CU re­li­gious um­brella group ends Res­ur­rec­tion Church mem­ber­ship

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Sarah Kuta

The um­brella group that over­sees re­li­gious or­ga­ni­za­tions at the Univer­sity of Colorado has re­voked the mem­ber­ship of Res­ur­rec­tion Church, a Boul­der cam­pus min­istry that some for­mer mem­bers and their par­ents have de­scribed as hav­ing cult­like prac­tices.

Mem­bers of CU’s Re­li­gious Cam­pus Or­ga­ni­za­tions voted this fall to re­move Res­ur­rec­tion Church be­cause it vi­o­lated the group’s code of ethics, which says that mem­bers will re­spect the dig­nity and in­tegrity of stu­dents on cam­pus and al­low stu­dents to make their own choices.

Res­ur­rec­tion Church, a non­de­nom­i­na­tional group that formed in Boul­der in 2008, holds reg­u­lar Sun­day ser­vices at New Vista High School in Boul­der and is an off­shoot of a cam­pus min­istry at the Univer­sity of Ari­zona that faced scru­tiny last year.

CU stu­dents, alumni and their par­ents told the Daily Cam­era this sum­mer that Res­ur­rec­tion Church slowly ex­erted con­trol over their lives through ma­nip­u­la­tion and brain­wash­ing.

Though the min­istry seemed wel­com­ing at first, even­tu­ally the church con­trolled all as­pects of stu­dents’ lives, in­clud­ing who they dated and how they spent their time, the crit­ics said. Many church mem­bers lived to­gether, which cre­ated a cul­ture of sur­veil­lance and fear, they said.

For­mer mem­bers called it “spir­i­tual abuse.”

Af­ter the Daily Cam­era pub­lished a story de­scrib­ing con­cerns par­ents and stu­dents had about Res­ur­rec­tion Church, of­fi­cials from CU’s Re­li­gious Cam­pus Or­ga­ni­za­tions group spoke with Con­ner Du­drey, a CU stu­dent and for­mer mem­ber of the church.

Ini­tially, Res­ur­rec­tion Church lead­ers submitted a let­ter of res­ig­na­tion to Re­li­gious Cam­pus Or­ga­ni­za­tions in early Oc­to­ber. But the group re­jected the res­ig­na­tion let­ter and voted Oct. 25 to re­voke the church’s mem­ber­ship in­stead.

Res­ur­rec­tion Church is not el­i­gi­ble for mem­ber­ship into Re­li­gious Cam­pus Or­ga­ni­za­tions for three years.

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