COGWA is the latest Church of God in the pre-Feast news. This time it concerns their Feast site in Cortona, Italy.
COGWA members who were interested in attending the Tuscany site quickly found out that when they went to register that registration was already closed before it even "officially" opened. European COGWA members were told to attend elsewhere.
Then to add insult to injury, they were told that if they showed up at the Feast site they would be barred from entering and would be turned away at the door! Yes, you heard that right! COGWA is putting the love of Jesus into action...a sure sign of the millennium!
The disgust level rose rather rapidly at these unfortunate turn of events and COGWA was forced to lighten its stance somewhat.
Another issue with the site is that nothing about the town or the meeting facility is wheelchair accessible or appropriate for those with walking issues. Feast attendees must park outside the city walls and walk to their hotels or accommodations. Once again we see millennial concepts put into action! Perhaps they are preparing for when people show up in Petra and COGWA can deny handicapped people admittance or deny those who did not pre-register in advance, entrance through the narrow gate.
A word of caution: Cortona is a “hill town” in its truest sense. Other than the main flat road that runs through the city, all the streets and alleys are steep ramps or staircases. The roads are pedestrian-only, so you won’t be able to drop anyone off at the theater where services are held. If you would like to attend, please be sure that you are comfortable walking on steep cobblestone streets and stairs.The source that sent me this information has this to say, and I think it is spot on:
So what it amounts to is the creation of a luxury vacation feast spot for rich and healthy (and well connected) American members."International Feast sites have always been set up by Americans to cater to American dollars. Very few have been set up to cater to the needs of lower income members in certain European areas or in South America.
Just take a notice of the side trips they have planned during the Feast:
Feast site expectations:In addition, we are planning two excursions outside of Cortona. One will be to Florence—a city with wonderful architecture, gardens, museums and artwork. The other will be to Montalcino—a beautiful hill town set in the Orcia Valley, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site made famous by its beauty and its Brunello wine.Cortona attracts many English-speaking tourists, and many of the merchants speak some English.
COGWA has always been looked upon by many in the broader church as a group of elitist members who threw a fit when things did not go their way. COGWA is white and financially well off and they brag about it constantly to justify their break from the heretics at United.
- Cortona is built on the side of a large hill, and almost all of its roads and walkways are steep. Please be sure that you are comfortable walking on steep cobblestone streets and stairs. Those needing wheelchairs or those who have severe walking disabilities should be aware of the mobility difficulties they will encounter at this site.
- Cortona is a pedestrian town, so you will not be able to drive a car inside the walls or drop off passengers where services are being held. Free parking is available outside the city walls, approximately a quarter of a mile from services.
- Round-trip tickets to Rome for travel dates around the Feast are currently between $600 and $1,000.
- We have room blocks reserved at several hotels within walking distance of services. Prices range from €80 to €179 per night (around US$97-217 per night) based on double occupancy (breakfast included). In addition, there are many bed-and-breakfasts and affordable apartments and villas available for rent. Attendees are encouraged to choose accommodations within walking distance of the hall.
- At this time, the exchange rate is US$1.21 to €1.
- Please wait until you receive your site acceptance before reserving housing. When you receive your acceptance and housing brochure, we encourage you to reserve housing as soon as possible, as some of the room blocks are only available through the end of February.
- If you are not accepted at first, you will be placed on a waiting list until you are accepted or until the Italy site is officially closed. You will be taken off of the waiting list if you choose to register for another site.
The source that sent me this info ended with this:
This kind of thing is of course not unique to cogwa, but I'm not sure when people will wake up and realize that the cogs just amount to a Ponzi scheme for the benefit of the top of the pyramid....as a side note:
Cortona is known for its Jesuit institutions and churches and for its quantity of "porte del morto's" (the doors of death) that are found next to the entrances of its medieval palaces.