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:

Monday, June 17th, 8:30 pm: June Full Moon Labyrinth Walk, Donation Energy Healing & Divination Practice

Saturday, June 22nd, 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. Our Litha celebration will be led by Irene.

This year, our ritual is focused around honoring the Land Spirits. Please bring a small container of water from your home, or gathered from a place that’s special to you. We will be combining all our waters to create a blessing for the Land Spirits. Percussionists are welcome – there are several times during the ritual (and afterward) where drumming would be great. If you would like to drum, please bring along hand percussion.

Snack/dessert potluck included, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients.

Friday, July 12th, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS July 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, July 14th, 10:30 am: July Earth-Centered Spirituality Service

Tuesday, July 16th, 8:30 pm: July Full Moon Labyrinth Walk, Donation Energy Healing & Divination Practice

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

Rejoice in the growing 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.

Saturday, August 3rd, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS Open Lammas Ritual

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Lammas Ritual! Lammas or Lughnassadh is the time of year when plants first start to drop their fruits or seeds. The bounty and fullness of Summer are in full swing, and we begin to harvest what we have sown. Around the world, cultures are celebrating the abundance around us. This family-friendly ritual is open to everyone.

Snack potluck included, please clearly LABEL all offerings with the included ingredients to allow those with dietary restrictions to make healthy choices for themselves.

Sunday, August 11th, 11:30 am: August Earth-Centered Spirituality Service

Monday, August 12th, 19th and 26th at 7 pm: An Introduction to the Runes: Messages, Magick and Mystery

Join Chris Kackley of Frederick CUUPS and Elk Ridge Kindred for a three session workshop series on learning the Runes: the ancient Norse alphabet and magickal system. This series will cover the names, associations and myths of each Rune as well as how to use Runes in magick and divination. Each session will focus on one aett – one 8 Rune set from the 24 Runes of the Elder Futhark. Classes are approximately 2 hours, recommended donation of $10 per session. Please bring a notebook and pen or pencil. If you have a set of Runes, you are welcome to bring them for reference and practice, but you do not need to own Runes to take the series.

Thursday, August 15th, 8 pm: August Full Moon Labyrinth Walk, Donation Energy Healing & Divination Practice

Friday, August 23rd, 7:45 pm: Frederick CUUPS August 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, September 8th, 10:30 am: September Earth-Centered Spirituality Service

Saturday, September 14th: The Fifth Annual Frederick, MD, Pagan Pride Day

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. 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, October 13th, 10:30 am: October Earth-Centered Spirituality Service

Sunday, October 13th, 7 pm: October Full Moon Labyrinth Walk, Donation Energy Healing & Divination Practice

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

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. 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.

Saturday, December 21st, 7:45 pm
Frederick CUUPS Open Yule Ritual

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

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

 

 

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