January Events with Frederick CUUPS

New Year’s Day Purification Ritual
Sunday, January 1st, 6 – 8 PM
At the UUCF

Enter 2023 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 6 to 8 pm in the Sanctuary of the UUCF.

Attendees are invited to move through the Elements, releasing the shadows of 2022 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 reflection and 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 6 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. Silence is held for the duration of the ritual, so please use your judgement about appropriateness for children. Child care is available, and will conclude at 8 pm, so please make sure to arrive by 7 at the very latest if you wish to use it.

Masks are recommended for this ritual – current disease transmission rates in our region are very high.

Recommended donation of $5. Facebook event here.

January Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk
Friday, January 6th, 7 PM
At the UUCF

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! The labyrinth will be illuminated from 7 – 9 pm. 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 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.

Divination practice is welcome – please feel free to bring your preferred divinatory tool (runes, tarot, ogham, etc) to practice/trade readings. The FCUUPS Library will be open for browsing.

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

January Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, January 8th, 12 PM
At the UUCF

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.”
Recommended donation of $5. Please either bring cash to the Earth Service or donate online.

To donate, visit http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

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Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FCUUPS” in the memo box. Facebook event here.

Reclaiming the Gift of Sacred Movement
Second Sunday of the Month at 1:30 PM
At the UUCF with Renee Skipper

Join Renee for a deep dive into learning to love and appreciate what our changing bodies can do. The Sacred Movement series meets the second Sunday of the month at 1:30 PM.

Welcoming to all, focused on the differently-abled, aging, or traumatized body. We’ll start with a discussion of how to get out of the boxes we paint ourselves into, remove the ideas of what a dancer or sacred movement “should” look like and discuss the power movement has for healing and energy building. The second half of the class we’ll put that into practice as we experiment with movement and what that looks and feels like for us as individuals.

Renee was once a classically trained dancer with dreams of choreographing on Broadway. Several disabling events compounded to remove that dream and leave her with a body she no longer loved or recognized. After leaving an abusive marriage, she started to feel drawn back to her love of dance but felt she no longer could move in the way she once did. Experimentation in what she could do led to relearning, reclaiming and loving her body for all it has done for her. Unfortunately she quickly learned that yoga and dance classes in the area that advertised “being for everyone” did not mean her. She then made it her mission to become RYT certified in trauma-informed yoga for disabilities. She combines her knowledge of dance with her certification in yoga to create a unique and confidence building experience that truly is for EVERY body.

$10 Recommended Donation. Facebook event here.

Vision Board Party
Sunday, January 8th, 2:30 PM
At the UUCF Chapel

Join Sage for a new year’s Vision Board Party! A vision board is a collage of images, pictures, and affirmations of one’s dreams and desires, designed to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation. The image objects are arranged in a way to help you manifest your goals or vision. You create a board out of craft items, magazine clippings, and other miscellaneous items. At the end of the activity, it may feel like magic.

We will go over the steps to creating the vision board. Then we will create the board using magazine clippings, or the images that people wish to bring. After the work is done we will cast a spell to help solidify our goals/desires for the new year.

Please bring a posterboard or other canvas that you’d like to use as well as any images you’d like to include. If you have magazines, glue, and scissors to contribute to the party, that would be wonderful as well.

The event will conclude with an optional divinatory reading. If you’d like to participate in that part, please bring your Tarot or Oracle deck, Runes or other divinatory tool.

Recommended donation $5. Facebook event here.

January Open Blót (Heathen Ceremony)
Sunday, January 8th, 6 PM
At the UUCF

Join Elk Ridge Kindred for a blót (pronounced blōt), which is a traditional way of toasting and honoring Deity and our ancestors. Elk Ridge Kindred is a small local group who practice the Norse traditions of Heathenry. While open to the public, blóts require supplies, so we are asking that people make reservations by emailing ElkRidgeKindred(at)gmail(dot)com if you wish to attend.
Please bring your own horn or ritual cup, donations of mead/other libations are welcome. Due to current transmission rates, masks are recommended for this ceremony.

Our January blót is in honor of Sunna, Norse goddess of the Sun.

Elk Ridge Kindred practices #inclusiveheathenry and seeks to foster openness and inclusivity both individually and through our religious practices. Facebook event here.

Donation Yoga for Advancing Beginners
Mondays at 1 PM
, resuming January 9th
At the UUCF

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/booster). At this time, masks are optional. 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.

Goal Setting and Planning Series
Mondays at 7 PM: January 9th, 16th, and 23rd
On Zoom

Learn how to dream big and make it happen. Join Nae for a three session goal setting and planning series!

We’ll discuss how to set goals and then break them down into achievable chunks.

Workshop topics include:
~ Creating a vision of things you want to achieve, create or bring to your life
~ Learning how to break those things into smaller actionable steps
~ Creating a planner that breaks your goals into Quarter, Month, Week and Day

This workshop is great for any type of goal setting. We can adjust it for financial, career, spiritual, family, household, education, mental and/or physical health, etc. Whatever your goals are, this workshop will help you get your big ideas out of the dream space and set them on the road to reality. We’ll also follow up at the end of the quarter to see how you’re doing, look at what worked and what didn’t, and then how to plan for the next quarter based on what you discovered and accomplished in the first quarter.

This workshop will be on Zoom. Please email fcuups(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link. Facebook event here.

Recommended donation for class is $10/session. To donate, visit http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

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Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FC – goals” in the memo box.

Shadow Work Circle with Renee Skipper
The 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 PM: 11/8, 12/13, 1/10

in the UUCF Chapel

Join Renee and others who are doing their own Shadow Work this winter in a safe space for sharing and learning from each other. We will meet once a month over the dark time of the year in a facilitated but not heavily structured meeting. Come prepared to discuss your own work or just to listen and be in community.

If you are new to shadow work and would like to learn more, Renee is also offering a 2 part beginners workshop on November 9 & 16 at The Center. Sound. Mind. Body. in Frederick. Information on the workshop is available on Renee’s website Wellnessreforged.com.

Recommended donation of $5/session. Facebook event here.

Latin I Language Course
Tuesdays at 7 PM from January 17th to April 11th
On Zoom

Salvete! Latin: the language of the Romans and spread throughout the ancient world. Yet it was still used in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and well into modern times. The book we are using is “Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I Familia Romana,” which is entirely in Latin and uses the natural method of learning vocabulary and grammar through context. It encourages learning Latin as a living language rather than throwing complex texts at you. This course assumes no previous knowledge of Latin, but welcomes those who want a refresher.

This course meets Tuesday nights at 7 PM on Zoom, January 17th – April 11th. Classes will be recorded and shared for those who miss a session. The Zoom link for the class is included in your course registration.

The course fee is $30. Register here. Facebook event.

Meeting Brigid Workshop
Wednesday, January 18th, 7 PM
At the UUCF and on Zoom

As we approach Imolg, join resident Celtic scholar Jack in a workshop designed to introduce you to the goddess Brigid, goddess of poetry, forge, and healing– among other things.
Bring a candle and a lighter if you can.

This workshop will be presented in person at the UUCF and concurrently on Zoom. Please email fcuups(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link.

Recommended donation for class is $10.
To make a donation for the class, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

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Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FC – Brigid” in the memo box. Facebook event here.

Blackfeather Mystery School: Raven Training
Third and Fourth Thursdays

At the UUCF, Fourth Thursdays on Zoom

Blackfeather Mystery School is a full-spectrum training in Empowered Witchcraft developed by mystic witch Irene Glasse and spiritworker Caine Dreamwalker. The 2022 in-person series is Raven level, an advanced training. Prerequisites include experience journeying and cultivating spirit allies, a good understanding of the fundamentals of witchcraft and experience with spellcraft, and a willingness to practice class content outside the classroom.

Raven training is focused specifically on developing healing skills including soul retrieval and extractions; clergy work including ritual arts, conflict resolution, and pastoral counseling; advanced divination and more.

To sign up, please subscribe to the mailing list at this form.

This is the inaugural run of this training level, so it is donation-based. Recommended donation of $10/session. Blackfeather Mystery School meets in person at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick on the third Thursday of the month and on Zoom the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 PM starting in September of 2022. This series is drop-in-able for advanced practitioners interested in a particular area of study.

To make a donation for class, either bring cash to the in-person sessions or go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

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A Midwinter Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball and Pagan Pride Day Fundraiser
Saturday, January 21st, 7 PM – 12 AM (Snow date of January 28th)
At the UUCF

The 2023 Masquerade Ball is now SOLD OUT. There will be no door sales. Refunds for existing tickets are possible til January 20th through Eventbrite.

Join Frederick CUUPS for a Masquerade Ball as we dance into the night with the Winter Court of Faerie, rulers of the dark season! Please come in a wintry costume as we revel and celebrate the darkest time of the year with the Good Folk of the Winter Court.

Attractions include:

~Winter Faery Market

~Dancing to Music by The Dapper DJs

~Performance by Amandari Dance Company

~Costume Contest: Best Group, best Unseelie Court faery, best Seelie Court faery, best Winter Faery, best Couple

Faery and Fantasy Attire, Masks or Elaborate Makeup Encouraged

7 pm – 12 am, 21+, BYOB

No entry after 10 pm

We will be offering a table again for a Boozy Drinks Potluck. This was a big hit last year. Please only frequent the Potluck table if you brought a drink to share.

More information here.

Crystals 101 Workshop
Sunday, January 29th, 12:30 PM
At the UUCF and on Zoom

Crystals have been used and appreciated throughout all cultures, religions, and empires. Crystals (and stones) are used as sacred magical tools which can be used to help in healing, spells, rituals or making charms.

Crystals are an easy, accessible, and fun way to enhance your magical practice. We will cover the basics of healing crystals (types, shapes, selecting, and clearing/charging). Then we will cover using your crystal for different magical/deviation practices. Finally, we will cover a few crystal correspondences (there are many). There will be short optional exercises during the workshop.

This workshop will be led by Sage Moon. Recommended donation of $5. Please email FCUUPS(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link. Facebook event here.


Frederick CUUPS Yule Ritual Chants & Information

Chants and Information for our open Yule Ritual on Saturday, December 17th, at 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick.

Things to bring:

Hand drums if you’d like to support the drum bench

Masks are recommended for this ritual

A cup and something you’d like to drink

Warm layers for the Yule log portion of the ritual (outdoors).

Optional activity/item: A wrapped used magical item for the gift exchange. No books or services – physical items only. There are two categories with tables for each: $10 – $30 value, and over $30 value. There is also a free-to-a-good-home table. If you place an item on the free table and it is still there when you leave, you *must* take it with you.

The chants:

Fire of Creation by Abigail Spinner McBride. 

It starts very quietly

It starts with a spark

It starts in the center

It starts with your heart

Candle Flame by Katherine Savery Gray

Candle flame and firelight

Keep us warm on the longest night

Light the fires burn them bright

Help us welcome back the light

​Call the sun and call the moon

Call the dance and call the tune

Keep the fire burning bright

Let our voices call the light