MeadowHaven, Lakeville, Massachusetts
ICSA conducts two-hour meetings in the Boston area, jointly with MeadowHaven, a residential facility for former group members that is located about 25 miles south of Boston. The meetings take place at MeadowHaven and are directed by MeadowHaven's founders, Rev. Robert and Judy Pardon (see bios below). The meetings are educational yet supportive. The plan is to explore a particular topic, e.g., resolving trauma, recovering from an aberrational Christian group, for 8 meetings, and then to explore another topic. Meetings take place on Saturday morning from 9:00 - 11:00. If you are attending for the first time, e-mail ICSA to confirm the date of the next meeting.
Former members of any high-control or cultic group are welcome. Through these meetings, participants can acquire conceptual tools to help them understand troubling issues, get to know others wrestling with similar problems, improve communication skills, and facilitate healing.
There is no fee for the meetings, although we ask that participants become ICSA members, if they are not currently members. Contact ICSA if you are interested in participating or want additional information.
Please tell others who might be interested in these meetings, especially if you think they are not on our mailing list.
About the Facilitators
Robert Pardon, MDiv, ThM, is the Executive Director of the New England Institute of Religious Research and MeadowHaven. During the past several years he has specialized in Bible-based communal groups. Much of his work involves counseling, support groups, working with those born and/or raised in groups, and helping former members rebuild their lives. To facilitate the recovery process MeadowHaven, a long term rehabilitation facility was opened in 2002. It can accommodate individuals or families who require long term (up to a year) care to recover from trauma and cult abuse.