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:

Friday, October 4th, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS October 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.

Sunday, October 6th, 1 pm: Animism & The Godless Wild

In a world of “Which God or Goddess are You?” quizzes and aesthetic-driven deity affiliations, it can feel isolating to exist outside of the world of pantheons. In this workshop, we’ll get back to our foundational roots as beings of the Earth. We will explore the power exchange between nature and human, discuss how our lifestyles as Pagans can compliment our relationship with the Earth, and techniques for returning to our wilder, more feral selves. This workshop will include discussion, energy work, meditation, and an introduction to shapeshifting. Suggested Donation: $20

Saturday, October 26th, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS Open Samhain Ritual

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open Samhain Ritual! Samhain falls at the time of year the light noticeably fades. Pagans reflect on and review the past year and welcome the Celtic New Year. In this season, Pagans also honor death as a part of the sacred circle of life and remember those who have died. We will share a Samhain celebration (led by Irene). 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. 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.

Monday, October 28th, 6:30 pm: Frederick CUUPS October Dark Moon Drum & Dance Circle

Sunday, November 3rd, 1 pm: Oorlog, Wyrd & 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.

Saturday, November 9th, 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. Please plan to share a myth or story from your tradition (ancient and contemporary myths welcome), a song or poem, or simply speak about what a specific Deity means to you. This event is Bring-Your-Own-Beverages-And-Snacks (yes, mead is welcome). Recommended donation of $5.

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

Tuesday, November 12th, 7 pm: Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Friday, November 15th, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS November 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.

Saturday, November 30th: ThanksGaia: Cornucopia of Community

Join Stone Circle Wicca, Stone Circle Council, and Frederick CUUPS for a potluck celebration of the harvest! Please bring a dish to share (with serving utensils) at our Potluck feast. Please clearly LABEL your offering with the ingredients so food sensitivities can be easily addressed. We will gather at 4 pm for a Happy Hour with drumming and conversation, dinner is at 6 pm and the Ritual of Gratitude will be at 8 pm. Volunteers are needed for setup and cleanup. Please contact if you’d like to help.

Sunday, December 1st, 1 pm: Ogham: The Divination of the Celts

Join us for an introductory class on the Early Medieval Celtic tree-language of Ogham. This system dates to the 4th century CE and is used in contemporary practice for divination. We will focus on learning the definitions and advancing understanding of the Ogham. The seminar will also include Picks (spreads), interpretation basics, how to read Ogham in basic and circle drops, set ups and interpretations in modern and ancient methods. Taught by Frederick CUUPS acting Vice President Tamara Curry. Recommended donation of $10

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.

Saturday, February 1st, 7:45 pm, Sanctuary
Frederick CUUPS Open Imbolc Ritual

Saturday, March 21st, 7:45 pm
Frederick CUUPS Open Ostara Ritual

Saturday, May 2nd, 7:45 pm
Frederick CUUPS Open Beltane Ritual

Saturday, June 20th, 7:45 pm
Frederick CUUPS Open Litha Ritual