Meena’s Story: Shunning is a Game

This is the personal and true account of Meena (Real name) from Trinidad and Tobago. She is an active or inactive member and made this submission on July 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm by completing the survey on the web page, Tell Your Story.

Me and Jehovah’s Witnesses

The highest position I reached in the organization is Baptized Publisher.

I am faded and have been so for 18 years.

Baptized Publisher

I was baptized in 2000 when I was 15 to 17 years of age. Looking back, I think I was coerced by family to be baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness.
If I could do it all over again, I would not get baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness. I was an unbaptized publisher for 5 years before I got baptized.


Even though, I’m considered Faded, I was never disciplined, I don’t know previously.

To Shun

I have shunned the following person(s): my sibling(s), someone in my congregation.

Congregation Member

A person in my congregation was publicly reproved. I don’t know if the person in my congregation agrees or disagrees with being shunned. The person is making steps as a Jehovah’s Witness in good standing.

To Be Shunned

I think long-term shunning has a good effect on a person’s emotional, mental and/or physical well-being.

I agree with Jehovah’s Witnesses’ practice of shunning.

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ practice of shunning has not affected me.

After shunning them first, they have refused to follow their own rules to shun me. It is just a win game.

[A portion of this story was not published for legal reasons.]

Final Comments

They are rather defensive of their organization.

Thanks for reading,

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