In this dialog Jeff Carreira speaks with Dr. Erin Prophet, the daughter of two famous spiritual leaders, Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Her father started the group as The Summit Lighthouse in 1958. After his death in 1973, Erin’s mother became the spiritual leader of the group, which has also been known as Church Universal and Triumphant (founded 1974). In the late 1980’s Elizabeth began predicting that a global “karmic” reckoning was near, based on her interpretation of both Eastern and Western scriptures. Church members infamously built huge underground shelters that they supplied and briefly occupied in anticipation of a variety of disasters. As her mother’s daughter, Erin had a unique vantage point from which to view it all. In this conversation we discuss her book Prophet's Daughter: My Life with Elizabeth Clare Prophet Inside the Church Universal and Triumphant and attempt to unweave the subtle complexity of both the miracle and madness of spiritual communities.
July 15, 2022