United Methodist News Service Silent About Witchcraft Practiced From Bishop, DS, Pastors To Children's Minister
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2000 10:04 AM
Subject: Wiccan practice by Foundry minister.....
Dear Mr. McAnally [United Methodist News Service],
On 11/30/1999, I asked you and the UMNews folks why the "Insight" article (by Catherine Edwards) which exposed a certain minister at Foundry UMC (Nancy Webb) as one who had participated in a specific, "doctrinal", fundamental ceremonial ritual of neo-pagan witchcraft (ie., "croning") this incident had not been reported to the general United Methodist public. Indeed, another one of the participants in the "croning" ritual was, in fact, revealed to be a District Superintendent in the Washington DC area. And another, it was suggested, may even have been a current UM Bishop. (As I recall, this particular bishop said that she would "neither confirm nor deny" the allegation....). These folks, apparently, were not simply "outside observers" of this wiccan croning ritual....they were, in fact, actually "croned" themselves.
In response to my letter and my inquiry, you summarily dismissed this information because you did not believe the source (ie., the publisher) of the article to be "reputable".
I believe at that time, I asked if you would do some investigating in order to find out whether or not the reports were true. In fact, if I am not mistaken, I believe I even sent you published, self-incriminating evidence that these ladies (Ms. Kraus and Ms. Webb) had indeed been "croned" in the wiccan ceremony. Their own description of this ceremony was published in a UM sponsored/supported magazine called "Wellsprings" (1993).
Have you had time to read the article? Have you had time investigate the theological background of the "Croning" ritual? (Mother, Maiden, Crone...the "Triple aspect of the goddess", in contemporary wiccan circles?)
If, these women openly admit that they have engaged in this ceremonial wiccan ritual.....(and they have).....why is it that this story/information has not appeared in the UMNews? Do you think that the majority of your readers would not be interested to know that the "minister of children's education" at one of the most prominent UM churches in the nation (Foundry) is also involved in ceremonial witchcraft? Really?
Is it not "news" that the senior pastor at Foundry, Rev. Wogamon, has elected to defend his children's education minister in this matter?
I believe that in my previous correspondence with you I included an article entitled "Neo-Paganism Within the United Methodist Church". I hope that you have had an opportunity to read it. If not, here is the URL:
There is another interesting story "brewing" now down in the Atlanta area today. Apparently, Miriam Therese Winter, a prominent contemporary promoter of neo-pagan "doctrines" of the "goddesses" (ie., "wicca") and leader within the now infamous, radical feminist "re-imaginig" community, will be speaking in August at UM-supported and funded retreat center, Simpsonwood. I am hoping that you will have an opportunity to investigate this matter and AT LEAST report that there are some within the denomination who find this to be spiritually dangerous, unacceptable and contrary to the standards and laws spelled out in our UM Book of Discipline.
"When religious groups compromise their foundational beliefs in order to co-exist with the late sensate culture rather than challenging it or standing against, they in effect consent to their own liquidation."---Harold OJ Brown
If we have reached the point within this denomination that we cannot tell the difference between wiccan ritual and Christianity, we are in very, very deep trouble. Denominational "liquidation" will follow....and justly so. There are certain people within the denomination who have been given the responsibility of being "watchmen on the wall ". I believe that you at UMNews are in that position. The words of Jude: 3, 4 seem to be most applicable and pressing at this juncture.....As do the words of the prophet in Ezekiel in Chapters 8, 33 and 34.
"But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood." (Ezekiel 33: 6)
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Tom Graffagnino (laity) Hamilton UMC Hamilton, Ga.
Thank you for your time and attention.....
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