Prior to adopting the Sound Foundation charity as the tax exempt front for Universal Medicine’s commercial operations in the UK, cult leader, Serge Benhayon, attempted to obtain charity status for his business by pitching it as a religion called ‘The Way of the Livingness‘. His marketing department sent out an email call to the faithful to provide testimonial on how the Livingness has benefited those around them. In spite of the propaganda, sanity prevailed and the Church of $erge failed to gain tax exemption from the UK Charity Commission. However, his ‘charity’ merely emerged in different packaging, undisclosed.
Date: Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 12:50 PM
Subject: Unimed Trust
To: [ ]
As you may be aware we have been talking to the Charity Commission in the UK about setting up a Universal Medicine Trust, which would be a fantastic next step in establishing the New World Religion. The role of the Charity will be to help grow the availability and teaching of the Livingness, as well as providing numerous benefits and a safe haven for the work, and the many bequests that you have kindly offered.
During the Charity Application Process, one element that we must prove to the Commissioner is the Public Benefit that such a charity would provide. We feel that the best way to prove this Public Benefit is to present testimonials from you, the people who have been studying the livingness and will have seen and felt the changes to your life and to those around you. As such, and only if you feel this is appropriate, can you please send us a testimonial of how the work has had an impact on you in the sense of its wider appeal.
The process itself is a very precise legal (pranic) exercise, and therefore the testimonials will have to follow some simple guidelines. (If they don’t, we will not be able to submit them);
A) Please keep the Testimonial to one page of A4
B) The Testimonial “cannot be described in private or personal terms as this confirms the Commissioners opinion that the organisation is not for the public benefit”. In other words the Testimonial cannot be focussed on the impact it has had on you.
C) “Public Benefit might be established where the religion beliefs and practices (The Livingness) reflected in the doctrines and code of that particular religion (ie the Books, the Arcane, EDG’s etc), encourage its adherents to conduct themselves in a socially responsible way in the wider community”. So the focus is on the affect that you doing the work has had on groups of people that you are with – ie. what Clark Kent has been doing…..
Our feeling is that the way to approach this requirement is if you can share your experiences of the beneficial impact that you being in the Livingness has had on a group of people, for instance;
1. Family & Friends
2. Business & Work (specifically patients, customers, suppliers etc)
3. The wider community
Please can you send us your testimonials over the next couple of weeks so we can compile this for our next submission to the Charity Commission in February. The best testimonial will be the one where they can feel the impact that your light and service shine out of the page!
If you have any questions, then please contact Simon Williams at [**@lighthouse-uk.com ]
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Many of our readers would have loved the opportunity to send their testimonials to the UK Charity Commission to outline the detrimental effects Serge Benhayon’s grubby religion has had on their relationships, health, finances and families. However, it wasn’t necessary in that instance, as reported in a not for profit sector journal, the Third Sector in September 2011.
The Charity Commission refuses to register the organisation on the grounds that it does not fall within the definition of religion in charity law
The Charity Commission has declined to grant charitable status to an organisation called The Way of the Livingness, the Religion of the Soul Trust, on the grounds that it is not a religion and some of its objects are not charitable.
The organisation, which promotes adherence to a philosophy described as the “way of the livingness”, applied for charitable status, listing among its objects “to raise awareness and understanding of religious soul-full [sic] life by the development of the key principles relating to self love and energetic integrity”.
Other objects included “to work for reconciliation, truth-telling and harmonious union by the promotion of the understanding that by living in harmony with our surroundings we improve the environment for all”.
In a document giving its decision not to register the group as a charity, published last month, the regulator says: “The Way of the Livingness appears to be a form of theosophy, which the court has decided is not a religion as charity law understands that term.
“Even if it were not a form of theosophy, the commission is not satisfied that it falls within the definition of religion in charity law.”
It says the object “to raise awareness and understanding of religious soul-full [sic] life” is not charitable, and that the dissolution clause in the organisation’s trust deed might allow the trust’s assets to be applied for non-charitable purposes. It also says the application did not demonstrate a public benefit.
“In reaching its conclusion, the commission confirmed that it is neither its role nor intention to judge the inherent worth of the Trust for the Way of the Livingness, but only to consider the narrower question of whether it met the test laid down in law for registration as a charity,” the regulator’s report says.
Third Sector was unable to reach anyone connected to The Way of the Livingness for comment.
Note that Australia has not had any form of public benefit test for charities until a new bill was introduced this year. Let’s hope the ACNC get it right.
The UK Charity Commission published the decision on their site, including the Way of the Livingness objects, which are similar, if not identical to those of the tax exempt College of Universal Medicine in Australia.
But as we know, the Way of the Livingness simply dismissed the failed bid to resurface undisclosed under the name of an existing charity, The Sound Foundation.
Universal Medicine is attempting to gain tax exempt charity status as a religion in Australia, which we believe to be an insult to authentic religious charities that operate for the public benefit, and an abuse of the system. By now our readers are familiar with Universal Medicine’s catalogue of abuses affecting individuals, families and communities, and that the UM charities merely operate to provide tax exemption for Benhayon’s harmful commercial enterprise, maximizing funds to expand holdings and operations, which will only come with more detriment and more victims.
Please refer to the Prohibiting Serge Benhayon page for contact details of federal parliamentarians, and please write to your local federal member and others on the list, including Senator Xenophon, and ask them how the College of Universal Medicine was allowed charity status when its teachings are anti-education and anti-charity. Ask them to scrutinize the ACNC’s process for assessing Universal Medicine’s bid for religious status, and please tell your story and express your outrage at this abuse of tax payers. Please don’t assume other readers are doing this. Assume that they’re not, and waiting for someone else (me) to act for them. Our complaints have more impact in numbers. Please help.