Niscience is a religious movement of the United States. Its parent organization, the Ann Ree Colton Foundation of Niscience, was founded in 1953 by Ann Ree Colton. It is characterized as a combination of Christianity and New Age spirituality, and combines the teachings of Jesus Christ with an engagement with meditation
The Niscience website states that Niscience is based upon the teachings of "Jesus, the Bible, and other sacred scriptures of the East and the West.
After Colton's death in 1984 Murro ran the foundation until he committed suicide in November 1991. After his death the Los Angeles Times, describing Niscience as "an obscure Glendale-based religious group", wrote that "several former members--including one who had sat on the board of directors--recently sent open letters to church adherents, calling Niscience an oppressive, deceptive cult, and urging members to leave. Membership reportedly numbers several hundred."No accusations of financial impropriety were ever substantiated.
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- "About the Founders: Ann Ree Colton and Jonathan Murro". niscience.org. Ann Ree Colton Foundation of Niscience. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
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- "Niscience: The Next Step". niscience.org. Ann Ree Colton Foundation of Niscience. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- Kazmin, Amy Louise (14 November 1991). "Leader's suicide stuns church : Some Niscience Foundation members say minister was grieving over charges he led a cult and stole money". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "Ann Ree Colton Foundation of Niscience website".
- Biederman, Patricia Ward (11 June 1992). "Dancer's movements express her anguish: Arts: Former cult member Donna Sternberg will appear in the premiere of a work based on her painful break with a New Age religious group". Los Angeles Times.
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