All Frederick CUUPS events through 2019 now updated

Upcoming Events with Frederick CUUPS

Sunday, July 8th, 11:30 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service
This month’s Earth Service will be led by Irene and Raven.  Facebook event here.

Friday, July 27th, 8:30 pm: Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Saturday, August 4th, 7:45 pm: 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. This family-friendly ritual is open to everyone and will be led by Kim.  Facebook event here.

Friday, August 10th, 6 pm: Dark Moon Drum Circle
Shake off the summer heat, 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.  Facebook event here.

Sunday, August 12th, 11:30 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service
This month’s Earth Service will be led by Irene, Tamara and Channa.  Facebook event here.

Sunday, August 26th, 8 pm: Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Friday, August 31st, 7:45 pm: Hela Blót (Heathen Ceremony)
Elk Ridge Kindred is a small, local group who practice the Norse traditions of Heathenry. On August 31st, they will be hosting a blót (pronounced blōt), which is a traditional way of toasting and honoring Deity and our ancestors. For this event we will honor the Goddess of the underworld and caretaker of the ancestors, Hela. While open to the public, space is limited so we are asking that people make reservations by emailing us at ElkRidgeKindred(at)gmail(dot)com if you wish to attend. Ritual will be held at the UUCF and begins promptly at 7:45pm.  Facebook event here.

Sunday, September 9th, 10:30 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service
This month’s Earth Service will be led by Irene and Josh. Facebook event here.

Saturday, September 15th, 10 am – 6 pm: Frederick Pagan Pride Day (Frederick CUUPS’ Mabon offering)

Monday, September 24th, 7 pm: Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Sunday, October 14th, 10:30 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service
This month’s Earth Service will be led by Irene, Robyn & Raven.  Facebook event here.

Wednesday, October 24th, 6:30 pm: Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Saturday, November 10th, 7:45 pm: Samhain Ritual
Join Frederick CUUPS for an open Samhain Ritual! Samhain falls at the time of year the light noticeably fades. Pagans reflect on and review the past year and welcome the Celtic New Year. In this season, Pagans also honor death as a part of the sacred circle of life and remember those who have died. We will share a Samhain celebration (led by Irene). 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. 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.  Facebook event here.

Sunday, November 11th, 10:30 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service
This month’s Earth Service will be led by Irene and Tamara.  Facebook event here.

Sunday, December 9th, 10:30 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service
This month’s Earth Service will be led by Chris and Josh.  Facebook event here.

Saturday, December 22nd, 7:45 pm: Yule Ritual
Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Yule Ritual! Yule, the Winter Solstice, falls on the shortest day and longest night of the year. Pagans welcome the rebirth of the Sun with feasting, dancing, music and festivities. Decorations include wreaths, boughs of holly, mistletoe, evergreens, and lots of lights. We will share a Yule celebration. Snack/dessert potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included. Facebook event here.

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, 7 – 9 pm: New Year’s Day Purification Ritual
Enter 2019 from a centered place of peace. Release the energies of the last year, and set a harmonious tone for the year to come. Sacred Space will be held from 7 to 9 pm in the Sanctuary of the UUCF.

Attendees are invited to move through the Elements, releasing the shadows of 2018 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 walk to the center of the Labyrinth 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 7 to 9 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 8 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.  Facebook event here.

There are no Labyrinth Walks in November and December due to calendar conflicts

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Litha Ritual This Saturday!

Blessed Litha! 

At the Summer Solstice, we celebrate the bounty of summer, and the power of the sun.  Frederick CUUPS will honor the longest day of the year with a family-friendly ritual.

Frederick CUUPS Litha Ritual (Facebook Event Page)
Saturday, June 23rd, 7:45 pm

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Litha Ritual! Hand drummers are needed during the ritual – please bring a percussion instrument if you would like to help out. There will be a snack/dessert potluck after the ritual – please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included. 

Summer Rituals & Gatherings

Wednesday, July 27th, 7 – 9 pm
Frederick CUUPS Open Board Meeting
(Facebook Event)

Are you interested in becoming more involved with CUUPS? Join us for our bi-yearly board meeting and learn more about how CUUPS operates and ways you can get involved. During this meeting, we will plan out our Earth Service, Ritual and Event Schedule for the next 6 months. Interested in helping with or leading an Earth Service or Ritual? This meeting is when those plans are made. Also, you do not have to be a member of the UUCF to be a part of CUUPS, although many of us are 🙂

Thursday, June 28th, 8:45 – 10 pm
Full Moon Labyrinth Walk & Divination Practice with Potluck

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! Weather permitting, this will be an outdoor, drumming walk. 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 at the latest to allow enough time for your walk. 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.

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 7:30 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/2012/10/25/an-introduction-to-labyrinth-walking/

Sunday, July 8th, 11:30 am
Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel at 11:30 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.” Join us for our July meeting.