"They must find it difficult...
"Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come
through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false."
It is with deep regret that I must inform you that the Community of Jesus is a Toxic Community of Faith that was founded and funded by a Rockefeller and run by hard-drinking lesbians. This is shocking and sad, but true. The individuals in this organization have been guilty of a great deal of child abuse, and emotional, physical, sexual, spiritual, mental and financial abuse and exploitation, and deceit over the years. They behave as predators, and it is in your best interests to avoid them, especially if they approach you. They are the proverbial "wolf in sheep's clothing." Unfortunately, this type of psychopathic behavior, riding under the banner of the Loving Christ and "spiritual authority," is particularly pernicious. It calls for us all to look within, and stay true to our deepest values.
Dedication: This website is lovingly dedicated to the
survivors and victims of high-maintenance religious groups (aka
cults) and other forms of
mind control and spiritual/physical/emotional abuse. Many of the people mentioned in the information
on this site are compassionate, caring individuals who work hard and deserve respect, and want
nothing more than health and happiness for their family, friends and the world around them.
Please keep this in mind as you read. What is presented here is to assist others
in avoiding harm to themselves and their loved ones. It is also to
support accountability for all predatory actions and equity, justice and healing for those harmed by such.
Over the years, articles about the Community of Jesus have been printed. These will be linked here as time allows (please be patient).
Questions and Concerns
The church alone is an $11 million dollar endeavor. If you include the outlying buildings, when complete, they value at $50 million. For sure Christ would consider this excessive wealth when millions of people are impoverished, some only a few hours from Orleans. Large building projects are enormously expensive and even the well-to-do can run out of funds, especially when the church required over 100 hearings and a lawsuit to have built.
How much money did the CoJ net from their involvement in the Foundation for New Era Philanthropy scandal? If William Kanaga (a Community member) donated at least $2.4 million, and the CoJ had to repay $1.4 million, assuming the money doubled at least once, that is a potential net of at least $3.4 million.
What true christian builds a church with stolen money? And then adds secret rooms for "Members Only"? What happens in the "Members Only" rooms that can't be shared? What does God think of a church built with stolen money, and with hidden secrets?
Beyond the obviously unethical implications of the same individual being both a donor and a recipient in a "charitable" Ponzi Scheme, William Kanaga is a world-renowned accountant, shrewd enough to earn an honorary Doctor of Laws. The Foundation for New Era Philanthropy had "all the hallmarks of a Ponzi Scheme" according to the Federal Investigators. Offering double your investment in six months, by any definition it fit the category of "too good to be true." Others were suspicious over the life of the swindle, and still others refused to participate or held the money in reserve. So just how did "Uncle Bill" miss the obvious signs? Or did he really? Just how long was the association between Jack Bennett and William Kanaga?
In the earlier years, the Community of Jesus applied to become a part of both the Anglican and Episcopal churches. Both denominations rejected them as being "too cultish." As a result, the Community of Jesus has redefined themselves as self-styled "Benedictines" ... however, real Benedictines are Catholic and come together to do a work for God, a specific mission. They do not simply take advantage of capitalism and act as a local for-profit Bed and Breakfast and artistic community, with a pseudo-spiritual slant. Beware of spiritual snake oil salesmen!
Light Session (fun and humor)
Here's a good story from a long time ago when I worked in Orleans, MA:
A new subdivision was being bought up, house by house, by a religious community/cult, named "The Community of Jesus." Each of the houses had a small sign outside, with a biblical name, like "Gethsemene" or "The Covenant." There was one house owned by an outsider, a nonmember of the cult, located right smack in the middle of the development. The cult put up a huge sign at the entrance to the development, which said "Welcome to the Community of Jesus," which the nonmember didn't like, felt it reduced his property value, and he asked the group to take it down, which they refused.
So he put up a billboard size sign right on his garage, painted it with big red letters: "Community of the Devil." The elders of the group were shocked, and said he couldn't put that sign up. He told them, "you take down your sign, I'll take down mine." They took it down.
CoJ and GCC Websites
The Community of Jesus and Grenville Christian College are deeply weird places. While any analysis of experience there is up to the individual experiencing it, be advised that you have a better than one in two chance of having an unhappy and exploitative experience, and leaving in a negative or unfortunate manner, less financially and emotionally secure than when you entered. One thing can be gleaned from this: it doesn't match the Life and Love of Jesus Christ -- not in the '70s, not in the '80s, not in the '90s, and not now.
The Community of Jesus is in Orleans, MA. Its websites are:
Last update: July 14, 2007