July 2, 2019

What are the reasons for ex-communication/ disfellowshipping?

Ria Smart, 19

Disfellowshipping is when a member of a religion (in this case the Jehovah’s Witness) breaks the moral rules and is excluded from friends and family, and is used as an incentive for someone to return to their God. This means that if somebody has doubts about the truth of the teachings or want to make use of the life they have in a way they see fit, there is a very high price to pay.

It keeps one in vicious cycles such as sexual suppression or self-hate.

The harm it causes is ignored, but I’ve watched it cause so much depression, confusion, illness, suicide and isolation for decades. The second poem details the effects of disfellowshipping, and the moral despair and confusion which occurs when everything you’ve ever known infects your real insights and needs.