288-2 Exhibit B
November 6th, 2023
[Taken from the Jared Grafmyer v. Watchtower case, October 23rd, 2006]
“I have served as an Elder in the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church since 1972. Since 1952, I have served in the Service department at the U.S. Branch Office of Jehovah’s Witnesses in New York. I provide spiritual assistance to congregation Elders who call or write the Service Department for help. Prior to March 2001, the spiritual assistance provided by the Service Department, along with the appointment of Elders, was communicated to congregatio~ of Jehovah’s Witnesses through the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. Since March 2001, this has been communicated through the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
My duties in the Service Department also include monitoring the functioning, organization, and staffing of congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including reviewing the qualifications for the appointment of Elders to congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States.”
“Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe that the confidentiality of communications they may have with the congregation Elders is limited to confessions. Rather, as outlined in James 5:13-16, Jehovah’s Witnesses are encouraged to seek the spiritual assistance of the elders in a variety of life situations. Jehovah’s Witnesses view all such discussions as confidential communications.”