Gloriavale – Part 1

Gloriavale Christian Community has found itself in the New Zealand media headlines on multiple occasions. Its founder was once jailed for sexual abuse, but community members were convinced that it he was jailed for preaching the gospel. Followers claim that their way of life is all about the common good and nobody having more than anyone else. Former members say their time there was dominated by endless work and an overriding sense of fear.   Guests: Hannah Harrison, Liz Gregory   Full research sources listed on each episode page at You can support the creation of this independent podcast at   With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 4 of Let's Talk About Sects.   If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via, and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via   If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support right now, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 in Australia, or find your local crisis centre via the International Association for Suicide Prevention website at   Credits: Written and hosted by Sarah Steel Research by Haley Gray and Sarah Steel Music by Joe Gould Edited by Corey Green of Transducer Audio   Links: Gloriavale Christian Community — official website, accessed March 2021 Gloriavale Leavers’ Support Trust — official website, accessed March 2021 The Christian Church Community Trust Charities Services Investigation — 22 December 2016, supplied under the Official Information Act to Newsroom and published 28 March 2017 Lilia Tarawa — official website, accessed March 2021 Who was Hopeful Christian and how did he rise to notoriety at Gloriavale? — by Brad Flahive, Stuff, 15 May 2018 Gloriavale: A World Apart — directed by Amanda Evans, 2016 Gloriavale: The Return — directed by Amanda Evans, 2018 Gloriavale leavers describe fear, oppression in community — Logan Church, Checkpoint, RNZ, 14 November 2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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