In the early 1990s, six Elders of Traditional Craft Wicca recognized that they and the groups they led did not enjoy the same basic rights, benefits and privileges extended to other religions, denominations and churches by society and secular governments. There was no suitable organization, on either side of the Atlantic, that could provide the legal and ecclesiastical recognition and protection that they believed was needed for the continuance of their faith and practice.
The Sacred Well Congregation was born out of the vision of these six Elders. On Midsummer day of 1994 in Hainin, Belgium, the Covenant of Five Tenets and the Covenant of Intent of Faith and Practice were issued, and the Sacred Well Congregation was established. The Greencraft Tradition of Wicca, a tradition evolving from the Alexandrian Lineage, with significant contributions from the European Danann and the American Elven Traditions, was designated as the Tradition of the Clergy of the Congregation. Membership in the General Congregation (Praefect Congregation) was opened to all who embrace the Five Tenets and request to join.
In 1995, two of the founding Elders returned to the United States and began work on organizing the Sacred Well under the Laws of the State of Texas. On August 17, 1996, by Charter issued by the Secretary of the State of Texas, the Sacred Well Congregation was incorporated as a Church and non-profit religious organization.
The Sacred Well Congregation of Texas is a universalist, independent, non-evangelical Wiccan Church. We are organized for the purpose of conducting and promoting religious worship on alternative Spiritual paths. Our Church provides open, public venues for the practice of the Old Religions; we promote community benevolence efforts, spiritual counseling, and educational programs.
We believe that there are many paths leading to the same Spiritual Province, and we affirm the right of any individual to choose his or her own path, and the right of any group to worship the Divine in any lawful manner they may choose. Our beliefs are embodied in our Five Tenets. While we honor and embrace as Kith all religious orientations, our Clergy and Kindred practice Traditional Craft Wicca (TCW) as an earth-based Mystery Religion. Though we are chartered by the State of Texas, branches of our family tree extend far and wide. Our Kindred reside all across Texas and in seventeen foreign countries and forty-one States as well. We are formally affiliated with the v.z.w. Greencraft in Belgium and the Netherlands. We work in harmony and purpose with a number of like-minded individuals all across Europe and the United States to promote tolerance, understanding, and love for all Paths Sacred. We are, in concept and in fact, a Church without Walls.
The Kindred Clans are led only by Ordained Clerics of this Congregation. The several Clans are practicing Traditional Craft Wicca Covens and are initiates of the Greencraft Wicca. At their discretion, and upon advisement of the IEC, they may conduct, host, sponsor, or support Provisional Congregations, Open Circles, or Affiliated Study Groups. From time to time they will conduct, host, sponsor, or facilitate seminars, workshops and gatherings.
The Provisional Congregations are led by an Ordained Cleric, or an Ordained Deaconess or Deacon, or any combination thereof. Provisional Congregations follow Traditional Craft Wicca and their leaders are trained in the Greencraft Tradition. At their discretion, and with the endorsement of the International Executive Council (IEC), they may conduct, host, sponsor, or support Open Circles or Affiliated Study Groups. From time to time they may host, sponsor or facilitate seminars, workshops and gatherings.
The Open Circles are led by an Ordained Cleric, an Ordained Deacon or Deaconess, a Congregational Emissary, or any combination thereof. Open Circles closely follow Traditional Craft Wicca, and their leaders are trained, or are in training in the Greencraft Tradition. At their discretion, and with the endorsement of the International Executive Council (IEC), they may conduct, host, sponsor, or support Affiliated Study Groups. From time to time they may host, sponsor or facilitate seminars, workshops and gatherings.
Affiliated Study Groups are led by an Ordained Cleric, an Ordained Deaconess or Deacon, a Congregational Emissary, or any Supporting Member approved by the IEC. Affiliated Study Groups focus on Traditional Craft Wicca, and their leaders are trained, or are in training in the Greencraft Tradition. The Affiliated study groups are recognized and supported, but not formally sponsored by the Sacred Well Congregation.
The General Congregation is dispersed among thirteen countries and twenty-seven States. Many of our Members gather in informal study groups, or practice as solitaries, either by choice or by circumstance. One principal purpose of this Congregation is to build an International Kinship so that wherever our Members sojourn, they may find kindred spirits and camaraderie.