Growing Wiccan Company Creates Concern Among Christian Residents in St. Paul, MN

December 18, 2004

Source: Star Tribune

On December 18, 2004 Star Tribune reported, "Llewellyn Worldwide, the St. Paul-based publisher of New Age materials, aims 'to be the world's leading provider of works for personal growth and the transformation of Body, Mind, and Spirit.' Its vision statement is simple, straightforward and properly ambitious for a company that wants to grow. So, why are there people in Woodbury praying that the business and its products will just go away? The answer lies in the stars and the moon, in the occult and the paranormal, in a type of spirituality -- nature-centered Wicca, ancient witchcraft -- that is uncommon and sometimes misunderstood in a Christian-based culture. Llewellyn, whose 600-plus titles include 'Everyday Sun Magic' and 'Spirit Guides & Angel Guardians' ('contact your invisible helpers'), is consolidating its offices and warehouse to one 80,000-square-foot facility in an industrial park in Woodbury. The company, owned by the husband-and-wife team of Carl and Sandra Weschcke, employs 100 people... But some Woodbury religious leaders see no benefit in this type of growth."