The Fellowship respond to Netflix’s The Family amid controversy

The Fellowship respond to Netflix’s The Family amid controversy

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Christian group The Fellowship, who are at the centre of Netflix’s new docu-series The Family, have released a statement calling on everyone to ‘love their neighbour’.

The Fellowship, also known as the Family, are a group of white, male, evangelical Christians who meet for Bible study and prayer meetings and occupy a property in Washington DC called the C Street Centre, which houses members of Congress (mostly Republican).

They have risen to enormous power in American politics, and trailer for the Netflix series calls The Family ‘breathtaking enmeshment of church and state’ and a ‘group with tentacles around the world’.

In response however, the group have issued a statement, which reads: ‘Though the Netflix docudrama series mischaracterises the work of the Fellowship and attempts to portray people of faith in a bad light, we are encouraged by how often viewers are introduced to, and challenged by, the person and principles of Jesus, which are at the core of our mission and message.

‘Perhaps they will also better understand the integrity and transformational impact of this informal network to encourage everyone in a spirit of friendship and reconciliation to love God with all their heart, soul and mind, and to love their neighbour as themselves.’

The Obamas both attended the national Prayer Breakfast (Picture: Netflix)
Reagan attends a meeting also attended by The Family (Picture: Netflix)

The Fellowship is best known for hosting the annual National Prayer Breakfast in DC, which has been attended by every sitting President since Dwight D Eisenhower, with POTUS usually making an address at the breakfast.

Vice President Mike Pence and attorney general Jeff Sessions have been referred to as ‘friends of the Family’, while Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Jim Inhofe, Rep. Bart Stupak and outgoing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats have been linked to the group.

The Fellowship holds an anti-LGBTQ+ stance, and forbids sex and dating for members.

The Family is currently streaming on Netflix.

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