Constance E. Cumbey Papers

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Constance E. Cumbey Papers

The materials in this online repository form part of a larger Constance E. Cumbey manuscript collection held by the Bentley Historical Library. For a more complete index to the materials, please consult the collection's online finding aid.

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Abstract: Constance Cumbey has been practicing law in Michigan since 1975. She has studied and investigated different cults and cult activities, primarily concentrating on the New Age Movement. The collection includes her publications, collected topical files on cults and related issues, cassette tapes, VHS videotapes, and digital video files.

Constance Elizabeth Cumbey, nee Butler, was born 29 February 1944 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Cumbey was raised as a Seventh Day Adventist and as an adult converted to the Baptist faith. She completed her pre-law studies at Michigan State University and Wayne State University. In 1975 she received her juris doctor degree from Detroit College of Law. Constance Cumbey’s professional activities include working as a legislative analyst for William A. Ryan, speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, from 1969 to 1970, being employed as a consultant to the Governmental Efficiency Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee for the Michigan State Senate, serving as corresponding secretary and treasurer of the National Association of Women Lawyers, and acting as chairperson of the Family Law Committee of the General Practice Section of the American Bar Association. She has continuously served by appointment on the Public Advisory Committee of the State Bar of Michigan since 1978. Cumbey has been active in the litigation, criminal, family law, and general practice sections of the American Bar Association. In 2003 she was appointed to serve a three year term to plan future State Bar meetings by the State Bar of Michigan. From 1992 to 2004 Constance Cumbey hosted Law Talk, a call-in radio program on a Christian radio station. She is currently practicing law in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Between the years 1981 and 1988 Constance Cumbey ceased her law practice and dedicated her life to investigating the New Age Movement. Cumbey’s The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, published in 1983, was a best-selling Christian book and was one of the first works to criticize the movement from a fundamentalist Christian perspective. A sequel, A Planned Deception: The Staging of a New Age Messiah, was published in 1985. She also circulated a newsletter titled Constance Cumbey’s New Age Monitor.

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Copyright held jointly by Constance Cumbey and the Regents of the University of Michigan.

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