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Title The Family International (also known as: The Family, the Family International, the Family of Love, COG, the Children of God)
Founder David Berg aka Moses David, Mo, Father David, Dad, Grandpa
Leader Karen Zerby and Steven Douglas Kelly (whereabouts unknown)
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Leader(s): - Karen Zerby aka Mama Maria, Queen Maria, Maria David or Maria Fontaine - Steven Douglas Kelly aka Peter Amsterdam, King Peter Established 1967, USA Also known as: The Family, the Family International, the Family of Love, COG, the Children of God.

Group
Websites

The Children of God The Family International http://wwrn.org/ (especially dangerous; purports to be an independent news site about religions and cults) The Family International North America The Family International Responds: Rose McGowan

Critical
Websites

Singers Letter to President Clinton xFamily.org Welcome to exFamily.org Stephen Kent, PhD. *Something Somebody Stole: book by a former member:* "The Children of God" were one of the most radical groups of Jesus Freaks spawned during the sixties. They later morphed into a headline grabbing cult known as "The Family" known for strange mixture of evangelism, doomsday prophecies and unusual sexual practices taught by their founder, David Berg. This book is the story of one person's journey into the movement, several decades of life within the movement, and the struggle to find a path to recovery in the decades since. The author spent over 20 years in the group (much of it in leadership positions), living in over 20 countries, while parenting 17 children with 2 remarkable women. Through personal reflection and reference to a great deal of research into thought reform and spiritual abuse, the author offers insight into the world of cults, and sheds light on the issues encountered upon leaving a totalistic group. There is a particular effort made to examine issues of personal responsibility and spiritual recovery. One reader comments "informative and entertaining, refreshing in its honesty... not what one comes to expect from a former cult member, and ultimately a message of hope in the midst of difficulty and tragedy. Rich spiritual wisdom available regardless of whether readers have been involved in a cult or not."

Other
Resources
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The Family - Revenge Against Religious Sect samajemian.com About The Family International The Family Name - Children of God Montel Williams Sex Abuse and Mind Control: Raised In A Cult