Stuff – Gloriavale leaders reject slavery claims, say members work ‘willingly’ and ‘lovingly’
By Joanne Naish – Stuff – 24/02/2022
A leader of Gloriavale has defended the community’s way of life and rejected claims of slavery.
Peter Righteous, a senior leader or servant, said people at Gloriavale willingly submitted themselves to the Overseeing Shepherd and shepherds and worked for the community, which lived together as one big family.
People who formerly lived at Gloriavale have told a court that children born into the West Coast Christian community are locked into servitude and conditioned to follow a “brutal” leadership regime.