In May 2000 the House of Oak Spring (HOS), a Wiccan group, purchased eighteen acres of forested land and a home in a typical suburban Atlanta neighborhood, with the goal of establishing a covenstead. While residents of the suburb initially reacted with considerable fear and hostility, they soon came to accept and even appreciate their Wiccan neighbors. This essay seeks to explain the successful integration of HOS into the larger community in terms of the benefits the community enjoys as a result of the presence of HOS. The case of HOS suggests that similar dynamics may have informed the successful integration of other religious minorities in different communities.
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