The Gnostic Movement is a religious non-profit organization run and administered by volunteers (who are unpaid). Its directors, officeholders, teachers and members are all volunteers.
As an organization it provides the opportunity for those interested in Gnosticism to not only study and practice it, but also to help to spread the message of spiritual awakening to those interested in learning about it, which is done through providing free services open to as many people as possible around the world.
The activities volunteers can help out with vary greatly depending on a person’s skills, interests, initiative and role within the organization. The Gnostic Movement exists only because individuals choose to give of their time and effort to teach its courses, build and maintain its websites, design promotional materials, advertise events, write articles, and carry out all of the many tasks involved in administering an organization.
Volunteers of The Gnostic Movement work at their own discretion. Nobody is ever forced or pressured into volunteering at any stage—that is against the organization’s own principles. People can cease volunteering at any time for any reason. There are few set duties with set hours. For the most part, volunteers work at their own pace, in their own time, according to their own schedule.
Volunteers are all responsible, consenting adults, and they take on the positions and tasks that they want to knowing their requirements just like any other job, taking into consideration their paid employment, family lives, and other personal responsibilities outside of The Gnostic Movement.
Volunteers communicate openly about their availability and work together to arrange and manage the tasks that need to be done. People are encouraged to take breaks, to work within their own capacity, and to make responsible choices in the work they choose to do.
The instigators behind the MovementsofGnostics hate site have made anonymous allegations to the contrary, accusing The Gnostic Movement of forcing or pressuring them to do work that they did not wish to do. However, most of these individuals had signed standard volunteer agreement forms which explained the responsibilities and requirements of being a volunteer. They agreed to volunteer at the time, actively participated in the organization’s voluntary projects, and in many cases actually initiated them, whether or not they have now changed their minds. Instead overwhelmingly, most of the volunteers of The Gnostic Movement, at the time these allegations were made, voluntarily submitted many witness accounts explaining their experience as a volunteer of The Gnostic Movement, which are by all accounts positive and show that the allegations are completely groundless.
The emails which have been presented by our accusers to substantiate their claim are a clear example of how “evidence” has been misrepresented by them. They present a series of 5 emails as being from different anonymous members and state that they were “just a few emails forwarded to us by ex-members and teachers”. However, of these 5 emails, 3 of them are written by Barbara, one of the main instigators of the MovementsofGnostics hate campaign. The other 2 are from current members who have not made any complaints to our organization and have confirmed that they did not forward their emails to anyone. Barbara however was an original recipient of these 2 emails. As such, it is evident to us that Barbara is the source of all 5 emails which have been posted to the blog where she is a main contributor. This then serves as a good example of how the facts have been distorted and twisted by them in order to fit the otherwise untrue allegations and accusations made against The Gnostic Movement and its spiritual teacher.
Only extracts of her 3 emails are shown, although they are presented as though they are the entire emails, and the responses are not included. The other 2 are again only partial, and taken from a longer thread which was actually a very constructive discussion in which board members were helping to reorganize things for another member who was asking for tips on how to better manage their duties.
In fact if the emails were all displayed in their entirety, with all their responses, they would actually show the complete opposite of what the smear campaign claims. They show the responsibility of our members in taking care of The Gnostic Movement’s volunteers and ensuring their well being.
The emails do not show that The Gnostic Movement is in any way forcing Barbara to volunteer, nor does she state this in any of her 3 emails, but instead explains her own situation as a means to have it addressed. And it was. To one of her emails, the response (which was not included) was to have a chat about her voluntary tasks to sort them out with her. In this same email the part included is just about a problem which she was facing with getting through her voluntary tasks, but the cause which was the line that preceded it and which was not included was, “Regarding the tasks, the problem that continues to arise is that my job is so demanding that I can barely manage more than ½ hour of [voluntary] work in the evening.” As she states, the problem was the demands of her paid job where she states she was working an exhausting 55 hrs a week. 1/2 hr of work in the evening is hardly overwork!
This post is part of a series refuting false allegations made as part of a dedicated smear campaign against The Gnostic Movement and its spiritual teacher, Mark H Pritchard. To go to the main page on rebuffing the false allegations click here, or read the background to the smear campaign see here.