Upcoming Events with Frederick CUUPS
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 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.
Saturday, September 15th, 10 am – 6 pm: Frederick Pagan Pride Day (Frederick CUUPS’ Mabon offering)
Monday, September 24th, 7 pm: Full Moon Labyrinth Walk
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.
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