Craig Hoyle

Craig Hoyle: Leaving the Exclusive Brethren


Craig Hoyle’s memoir, Excommunicated: A multigenerational story of leaving the Exclusive Brethren, is a powerful and emotionally charged account that will leave readers both moved and enlightened. This gripping narrative takes us on a journey through generations of Hoyle’s family, trapped within the confines of a secretive and controlling religious group known as the Exclusive Brethren. From the very first …

Mandated Shunning Research Project

New Research Project on the Harmful Effects of Mandated Shunning


Stop Mandated Shunning (part of The Open Minds Foundation) are thrilled to announce an innovative research initiative in collaboration with the University of Roehampton, London, to study the harmful effects of mandated shunning as practiced by high-control religious groups. This three-year, comprehensive research project, costing approximately $100,000 per year, will be spearheaded by esteemed researchers Dr. Savin Bapir-Tardy and Dr. …

Exclusive Brethren

“Doctrine That Divides”—BBC Omnibus: Exclusive Brethren Documentary (1976)


Stop Mandated Shunning was initiated by ex-members of Jehovah’s Witnesses. However, we want to raise awareness that mandated shunning is carried out by other faith-based organisations too. The following video is a rare copy of an early BBC documentary about the Exclusive Brethren. Presented by Peter France and directed by Jim Murray, “Doctrine That Divides” was first broadcast in September …