May Online Events with Frederick CUUPS

For the duration of Social Distancing due to Coronavirus, all Frederick CUUPS offerings are moving online!  We are primarily using Zoom, a video conferencing platform.

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom:

1 minute Introduction to Zoom:

8 minute Zoom demonstration:

Weekly Recurring Events:

Yoga for Advancing Beginners with Irene, Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 am.
Tuesday yoga Zoom link:
Friday yoga Zoom link:

Blackfeather Mystery School the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 pm.  Intermediate magickal training, drop-ins welcome.  Supplementary journey circle the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm. Zoom link:

Single Date Events/Short Series:

An Introduction to the Runes (3 Session Workshop Series)
Tuesday, April 28th, May 5th and May 12th at 7 pm
Zoom link:

Frederick CUUPS Online-Only Beltane Ritual
Saturday, May 2nd, 7 pm.
Zoom link:

Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, May 10th, 12 pm
Zoom link:

We will continue to expand our offerings to help everyone stay supported and connected at this time.  If you are interested in helping by offering a workshop, class, ceremony or facilitated/hosted gathering, I would love to hear from you.  We’d like to support fiber arts groups, study groups, even just wine-and-conversation groups.  We just need people willing to lead and organize them. If that’s you, please drop us a line.

Stay connected with Frederick CUUPS: Robust online gathering schedule announced

Good afternoon my friends,

The Frederick Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (Frederick CUUPS or FCUUPS) is based in Frederick, Maryland.  As our fellow Maryland residents are already well aware, the need for physical distancing between people has brought our state to a standstill.  As of a couple hours ago, all nonessential businesses in the state are closing.  Other than a handful of first responder and vital service workers, many if not most of us are at home.

This situation is challenging, scary and unpredictable, but we do not need to walk through this upheaval alone.   If you have an internet connection, or even just a phone, you can stay connected to community.

The board of Frederick CUUPS is offering a dense programming schedule for the remainder of the month of March and the entire month of April.  We are offering a minimum of one online group gathering each week and weekend.  All online gatherings welcome donations but do not require them.  What we most wish is to keep each other connected, safe, sane and loved during this time.  Please feel free to attend any or all of our offerings whether you can make a donation or not.

We are using two primary platforms for online offerings – Zoom videoconferencing and Facebook livestreaming.  Below is a list of our upcoming activities (which may expand further).  All our offerings are open to everyone, not just members of the Frederick CUUPS community.


Weekly Recurring Events:

A Cup of Tea with Heliotrope. Mondays at 2 pm. Unstructured social time/discussion.

Yoga for Advancing Beginners with Irene, Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 am.

Wednesday Night Book Club with TJ, Wednesdays at 7 pm.  The first book is Margot Adler’s ‘Drawing Down the Moon.’  TJ will read a section then facilitate a discussion/reflection period.

Blackfeather Mystery School the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 pm.  Intermediate magickal training, drop-ins welcome.  Supplementary journey circle the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm.


Single Date Events:

Friday, March 27th, 7 pm: Legends Lodge Tavern. Open mic myth and story sharing.

Friday, April 3rd, 7 pm: Stitch-n-Witch. Unstructured crafting gathering.

Saturday, April 4th, 1 pm: Forging the Shield Workshop.   Advanced metaphysical/energetic shielding techniques with Jake.

Tuesday, April 7th, 7:30 pm: Intention Setting Full Moon Ritual with Irene.

Sunday, April 12th, 12 pm: Earth Centered Spirituality Service with Raven

Wednesday, April 15th, 7 pm: Introduction to Tarot Journaling with Heather.  Improve your connection to your divinatory system.

Saturday, April 18th, 1 pm: Introduction to Heathenry with the Gothi of Elk Ridge Kindred, Chris Kackley.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 7 pm: An Earth Day offering with Lora Powell-Haney.  Details coming soon.

Saturday, April 25th, 1 pm: Ogham: The Divination of the Celts with Tamara.  An introduction to the divination system of the ancient Celtic tree language.

We will continue to expand our offerings to help everyone stay supported and connected at this time.  If you are interested in helping by offering a workshop, class, ceremony or facilitated/hosted gathering, I would love to hear from you.  We’d like to support fiber arts groups, study groups, even just wine-and-conversation groups.  We just need people willing to lead and organize them. If that’s you, please drop us a line.

We will get through this, my friends.  Remember, we are the descendants of the ones who survived.  Our Ancestors walk with us, our beautiful green earth holds us, and our strength as a diverse, inclusive community was meant for times like these.  Our blood is strong, and so are we. See you soon.

With great love,

Irene Glasse
FCUUPS Acting President


Offerings till 4/1 Moving to Virtual Gatherings

In response to the Coronavirus, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is advising UU congregations to cancel gatherings of 25 people or larger. The UUA is also encouraging us to make cancellations sooner rather than later to avoid a rapid spread of this disease.

Therefore, there will be no in-person Frederick CUUPS offerings now through April 1st.  We will reevaluate at that time to see what the best path forward is. We are closely observing the evolving information regarding the Coronavirus and will continue to make plans to support the safety of our community.

Our upcoming gatherings and classes will be moving to an online platform.  We will be using Zoom, YouTube and our Facebook page as outlets for live-streaming and virtual gatherings. Links will be posted on all our media and event listings prior to each event.

We are grateful for your patience with us as we learn new ways to connect, deepen and come together in this changing environment. As a community service organization, our compassion for and connection to each other is at the heart of everything Frederick CUUPS does.  Please stay in touch and help take care of each other.  If you have not joined our closed Facebook group, here’s a link to request to be added.  Let’s continue to check in, share and extend grace and compassion to each other and our wider community during this time.  Together, we can overcome anything.

May you be well,

Irene Glasse
Frederick CUUPS Acting President



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