• Woodrow Wagaman

Activism of the Wagaman Family with the LSS

Almost from the beginning my parents were lobbying the Lower Susquehanna Synod to prevent this situation from ever happening again. We did not necessarily blame them directly for the abuse, but we were concerned that they were negligent in making sure children were not preyed upon. My Mother and Father addressed the Hanover Conference, a gathering of all the Lutheran pastors in the Hanover area, and told them the pain, hurt, and frustration that they had experienced. The pastors claimed there was nothing they could do to ensure the situation did not happen again.

My mother sought council from Pastor Bradley Dayett, the pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church-Stoverstown. He informed my mother that if he was Pastor Daniel Yeiser he would have asked the accused pedophile if the accusations were true. This violates the spirit of mandatory reporting, something all clergy members are supposed to be educated about.

The rest of my family that still attended Lutheran Congregations never volunteered to help or petitioned their own congregations to close the loop hole. Growing frustrated with the precieved lack of action, my parents quit the activism.

Then I have picked up the torch, meeting with James Dunlop, Bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod on September 4th, 2018 at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. This meeting took an unprecedented direction and shook me to the core.

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