The Year of Obedience
or The Shelter Cycle of Church Universal and Triumphant and The Last Days of Montessori International
A copy of the FBI file on the Church Universal and Triumphant
This doucment was obtained from the federal government via a freedom
of information act and is in the public domain. Most of it is sort of
procdedural bookeeping and not very interesting. However, it does
confirm a number of interesting facts. People as powerful as US
congresmen were concerned about the CUT. The FBI was asked to
investigate the CUT. The rumors that the CUT could have turned into
another Waco disaster are pretty farfetched. And of course, the fact
that an FBI file on the CUT exists. It also contains a good
reproduction of a newspaper article detailing the arrest of Vernon
Hamilton on weapons charges.
A letter regarding
punishment of Hilarion Lynn.
The letter constitutes documentary evidence that authoritiy figures in
the upper echelons of the CUT power structure were aware that child
labor was occuring and in fact, explicitly demanded child labor.
A memo from Elizabeth Prophet
outlining work arrangements from staff mothers.
Within, Elizabeth sows fear of the outside world and refers to having
families not as a right, but as a privilege that is bestowed by the
A letter from William Lynn to the
A memo from William's supervisor is included as well. The leter
contains some evidence of the financial sacrifices that ordinary staff
families made during the shelter cycle.
A humerous Treasure Map.
Treasure Maps were a fad that the church went through in late 1989. Chelas
were instructed to create a visual image of all the wealth that they wanted.
This was either done by drawing or cutting and pasting a montage together.
The Treasure Map was then used to assist in visualization of money. The
church members believed that by focusing on their Treasure Maps and
decreeing, they would become magnetically attractive to money and that money
would magically find its way into their lives without them having to work for
A math assignment.
This assignment dates from the period when Miss Uyeda abandoned traditional
scholastic instruction in favor of blatant religions indoctrination. This
assignment was based upon the content of a pearl of wisdom entitled "Quietly
comes the Buddha". Although this assignment came from a math class, the
subject matter is clearly not math but numerology.
This "assignment" closely followed miss Uyeda's "I am on the warpath" speech.
Shortly before, miss Sechi and Uyeda had threatened to have my family kicked
off of staff. This would have been tantamount to being evicted, excommunicated
and fired all at once. When we received this "assignment" I was cowed and
fearful and willing to say anything to appease them. I am ashamed that I
ever wrote this.
A research paper
on the CUT written by Merci Hammon to fulfill an anthropology class requirement. The paper is available online at artserf.net. I'm mirroring it here in case the link ever goes down. The paper contains some information about the impact that living in the Church had on children.
Pearl Test 1 An early test on the pearl of wisdom entitle "Quietly Comes the Buddha". The tests were characterized by senseless study material, obtuse questions & extremely rigorous grading. My low score is typical of the period before I resorted to rote memorization.
Pearl Test 2 Another early and low scoring test. This one contains a humerous question involving the 9 headed hydra of Lerna.
Pearl Test 3 This one is a good example of the tests I turned in after abandoned any attempt to understand the pearls and instead resorted to memorization. My answers are a word for word regurgitation of the text of the pearl. My score rose accordingly.
Tunnels and Discipline An article regarding a bomb shelter from the Bozeman Enterprise. The shelter in question is one that was controlled by the Dratz and Kline families. The article made the front page of the Bozeman Chronicle on July 23, 1989. The Dratzes attempted to soothe the fears of the public by demonstrating that they had a policy that anticipated the psychological difficulties of living underground. Read on to find out whether low blood sugar is an excuse and when it is permissible to force a shelter inhabitant out into the irradiated wastes.
Miscellaneous CUT Dogma Look
here for charts, diagrams and documents about CUT doctrine that are difficult
to categorize elsewhere.
The CUT and weaponry In 1993, the CUT sued the IRS in an attempt to have its tax exempt status re-instated. The case was settled out of court, but not before a lot of pre-trial documentation was generated. The Bozeman Chronicle & the Livingston Enterprise filed freedom of information access requests to get copies of the pretrial documents. The requests were granted. Over 1,200 pages of documentation was released. A small subset is reproduced here. These are primarily documents that were seized when Vernon Hamilton was arrested in 1989 for the illegal purchase of heavy sniper rifles. Documents from the earlier criminal case were entered into the record for the later civil case. Since these are part of the public record, I've placed them in the public area of the site.
A collection of scans of
newspaper articles related to the
Church Universal and Triumphant. These articles were collected and
assembled by Peter Arnone between 1992 and 1998. The primary sources are
the Livingston Enterprise and the Bozeman Chronicle. There are also
occasional articles from other papers, usually after the Church was involved
in something that made the news on a national level.
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