Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Watching "The Witches Next Door" on My Unique Family

The God and Goddess are unfolding Their divine plan.
For this I give thanks...And So It Is!
Blessed Be!
Rev Dr.Kendra

I'm glad my curiosity lead me to watch last nights episode of my Unique Family. It was an hour long show that gave us a peek into the lives of The Rev. Kendra Vaughan Hovey, her husband and two children ages 11 and 8. Kendra founded The First church Of Wicca in Duxbury, Massachusetts

I was very impressed not only with the show but the entire family. It's about time Wiccans were shown as "real people" and not some drugged out, devil worshiping, baby killing nuts.(Please say this three times "Wiccans aren’t Satanists and do not kill babies or small animals".)

Not only did the show focus on this, but it focused on a real family. The children were allowed to openly talk about how they felt being in a Wiccan household. They had mixed feelings because they sometimes felt people were afraid of them because they are witches, they also thought that sometimes mom spends to much time with her duties of the church (counselling, working on the next sermon etc.)

The show also focused on not only how the family felt about the choice of religion it practiced, but showed some of the intolerance in the town by allowing other residents to express how they felt about the church of Wicca being there. (Quote from the shows website "Kendra is a wife, mother, and a 21st century witch. in a town that believes witches are evil in spite of the Church’s golden rule to do no harm.")

We also were allowed to view a tidbit from the Samhaim Ritual (Halloween). I hope this helped show people what is done and not done at a rituals. I personally didn't care for Kendra wearing black everyday as part of her clergy uniform. She also wore a clergy collar. I have never seen a Wiccan wear one. It reminded me of something a priest would have worn 30 years ago. I also wasn't crazy that it showed the kids playing with a Ouija board, because the Quija has such a bad name usually associated with something from the dark side. I felt that people might say..SEE GEORGE I TOLD YOU THEY WERE EVIL EVIL EVIL! (this is just my opinion though and in no way reflects the family or the show)

All and all I think it was a well spent hour. I hope it helps some people be more tolerant and acceptant of Wicca. If you didn't get a chance to watch this show try and catch it on the reruns. I think you will be glad you did and perhaps learn a thing or two.

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Blogger PEA said...

Good morning Autumn:-) I'm glad you got to see the show and enjoyed it...I didn't watch it, but then I don't have the tv on much! lol I think most people are just afraid of what they don't know or understand...the word "witch" has always had a stigma attached to it and hopefully that show has helped non-believers realize that actually, they are just normal people with a different religious belief, that's all! Hugs xox

February 21, 2007 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Ligeia said...

Thank you for the run down.
I agree that Wiccans wearing black all the time just adds to the problems. As for wearing a priest collar, that to me seems like she was making a joke of another religion.
I don't particularly care for Ouija myself; and, yes, it is a party game with a bad rep.
I'm hoping they repeat this in the summer so I may see it too.

February 21, 2007 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Sojourner said...

Autumn said:

I hope it helps some people be more tolerant and acceptant of Wicca.

Or at least open and willing to learn more about in the attempts of interfaith understanding.

Thanks for your review, Autumn!

February 21, 2007 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger genexs said...

Thanx for the good review. Sorry I missed the show, will keep my eyes open for it next time.



February 21, 2007 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger peppylady said...

I'm hoping i can find it in a dvd form.

February 21, 2007 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

(rolling eyes) I can't believe that it is 2007 and people still don't get that witches are not what you think they are. That cracks me up.

I didn't watch it. It came on too late here but I am sure my mom recorded it.

February 22, 2007 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger yellowdog granny said...

finally a reason to get cable...

February 23, 2007 at 2:11 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Thank you for watching! My name is Sarah and I was the one in the new member recognition ceremony. We were very pleased with the show and happy with all the positive responses. Please feel free to email Rev. Dr. Kendra, she'd love to hear from anyone with comments on the show or the church!

February 24, 2007 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger basia said...

I know this is old, but I was looking for information on this episode when I saw another episode of My Unique Family was about to air on TLC. If anyone missed the origional airing of "The Witches Next Door" you can contact Rev. Dr. Kendra on her website (www.firstchurchofwicca.org) and request a copy of the DVD. TLC *may* air it again as Samhain, but they havn't said anything to that effect yet.

September 25, 2008 at 12:55 AM  

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