Lead: Over two decades Jim Jones grew his congregations through a combination of charismatic leadership and a message of equality and compassion. Yet, there was a dark side to Jim Jones. It led to mass murder and suicide.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Jim Jones was born James Warren Jones in Crete, Indiana. In 1955 he founded the People’s Temple in Indianapolis, Indiana. An independent minister, who later affiliated himself and was ordained by the Disciples of Christ, he preached against racism and attracted a large number of African American parishioners at a time when there were few integrated churches in America. An early member of the People’s Temple said he joined because it “espoused strong bible teachings and practical Christianity such as helping the poor, visiting the sick and following the actions of the Apostles.”

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