Events

FCUUPS Kids Meeting the Ancestors
Sunday, October 2nd, 2 PM

At the UUCF

With the turn of the wheel closer to Samhain we will spend this meeting working towards our ancestors badge. Discussion will include the various types of ancestors we have. Children will be encouraged to research an ancestor of any type and bring something representing that ancestor to our upcoming ritual. We will also discuss the upcoming ritual and how different people in our community practice on Samhain. Adults are encouraged to stay for ages 7 and up, 6 and younger will need a grown up with them. Parents of older kids are welcome to stay and gather in their own community elsewhere on the property if interested.

FCUUPS Kids offers scouting from a pagan perspective. As we move forward, we will create our own badges and learn about the many paths that make up our community. We will follow all COVID guidelines set by UUCF and Frederick county regarding masking and indoor/outdoor activities. FCUUPS kids is fully inclusive for k-highschool. Facebook event here.


Old Norse Language Course
Mondays at 7 PM, August 22nd – November 28th

At the UUCF

Join us in learning the language of the Norse Sagas and Eddas, known as Old Norse or Old Icelandic. We will read runic inscriptions as well as fragments of the sagas and Eddas. Learn the original pronunciation and grammar with exercises and practice every week.

The text needed for this class series is
Viking Language 1: Learn Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas (Viking Language Series) by Jesse L. Byock. It is available in both hardcopy and kindle edition here.

Notes on pronunciation and cognates are here.

Recommended donation of $5.

To make a donation for the class, go to:

http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FC – Old Norse” in the memo box.


Donation Yoga for Advancing Beginners
Tuesdays from 10 – 11 AM (no class October 11th)

One of the best ways we can stay resilient and healthy is to exercise and cultivate mindfulness. These donation classes with E-RYT 200 Irene Glasse are open to individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks past their last vaccination). At this time, masks are optional. An Advancing Beginners class is most accessible to people who have some basic familiarity with yoga and are able to comfortably take low lunge (lunge with one foot forward and the back knee touching the mat), tabletop, warrior two and other foundational yoga poses. Previous classes can be viewed here.

October Labyrinth Clean-up
Wednesday, October 5th, 6 PM

At the UUCF

Our October outdoor Labyrinth walk is Friday, October 7th, which means it’s time to tidy up the Labyrinth! If you would like to help, please join us. This service to the community is not glamorous, but it is absolutely vital. With four volunteers, it only takes an hour to do.

Remember to wear clothes you can get dirty in and sunblock/bug spray if you need it 🙂

The most effective way to clear the stones of the Labyrinth is with a string trimmer. If you have one you can bring along, that would be awesome. We also have a few that are available for use. Spades and shears can also be useful for tidying the beds in the Labyrinth courtyard and clearing dirt where it’s piled up on the stones of the Labyrinth. Facebook event here.


October Full Moon Labyrinth Walk & Drum Circle
Friday, October 7th, 7 PM

At the UUCF

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! If the weather is good, this will be an outdoor, drumming walk. In the event of rain, we take our labyrinth practice indoors, into the Chapel and our canvas labyrinth.

The first half hour will be a quiet walk, the remainder drumming, so feel free to bring hand drums and other percussion instruments.

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 8 pm to allow enough time for your walk. For an in-depth article on Labyrinths and what to expect at one of our open walks, visit this link.

Recommended donation of $5. Please help support Labyrinth Walks at the UUCF. Facebook event here.


October Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, October 9th, 12 PM

At the UUCF

Join members of the Frederick CUUPS community for our monthly Earth Centered Spirituality Service. 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.”

Recommended donation of $5. Please either bring cash to the Earth Service or donate online.

To donate, visit http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FCUUPS” in the memo box. Facebook event here.


Blackfeather Mystery School: Raven Training
Third and Fourth Thursdays

At the UUCF, Fourth Thursdays on Zoom

Blackfeather Mystery School is a full-spectrum training in Empowered Witchcraft developed by mystic witch Irene Glasse and spiritworker Caine Dreamwalker. The 2022 in-person series is Raven level, an advanced training. Prerequisites include experience journeying and cultivating spirit allies, a good understanding of the fundamentals of witchcraft and experience with spellcraft, and a willingness to practice class content outside the classroom.

Raven training is focused specifically on developing healing skills including soul retrieval and extractions; clergy work including ritual arts, conflict resolution, and pastoral counseling; advanced divination and more.

To sign up, please subscribe to the mailing list at this form.

This is the inaugural run of this training level, so it is donation-based. Recommended donation of $10/session. Blackfeather Mystery School meets in person at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick on the third Thursday of the month and on Zoom the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 PM starting in September of 2022. This series is drop-in-able for advanced practitioners interested in a particular area of study.

To make a donation for class, either bring cash to the in-person sessions or go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “Blackfeather” in the memo box.


Samhain Ritual: An Underworld Journey
Saturday, October 22nd, 7:30 – 9 PM

At the UUCF

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open outdoor Samhain Ritual! Samhain falls at the time of year when the light noticeably fades. We honor death as a part of the sacred circle of life and honor our loved ones who have crossed the Veil.

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 group ritual structure. Your journey will take you around the grounds of the UUCF. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes – the path will be uneven in places. We will hold the space open from 7:30 to 9 pm, and you should expect to spend somewhere between a half hour to an hour on your journey. Please arrive no later than 8:30 to begin your journey.

Participants each need to bring one small bag with them – a drawstring fabric pouch large enough to hold a handful of coins is recommended.

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.

Traditional dress for Samhain is harvest colors or dark colors (mourning dress).
Recommended donation $5, Facebook event here.


Grave Concerns: Conversations About End-of-Life Preparation and Death
The Last Saturday of the Month at 4 PM

At the UUCF

The gods await you in the afterlife with open arms, but what will you leave behind? How will you prepare? Grave Concerns is an informal forum in which people are welcome to have these conversations. Grave Concerns meets the last Saturday of the month at 4 PM. Upcoming sessions:

October 29th (Zoom meeting – email FCUUPS(at)gmail(dot)com for the link), November 26th, December 31st

Demystifying and removing barriers and fears from end of life preparation is the goal for these chats. Resources for End of Life planning will be on hand. Light refreshments will be available in the style of an afternoon tea. Wear your best pointy hats and join us for Grave Conversations.

Recommended donation: $5

To make a donation for Grave Concerns, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FC – Grave” in the memo box. Facebook event here.


FCUUPS Kids Family Potluck & Grown-ups Game Night
Saturday, November 12th 6 PM

At the UUCF

Join FCUUPS Kids for a family potluck (sign up genius will be available soon to avoid a whole meal of cookies 😸) and games.

We will all eat together. After the potluck, the children will move to their own space with childcare provided by donation. They are welcome to bring their own games to share and come in their PJs for a fun night with friends.

Grown ups are encouraged to bring a card or board game to share. Depending on the number of players and games available, we’ll determine what to play once we get there. We’ll have the space to have multiple games going at once if we have enough players.

BYOB is welcome in moderation. Please remember this is an all ages family event.

FCUUPS Kids offers scouting from a pagan perspective. As we move forward, we will create our own badges and learn about the many paths that make up our community. We will follow all COVID guidelines set by UUCF and Frederick county regarding masking and indoor/outdoor activities. FCUUPS kids is fully inclusive for k-highschool.

Facebook event here.


November Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, November 13th, 12 PM

At the UUCF Chapel

Join members of the Frederick CUUPS community for our monthly Earth Centered Spirituality Service. 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.”
Recommended donation of $5. Please either bring cash to the Earth Service or donate online.

To donate, visit http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FCUUPS” in the memo box. Facebook event here.


Legends Lodge
Saturday, November 19th, 7 PM

At the UUCF

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. You’re also welcome to simply listen and enjoy the stories. 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’re hoping to make a big cushy nest as one of the seating options (along with tables and chairs).


FCUUPS Kids Monthly Meeting
Sunday, November 20th, 2 PM

At the UUCF

Join Frederick CUUPS Kids for the monthly meeting! Our second elemental badge will be air. We will explore how to call the element, its associated direction and properties in practice. We will continue to grow our book of shadows by learning ways to use Air in our own practices, divination and energy work. Adults are encouraged to stay for ages 7 and up, 6 and younger will need a grown up with them. Parents of older kids are welcome to stay and gather in their own community elsewhere on the property if interested.

FCUUPS Kids offers scouting from a pagan perspective. As we move forward, we will create our own badges and learn about the many paths that make up our community. We will follow all COVID guidelines set by UUCF and Frederick county regarding masking and indoor/outdoor activities. FCUUPS kids is fully inclusive for k-highschool. Facebook event here.


December Family Legends Lodge
Saturday, December 3rd, 6 PM

At the UUCF

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. This Legends Lodge is being jointly hosted with Frederick CUUPS Kids, our Pagan scouting program. Families are encouraged to wear their comfiest jammies, bring a pillow, blanket and maybe even a stuffy that loves stories as much as we do. This event will be open to the whole CUUPS community with children or families with a tale to tell given priority in the sign up. Legends and stories should be all-ages appropriate, preferably dealing with winter or winter holidays and can be told in under 5-10 minutes. We will provide hot cocoa and encourage families to bring goodies (with ingredients) to share. Children will be earning their Legends Badge by being in attendance. Email frederickcuupskids@gmail.com to sign up for a story telling spot and let us know what your story will be (so we don’t have repeats!).

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’re hoping to make a big cushy nest as one of the seating options (along with tables and chairs).

FCUUPS Kids offers scouting from a pagan perspective. As we move forward, we will create our own badges and learn about the many paths that make up our community. We will follow all COVID guidelines set by UUCF and Frederick county regarding masking and indoor/outdoor activities. FCUUPS kids is fully inclusive for k-highschool. Facebook event here.


December Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk
Friday, December 9th, 7 PM

At the UUCF

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! The labyrinth will be illuminated from 7 – 9 pm. Everyone is welcome. During the cooler months, we take our Labyrinth practice indoors, and will be walking the Rainbow Seed Labyrinth, a canvas Classical-pattern Labyrinth. Please remember clean socks or slippers to walk the Labyrinth in. 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 7:30 pm to allow enough time for your walk. For an in-depth article on Labyrinths and what to expect at one of our open walks, visit this link.

Divination practice is welcome – please feel free to bring your preferred divinatory tool (runes, tarot, ogham, etc) to practice/trade readings. The FCUUPS Library will be open for browsing.
Recommended donation of $5. Please help support Labyrinth Walks at the UUCF. Facebook event here.


December Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, December 11th, 12 PM
At the UUCF

Join members of the Frederick CUUPS community for our monthly Earth Centered Spirituality Service. 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.”
Recommended donation of $5. Please either bring cash to the Earth Service or donate online.

To donate, visit http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FCUUPS” in the memo box. Facebook event here.


Frederick CUUPS Yule Ritual
Saturday, December 17th, 7 PM
At the UUCF

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.

Snack/dessert potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included. $5 Recommended donation. Facebook event here.


New Year’s Day Purification Ritual
Sunday, January 1st, 6 – 8 PM
At the UUCF

Enter 2023 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 6 to 8 pm in the Sanctuary of the UUCF.

Attendees are invited to move through the Elements, releasing the shadows of 2022 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 reflection and 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 6 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. Silence is held for the duration of the ritual, so please use your judgement about appropriateness for children. A Children’s Ritual is available at the same time that is not dependent on silence 🙂 The Children’s Ritual is drop-off only, and will conclude at 8 pm, so please make sure to arrive by 7 at the very latest if you wish to take advantage of the Children’s Ritual.

Recommended donation of $5. Facebook event here.


January Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk
Friday, January 6th, 7 PM
At the UUCF

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! The labyrinth will be illuminated from 7 – 9 pm. Everyone is welcome. During the cooler months, we take our Labyrinth practice indoors, and will be walking the Rainbow Seed Labyrinth, a canvas Classical-pattern Labyrinth. Please remember clean socks or slippers to walk the Labyrinth in. 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 7:30 pm to allow enough time for your walk. For an in-depth article on Labyrinths and what to expect at one of our open walks, visit this link.

Divination practice is welcome – please feel free to bring your preferred divinatory tool (runes, tarot, ogham, etc) to practice/trade readings. The FCUUPS Library will be open for browsing.

Recommended donation of $5. Please help support Labyrinth Walks at the UUCF. Facebook event here.


January Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, January 8th, 12 PM
At the UUCF

Join members of the Frederick CUUPS community for our monthly Earth Centered Spirituality Service. 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.”
Recommended donation of $5. Please either bring cash to the Earth Service or donate online.

To donate, visit http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FCUUPS” in the memo box. Facebook event here.


January Legends Lodge
Friday, January 13th, 7 PM
At the UUCF

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. You’re also welcome to simply listen and enjoy the stories. 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’re hoping to make a big cushy nest as one of the seating options (along with tables and chairs). Facebook event here.


FCUUPS Kids Family Potluck & Grown-ups Game Night
Saturday, January 14th, 6 PM
At the UUCF

Join FCUUPS Kids for a family potluck (sign up genius will be available soon to avoid a whole meal of cookies 😸) and games.

We will all eat together. After the potluck, the children will move to their own space with childcare provided by donation. They are welcome to bring their own games to share and come in their PJs for a fun night with friends.

Grown ups are encouraged to bring a card or board game to share. Depending on the number of players and games available, we’ll determine what to play once we get there. We’ll have the space to have multiple games going at once if we have enough players.

BYOB is welcome in moderation. Please remember this is an all ages family event.

FCUUPS Kids offers scouting from a pagan perspective. As we move forward, we will create our own badges and learn about the many paths that make up our community. We will follow all COVID guidelines set by UUCF and Frederick county regarding masking and indoor/outdoor activities. FCUUPS kids is fully inclusive for k-highschool.

Facebook event here.


Meeting Brigid Workshop
Wednesday, January 18th, 7 PM
At the UUCF and on Zoom

As we approach Imolg, join resident Celtic scholar Jack in a workshop designed to introduce you to the goddess Brigid, goddess of poetry, forge, and healing– among other things.
Bring a candle and a lighter if you can.

This workshop will be presented in person at the UUCF and concurrently on Zoom. Please email fcuups(at)gmail(dot)com for the Zoom link.

Recommended donation for class is $10.
To make a donation for the class, go to: http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FC – Brigid” in the memo box. Facebook event here.

A Midwinter Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball and Pagan Pride Day Fundraiser
Saturday, January 21st, 7 PM – 12 AM (Snow date of January 28th)
At the UUCF

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.

Attractions include:

~Winter Faery Market

~Dancing to Music by The Dapper DJs

~Performance by Amandari Dance Company

~Costume Contest: Best Group, best Unseelie Court faery, best Seelie Court faery, best Winter Faery, best Couple

Faery and Fantasy Attire, Masks or Elaborate Makeup Encouraged

7 pm – 12 am, 21+, BYOB

No entry after 10 pm

We will be offering a table again for a Boozy Drinks Potluck. This was a big hit last year. Please only frequent the Potluck table if you brought a drink to share.

Tickets (only 200 available total):

$35 until August 1st

$40 until September 22nd

$45 until October 31st

$50 until December 21st

$55 until the Masquerade if any remain

Refunds available until January 20th

Our COVID-19 Policy will be determined when we get closer to the date. However, it is safe to assume that vaccination will be required. More information here.


Frederick CUUPS Imbolc Ritual
Saturday, February 4th, 7 PM
At the UUCF

Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Imbolc Ritual! This is the time to savor 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. Facebook event here.


February Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, February 12th, 12 PM
At the UUCF

Join members of the Frederick CUUPS community for our monthly Earth Centered Spirituality Service. 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.”

Recommended donation of $5. Please either bring cash to the Earth Service or donate online.

To donate, visit http://www.frederickuu.org/about/Support_UUCF

Click: To Donate Click Here

Scroll down to Adult Spiritual Enrichment. Type in your donation amount, then write “FCUUPS” in the memo box. Facebook event here.


February Legends Lodge
Friday, February 17th, 7 PM
At the UUCF

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. You’re also welcome to simply listen and enjoy the stories. 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’re hoping to make a big cushy nest as one of the seating options (along with tables and chairs). Facebook event here.


Feast of the Bear
Saturday, February 25th, 7 PM
At the UUCF

Join us for a Bear Feast: an open community ritual honoring the spirit of the bear and the source of our food! Inspired by some of the oldest evidence of human religion, this ritual will include a mock bear hunt and a delicious potluck feast! Please a dish to share (label it with the ingredients included), and join us in a feast to honor the Bear and the sacred cycle of life and death!

If you would like to participate in the mock hunt, remember to bring a warm outer layer and wear sturdy shoes.

Recommended donation $5. Facebook event here.