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In February 2007, a show was aired on TLC (The Learning Channel) called "My Unique Life". One of the episodes followed Reverend Kendra Vaughan Hovey, who opened the First Church of Wicca in Duxbury, Massachusetts. The episode was entitled, "The Witches' Next Door". Many of us who saw it applauded the Reverend for her courage and for portraying the Wiccan community so eloquently. I personally wrote to Kendra telling her as much.
Since that time, I've exchanged a few e-mails with Kendra. The latest of which came in October, when I received an invitation to a Samhain ritual she was hosting at the First Church of Wicca.
You can imagine my surprise when I received the following e-mail last night from the "Reverend",
"Merry Meet Tracy -
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for
supporting the First Church of Wicca and its efforts
within the Pagan/Wiccan community over the past five
years. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving you and
answering all of your questions, comments, and prayer
requests. However, the church will be closing due to
the fact that I will be opening a new church in May of
Living Waters Community of Hope will focus on helping
people heal from their experiences of inequity from
past religions and religious institutions, using Jesus
Christ and his teachings in the Bible as the
foundation of how to have a meaningful relationship
with God, as well as how to attain holistic health of
mind, body, and soul".
HOLY CRAP! (No pun intended).
Now, it was late, I was reading this on my cellphone, so I didn't read the e-mail in it's entirety.
Let me say however, that I think it's absolutely fine that Reverend Kendra decided to close her church and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. If she and her family were not finding spiritual fulfillment following the Wiccan religion and sought a path that they believed served them better, then it's all good. She wouldn't be the first Wiccan/Pagan who decided that this religion no longer resonated with them, just as many of us came by this path for the very same reason. That said, I found it so incredibly odd that I would receive this e-mail such a short time after receiving an invitation to one of Kendra's Sabbats, that my first thought was that someone had hacked her website.
This morning I checked her site and, I unless I hear otherwise, I have to conclude that it is indeed factual. Then I read her e-mail in it's entirety and I'll be honest, I was livid pissed. Whatever Kendra's reasons are for closing the doors on her previous beliefs, they obviously go far deeper than that of finding greater spiritual fulfillment through Jesus Christ. How someone could so drastically change their opinion about a system of beliefs they have been practicing for years in just a few short months is beyond me. She obviously has every right to do so, but to voice her opinion of the Wiccan religion in so derogatory a manner speaks volumes of her questionable newly found "relationship" with Jesus.
In my humble opinion, Reverend Kendra is behaving no differently than those that take up a Pagan religion or any religion for that matter, as a form of rebellion against the perceived failings of their previously chosen path. In essence, life wasn't going quite as well as they expected and it's all God's fault. Quite frankly, my impression is that the good Reverend has lost credibility by portraying herself as the worst definition of the term "Reborn". What follows is the conclusion to the Reverend's letter:
"For those of you who are wondering why I am closing
the First Church of Wicca, understand that in my
several years of studying Wicca and working as a
Wiccan High Priestess, I have come to see the serious
failings of the Wiccan faith. A major problem with the
faith is that there is no unity among the followers of
the faith which makes it very challenging to define
exactly what Wiccans do and do not believe in. Wiccans
have a very open "do what you will" or "live and let
live" perspective in life which very easily can cause
harm to oneself and others without one actually
knowing it until it is much too late. Additionally,
there is no unified moral code of ethics. This puts up
huge red flags for society-at-large because no one can
really be quite sure of what any group's intentions
are. Society would have no way of knowing, for
example, if you are a Wiccan that practices the Great
Rite or polyamory, to name only two examples. Also,
they would have no way of knowing just what "Do what
ye will and harm none" means, and quite frankly,
neither does each individual Wiccan. We are left to
make moral and ethical decisions for ourselves rather
than realizing that by human nature we are going to do
anything that feels good to us, not what is best for
us, and also not necessarily what is best for society
as a whole. This makes for a very dangerous and faulty
moral code of ethics. In addition, Wicca teaches
primarily about how we can change the world and have
all that we want. Spells, magick, etc. all prove to
cause us to think selfishly instead of putting others
before ourselves and more importantly instead of
putting God before anyone else, including ourselves.
It is very understandable that one would be close to
nature and the earth, as well as, feel a need to call
"God" the "God and Goddess;" however, the actual rote
and complicated spells involved in Wicca can prove to
be a huge distraction in one's spiritual growth. We do
not need all of the "ritual things" in order to have a
relationship with God - all we need is a sincere and
I personally have learned that through a true and deep
understanding of Christ and his teachings, I can have
the relationship with God that I have always wanted
and more importantly, I am better equipped to teach
how others can also have that relationship. Leaving
Wicca was nothing lost for me, but turning to Christ
has been everything gained! If you have any interest
in learning more about my relationship with Christ I
will be happy to share it with you.
Meanwhile, if you would like to remain on the mailing
list for Living Waters Community of Hope, please reply
to this email stating just that. Otherwise, I will
assume that you do not and you will be permanently
removed from our database prior to May 1, 2009.
I wish you many blessings on your spiritual journey!
It's a Good Life!
Rev. Dr. Kendra Vaughan Hovey"
"It's a Good Life?" Something tells me she's not so sure.
I would highly suggest that her first sermon be something along the lines of, "Rebirth without Rebellion"
In Darkness, Light!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Merry Meet Family, Friends and Lurkers!
Posted by Tracy ~ The UnOfficial Witch of Ridgewood at 8:35 AM