October Events With Frederick CUUPS!

The Wheel turns and October is upon us! This month contains a fusion of in person and streaming programming as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic. Please join us as we stay connected and come together to honor the Earth, Gods, Ancestors, and Wheel of the Year.

October Dark Moon Drum Circle
Saturday, October 2nd, 6 – 8 PM

Come together with community, connect with the rhythm and learn some new grooves with percussionist Strix from Kindred Crow. 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.

Dancers welcome, fire spinning welcome if you bring your own Safety.

Mask Guidelines: if you are vaccinated and we are outdoors, you can wear a mask or not as you like. If you are not vaccinated you must wear a mask. All people over age 2 must be masked when inside the building. 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. On days when the weather is nice, we will practice outside beneath the willow tree so that masks can be optional. If we are indoors, they must be worn correctly over both mouth and nose. 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.

In person classes for October: October 5th, October 19th, October 26th

Zoom classes for October: October 1st, October 15th, October 22nd, October 29th

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. Zoom link here. Class is currently available on Zoom only.

Thursday, October 7th, 7 PM: Dark Moon Ritual
Thursday, October 21st, 7 PM: Past Life Reconciliation II

October Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Saturday, October 10th, 12 PM

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.”

Although we had hoped to return to in-person Earth Services, the rise of the Delta variant has caused us to reconsider. This month’s Earth Service will be on Zoom. Here’s the Zoom link. If it asks for a passcode, please use: 536567.

Recommended donation of $5. Facebook event here.

October Labyrinth Cleanup
Friday, October 22nd, 5 – 7 PM

Our Labyrinth will be used as part of the Samhain ritual on Saturday, September 23rd, which means it’s time to tidy it up! 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. If you are vaccinated, you can wear a mask or not as you choose. If you are not vaccinated, you must wear a mask.

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.

Open Samhain Ritual: An Underworld Journey
Saturday, October 23rd, arrive between 7:30 and 8:30 PM

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open outdoor Samhain Ritual! Samhain falls at the time of year when the light noticeably fades. We honor death as a part of the sacred circle of life and honor our loved ones who have crossed the Veil.

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 group ritual structure. Your journey will take you around the grounds of the UUCF. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes – the path will be uneven in places. We will hold the space open from 7:30 to 9 pm, and you should expect to spend somewhere between a half hour to an hour on your journey. Please arrive no later than 8:30 to begin your journey.

Participants each need to bring one small bag with them – a drawstring fabric pouch large enough to hold a handful of coins is recommended.

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.

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

Recommended donation is $5. Facebook event here.

Samhain Service with Frederick CUUPS
Sunday, October 31st, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

In person and on Zoom

Join Frederick CUUPS for a special Samhain Service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. Explore the history, meaning, and resonance of the Final Harvest with members of the Frederick CUUPS community. Music will be provided by members of Kindred Crow.

If you plan to attend in person, please bring about a foot of ribbon with you in a color you like. We will also have ribbons available at the UUCF. If you are joining us on Zoom, please have that ribbon available to you during the service.

This service will take place in person as well as on Zoom. Visit www.FrederickUU.org for the Zoom link. Facebook event here.


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