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A Warning about High-Pressure Religious Groups

The University is a world filled with exciting people and interesting ideas. In most instances these represent two of the constitutive elements that make life at college good, rich, and strong. At the same time, you might find that sometimes you feel homesick, lonely, unloved and overwhelmed in this community. You may decide to turn to a number of persons or groups for support during these times, including religious organizations. In most instances you can expect a good experience with most religious groups at Penn. However, at these times of stress and uncertainty high-pressure religious groups may seek you out and try and recruit you.

Some ways to identify high-pressure groups:

Observe the group’s responses to you and how you feel. If you can answer “yes” to three or more of these statements, you should seriously reconsider your involvement.

If you can answer “YES” to any three of these questions, you should consider talking to a University staff member or administrator. Remember…

…If you have any questions, call the Office of the Chaplain at 215-898-8456 or email the chaplain at choward@pobox.upenn.edu.