There are true believers among us.
Under dim lights cast over brick and stained glass, they teach the uninitiated about benevolent UFOs, governments which hide the truth, and a radical new era expected to come.
They sit in a darkened church twice-weekly to meditate on a world in turmoil, transmitting energy for our salvation.
The all-encompassing beliefs held by Share International followers – who await further instruction after the death of their spiritualist leader – may seem entirely off-kilter.
But for the dozen, long-dedicated members in Wellington, their commitment to the obscure religion is said to answer unsatisfiable questions.
One recent evening, Share members Sophia and Michael hosted a monthly presentation on UFOs and crop circles at Newtown’s Trinity Union Church.
Members of Share sought only to give first names for privacy reasons.
“We understand,” begins Sophia, a counsellor with long black hair that flows into draped clothing, as she waves her hand at the pull-down screen.
“We are told,” says Michael, a graphic designer with tidily cropped hair and practical black leather shoes, as he cycles through Powerpoint slides on a laptop….Click Here To Keep Reading