information about this company status - is it active, or is it dissolved. The largest 2018 financial transfer reported by IBSA was an £8,000,000 deposit to the German branch of the organization. It may be of interest to the Charity Commission that congregational compliance to central directives is not optional. This page provides data about Kingdom Hall Of The Jehovahs Witnesses. In 1994, the name was changed to the Kingdom Hall Trust. The language used cleverly suggests that the merger is optional: “Your charity is now being invited to take part in this process and merge with The Kingdom Hall Trust. Kingdom Hall Of Jehovahs Witnesses. "A Doctor Heads Home to Haiti" by Lionel J. Malebranche, MD. The construction crews of Kingdom Halls and larger Assembly Halls consist of volunteering Jehovah's Witnesses, sometimes from other countries, who have been pre-approved[by whom?] for work on construction sites. His story, along with the revelation of a secret database of child molesters were featured in the March 2019 online issue of the Atlantic Magazine: There are rising concerns among critics of Jehovah’s Witnesses that surplus funds are being siphoned from various sources and sent to the German branch of the religion, headquartered in Selters. In the United Kingdom, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was launched in 2019 because of the failure of religious organizations to protect children from abuse.