The withdrawal of fellowship set in motion a series of concomitant church discipline that included announcing the disfellowshipped
member's violations to nearby Church of Christ congregations as well as socially ostracizing the disfellowshipped
Despite agreeing to follow Roberts' Rules of Order that requires a two-thirds majority vote to exclude, the Association still disfellowshipped
the Beech Fork church at its 1977 annual meeting.
BRIDGETT CRUTCHFIELD was baptized and raised in the Jehovah's Witness faith, from which she was later disfellowshipped
. In 2006 she came out as an atheist, in 2011 she founded Minority Atheists of Michigan, and in 2013 she established the Detroit affiliate of Black Nonbelievers.
", by the judicial committee (8) of the
Church members who are convicted of a crime may be "disfellowshipped
" or put on a probationary period during which they must repent or be excommunicated.
The 39-year-old alleges Sewell still has not been "disfellowshipped
" despite being jailed for 14 years last year.
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, in which a married couple who had been active in the Jehovah's Witness community for decades was expelled, or "disfellowshipped
," because the wife was found guilty of causing unrest and division within the church when she publicly criticized the way the church was handling sex abuse claims.
"We know the defendant was disfellowshipped
as a consequence of that investigation but there has been no disclosure of any minutes of meetings with the defendant and the elders have refused to provide statements to the police, despite the fact the defendant is no longer a member of their congregation, on the grounds of confi-dentiality."
Sewell was disfellowshipped
from the church, not on the grounds of abuse, but for his attitude during judicial committees and admitting being drunk when he raped Wendy.
She wants worshippers in congregations to be notified when a fellow churchgoer is disfellowshipped
from the faith for sex abuse.
"Now that I am disfellowshipped
, my family are not allowed to eat with me or talk to me unless they are trying to convert me.
In some sects, a doubting member may be shunned, excommunicated, or "disfellowshipped
" to ensure that doubts don't spread.