Frederick Pagan Pride Day THIS SATURDAY!!!

20160917_135341It’s finally here!  The 3rd Annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day is this Saturday, September 16th, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick at 4880 Elmer Derr Road, Frederick, MD 21703!  The festival opens at 10 am and runs till 6 pm.  Admission is the donation of a non-perishable food item that will be given to The Foodbank Program operated by the Frederick Community Action Agency.  Last year’s festival drew around 400 people over the course of the day and raised 391 pounds of food for The Foodbank Program. We’re hoping to top 400 pounds of donations this year!

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See the full Pride schedule right here.  Our event includes workshops, rituals, live music and entertainment 30 vendors (including a food vendor), and representatives from eight local Covens, Groups and Charities.

Here’s a last-minute list of things you might consider bringing with you: a camp or other folding chair (or a picnic blanket) for attending the workshops and watching performances. There will be water filling stations, so a water bottle is also recommended. Remember to bring some money for our wonderful vendors, cash if you would like to enter the raffle, a hand drum or other percussion if you’d like to participate in the drum circle, and sunblock if you need it.

Speaking of the raffle, tickets are $3 each or $5 for two.  All proceeds benefit Frederick Pagan Pride Day.

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New Fall Class Series

Divination_toolsThe Art of Divination

This four-session series meets on Tuesday, Nov 7th, Nov 21st, Dec 5th and Dec 19th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Join Frederick CUUPS co-chair Irene Glasse for a four-session series devoted to exploring the Art of Divination. We will cover different types of divination – cartomancy (tarot and oracle cards), scrying, sigil systems (runes, ogham), dowsing (pendulums, dowsing rods), dream interpretation and more. We will also explore techniques for enhancing psychic and divinatory abilities. Each class includes a lecture portion, exercises, open Q&A, and a handout. Recommended donation of $10 per session.  This course can be taken as a full series or as drop-in sessions.  Facebook event here.

Lammas Ritual Indoors this evening

Don’t worry about the weather – the Frederick CUUPS Lammas Ritual will take place inside this evening 🙂  The ritual begins at 7:45 pm.  Full details below:

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Lammas Ritual! Lammas or Lughnassadh is the time of year when plants first start to drop their fruits or seeds. The bounty and fullness of Summer are in full swing, and we begin to harvest what we have sown. Around the world, cultures are celebrating the abundance around us. Join Frederick CUUPS for a Lammas Ritual on Friday, July 28th, at 7:45 pm. This family-friendly ritual will honor some of the Gods and Goddesses of the Harvest and provide an opportunity to make offerings and petitions within Sacred Space.

Due to the weather, the ritual will be held indoors in the sanctuary.

The Deities honored will be: Pachamama, Demeter, Cernunnos, Sif, Osiris, and Annapurna Devi. Each Altar will have offerings provided – you do not need to bring anything with you (unless you feel so called).

Irene made a video teaching the chants and talking a litle bit about what to expect. Watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/irene.glasse/videos/10212328744907085/

Snack/dessert potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.

One of the Deities honored at Lammas will be Cernunnos. The practitioner speaking for Him is Nick, and Nick is also a Reiki practitioner.

Cernnunos is one of the lords and protectors of all animals. As such, Nick would like to offer a healing Reiki service, combined with Cernnunos blessing for any of your animal companions. Please feel free to bring one of your companion’s toys, treats, bed, blanket, pillow or other object that is theirs to have it Reiki charged and Cernnunos’s blessing to heal and protect your companion.

If your companion has a specific ailment that you’re concerned about, an object that comes in contact with that area of their body may be most effective. But the Reiki energy will radiate from the object as well. A picture of your pet may be useful as well to attune the energy and blessing to them.

Frederick CUUPS Lammas Ritual

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Lammas Ritual! Lammas or Lughnassadh is the time of year when plants first start to drop their fruits or seeds. The bounty and fullness of Summer are in full swing, and we begin to harvest what we have sown. Around the world, cultures are celebrating the abundance around us. Join Frederick CUUPS for a Lammas Ritual on Friday, July 28th, at 7:45 pm. This family-friendly ritual will honor some of the Gods and Goddesses of the Harvest and provide an opportunity to make offerings and petitions within Sacred Space. Facebook event here.

The Deities honored will be: Pachamama, Demeter, Cernunnos, Sif, Osiris, and Annapurna Devi. Each Altar will have offerings provided – you do not need to bring anything with you (unless you feel so called).

Irene is leading this year’s Lammas ritual and created a video teaching the chants that we will be suing. Scroll down to watch it and become familiar with the chants 🙂

Snack/dessert potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.

Lyrics to the chants:

There Is No Time by Kellianna:

There is no time but now,
There is no place but here,
In the sacred we do stand,
In a circle hand in hand

Hoof and Horn, Hoof and Horn,
All that dies shall be reborn,
Corn and Grain, Corn and Grain,
All that falls shall rise again

The circle, circle is open,
But never, never broken

Open Frederick CUUPS Board Meeting this Sunday

This Sunday, July 2nd, at 11:30 a.m., is the Frederick CUUPS Open Board Meeting.  We will meet in room 124 after Sunday Service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick.

Are you interested in getting more involved with Frederick CUUPS? Or just curious as to how our organization works? Feel free to attend our upcoming Open Board Meeting. At the meeting, we will:

~Table any issues for discussion that need to be aired
~Plan and assign the rituals for the remainder of 2017
~Plan and assign the Earth Services for the remainder of 2017
~Talk about Pagan Pride Day
~Talk about the next Midwinter Ball

If any of that interests you, feel free to attend 🙂

Midsummer/Litha Ritual this Saturday!

On the longest day of the year, with the Sun at its highest point in the sky, we rejoice in the Sun’s life-giving warmth and ability to make things grow. We will share a Litha celebration (led by Lora) on Saturday, June 24th, at 7:45 pm.  All Frederick CUUPS rituals are family-friendly and open to everyone, and this ritual will include a drumming portion – please bring hand percussion if you would like to drum!  If you would like to assist with setup, Frederick CUUPS members will begin getting the ritual space ready at 7 pm. This year’s ritual will focus on giving energy back to the beautiful Earth that sustains us.  Lora created a great video teaching the chants that we will be using.  Click here to watch it and learn the chants 🙂  A snack/dessert potluck will follow the ritual, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.

 

Upcoming Ritual Schedule Update

After feedback from the community and conversation among the board of Frederick CUUPS, we are moving High Holiday celebrations to the nearest available Friday or Saturday evening to that holiday.  This allows us to be more accessible to more people.  We are also pushing back the start time slightly to 7:45 pm.  This is especially helpful on Fridays when people are commuting from work.  The potluck afterward will be a Snack/Dessert potluck instead of a meal since we expect people will eat beforehand given the later starting time.  Here is an updated list of all currently scheduled High Holiday rituals:

Saturday, May 6th, 7:45 pm: Beltane Ritual
Saturday, June 24th, 7:45 pm: Litha Ritual
Friday, July 28th, 7:45 pm: Lammas Ritual (link and details coming soon)
Saturday, November 4th, 7:45 pm: Samhain Ritual (link and details coming soon)
Friday, December 22nd, 7:45 pm: Yule Ritual (link and details coming soon)

Getting ready for Ostara

The Frederick CUUPS Ostara Ritual will be Monday, March 20th, at 7 pm. Like all Frederick CUUPS rituals, Ostara is open to everyone and family-friendly! On the first day of Spring, when day and night are balanced, Pagans honor that balance and seek it within while rejoicing in the stirrings of life in Nature.  We will be using two chants during our ritual, and in this video, Frederick CUUPS Co-Chair Irene demonstrates the chants as well as talks a little bit about the holiday.

First chant:

Open, open, open to the light
Open, open, farewell to the night

Second chant:

We are opening up to the sweet surrender
Of the luminous love-light of the One
We are opening up to the sweet surrender
Of the luminous love-light of the One
We are opening, we are opening
We are opening, we are opening

Please feel free to bring hand drums or other percussion instruments. There will be a potluck after the ritual.  Please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.

Frederick, MD, Pagan Pride Day 2017 Forms are UP!

ppd2017The 3rd Annual Frederick, MD, Pagan Pride Day will be Saturday, September 16th, 2017.  This year’s theme is ‘Weaving Community, Rising Strong.’

We are currently looking for *everything*!
If any of these options appeal to you, or if you have an idea for something you would like to add to our event that isn’t on this list, email us at frederickpaganpride@gmail.com.  Include your PPD area of interest in the subject line and let us know what you’d like to offer.