In Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright, we learn about Scientology’s complicated cosmology and special language. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are used to advance the church’s goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church’s clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract.
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts recently launched a new initiative to reach out to people of faith who have become disaffected by the institutional church. It’s called Clearstory Collective and it promotes opportunities for people seeking faith based communities and alternative worship. It is the brainchild of Rev. Christopher Carlisle, the diocesan missioner to higher education. He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.