Senior Family leadership regularly (typically annually) hold what are termed the Summit meetings, at which the policies, structure and goals of the Family are discussed. Due to the secrecy surrounding senior Family leaders, the locations and agenda of such meetings, which usually last four to six weeks, remain highly confidential.
Although Karen Zerby has personally attended Summit meetings in recent years, she previously communicated with attendees in a publication known as the Summit Jewels or Mama Jewels. These publications were intended for Summit use only and were not made available to The Family's general membership.
- Summit '93 Mama Jewels — Portions of the Mama Jewels for Summit 1993, which was held was held near the end of 1992 in Nagymaros (just north of Budapest), Hungary.
This [sexual contact between adults and minors] is about the only subject where we're really going along with the System
, we're playing along with them, we're acting like we believe what we did was wrong, because we have changed, and stopped doing it [. . .]
We need to somehow explain to our [teenagers] that love and loving affection is not wrong. As it says in [Berg's writings], if it's not hurtful, if it's loving, then it's okay. Of course, having actual intercourse with a child wouldn't be okay as it wouldn't be loving, but a little fondling and sweet affection is not wrong in the eyes of God, and if they have experienced the same in the past they weren't 'abused.' [. . .]
We need to explain to our [children] that any experience they may have had along these lines, if it was loving and if it was desired, was not wrong. We need to show them that even if in some case the experience for them wasn't so great, that by comparison to what goes on in the System, it still wasn't abuse. —Karen Zerby, Summit '93 Mama Jewels #2, pg.19, 1992
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