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Kent Co. Church Changes Name of Class Teaching Exorcisms

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - What's in a name? A small Kent County church is hoping a whole lot.

The Lighthouse Church in Wyoming announced plans to host a "School of Exorcism" to teach people to do exorcisms. Tuesday church leaders said they are changing course a bit. That course change is a name change.

Church leaders say they heard some backlash to their "School of Exorcism." They've decided to instead call the classes "The Training Center for Deliverance." They're hoping people will find the new name less offensive.

Christopher Gore says this is a change to the classes in name only.

"We're still going to do the same things," he said. "We're still going to exorcise, cast out evil spirits from people. We're still going to pray for people to receive healing. Nothing has really changed other than the name. We're hoping the negative connotations that go with 'exorcism' get erased."

Gore says he was surprised by some of the negative reaction he heard to the classes. The church sent out a letter apologizing for any misunderstanding that had been caused. Reactions were mixed from people WBOC asked about the name change.

"I think 'deliverance' does make a difference because of the words," said George Prichett. "The word 'exorcism' has a different impact."

"I don't really think it would make much of a difference at all. In order for it to make any difference, you'd have to be a believer," said Gretchen Everett.

Gore hopes the name change does make a difference.

"We don't want to be offensive to people. We don't want to be a stumbling block - if it's going to stop people from coming in, not get the help we're offering, not get the training we're offering," said Gore.

The classes will start on Friday, Sept. 12 and will meet every other Friday. They will run from 6 to 9 PM.

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