May Events with Frederick CUUPS!

Beltaine season is here! This month, Frederick CUUPS offers a fusion of online and in-person activities at our Congregation in Western Maryland. Please join us as we stay connected and come together to honor the Earth, Gods, Ancestors, and Wheel of the Year. Please email FCUUPS(at)gmail(dot)com for Zoom links.

FCUUPS Kids S’mores Night
Saturday, April 30th, 6:30 PM

At the UUCF Labyrinth

FCUUPS Kids is back! We’ve missed you!

Join us for our kick-off meeting Saturday, April 30, 6:30-8:00 PM at the UUCF. We will have a campfire and s’mores. This is a family event: a grownup for each family must stay to help supervise around the fire and meet with Robyn and Renee to talk about plans going forward.

Please email Naewimer(at)gmail(dot)com with any dietary restrictions so we can plan ahead for our s’mores. Feel free to bring your own roasting stick for marshmallows, beverages, and seating. The kick off event is social ~ a way for us all to come back together again before starting up with regular meetings.

Recommended donation of $5 per participant

FCUUPS Kids offers scouting from a pagan perspective. As we move forward, we will create our own badges and learn about the many paths that make up our community. A campout on the UUCF grounds is in the works for May and many more exciting events to come are being developed. We strongly encourage and ask for grown up involvement and assistance at meetings, though it is not required. We will follow all COVID guidelines set by UUCF and Frederick county regarding masking and indoor/outdoor activities. FCUUPS kids is fully inclusive for k-highschool. Facebook event here.


The Witching Hour
The 1st Sunday of the month at 4 PM

on Zoom

Join us for the Witching Hour, every first Sunday of the month at 4pm! This is an informal social time to enjoy a beverage of your choice, process the previous week, crack a dirty joke or two, and build relationships. We believe cultivating community care is an important facet of us not just surviving, but thriving in the times we live in. All are welcome in the spirit of hospitality. Hosted by Ursa Sylvest and Frederick CUUPS. The Witching Hour is currently on Zoom, Please email fcuups(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link.

Facebook event here.


Donation Yoga for Advancing Beginners
Tuesdays from 10 – 11 AM

One of the best ways we can stay resilient and healthy is to exercise and cultivate mindfulness. These donation classes with E-RYT 200 Irene Glasse are open to individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks past their last vaccination). At this time, masks are optional. An Advancing Beginners class is most accessible to people who have some basic familiarity with yoga and are able to comfortably take low lunge (lunge with one foot forward and the back knee touching the mat), tabletop, warrior two and other foundational yoga poses. Previous classes can be viewed here.

Open Beltaine Ritual
Saturday, May 7th, 7 PM

At the UUCF

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Beltane Ritual! Beltane, or May Day, is the day for dancing around maypoles in honor of the fertility of the Earth made possible by the increased warmth of the Sun.

This year, we’re tapping into the Fire Festival aspect of Beltaine. In historic practice, two bone-fires (fires that included bones) were laid and cattle and livestock were driven through them for protection. The humans went through as well – for protection and health, but also to prevent theft from the Good Folk. 

Prior to coming to the Beltaine celebration, people would extinguish all the fires of home, and would then bring back a burning brand from the Beltaine fires to relight their hearth fires. We invite you to turn off all the lights in your homes before coming to the ritual – we will send a (not on fire) representation home with you to refresh your own ‘hearth fire’ in the manner of your choosing.

Hand percussion is welcome! We’d like to have a strong drum bench for the Maypole dance. Please dress in fiery colors if you’d like to as well.

This High Holiday marks the return of our post-ritual snack/dessert potlucks as well. If you would like to contribute something to the potluck, please clearly LABEL it with the ingredients. We do not need the recipe, but we do need to know what’s in each offering so those with dietary restrictions and allergies can make safe choices.

If the weather is good, this will be an outdoor ritual. In the event of rain, we take our spiritual practice indoors.

Facebook event here.

Learn the chant we will be using with Irene!


May Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, May 8th, 12 PM

At the UUCF Chapel

Join members of the Frederick CUUPS community for our monthly Earth Centered Spirituality Service. This time provides an opportunity to focus on the Sixth Source of Unitarian Universalism: “Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.”

Recommended donation of $5. Please either bring cash to the Earth Service or donate online.

To donate, visit http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FCUUPS” in the memo box. Facebook event here.


May Full Moon Labyrinth Walk & Drum Circle
Friday, May 13th, 8 PM

At the UUCF Labyrinth

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! If the weather is good, this will be an outdoor, drumming walk. In the event of rain, we take our labyrinth practice indoors, into the Chapel and our canvas labyrinth.

The first half hour will be a quiet walk, the remainder drumming, so feel free to bring hand drums and other percussion instruments.

If you haven’t walked a Labyrinth before, there is no ceremony or ritual. A Labyrinth Walk is safe, open Sacred Space for personal exploration. Please plan to arrive by 9 pm to allow enough time for your walk. For an in-depth article on Labyrinths and what to expect at one of our open walks, visit this link: https://pinkpaganpriestess.wordpress.com/…/an…/…

Recommended donation of $5. Please help support Labyrinth Walks at the UUCF. Facebook event here.


Queering Your Magickal Practice
Wednesday, May 18th, 7 PM

At the UUCF and on Zoom

For LGBTQIAP+ people, certain “traditional” aspects of various magickal practices may feel somewhat alienating. When spiritual groups and texts lean on myth cycles and ritual aspects focused on fertility and virility and use heteronormative symbolism, it becomes difficult for us to see ourselves in the magick. In this interactive workshop, learn how myth cycles and ritual components can be adapted and viewed through a queer lens to be more all-inclusive and empower everyone, particularly people who are too often marginalized in our society. Facebook event here.

This workshop will be in person at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick and on Zoom, email FCUUPS(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link.

Recommended donation: $10

To make a donation for the class, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FC – QMP” in the memo box.

Bio: Enfys Book is a high priestx (3rd degree) of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel. They have taught many classes on Tarot, Qabala, and queering one’s magical practice, including “Qabala’s Queer Connections” for Frederick CUUPS in 2022, “The Genderqueer Tree of Life” workshop at the 2019 Sacred Space Conference, and “Queering Your Magickal Practice” at Frederick Pagan Pride Day 2019. As a nonbinary, bisexual pagan, Enfys employs a queer lens to break down limiting binaries in magickal theory and practice, and advocate for bi-, trans-, non-binary/genderqueer-, queer-, and asexual-visibility and inclusion.They are also the creator of majorarqueerna.com, a website devoted to queer magickal practice with a focus on Qabala; and the author of “Queer Qabala: Nonbinary, Genderqueer, Omnisexual Mysticism and Magick”, to be published by Llewellyn in June 2022.


Grave Concerns: Conversations About End-of-Life Preparations and Death
Saturday, May 21st, 1 PM

At the UUCF

The gods await you in the afterlife with open arms, but what will you leave behind? How will you prepare? Grave Concerns is an informal forum in which people are welcome to have these conversations. Demystifying and removing barriers and fears from end of life preparation is the goal for these chats. Resources for End of Life planning will be on hand. Light refreshments will be available in the style of an afternoon tea. Wear your best pointy hats and join us for Grave Conversations. Facebook event here.

Recommended donation: $5

To make a donation for Grave Concerns, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FC – Grave” in the memo box.


2022 Goal Setting Check-In
Friday, May 27th, 7 PM

At the UUCF and on Zoom

Our first quarter is up. How did you do with the goals you set? Did you pop some bubbles on the way to the big goal or did something come up to take you on a different path? Let’s get back together to talk about where we are, what we’ve learned this quarter, and how to move forward. This offering is best for those who attended the goal setting workshop series, but is open to anyone who is looking to assess where they are after the first quarter of the year.

This offering will be offered in person at the UUCF and on Zoom. Email FCUUPS(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link. Facebook event here.

Recommended donation of $10. To make a donation for the class, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FC – Goals” in the memo box.

April Events with Frederick CUUPS!

The Wheel turns and warm weather is on the horizon! We are offering a fusion of online and in-person activities at our Congregation in Western Maryland this month. Please join us as we stay connected and come together to honor the Earth, Gods, Ancestors, and Wheel of the Year. Please email FCUUPS(at)gmail(dot)com for Zoom links.

Volunteer Opportunities

Library Team: Our congregation is home to the Margot Adler Library, an incredible collection of over 2000 metaphysical texts and over 200 tarot decks. Unfortunately, shortly after our head librarian and his team of stalwart volunteers got all the books sorted, a pipe burst at the UUCF, impacting rooms 124 and 125 where the library lives. Our beautiful, organized library was quickly hustled to a room that did NOT have water pouring out of the ceiling. The books are back on the shelves now, but are not on the correct shelves.  The Library team needs folks who are willing to come to the UUCF to help reshelve books. Library hours are on Mondays from 6 – 8:30 (or so) PM.  Even with just a few people, a LOT can get done in a couple hours.  We want to start building activities around the library (like a reading circle/book club), but can’t do that until the books are once again in the right places. Please email uucflibrary(at)gmail(dot)com if you’d like to help out.

Pagan Pride Day

Barring changes to the pandemic, this year’s Frederick Pagan Pride Day will be on Saturday, September 17th. If you are interested in being on the planning and staffing committee, please email FCUUPS(at)gmail(dot)com


The Witching Hour
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 4 PM

on Zoom

Join us for the Witching Hour, every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 4pm! This is an informal social time to enjoy a beverage of your choice, process the previous week, crack a dirty joke or two, and build relationships. We believe cultivating community care is an important facet of us not just surviving, but thriving in the times we live in. All are welcome in the spirit of hospitality. Hosted by Ursa Sylvest and Frederick CUUPS. The Witching Hour is currently on Zoom, Please email fcuups(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link.

Facebook event here.


Donation Yoga for Advancing Beginners
Tuesdays from 10 – 11 AM

One of the best ways we can stay resilient and healthy is to exercise and cultivate mindfulness. These donation classes with E-RYT 200 Irene Glasse are open to individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks past their last vaccination). At this time, masks are optional. An Advancing Beginners class is most accessible to people who have some basic familiarity with yoga and are able to comfortably take low lunge (lunge with one foot forward and the back knee touching the mat), tabletop, warrior two and other foundational yoga poses. Previous classes can be viewed here.

April Labyrinth Clean-up
Friday, April 8th, 6 – 8 PM

At the UUCF Labyrinth

Our April outdoor Labyrinth walk is Friday, April 15th, which means it’s time to tidy up the Labyrinth! If you would like to help, please join us. This service to the community is not glamorous, but it is absolutely vital. With four volunteers, it only takes an hour to do.

Remember to wear clothes you can get dirty in and sunblock/bug spray if you need it 🙂

The most effective way to clear the stones of the Labyrinth is with a string trimmer. If you have one you can bring along, that would be awesome. We also have a few that are available for use. Spades and shears can also be useful for tidying the beds in the Labyrinth courtyard and clearing dirt where it’s piled up on the stones of the Labyrinth. Facebook event here.


April Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, April 10th, 12 PM

In the UUCF Chapel

Join members of the Frederick CUUPS community for our monthly Earth Centered Spirituality Service. This time provides an opportunity to focus on the Sixth Source of Unitarian Universalism: “Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.”

Recommended donation of $5. Please either bring cash to the Earth Service or donate online.

To donate, visit http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FCUUPS” in the memo box. Facebook event here.


April Full Moon Labyrinth Walk and Drum Circle
Friday, April 15th, 7:30 PM

At the UUCF Labyrinth

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! If the weather is good, this will be an outdoor, drumming walk. In the event of rain, we take our labyrinth practice indoors, into the Chapel and our canvas labyrinth.

The first half hour will be a quiet walk, the remainder drumming, so feel free to bring hand drums and other percussion instruments.

If you haven’t walked a Labyrinth before, there is no ceremony or ritual. A Labyrinth Walk is safe, open Sacred Space for personal exploration. Please plan to arrive by 9 pm to allow enough time for your walk. For an in-depth article on Labyrinths and what to expect at one of our open walks, visit this link: https://pinkpaganpriestess.wordpress.com/…/an…/…

Recommended donation of $5. Please help support Labyrinth Walks at the UUCF. Facebook event here.

FCUUPS Kids S’mores Night
Saturday, April 30th, 6:30 PM

At the UUCF Labyrinth

FCUUPS Kids is back! We’ve missed you!

Join us for our kick-off meeting Saturday, April 30, 6:30-8:00 PM at the UUCF. We will have a campfire and s’mores. This is a family event: a grownup for each family must stay to help supervise around the fire and meet with Robyn and Renee to talk about plans going forward.

Please email Naewimer(at)gmail(dot)com with any dietary restrictions so we can plan ahead for our s’mores. Feel free to bring your own roasting stick for marshmallows, beverages, and seating. The kick off event is social ~ a way for us all to come back together again before starting up with regular meetings.

Recommended donation of $5 per participant

FCUUPS Kids offers scouting from a pagan perspective. As we move forward, we will create our own badges and learn about the many paths that make up our community. A campout on the UUCF grounds is in the works for May and many more exciting events to come are being developed. We strongly encourage and ask for grown up involvement and assistance at meetings, though it is not required. We will follow all COVID guidelines set by UUCF and Frederick county regarding masking and indoor/outdoor activities. FCUUPS kids is fully inclusive for k-highschool. Facebook event here.


March Events with Frederick CUUPS

The Wheel turns and spring is on the horizon! We are offering a fusion of online and in-person activities at our Congregation in Western Maryland this month. Please join us as we stay connected and come together to honor the Earth, Gods, Ancestors, and Wheel of the Year. Please email FCUUPS(at)gmail(dot)com for Zoom links.

The Witching Hour
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 4 PM

on Zoom

Join us for the Witching Hour, every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 4pm! This is an informal social time to enjoy a beverage of your choice, process the previous week, crack a dirty joke or two, and build relationships. We believe cultivating community care is an important facet of us not just surviving, but thriving in the times we live in. All are welcome in the spirit of hospitality. Hosted by Ursa Sylvest and Frederick CUUPS. The Witching Hour is currently on Zoom, Please email fcuups(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link.

Facebook event here.


Donation Yoga for Advancing Beginners
Tuesdays from 10 – 11 AM

One of the best ways we can stay resilient and healthy is to exercise and cultivate mindfulness. These donation classes with E-RYT 200 Irene Glasse are open to individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks past their last vaccination). At this time, masks are required inside the building. An Advancing Beginners class is most accessible to people who have some basic familiarity with yoga and are able to comfortably take low lunge (lunge with one foot forward and the back knee touching the mat), tabletop, warrior two and other foundational yoga poses. Previous classes can be viewed here.

The Wildling Masquerade: A Frederick Pagan Pride Day Fundraiser
Saturday, March 19th, 7 PM

Join Frederick CUUPS for a Masquerade Ball as we dance into the night with the Spring Court of Faerie! A full moon graces our Ostara Eve revels – what wonders shall we see? Please come in a faerie or fantasy costume as we celebrate the return of the spring. Purchase tickets here.

COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Vaccine required, including a booster for anyone who is eligible*:

~ If you received, Pfizer or Moderna, everyone age 18+ is eligible if 6 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

~ If you received, Johnson & Johnson’s, everyone 18+ is eligible if 2 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination.

~ In either case, you can receive either of the COVID-19 boosters.

~ By the date of the ball, you need to be at least two weeks after your booster shot, which is how long it takes to be fully effective, so be sure to get your booster shot by the end of February.

~ If you are eligible, you can schedule an appointment through marylandvax.org.

Acceptable proof is:

~ A photograph on a device or paper of your vaccination card

~ For those states that provide them, an app that shows vaccination status or vaccine passport

~ You will be turned away if you do not verify that you are vaccinated.

MASKS are optional as long as Frederick County stays at Low according to the new CDC guidelines between now and March 19th: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

CONSENT: Ask permission before physically touching another person, shaking hands, hugging, etc.

Saturday, March 19th, 2022
(snow date of April 16th)

Attractions include:

~Faerie Market
~Dancing to Music by The Dapper DJs
~Performance by Modern Belly Dance Troupe Amandari
~Costume Contest: Best Group, best Unseelie Court faerie, best Seelie Court faerie, best Seasonal faerie, best Couple

Faerie and Fantasy Attire, Masks or Elaborate Makeup Encouraged

7 pm – 12 am, 21+, BYOB
No entry after 10 pm

Tickets (only 200 available total):

$50 after March 1st

2022 Faerie Market

Unclaimed Treasures, Raven’s Own, The Golden Rose Cakery, The Enlightened Souls, Tempered Raven, Wizards Tower and Tiw’s Arm

Facebook event here.

Masquerade COVID Policy Announced

Good morning! We are so excited to be able to host the Masquerade Ball this year on March 19th. We’ve finalized negotiations with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, our venue, for our COVID safety protocols.

If you are unable or unwilling to meet these safety protocols, simply request a refund by emailing fcuups@gmail.com

**COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS**

Vaccine required, including a booster for anyone who is eligible*:

~ If you received, Pfizer or Moderna, everyone age 18+ is eligible if 6 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

~ If you received, Johnson & Johnson’s, everyone 18+ is eligible if 2 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination.

~ In either case, you can receive either of the COVID-19 boosters.

~ By the date of the ball, you need to be at least two weeks after your booster shot, which is how long it takes to be fully effective, so be sure to get your booster shot by the end of February.

~ If you are eligible, you can schedule an appointment through marylandvax.org.

Acceptable proof is:

~ A photograph on a device or paper of your vaccination card

~ For those states that provide them, an app that shows vaccination status or vaccine passport

~ You will be turned away if you do not verify that you are vaccinated.

MASKS required when not eating or drinking

~ Neck gaiters are not sufficient.

~ Actual face masks are required that fully cover the mouth and nose.

~ KN95 masks are strongly encouraged

CONSENT: Ask permission before physically touching another person, shaking hands, hugging, etc.

COVID case rates are dropping rapidly in our area. Depending on community tranmission rates, we may be able to go to a masks-optional policy. It all depends on how the pandemic shifts over the next few weeks.

Thank you so much for your patience, and we can’t wait to dance the night away with you on March 19th!

February Events with Frederick CUUPS

The weather may be cold, but the warmth of community shines in the darkness of winter. Due to the omicron surge, Frederick CUUPS is offering a fusion of online and in-person activities for February. Please join us as we stay connected and come together to honor the Earth, Gods, Ancestors, and Wheel of the Year. Please email FCUUPS(at)gmail(dot)com for Zoom links.

Donation Yoga for Advancing Beginners
Tuesdays from 10 – 11 AM

One of the best ways we can stay resilient and healthy is to exercise and cultivate mindfulness. These donation classes with E-RYT 200 Irene Glasse are open to individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks past their last vaccination). At this time, masks are required inside the building. An Advancing Beginners class is most accessible to people who have some basic familiarity with yoga and are able to comfortably take low lunge (lunge with one foot forward and the back knee touching the mat), tabletop, warrior two and other foundational yoga poses. Previous classes can be viewed here.

Blackfeather Mystery School: Crow Course
The 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 PM

The Blackfeather Mystery School is a full-spectrum training in Empowered Witchcraft developed by mystic witch Irene Glasse and spiritworker Caine Dreamwalker. The 2021 series is the Crow level, an intermediate training. Prerequisites include experience journeying and cultivating spirit allies, a good understanding of the fundamentals of witchcraft, and a willingness to practice class content outside the classroom.  Content includes sharpening Divination skills, Healing in both Witchcraft and Spiritwork modalities, Pagan Pastoral/Clergy Service, Past Life Reconciliation, Soul Retrieval, Dedicant Work, Psychopomp skill-building and more. Facebook Event here. Email fcuups@gmail.com for the Zoom link. Class is currently available on Zoom only.

Thursday, February 3rd     Soul Retrieval II
Thursday, February 17th     Glamoury: Influencing Perception

Frederick CUUPS Imbolc Ritual ~ Inviting Brigid’s Blessing
Saturday, February 5th, 7 PM

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly, online Imbolc ritual. As we celebrate the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, we will invite the blessing of the Celtic Goddess Brigid into our homes. Here’s the Zoom link. If it asks for a passcode, please use 316618.

This ritual includes a few supplies. Please have ready:
~ a fire representation (a candle that can be carried through your house/space)

~ a bowl of water and a twig or small branch. The traditional wood to use is juniper, but please use whatever is available

~ An offering for the goddess Brigid: Milk, water, ale, bread and butter, porridge with a pad of butter on top, or apples will all work

~ A strip of white or light-colored fabric – about as long as your forearm should do, it’s going to be tied around something

~ Something sweet to eat – berries or fruit are recommended

~ a cup of water for drinking


The Witching Hour
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 4 PM

on Zoom

Join us for the Witching Hour, every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 4pm! This is an informal social time to enjoy a beverage of your choice, process the previous week, crack a dirty joke or two, and build relationships. We believe cultivating community care is an important facet of us not just surviving, but thriving in the times we live in. All are welcome in the spirit of hospitality. Hosted by Ursa Sylvest and Frederick CUUPS. The Witching Hour is currently on Zoom, Please email fcuups(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link.

Upcoming Witching Hours: February 6th, February 20th

Facebook event here.


Myth in Magic & Ritual
Monday, February 7th, 7 PM

On Zoom

Join our resident bard Jack for a discussion on the ways myth is used in magic and ritual– and learn how to weave the stories of the gods and heroes into your own workings and lives.

This class will be on Zoom. Please email fcuups@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

Recommended donation for class is $10. Please either bring cash or donate online. To make a donation for the class, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “Myth Workshop” in the memo box.

Facebook event here.


February Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, February 13th, 12 PM

On Zoom

Join members of the Frederick CUUPS community for our monthly Earth Centered Spirituality Service. This time provides an opportunity to focus on the Sixth Source of Unitarian Universalism: “Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

“Recommended donation of $5. To donate, visit http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FCUUPS” in the memo box.


Persephone: Myth, History, and Practice
Saturday, February 19th, 6 PM

On Zoom

Let’s talk about myths, baby! On this night we’re going to talk about Persephone, specifically. Part history lesson, part story telling, and part modern spirituality. Join Layla in a discussion about this enigmatic goddess as we seek to gain a better understanding of the context of this mythos and how we can utilize her lessons in our lives today.

This workshop will be presented on Zoom. Please email fcuups(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link.

Recommended donation for class is $10.
To make a donation for the class, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FC – Persephone” in the memo box.


Qabala’s Queer Connections
Wednesday, February 23rd, 7 PM

On Zoom

Join Frederick CUUPS and guest presenter Enfys Book for an exploration of Qabala’s Queer Connections! Qabala has historically been taught from a very cisgender, heteronormative, patriarchal perspective, but it’s actually a profoundly queer magickal tool. This workshop will look at each of the ten Sephiroth through a queer lens and relate them to life experiences many queer people share in common. At the end of the workshop, we will do a group meditation and journaling exercise to reconnect with our deeper selves and claim our unique power and perspective through the Tree of Life.Please have some means for journaling available to you.

This workshop will be on Zoom, email FCUUPS(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link.

Recommended donation: $10

To make a donation for the class, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment.

Type in your donation amount, then write “FC – Qabala” in the memo box.

Presenter bio:
Enfys Book is a high priestx (3rd degree) of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel. They have taught many classes on Tarot, Qabala, and queering one’s magical practice, including “The Genderqueer Tree of Life” workshop at the 2019 Sacred Space Conference and “Queering Your Magickal Practice” at Frederick Pagan Pride Day 2019. As a nonbinary, bisexual pagan, Enfys employs a queer lens to break down limiting binaries in magickal theory and practice, and advocate for bi-, trans-, non-binary/genderqueer-, queer-, and asexual-visibility and inclusion. They are a founding member of the Misbehavin’ Maidens, a bawdy, nerd-folk comedy band comprised of four people from the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area with a love of feminist, sex-positive music, LGBTQIA+ representation, parodies, drinking & fandom references for the 18+ geek crowd. They are also the creator of majorarqueerna.com, a website devoted to queer magickal practice with a focus on Qabala; and the author of Queer Qabala: Nonbinary, Genderqueer, Omnisexual Mysticism and Magick, to be published by Llewellyn in June 2022.

January Events with Frederick CUUPS

The Calendar has reached its end and January is here! This month sees a return to online-only activities due to the spread of the Omicron Coronavirus variant. Please join us as we stay connected and come together to honor the Earth, Gods, Ancestors, and Wheel of the Year.

New Year’s Day Purification Ritual
Saturday, January 1st, 7 PM

On Zoom

Enter 2022 from a centered place of peace. Release the energies of the last year and set a harmonious tone for the year to come. Join us for a livestreamed ritual on Zoom. During this ritual, you will journey through the Elements, releasing the shadows of 2021 as you go. Elemental Guides will support you as you move into the energy of a new year. End your Purification journey with a time of meditation to receive any messages for the New Year.

Supply list:

~Box of tissues (just in case)
~One stone per participant
~A sprig of evergreen or other plant
~Incense & holder or scented object of your choice
~A feather, fan, or other wafting tool
~One candle in a holder
~Matches/Lighter
~A small piece of paper and pen for each participant
~A cauldron or other heatproof bowl
~A bowl of warm water and a hand towel
~Journaling supplies

Facebook event here. Zoom link here.


Donation Yoga for Advancing Beginners
Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 – 11 AM

One of the best ways we can stay resilient and healthy is to exercise and cultivate mindfulness. These donation classes with E-RYT 200 Irene Glasse are drop-in friendly and open to everyone. Email fcuups(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link. An Advancing Beginners class is most accessible to people who have some basic familiarity with yoga and are able to comfortably take low lunge (lunge with one foot forward and the back knee touching the mat), tabletop, warrior two and other foundational yoga poses. Previous classes can be viewed here.

Blackfeather Mystery School: Crow Course
The 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 PM

The Blackfeather Mystery School is a full-spectrum training in Empowered Witchcraft developed by mystic witch Irene Glasse and spiritworker Caine Dreamwalker. The 2021 series is the Crow level, an intermediate training. Prerequisites include experience journeying and cultivating spirit allies, a good understanding of the fundamentals of witchcraft, and a willingness to practice class content outside the classroom.  Content includes sharpening Divination skills, Healing in both Witchcraft and Spiritwork modalities, Pagan Pastoral/Clergy Service, Past Life Reconciliation, Soul Retrieval, Dedicant Work, Psychopomp skill-building and more. Facebook Event here. Email fcuups@gmail.com for the Zoom link. Class is currently available on Zoom only.

Thursday, January 6th, 7 PM: Soul Retrieval Part 1
Thursday, January 20th, 7 PM: Full Moon Ritual

2022 Goal Setting & Planning Series
Fridays at 7 PM on Zoom

January 7th, 14th, and 21st

Learn how to dream big and make it happen. Join Renee for a three session goal setting and planning series! We’ll discuss how to set goals and then break them down into achievable chunks.

Workshop topics include:
~ Creating a vision of things you want to achieve, create or bring to your life
~ Learning how to break those things into smaller actionable steps
~ Creating a planner that breaks your goals into Quarter, Month, Week and Day

This workshop is great for any type of goal setting. We can adjust it for financial, career, spiritual, family, household, education, mental and/or physical health, etc. Whatever your goals are, this workshop will help you get your big ideas out of the dream space and set them on the road to reality. We’ll also follow up at the end of the quarter to see how you’re doing, look at what worked and what didn’t, and then how to plan for the next quarter based on what you discovered and accomplished in the first quarter.

This workshop will be on Zoom. Please email fcuups(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link.
Recommended donation for class is $10/session.
To make a donation for the class, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF
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Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “Goal Workshop” in the memo box.

Facebook event here.


January Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, December 9th, 12 PM

on Zoom

Join members of the Frederick CUUPS community for our monthly Earth Centered Spirituality Service. This time provides an opportunity to focus on the Sixth Source of Unitarian Universalism: “Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.”

This month’s Earth Service will be facilitated by Ursa and Layla and will focus on intention work for the new calendar year. This month’s earth service meets on Zoom. Please email fcuups(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link.

Recommended donation of $5.

To donate, visit http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

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Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FCUUPS” in the memo box.

Facebook event here.


Hel Devotional Workshop
Sunday, January 9th, 7 PM

on Zoom

Join Heathen witch Ursa Sylvest for a devotional workshop dedicated to Hel, Norse goddess of death. This introduction to working with this far-sighted goddess will go over some of the basics from the Lore, a prayer bead/kennings recitation, and some shared stories of UPG. All are welcome.

This class will be on Zoom. Please email fcuups(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link.

Recommended donation for class is $10. Please either bring cash or donate online. To make a donation for the class, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

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Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “Hel Workshop” in the memo box.

Facebook event here.


Masquerade Ball to be Rescheduled

MASQUERADE BALL TO BE RESCHEDULED TO SPRING, NEW DATE COMING SOON

In light of the rapid spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19, we have chosen to move the masquerade ball to a date between mid-March and mid-April. We are waiting on confirmation from a few different people and will announce the new date as soon as we’re finalized.

Ticket refunds can be requested at the Eventbrite ticketing page or by emailing FCUUPS(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thank you so much for your patience with us as we navigate the shifting ground of pandemic life.

New Year’s Day Purification Ritual Going Online

Due to the rising rates of the Omicron variant, we are shifting our Purification Ritual to an online format.

New Year’s Day Purification Ritual
Saturday, January 1st, 7 PM

On Zoom

Enter 2022 from a centered place of peace. Release the energies of the last year and set a harmonious tone for the year to come. Join us for a livestreamed ritual on Zoom. During this ritual, you will journey through the Elements, releasing the shadows of 2021 as you go. Elemental Guides will support you as you move into the energy of a new year. End your Purification journey with a time of meditation to receive any messages for the New Year.

Supply list:

~Box of tissues (just in case)
~One stone per participant
~A sprig of evergreen or other plant
~Incense & holder or scented object of your choice
~A feather, fan, or other wafting tool
~One candle in a holder
~Matches/Lighter
~A small piece of paper and pen for each participant
~A cauldron or other heatproof bowl
~A bowl of warm water and a hand towel
~Journaling supplies

Facebook event here. Zoom link here.

The Masquerade Ball is Coming Up!

The 5th Midwinter Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball and Pagan Pride Day Fundraiser
Buy Tickets Here

Saturday, January 15th, 7 pm – 12 am (Snow date of January 22nd)

Join Frederick CUUPS for a Masquerade Ball as we dance into the night with the Winter Court of Faerie, rulers of the dark season!  Please come in a wintry costume as we revel and celebrate the darkest time of the year with the Good Folk of the Winter Court.

Attractions include:

~Winter Faery Market – Vendor information below
~Dancing to Music by The Dapper DJs
~Performance by Modern Belly Dance Troupe Amandari
~Costume Contest: Best Group, best Unseelie Court faery, best Seelie Court faery, best Winter Faery, best Couple

Faery and Fantasy Attire, Masks or Elaborate Makeup Encouraged

7 pm – 12 am, 21+, BYOB
No entry after 10 pm

COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Vaccine required, including a booster for anyone who is eligible*:

  • If you received, Pfizer or Moderna, everyone age 18+ is eligible if 6 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.  
  • If you received, Johnson & Johnson’s, everyone 18+ is eligible if 2 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination. 
  • In either case, you can receive either of the COVID-19 boosters.
  • By the date of the ball, you need to be at least two weeks after your booster shot, which is how long it takes to be fully effective, so be sure to get your booster shot before the end of December. 
  • If you are eligible, you can schedule an appointment through marylandvax.org.  

Acceptable proof is:
• A photograph on a device or paper of your vaccination card
• For those states that provide them, an app that shows vaccination status or vaccine passport
You will be turned away if you do not verify that you are vaccinated.

MASKS required when not eating or drinking

  • Neck gaiters are not sufficient. 
  • Actual face masks are required that fully cover the mouth and nose.
  • KN95 masks are strongly encouraged

CONSENT: Ask permission before physically touching another person, shaking hands, hugging, etc. 


Tickets (only 200 available total):

$40 til January 1st
$50 at the door if any remain

Purchase Tickets Here.

Need overnight accommodations?  Here’s a map of the local hotels.

2022 Winter Faerie Market

Vendor spaces are 8 ‘x 8’ and there are only 8 vendor spots available. Each space costs $55. If you are interested in vending, please email frederickpaganpride(at)gmail(dot)com with the email subject line ‘Midwinter Ball Vendor.’

Unclaimed Treasures is a unique collection of wearable art and decor, specializing in resin-sealed bone jewelry, electroformed jewelry, and preserved oddities and specimens.


Raven’s Own Take the quirky, the spiritual, the kinky, and the beautiful. Throw it in a pot, mix it together, and you have a hint of what we offer at Raven’s Own. From jewelry to japery, from tools to tomfoolery, you’ll find it here! Selling handmade jewelry, curios, and divination tools made of chain maille, polymer clay, and more. Offering readings from our in-house divination system, the Kahina Stones.


The Golden Rose Cakery is a locally owned bakery right in beautiful Frederick MD. Servicing the local Frederick area, as well as the surrounding 30 mile radius, we offer home baked goods made in small batches with great care using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Be sure to inquire about custom orders, which can be picked up or delivered to suit your needs, and let us make your next celebration extra special!


The Enlightened Souls. If you are looking for the unique, The Enlightened Souls has something for you. From our handmade copper and sterling silver jewelry sourced from a small woman owned business, to our unique crystals we have procured from around the world, we are convinced you will find what you are looking for at our shop. Additionally we have handmade walking sticks and fairy wands, unique housewares, incense and herbs available.


We at Tempered Raven believe a custom blade is more than a pretty display piece – it is a tool. Each piece we craft, regardless if hand-crafted or hand-forged, serves a purpose for its owner and much like any other tool, whether practical or ceremonial, it should be reliable and long lasting; an heirloom passed from one generation to the next. This is why we pour our sweat and tears (and sometimes blood) into each blade until they are hardened and tempered for use and abuse. Just because our blades are tools, doesn’t mean they should not look beautiful, which is why we focus our attention on details like handle material, pins, stippling, or the trueness of each blade. Only by remaining dedicated to the purpose of each piece do we remain true to our craft.