‘Happy, simple’ life at Gloriavale – sociologist: NZ Herald
By Patrice Dougan – NZ Herald – 24/04/2015
Sociologist who visited Christian community saw people treated well and no evidence of subjugation.
A sociologist has given a rare glimpse of what life is like on the inside of the secretive Gloriavale Christian Community.
Andrew Sepie, of the University of Canterbury, who has spent time in the closeted West Coast community for his work, said that while it might seem odd, and outdated to the rest of New Zealand, people in the church were “happy”.
The first time he visited the community, he admitted it did “kind of rattle” him.