• Report: #477385

Complaint Review: College Community Congregational Church

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  • Submitted: Fri, August 07, 2009
  • Updated: Sat, February 20, 2010

  • Reported By:Fresno California
College Community Congregational Church
5550 N. Fresno Street Fresno, California U.S.A.

College Community Congregational Church Lies, fraud, money Fresno California

*UPDATE Employee: College Community Congregational UCC in Fresno, CA

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This church is a rip off! And they claim they are gay friendly as well which is not the case. My girlfriend and I have done lots of free work for this church and we have taken lots of money donations for them but they never put towards the church. My girlfriend Teresa Chamberlain works for Central High East in Fresno, CA and she has brought many teens from her school to show them the gay life style. In return for the Pastor agreed to pay her money for these young girls coming to here. In this church if you are poor like me and Terry they treat you like crap but tell you that you have to do stuff that is not right in the name of the lord. I am a victim of rape from my step dad Claude Patten from Belmont N.H. and I paid the price of drugs, drinking and being a prostitute and having an abortion. I was lucky to find Terry because she let me stay and live off her after I was put out on the streets. The Pastor told me I was wrong to be upset with my ma for what my pa did. Then my girlfriend Teresa done told me that she and her x girlfriend who is a janitor at Central High East in Fresno, CA use to put a small video camera in the toilets of the girls bathrooms so that they could get shots of the girls. After Terry and her broke off Terry couldn't get pics no more so she asked me to go to the school to set up the shots for her. When I told the pastor about this he told me that I should help her get the pics of these girls because it was ok? Now I got the pictures and my girlfriend is happy but the pastor dont want to pay me for the copies.

Robbone
Fresno, California
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/07/2009 10:22 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/College-Community-Congregational-Church/Fresno-California-93710/College-Community-Congregational-Church-Lies-fraud-money-Fresno-California-477385. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

College Community Congregational UCC in Fresno, CA

AUTHOR: Rev. Dr. Diane Christopherson - (United States of America)



I am writing a rebuttal to the strange ripoff report #477385 that purports to be about College Community Congregational Church in Fresno, California.  I am the current pastor of the church named in the report, an authorized minister in the United Church of Christ, the denomination to which the congregation belongs.  On August 1, 2009, I began serving as the intentional interim pastor of the congregation named in the report; the ripoff report is listed as having been submitted August 7, 2009.



 



It is hard to know where to begin my rebuttal but how about this?  There has never been anyone named Robbone, the alleged author of the ripoff report, listed on rosters of the congregation, whether as a member, friend, or visitor of the church.  The category that Robbone indicated as having relevance to the named party in the ripoff report was home based business, a category unrelated to the church named in the report.  In response to they claim they are gay friendly which is not the case, I would state that the congregation engaged in a long study process, years ago, and the members voted to declare the church Open and Affirming in 1998. A vote to be an Open and Affirming congregation in the United Church of Christ means that there is no prejudice or discrimination practiced by the church based on a persons sexual orientation.  The churchs financial policies, procedures and record-keeping are all consistent with the law, best-practices, and ethics and are subject to independent audits by experts contracted for service.  The church has a Safe Church policy which identifies strict procedures that it follows in order to protect potentially vulnerable persons (e.g., children and youth, persons with disabilities) in the course of congregational life.  Criminal background checks are conducted on employees and other safeguards are practiced in the life of the church.  The pastor who preceded me at the church served with distinction and now serves another congregation.  The United Church of Christ holds its ministers accountable and requires that we live according to the highest ethical standards.  No minister in the UCC would retain ministerial standing (e.g., authorization to serve as a minister) if ethical, moral or ministerial standards were breached.



 



It is unfortunate that the reputation of College Community Congregational Church UCC in Fresno, CA may be potentially damaged by the strange ripoff report #477385.  It is unfortunate that the reputations of those persons named or alluded to in the report may be potentially damaged.  But, as a pastor, I also find myself reflecting on Robbone and what a damaged human being s/he seems to be.  I myself will pray for Robbones journey toward healing and wholeness, love, and peace with justice.      



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