KC Currents
4:15 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Kansas City Wiccans Head Out To Observe Solstice

Members of Lushede Grove observe the summer solstice at Waterfall Park in Independence, Mo., on Sunday, June 16, 2013.
Credit Ryan Schuessler / KCUR

For Wiccans, the summer solstice is more than a day to get out and enjoy the sun. The longest day of the year is a holy one in Wicca, and local worshipers took to area parks over the past week to mark the occasion.

There are several covens (the Wiccan equivalent of a church or synagogue) in the Kansas City area, such as Lushede Grove in Independence, which is lead by a high priestess named J.

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Central Standard
6:31 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Why Wicca Is A Misunderstood Religion

Wiccans celebrating the summer solstice
Credit Ryan Schuessler / KCUR

Friday, June 21 will be the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. And for one religious group it's a time to celebrate the Oak King falling to the Holly King.

We take a look at the often misunderstood Wiccan religion. Recently they’ve made inroads into popular acceptance, but practitioners still say there's more to be done.  Owen Davies, author of the book America Bewitched,  joins two local Wiccan practitioners, "J" and "Thorgo" to discuss the Wiccan faith locally and internationally.

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