High Holiday Rituals

We gather to celebrate each of the eight holidays, or Sabbats, on the Wheel of the Year, which mark the seasons of the Sun — the Solstices, Equinoxes, and points in between in European traditions. All rituals are family-friendly unless otherwise specified.

Earth Centered Spirituality Services

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel.  Our time together 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.” Please visit our calendar page to confirm the time and date of future gatherings.

Full Moon Labyrinth Walks & Divination Practice

Once a month we gather to enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon. During the warmer months in clear weather, we walk the outdoor Labyrinth at the UUCF.  During the cooler months and in wet weather, we walk an indoor canvas labyrinth in the Chapel.  A Labyrinth Walk is not a ritual with a set start and ending time.  It is an open space where you can come walk the Labyrinth in your own time.  During the latter part of of outdoor Labyrinth walks, hand drumming is welcome.

Divination practice is welcome – please feel free to bring your preferred divinatory tool (runes, tarot, ogham, etc) to practice/trade readings. Or, just stop by for a reading!

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, December 8th, 7:45 pm: Seidr Ritual

seidrSeidr is a Norse-inspired divinatory practice wherein participants can ask questions of our ancestors, our gods and goddesses, and other beings. Participants take a guided journey to the entrance to Hel (the realm of the dead), then one person (the Seidr Kona or Madr) crosses into Hel to relay answers. The Mid-Atlantic Spae Team are the special guests of Frederick CUUPS and will be offering this ritual to the community. Facebook event here.

Sunday, December 9th, 10:30 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service
This month’s Earth Service will be led by Chris and Josh.  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.

Sunday, December 23rd, 1 pm: Beginning Pagan Practices: Energy and Energy Work
Learn the basics of Pagan spiritual practices with Frederick CUUPS members. Build a strong philosophical foundation, develop your spiritual connection, learn common beliefs and practices and deepen your journey into Pagan faith. This is a beginner’s course and everyone is welcome. Each class includes a lecture portion, open Q&A, practical application exercises, and a handout. Classes run from 1 – 3 pm and meet the 4th Sunday of the month.  Recommended donation of $5/class.

f6a4f523340ff26db9b81ec40aea68e3Friday, December 28th – Sunday, December 30th: Introduction to Oracular Seidr and Spae Weekend Intensive

Open to intermediate to advanced practitioners, this three day intensive teaches Hrafnar-style Seidr.  Your Instructors will be Becky Sheehan, Irene Glasse, and Scott Mohnkern.

Training hours are 6 – 9 pm on Friday, December 28th, 10 am – 9 pm on Saturday, December 29th, and 1 pm – 6 pm on Sunday, December 30th. The price will be $150 for the weekend. This does not include housing or meals. There will be breaks provided for meals during the workshop. Snacks will be provided during the event.

Attendance will be capped at 12 attendees, and due to the significant demand, we’re asking that if you wish attend the workshop that you fill out a preliminary application for attendance at When we receive this, if you’re accepted into the workshop we’ll send you information regarding payment. We will accept Credit Cards (Mastercard and Visa) and Paypal. Payment must be made 14 days prior to the first day of the event.  We look forward to seeing your application!

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.

Blackfeather headerThursday, January 3rd, 7 – 9 pm: Blackfeather Mystery School 2019 series begins

The Blackfeather Mystery School is a foundational, full-spectrum training in Empowered Witchcraft developed by mystic witch Irene Glasse and shaman Jake Hackney. The Mystery School meets alternating Thursday nights from 7 – 9 p.m. at the UUCF.  See the full list of dates at the Facebook Event. This training is focused specifically on reducing self-sabotage while providing a solid grounding in magickal theory, dedicant practices, mysticism, ritual structure and performance, spellcasting, beginning shamanism and journeywork, and basic physical self defense. 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. No previous experience in witchcraft is needed. More advanced practitioners may find the course helpful in terms of filling ‘gaps’ in their skill sets. It is recommended that you plan to attend the full course since the sessions build on each other.  This is the inaugural run of this training form, so it is donation-based. Recommended donation of $10/session.

HEKATE_110pppSunday, January 6th, 1- 3 p.m.: Unseen Power: The Darkside of Divine Feminine

What power lies in the darkness? How have women’s roles in myth been changed over the ages in order to discredit them? This workshop will focus on the dark, feminine energies of the world and how they manifest in both nature and ourselves. We will talk about such figures as Medusa, Hekate, Nyx, and the Morrigan. New/Dark Moon Magic will also feature prominently in our discussions. Individuals of all gender orientations are welcome. This workshop is being presented by Devin Gaither and Raven Rauth. Recommended Donation: $10.  Facebook event here.

A Midwinter Night’s Dream
Masquerade Ball and Pagan Pride Day Fundraiser

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Masquerade Flyer 2019

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.  Details here.

Sunday, January 27th, 1 pm: Beginning Pagan Practices: Tools of the Trade
Learn the basics of Pagan spiritual practices with Frederick CUUPS members. Build a strong philosophical foundation, develop your spiritual connection, learn common beliefs and practices and deepen your journey into Pagan faith. This is a beginner’s course and everyone is welcome. Each class includes a lecture portion, open Q&A, practical application exercises, and a handout. Classes run from 1 – 3 pm and meet the 4th Sunday of the month.  Recommended donation of $5/class.

Monday, February 4th, 6:30 pm: Dark Moon Drum 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.

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

Sunday, March 3rd, 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.

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