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 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel, 10:30 am starting in September.  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:

Wednesday, October 24th, 6:30 pm: Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Sunday, October 28th, 1 pm: Beginning Pagan Practices: What is Paganism?
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.

SunPagan Manday, November 4th, 1 pm: Archetypes for Pagan Men with special guest Rath Cobv

Many pagan men have a call to become the very best versions of themselves. In an era of toxic masculinity and paternalism, our Gods have much to teach us about how we may move through the world in a strong nurturing way, with full recognition that what that looks like for one of us, may not apply to all.

We will cover archetypes of pagan deities, discuss common challenges we face as pagan men, and deepen our understandings of how our Gods may help us achieve our birthright. We will share ritual space devoted to our connection to the Divine Masculine.

All male identified persons over the age of 13 are welcomed with open arms in a spirit of brotherhood. Due to some of the subject matter, our brothers under the age of 18 will need a suitable family figure to vouch for them.

Suggested donation of $20 to cover expenses, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. “To his friend a man should bear him as friend / and gift for gift bestow” – Havamal 42

About your instructor, Rath Cobv:

Rath has been called a druid by druids, a heathen by heathens, and a witch by witches. He is the High Priest of the Coven of the Black Vulture, based in Alexandria Virginia. He has led public rituals for Fertile Ground Gathering, Moonfire CUUPS, and open sabbats at Sacred Circle Bookshop. He has taught publicly at Shenandoah Midsummer, Fertile Ground Gathering, the Firefly Housewarming, Moonfire CUUPS, Northern Virginia Pagan Pride Day, Northern Virginia Pagan Moot, Hallowed Homecoming Samhain Retreat, and Frederick Pagan Pride Day.

Saturday, November 10th, 7:45 pm: 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.  Facebook event here.

Sunday, November 11th, 10:30 am: Earth Centered Spirituality Service
This month’s Earth Service will be led by Irene and Tamara.  Facebook event here.

Sunday, November 25th, 1 pm: Beginning Pagan Practices: Crafting the Pagan Soul
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.

amazing-animal-beautiful-beautifullSunday, December 2nd, 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Introduction to Shamanism

Come meet Jake Hackney for an introduction into the healing arts of Primal Shamanism.

Covered in this class will be:

1. Basic history of Shamanism
2. Shamanism as a way of life
3. The modern day Shaman

Activities will include:

1. Bare awareness- an exercise in energy immersion.
2. Your first steps- A 5 minute shamanic journey.
3. Meeting the primal- A powerful guided meditation to put you in touch with your inner primal spirit.

This class is designed as a way to allow students the opportunity to experience first hand the possibilities that reside within the ancient practices of Shamanism. It is our sincere hope to help stoke the fires of imagination and self-healing within all who are interested. Please, join us on this evening and allow Jake to guide you on your first step toward claiming your inner power!  Recommended donation: $15  Facebook event here.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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