Stuff: Gloriavale newlyweds sent to consummate arranged marriage as everyone waits ‘so they can have lunch’
By Joanne Naish – Stuff – 10/09/2022
Touching your fiancé is forbidden at the Gloriavale Christian Community, but you are expected to consummate the arranged marriage before lunch.
Melody Pilgrim remembers sitting in a room waiting to find out who the Overseeing Shepherd had chosen for her.
“I was sitting there scared and shaking, I didn’t know who was going to walk in.
“The room was set up nicely with flowers and in walked this young man with a bunch of flowers. He knelt down and said he would be honoured if I became his wife,” she said.