This is a form letter sent to the District Convention Committees in the United States to prepare them for a response to the question, "What is the standing of Michael Jackson among the congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses?"

Speculation has it that Michael worked a deal with the Watchtower's Service Dept. to avoid the classification of "disfellowshipped," for whatever reason. Perhaps this is a new category of person: not disfellowshipped, but disassociated, but not to be avoided as "bad association."

Interesting clue: Former bro. Jackson is reportedly still contributing to the "worldwide publishing work" (financially, of course.)

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