Stay connected with Frederick CUUPS: Robust online gathering schedule announced

Good afternoon my friends,

The Frederick Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (Frederick CUUPS or FCUUPS) is based in Frederick, Maryland.  As our fellow Maryland residents are already well aware, the need for physical distancing between people has brought our state to a standstill.  As of a couple hours ago, all nonessential businesses in the state are closing.  Other than a handful of first responder and vital service workers, many if not most of us are at home.

This situation is challenging, scary and unpredictable, but we do not need to walk through this upheaval alone.   If you have an internet connection, or even just a phone, you can stay connected to community.

The board of Frederick CUUPS is offering a dense programming schedule for the remainder of the month of March and the entire month of April.  We are offering a minimum of one online group gathering each week and weekend.  All online gatherings welcome donations but do not require them.  What we most wish is to keep each other connected, safe, sane and loved during this time.  Please feel free to attend any or all of our offerings whether you can make a donation or not.

We are using two primary platforms for online offerings – Zoom videoconferencing and Facebook livestreaming.  Below is a list of our upcoming activities (which may expand further).  All our offerings are open to everyone, not just members of the Frederick CUUPS community.


Weekly Recurring Events:

A Cup of Tea with Heliotrope. Mondays at 2 pm. Unstructured social time/discussion.

Yoga for Advancing Beginners with Irene, Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 am.

Wednesday Night Book Club with TJ, Wednesdays at 7 pm.  The first book is Margot Adler’s ‘Drawing Down the Moon.’  TJ will read a section then facilitate a discussion/reflection period.

Blackfeather Mystery School the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 pm.  Intermediate magickal training, drop-ins welcome.  Supplementary journey circle the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm.


Single Date Events:

Friday, March 27th, 7 pm: Legends Lodge Tavern. Open mic myth and story sharing.

Friday, April 3rd, 7 pm: Stitch-n-Witch. Unstructured crafting gathering.

Saturday, April 4th, 1 pm: Forging the Shield Workshop.   Advanced metaphysical/energetic shielding techniques with Jake.

Tuesday, April 7th, 7:30 pm: Intention Setting Full Moon Ritual with Irene.

Sunday, April 12th, 12 pm: Earth Centered Spirituality Service with Raven

Wednesday, April 15th, 7 pm: Introduction to Tarot Journaling with Heather.  Improve your connection to your divinatory system.

Saturday, April 18th, 1 pm: Introduction to Heathenry with the Gothi of Elk Ridge Kindred, Chris Kackley.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 7 pm: An Earth Day offering with Lora Powell-Haney.  Details coming soon.

Saturday, April 25th, 1 pm: Ogham: The Divination of the Celts with Tamara.  An introduction to the divination system of the ancient Celtic tree language.

We will continue to expand our offerings to help everyone stay supported and connected at this time.  If you are interested in helping by offering a workshop, class, ceremony or facilitated/hosted gathering, I would love to hear from you.  We’d like to support fiber arts groups, study groups, even just wine-and-conversation groups.  We just need people willing to lead and organize them. If that’s you, please drop us a line.

We will get through this, my friends.  Remember, we are the descendants of the ones who survived.  Our Ancestors walk with us, our beautiful green earth holds us, and our strength as a diverse, inclusive community was meant for times like these.  Our blood is strong, and so are we. See you soon.

With great love,

Irene Glasse
FCUUPS Acting President


Online-Only Ostara Ritual Tonight

Join Frederick CUUPS for an online-only streaming Ostara Ritual! We will be focusing on drawing the blessing of Springtime into our hearths and homes.

For the ritual, please have ready:

A small bowl of water
Candles and a lighter or matches (if desired/possible)

This ritual will include a Pathworking (guided meditation). If you find that food helps you ground, you might consider having snacks nearby for after the ritual.

We will be using Zoom, a video conferencing platform, to celebrate together. If you do not have stable internet connectivity in your area, using the call-in function for audio only can be more accessible.

If you have not used Zoom before, you should watch:

1-minute “Introduction to Zoom”

8-minute “Zoom Demonstration”.

Here is the Zoom link for our Ostara Ritual:

Meeting ID: 761 854 533

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Offerings till 4/1 Moving to Virtual Gatherings

In response to the Coronavirus, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is advising UU congregations to cancel gatherings of 25 people or larger. The UUA is also encouraging us to make cancellations sooner rather than later to avoid a rapid spread of this disease.

Therefore, there will be no in-person Frederick CUUPS offerings now through April 1st.  We will reevaluate at that time to see what the best path forward is. We are closely observing the evolving information regarding the Coronavirus and will continue to make plans to support the safety of our community.

Our upcoming gatherings and classes will be moving to an online platform.  We will be using Zoom, YouTube and our Facebook page as outlets for live-streaming and virtual gatherings. Links will be posted on all our media and event listings prior to each event.

We are grateful for your patience with us as we learn new ways to connect, deepen and come together in this changing environment. As a community service organization, our compassion for and connection to each other is at the heart of everything Frederick CUUPS does.  Please stay in touch and help take care of each other.  If you have not joined our closed Facebook group, here’s a link to request to be added.  Let’s continue to check in, share and extend grace and compassion to each other and our wider community during this time.  Together, we can overcome anything.

May you be well,

Irene Glasse
Frederick CUUPS Acting President



Frederick CUUPS Ostara Ritual

Blessed Ostara!

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Ostara Ritual on Saturday, March 21st, at 7:45 PM! 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.

A snack/dessert potluck will follow the ritual. Please clearly label any contributions with the ingredients used so that people with food sensitivities and dietary restrictions can make safe choices for themselves.

Our theme this year is planting. Before the ritual, think about what you would like to begin this spring. You are welcome to put intention into and decorate a biodegradable seed cup before ritual and bring it along, or decorate one of the ones we will provide. We will also have seeds and dirt available, but you’re welcome to take your seed cup back home with you and plant whatever you would like in it. If you have a black thumb or do you not have the option of tending a plant wherever you live, you can simply plant the container as your “seed.”

You can learn the chants we will be using in the video below.

Health and Safety note from Frederick CUUPS

It is currently cold and flu season and as you know, there’s a new virus running amuck on the world stage. It’s always good to practice safe hygiene – this is an opportunity to cultivate good habits on that front.

Frederick CUUPS events are open to all and take place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. The UUCF shelters a robust, diverse community of all ages. As a result, it’s good to remember that the spaces we are using and events we offer are shared by many people. At this time, please err on the side of caution when it comes to protecting our beloved community. If you are feeling unwell, please do not ‘push through’ in order to attend an event. It’s better to miss an activity than run the risk of getting other people sick.

When you arrive, if you have not recently washed your hands, please do so. There are also hand sanitizer dispensers mounted throughout the building. Please feel free to use them. Try not to touch your face and cough into your elbow rather than into your hands if you need to cough.

We have historically been an affectionate community and hugs are a common form of greeting for us. However, I would like to encourage some different expressions of affection. Elbow bumps are becoming popular and I have long felt that the art of bowing is sadly underrepresented in our culture. If you do want to hug someone, please get consent first (this should be standard practice anyway). Remember that it’s impossible to tell by looking if a person is immunocompromised.

At this time, we do not have any plans to scale back or cancel any Frederick CUUPS events. However, we will continue to monitor the evolving news regarding coronavirus and adjust our offerings to best support the health and safety of our community.

May you be well, always.


Masquerade Ball Tonight!

Good morning!  We are so excited to see you this evening at the Masquerade!  A few notes for this evening:

Time: Doors open at 7 pm and close at 10 pm.  Please be sure to arrive before 10. The Masquerade ends at midnight.

  • 7 pm Doors open
  • 8 pm performance by Tribal Belly Dance Troupe Amandari
  • 11 pm Costume Contest
  • 12 am Masquerade ends

Parking and Shuttle: Parking is available at the event site and a shuttle will be running from the Park and Ride at the intersection of Elmer Derr Road and Mount Zion Road.  If parking at the UUCF is full, park at the Park and Ride and watch for the shuttle.  It will be a large van with a sign saying ‘Masquerade Shuttle’ in the window.  The shuttle runs from 6:30 pm – 12:30 am.

Tickets: Please know the name you ordered tickets under, it’s the easiest way to look them up for us.  We do have tickets available at the door ($50), so feel free to bring a friend!

BYOB: This event is BYOB.  Please bring whatever you would like to drink and glasses (we’ll have some for use as well).  We will once again offer a table for a Potluck Bar. If you would like to bring beverages to share, you’re welcome to add them to the table.

Glitter: Please try to use glitter sparingly and avoid costumes that leave a trail of it. It is ecologically unhealthy (ends up in the water supply) and difficult to clean up.

Conduct: Frederick CUUPS is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive event experience for everyone regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form.  Individuals in violation of this policy will be asked to leave and will not be refunded.

Shopping!  Please remember to bring some spending money for our wonderful vendors!

New Years Day Purification Ritual, Masquerade Ball Ticket Giveaway

A New Year Begins!

The board of Frederick CUUPS wishes you and yours a gentle, centered entry into the new calendar year.  To help support a new solar cycle, every year we offer the New Year’s Day Purification Ritual.  It is one of our most beautiful and most highly attended rituals every year.  On Wednesday, January 1st, Sacred Space will be held from 5 to 8 pm in the Sanctuary of the UUCF.

Attendees are invited to move through the Elements, releasing the shadows of 2019 as they go. Elemental Guides will be available at each Quarter to offer a way to 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.

This ritual is an opportunity to move through Sacred Space. As such, there is no set start and finish time–it does not have a formal ritual structure. Your journey will be self-guided. We will hold the space open from 5 to 8 pm, and you should expect to spend somewhere between a half hour to an hour on your journey.

Please remember that this is a very popular ritual. There is a single path to follow, so at ‘peak’ times (generally around 7 pm), there can be a line. Please plan to arrive early or after the ‘peak’ and please be patient with the process of the people around you.

All are welcome to attend.  This ritual is held in silence and includes written prompts.  As a result, we recommend this ritual for ages 12 and up. Child care is available for younger children.

 Masquerade Ball Ticket Giveaway!

Saturday, January 18th, 7 pm – Midnight

The 4th Annual Midwinter Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball is coming up!  Our annual fundraiser supports all Frederick CUUPS events as well as the annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day.  We offer an incredible night of dancing to music by the Dapper DJ’s, a Winter Faery Market featuring incredible vendors, a performance by Tribal Belly Dance Troupe Amandari, a costume contest and so much more.  In honor of the New Year, we are offering a ticket giveaway.  Hop onto Facebook and visit this post to enter to win.  Not sure what to wear?  Here are some photos from last year to inspire you.  Tickets are on sale now.  Get yours here.

Other Upcoming Events

Friday, January 10th, 7 – 8:30 pm
Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk & Donation Energy Healing

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! Everyone is welcome. During the cooler months, we take our Labyrinth practice indoors, and will be walking the Rainbow Seed Labyrinth, a canvas Classical-pattern Labyrinth. Please remember clean socks or slippers to walk the Labyrinth in.

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 8 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:

Donation energy healing will be available. Divination practice is welcome – please feel free to bring your preferred divinatory tool (runes, tarot, ogham, etc) to practice/trade readings. Or, just stop by for a reading!

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

Sunday, January 12th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
January Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel. During the cooler months, we meet at 10:30 am. 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.”

Sunday, January 25th, 7 – 10 pm
Legends Lodge Tavern

Join us for an evening of myth and community at Legends Lodge! The Lodge is a place to gather with friends for the sharing of stories from our faith paths. You’re welcome to come to listen or to share! If you would like to tell a story, please plan to share a myth or tale from your tradition (ancient and contemporary myths welcome), a song or poem, or simply speak about what a specific Deity means to you. Please plan to speak for no more than 10 minutes. This event is Bring-Your-Own-Beverages-And-Snacks (yes, mead is welcome). Recommended donation of $5. Also, if you have large floor cushions or pillows and don’t mind them being used, please bring them along. We make a big cushy nest as one of the seating options (along with tables and chairs).

Blackfeather Mystery School ~ Rook Course 2020

Begins Thursday, February 6th, at 7 pm

The Blackfeather Mystery School is a full-spectrum training in Empowered Witchcraft developed by mystic witch Irene Glasse and shaman Jake Hackney. The 2020 series is the Rook level, an intermediate training. This training is focused specifically on developing relationships with the Ancestors, Gods and Spirits, Shamanic healing techniques, Pagan Pastoral Counseling, Shadow Work, Journeywork and Remediation (Hex/Curse Breaking, Ancestral Paradox healing, Space Clearing, etc). This Mystery School is a synthesis and outgrowth of more than 20 years in the art and practice of witchcraft and threads the needle between the structure of Traditional Witchcraft and the freedom of Mysticism. A basic grounding in witchcraft and meditation/journeywork is recommended. More advanced practitioners may find the course helpful in terms of filling ‘gaps’ in their skill sets. This series is drop-in-able.

This is the inaugural run of this training level, so it is donation-based. Recommended donation of $10/session. Blackfeather Mystery School meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting in February of 2020.


Blackfeather Mystery School 2020 Schedule

The Blackfeather Mystery School is a full-spectrum training in Empowered Witchcraft developed by mystic witch Irene Glasse and shaman Jake Hackney. The 2020 series is the Rook level, an intermediate training. This training is focused specifically on developing relationships with the Ancestors, Gods and Spirits, Shamanic healing techniques, Pagan Pastoral Counseling, Shadow Work, Journeywork and Remediation (Hex/Curse Breaking, Ancestral Paradox healing, Space Clearing, etc). This Mystery School is a synthesis and outgrowth of more than 20 years in the art and practice of witchcraft, and threads the needle between the structure of Traditional Witchcraft and the freedom of Mysticism. A basic grounding in witchcraft and meditation/journeywork is recommended. More advanced practitioners may find the course helpful in terms of filling ‘gaps’ in their skill sets. This series is drop-in-able.

This is the inaugural run of this training level, so it is donation-based. Recommended donation of $10/session. Blackfeather Mystery School meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting in February of 2020.

Upcoming sessions:

Thursday, February 6th – Safe Sourcing: Research Techniques, White Supremacist Identifiers

Thursday, February 20th – Ancestral Module 1: Developing an Ancestral Practice

Thursday, March 5th – Ancestral Module 2: Cultivating Connections beyond the Veil

Thursday, March 19th – Ancestral Module 3: Resolving Paradoxes and Redemptive Work

Thursday, April 2nd – Shamanic Spirit Helpers 1: Animals

Thursday, April 16th – Shamanic Spirit Helpers 2: Land Spirits

Thursday, May 7th – Rook Full Moon Ritual

Thursday, May 21st – Pastoral Counseling Module 1: Reflective Listening

Thursday, June 4th – Pastoral Counseling Module 2: Holding Space and Managing Trauma

Thursday, June 18th – Pastoral Counseling Module 3: Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Thursday, July 2nd – Advanced Shapeshifting 1: Joining with Spirit Helpers

Thursday, July 16th – Advanced Shapeshifting 2: Shapeshifting and Energy Work

Thursday, August 6th – Shadow Work 1: Identification, Journeying and Healing

Thursday, August 20th – Shadow Work 2: Sacred Masks and Integration

Thursday, September 3rd – Devotional Paganism 1: Godforms and Worship

Thursday, September 17th – Rook Dark Moon Ritual

Thursday, October 1st – Devotional Paganism 2: Sacred Work and Divine Internships

Skip Thursday, October 15th – Twilight

Thursday, November 5th – Shamanic Spirit Healing 1: Diagnosis

Thursday, November 19th – Shamanic Spirit Healing 2: Walking the Chakras and Spirit Helper Retrieval

Thursday, December 3rd – Transforming Energy: Hex/Curse Breaking, Space Clearing

Thursday, December 17th – Shamanism: The Spirit Council

Thursday, January 6th – Devotional Paganism 3: Presentations

Thursday, January 20th – Rook Completion Ritual

Samhain Ritual Saturday, Drum Circle and More!

Blessed Samhain!

Samhain falls at the time of year the light noticeably fades. At this time, we reflect on and review the past year and welcome the Celtic New Year. In this season, we also honor death as a part of the sacred circle of life and remember those who have died. We will come together to mark the end of the growing season and honor our Ancestors this Saturday, October 26th, at 7:45 pm.  Parents, please remember that grief is a part of Samhain – this ritual is recommended for ages 12 and up. Please consider whether your child will be comfortable exploring the emotions of loss and grief.

Please feel free to bring an item or items for the Ancestral/Remembrance Altar (you will get that object back). This year, we will have spaces for Ancestors, Beloved Friends, Ancestors of the Order (ascended masters, trailblazing witches – the Mighty Dead of Witchcraft), and Animal Companions.

Traditional dress for Samhain is harvest colors or dark colors (mourning dress).

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

Learn the chants we will be using at the Samhain ritual in this video.
Monday, October 28th, 6:30 pm

Dark Moon Drum Circle

Deepen into the season, connect with the rhythm and learn some new grooves with percussionist Rachel Elizabeth. The Dark Moon Drum Circle will begin with a brief workshop to help people get comfortable playing together. A drum circle is a celebration of life, community, and music-making in the moment. Please bring hand drums, shakers and other hand percussion. A few small hand drums will be available if you do not have your own. Feel free to bring snacks/drinks for yourself or to share. Dancers welcome.
Sunday, November 3rd, 1 pm

Orlog, Wyrd and Luck

We are constantly building our own fate. Who we associate with and where we come from all come into play when building our metaphysical store of energy. Our decisions open and close possibilities. Our friendships influence the path we’re on. What’s the best way to build a strong energetic framework?

Orlog, Wyrd, and Luck are important parts of Heathen spirituality. This workshop will focus on these three concepts, how they are connected, and how to positively increase their influences in your life and the lives of people you choose to spend your time with. This workshop will be led by Chris Kackley of Elk Ridge Kindred and Frederick CUUPS. Recommended donation of $10.

The next session in the Blackfeather Mystery School series is Thursday, November 7th, at 7 pm.  That session’s focus is Magickal Crafting.  Recommended donation is $10, drop-ins welcome.

Other Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 9th, 7 pm: Legends Lodge Tavern
Storytelling and myth-sharing, BYOB

Sunday, November 10th, 10 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Monthly gathering for like-minded seekers

Tuesday, November 12th, 7 pm: Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk
Movement meditation on the canvas labyrinth

Saturday, November 30th, 4 pm: ThanksGaia: Cornucopia of Community
Potluck feast and celebration with Stone Circle Council and Stone Circle Wicca