Photos from the Midwinter Masquerade Ball

The 4th Annual Midwinter Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball is our annual gala and fundraiser. We are so grateful to everyone who joined us for the event!

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!

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

May Events with Frederick CUUPS

Sunday, May 12th, 10:30 am: May Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel 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.” Join us for our May meeting (led by Rachel & Raven).

Friday, May 17th, 6 pm: May Labyrinth Cleanup

Please help us get the Labyrinth ready for the full moon Labyrinth walk on Saturday, May 18th. With several people, this goes very quickly. We need to mow and clear off the bricks so that they are fully visible. The best tool for doing so is a string trimmer or weed wacker. We have a couple, but if you have one please bring one.

Saturday, May 18th, 8:30 pm: May Full Moon Labyrinth Walk & Releasing Fire

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. This labyrinth walk will include a central fire for your use – you can release what does not serve, charge objects for sacred use, scry, or just enjoy the flames. 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 to allow enough time for your walk. Recommended donation $5

April Events with Frederick CUUPS

Sunday, April 7th, 1 pm: Introduction to Heathenry

Heathens are Pagans that follow the ancient Norse pantheon. Norse beliefs were widespread throughout the Scandinavian countries of northern Europe, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, the Mediterranean, and even North America.

This workshop will cover the basics of the modern belief structure known as Heathenry. You will learn a basic overview of Heathen Cosmology, Gods, and ritual practice. This will in turn allow you to delve further into this spiritual practice with a good understanding of “what to do” and “what not to do.”

No prior knowledge of Heathen beliefs or practices is necessary. This workshop will be led by Chris Kackley.  Recommended donation: $10.  Facebook event here.

Friday, April 12th, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS April Open Blót (Heathen Ceremony)

Elk Ridge Kindred is a small, local group who practice the Norse
traditions of Heathenry. Join Frederick CUUPS for a blót (pronounced
blōt), which is a traditional way of toasting and honoring Deity and
our ancestors. While open to the public, space is limited so we are
asking that people make reservations by emailing
ElkRidgeKindred@gmail.com if you wish to attend.

Sunday, April 14th, 10:30 am: April Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel 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.” Join us for our April meeting (led by Channa & Heather).

Thursday, April 18th, 6 pm: Spring Labyrinth Cleanup

Time to get the Labyrinth ready for outdoor walks! Please bring garden tools to help clear off and tidy the labyrinth courtyard. The best tool for clearing the bricks is a string trimmer – please bring one if you have it.

Friday, April 18th, 8 pm: April Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

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 to allow enough time for your walk. Recommended donation $5.

Monday, April 29th, 6:30 pm: Frederick CUUPS April Dark Moon Drum & Dance Circle

Dance and drum your way into Spring energy, 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.

Intro to Heathenry Workshop Rescheduled

Good morning, all!  Today’s Introduction to Heathenry workshop has been rescheduled due to inclement weather.  The workshop will now take place on Sunday, April 7th, at 1 pm.

Here are the upcoming March Frederick CUUPS Events:

Sunday, March 10th, 10:30 am: March Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel 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.” Join us for our March meeting (led by Channa & Robyn).

Wednesday, March 20th, 7:30 pm: March Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Special Ostara Full Moon! Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with us. Enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! The labyrinth will be illuminated from 7:30 – 9:30 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.  Recommended donation of $5.

Friday, March 22nd, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS Open Ostara Ritual

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Ostara Ritual! 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. We will share an Ostara celebration. Snack/dessert potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.

Sunday, March 24th, 1 pm: Beginning Pagan Practices: Pagan Paths

Imbolc Ritual and February Events

Join us for our Open Imbolc Ritual this Saturday, February 2nd, at 7:45 pm.  Our theme is the cultivation of hope.   Participants are encouraged to wear white or light-colored clothing, hand drummers needed. Our Imbolc celebration will be led by Irene. Snack/dessert potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included. Recommended donation of $5.

Learn the chants we’ll be using at the ritual in the video below.

Monday, February 4th, 6:30 pm: Dark Moon Drum and Dance Circle

Shake off the winter blues, 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, February 10th, 10:30 am: February Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel 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.” Join us for our February meeting (led by Irene & Robyn).

Tuesday, February 19th, 6 pm: February Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! The labyrinth will be illuminated from 6 – 8 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. Recommended donation $5.

Sunday, February 24th, 1 pm: Beginning Pagan Practices: Protective and Defensive Magick