Events

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 (11:30 during the summer).  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, Donation Energy Healing & 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.

Donation energy healing is available. Divination practice is welcome – please feel free to bring your preferred divinatory tool (runes, tarot, ogham, etc) to practice/trade readings.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, December 8th, 10:30 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Thursday, December 12th, 7 pm: Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Saturday, December 21st, 7 pm: Frederick CUUPS Open Yule Feast (Potluck)

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Yule Feast! 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 centered around feasting and community. Please bring a dish to share at our Potluck feast. Please clearly LABEL your offering with the ingredients. An opening ritual and blessing will begin our celebration.

Wednesday, January 1st, 5 – 8 pm: Frederick CUUPS New Years Day Purification Ritual

Enter 2020 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 5 to 8 pm in the Sanctuary of the UUCF.

Attendees are invited to move through the Elements, releasing the shadows of 2019 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 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 5 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.

Friday, January 10th, 7 pm: Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk, Donation Energy Healing, 

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

Saturday, January 18th, 8 pm: The 4th Annual Midwinter Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball

Saturday, January 25th, 7 pm: Legends Lodge Tavern
Join us for an evening of myth and community at Legends Lodge! The Lodge is a place to gather with friends for the sharing of stories from our faith paths. You’re welcome to come to listen or to share! If you would like to tell a story, please plan to share a myth or tale from your tradition (ancient and contemporary myths welcome), a song or poem, or simply speak about what a specific Deity means to you. Please plan to speak for no more than 10 minutes. This event is Bring-Your-Own-Beverages-And-Snacks (yes, mead is welcome). Recommended donation of $5. Also, if you have large floor cushions or pillows and don’t mind them being used, please bring them along. We make a big cushy nest as one of the seating options (along with tables and chairs). This evening is the snow date for the Midwinter Ball. If the ball has to be moved due to inclement weather, this event will be canceled.

Saturday, February 1st, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS Open Imbolc Ritual
Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Imbolc Ritual! This is the time to honor the growing daylight. Pagans celebrate with candles and fire to symbolize the renewing power of the Sun’s illumination in Nature and new beginnings in ourselves. We will share an Imbolc celebration. Potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.

Sunday, February 9th, 10:30 am: February Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Sunday, February 9th, 7 pm: February Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk, Donation Energy Healing

Monday, February 24th, 6:30 pm: February Dark Moon Drum Circle
Come together with community, connect with the rhythm and learn some new grooves with percussionist Rachel Elizabeth. 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.

Saturday, February 29th, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS February Open Blót (Heathen Ceremony)
Frederick CUUPS and Elk Ridge Kindred invite you to experience a Heathen blót (pronounced blōt), a traditional way of toasting and honoring Deity and our ancestors. Elk Ridge Kindred is a small, inclusive local group who practice the Norse traditions of Heathenry.

Sunday, March 8th, 10:30 am: March Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Monday, March 9th, 7 pm: March Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk, Donation Energy Healing

Saturday, March 21st, 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.

Monday, March 23rd, 6:30 pm: March Dark Moon Drum Circle

Friday, March 27th, 7 pm: Legends Lodge Tavern

Tuesday, April 7th, 7:30 pm: April Indoor OR Outdoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk, Donation Energy Healing

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

Saturday, May 2nd, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS Open Beltane Ritual
Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Beltane Ritual! Beltane, or May Day, is the day for dancing around maypoles in honor of the fertility of the Earth made possible by the increased warmth of the Sun. We will share a Beltane celebration including a Maypole Dance. Please feel free to bring hand percussion if you would like to play drums during the dance or afterward. Potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.

Thursday, May 7th, 8 pm: May Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

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

Monday, May 25th, 6:30 pm: May Dark Moon Drum Circle

Saturday, May 20th, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS May Open Blót (Heathen Ceremony)
Frederick CUUPS and Elk Ridge Kindred invite you to experience a Heathen blót (pronounced blōt), a traditional way of toasting and honoring Deity and our ancestors. Elk Ridge Kindred is a small, inclusive local group who practice the Norse traditions of Heathenry.

Friday, June 5th, 8:30 pm: June Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Sunday, June 14th, 11:30 am: June Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Saturday, June 20th, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS Open Litha Ritual
Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Litha Ritual! On the longest day of the year, with the Sun at its highest point in the sky, Pagans rejoice in the Sun’s life-giving warmth and ability to make things grow. Snack/dessert potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL contributions with their ingredients. Recommended donation $5.

Saturday, August 1st, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS Lammas Ritual.

Saturday, October 24th, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS Samhain Ritual.

Saturday, December 19th, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS Yule Ritual

Friday, January 1st, 5 pm: New Year’s Day Purification Ritual

 

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