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Encyclopedia > Karen Zerby

Karen Zerby (aka Maria, Mama Maria, Queen Maria) (born in A city street near downtown Tucson, Arizona. Tucson (pronounced /ˈtusɑn/) is a city and the county seat of Pima County, Arizona. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 486,699, with a metropolitan-area population of 843,746. A July 1, 2003... Tucson, Arizona) is the current leader of the The Children of God (COG), later known as the Family of Love and The Family and now The Family International, is a new religious movement that started in 1968 in Huntington Beach, California, USA. It sprang from the Jesus Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. History The Children... Children of God, a A new religious movement or NRM appears as a religious, ethical or spiritual grouping that has not (yet) become recognised as a standard denomination, church, or body, especially when it has a novel belief system and when it is not a sect. Some scholars prefer this neutral term to the... new religious movement.

Zerby joined the group, then called Teens for Christ in 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). For other uses, see Number 1969. For the movie, see 1969 (movie). Events January January 1 - Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch purchases the largest selling British Sunday newspaper The News Of The World January... 1969. After becoming a private secretary to David Berg, the group's founder, a sexual relationship started between the two. In a prophecy titled "A Prophecy of God on the Old Church and the New Church", Berg explained that he had been told by God to leave his first wife, Jane Miller, who represented the "old church", for Zerby who became his soi-disant second wife, who represented the "new church".

In 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. Events Environmental change Zebra mussels found in the Great lakes December 2 - Cyclone in Bangladesh leaves 5 million homeless - thousands dead December 7 - In Armenia an earthquake 6.9 on the Richter scale killed nearly 25.000... 1988, with David Berg's health declining, Maria began to take a leadership role within the group. Upon his death in October 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. Events January January 1 - North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect January 6 - Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant under orders from... 1994 she assumed full leadership of the group and married her long-time partner, Steven Douglas Kelly (known in the group as Christopher Smith, Peter Amsterdam or King Peter).


  • House, H. Wayne (2000). Charts of Cults, Sects, and Religious Movements. Zondervan Publishing Company. ISBN 0310385512.
  • Lewis, James R. (2004). Controversial New Religions Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195156838.

External link

  • Karen Zerby (http://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Karen_Zerby) - xFamily.org

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In Loving Memory of Ricky Rodriguez | About Ricky (368 words)
His mother, Karen Zerby, was the companion of David Berg (1919-1994), founder and leader of The Children of God / The Family, a high-demand, highly sexualised, apocalyptic religious movement.
Nicknamed Davidito (his birth name was David Moses Zerby), Rick spent his childhood and early adult years living and travelling with his mother and Berg in Europe, Asia, and Canada.
From his birth, David Berg and Karen Zerby determined to make Ricky a “poster boy” for their followers.
Ricky Rodriguez - XFamily - Children of God (1168 words)
Richard P. "Ricky" Rodriguez was born 1975-01-25 on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain to Karen Zerby and "Carlos" (a Hotel Belair in Santa Cruz de Tenerife employee Zerby FFed).
His mother, Karen Zerby, was the companion of David Berg (1919-1994), founder and leader of the Children of God / The Family, a high-demand, highly sexualised, apocalyptic religious movement.
As Rick grew up he developed a deep-seated resentment towards Berg and Zerby because of the sexual abuse he had suffered as a child due to their policies and because of the unnatural way in which he was raised.
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