Frederick Pagan Pride Day Wrap-Up and THANKS!

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Our donations – over 391 pounds of food!

THANK YOU to everyone who came out for the second annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day! What an amazing day! Over the course of the festival, 393 people came through the Welcome area and we raised over 391 pounds of food for the Frederick Food Bank. We are all so grateful for such an extraordinary gathering of shining souls. Photos from the day can be viewed here.

A huge thanks to the staff of Frederick Pagan Pride Day (a combination of Frederick CUUPS board members and volunteers). These incredible people choose to devote hours of their time to creating safe and sacred space for our larger community.  They stayed late on Friday to help set up, arrived just after dawn Saturday to continue the work and didn’t get home till well after sundown Saturday night.  For all those hours, all that effort, all the work that went unseen but was utterly vital to Frederick Pagan Pride Day, deep and heartfelt thanks.

Mabon Ritual with Stone Circle Wicca
Mabon Ritual with Stone Circle Wicca

Thank you also to the workshop presenters, ritual leaders and performers. The most beautiful container in the world does us no good if it is empty. We are so grateful to the members of the greater Tribe who chose to share their gifts, their wisdom, their energy and their talents with us, who filled our pop-up village with light, love, laughter and connection.

Lastly, and most importantly, to the community. Yes, YOU. Thank you for coming to Frederick Pagan Pride Day. Thank you for bringing the best of yourself, for wearing your spirituality on your sleeve, for sharing your time, energy and excitement with us. For donating so generously to our local community with your gifts of much-needed food.  You are why we do this. Thank you for coming together as one Blessed Community, one Tribe, one People.This is the symphony, the tapestry of many threads, the universe of many stars. When we shine together, we can accomplish so much. Thank you for letting us be a part of your song, your weaving, and the light you radiate.  We can’t wait till next year!

If you are interested in being a part of the 2017 Frederick Pagan Pride Day, email us at frederickpaganpride@gmail.com or join the Volunteer group on Facebook (just request to be added).

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Here Comes Pagan Pride Day!

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Frederick CUUPS’ second annual Pagan Pride Day will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 10 am to 6 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. People of all ages and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Frederick Pagan Pride Day will include information booths, workshops, live music, vendors and other activities celebrating Mabon, the Autumnal Equinox. An item of non-perishable food will be accepted as admission and donated to The Foodbank Program operated by the Frederick Community Action Agency. Last year, our very first Pagan Pride Day drew over 336 people during the course of the day and raised 331 pounds of food for The Foodbank Program.

Keynote Speaker
Mare Cromwell

marecromwellMare Cromwell is a Gaia Communicator-Priestess, empathic intuitive shamanic healer, international speaker, and multi-award-winning author. Her books include: The Great Mother Bible; Messages from Mother…. Earth Mother; and If I gave you God’s phone number…. Searching for Spirituality in America. She has studied with Native elders for nineteen years and calls Western Maryland home. Mare is also a former worm herder.

Mare will be offering her keynote address at noon at this year’s Frederick Pagan Pride Day on Saturday, September 17th.  The subject of her address is “Earth Mother, the Buddha Consciousness and the New World Coming in” and a full description can be found here.

Rituals will be offered throughout the day by different Pagan organizations: Frederick CUUPS, Stone Circle Wicca and SpiralHeart.

We recommend bringing a camp or other folding chair for attending the workshops and watching performances.  There will be water filling stations, so a water bottle is also recommended.  Remember to bring some money for our wonderful vendors, a hand drum or other percussion if you’d like to participate in the drum circle, and sunblock if you need it. Please remember that your children are your responsibility and must remain under your supervision at all times, including when they are participating in Children’s Programming events – Frederick Pagan Pride does not provide child care services.

Want to help?  Sign up to volunteer at the Facebook Group.  Just ask to join!

Autumn with Frederick CUUPS

Full Moon Labyrinth Walk
Friday, September 16th, 7:30 pm

Frederick Pagan Pride Day
Saturday, September 17th, 8 am – 6 pm

No Earth Centered Spirituality Service for September

Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, October 16th, 10:30 am

Full Moon Labyrinth Walk
Sunday, October 16th, 7 pm

Samhain Ritual
Sunday, October 30th, 7 pm

Save on Masquerade Tickets – Prices go up September 22nd!

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Masquerade Ball and Pagan Pride Day Fundraiser
Buy Tickets Here

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 (snow date of Saturday, January 28th)

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 (now taking vendor applications)
~Dancing to Music by The Dapper DJs
~Performance by Tribal Belly Dance Troupe Naimah
~Costume Contest, Raffle, Silent Auction & More

Faery and Fantasy Attire, Masks or Elaborate Makeup Encouraged
8 pm – 1 am, 21+, BYOB
No entry after 10 pm
$25 before September 22nd
$35 before October 31st
$45 before December 21st
$50 after, if any tickets remain

Purchase Tickets Here.

Preparing for Lammastide

The full bounty of the harvest season is upon us, and the first of the Pagan harvest holidays approaches.  This season, we honor the natural cycle of abundance with services, classes and events.

July Earth Centered Spirituality Service
Sunday, July 17th, 11:30 am

CORN HUSK DOLLOur Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month in the Chapel at 11:30 am (summer schedule). 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.” Join us for our July meeting (led by Irene).

This month’s Earth Service will focus around Lammas/Lughnassadh traditions. We will be making Corn Dollies during the service to bring the Spirit of the Harvest into our homes. We will provide corn husks, yarn and raffia for stuffing. Your Corn Dolly can contain almost anything – feel free to bring along any herbs, small crystals, trinkets or anything else you’d like to incorporate.  Link to Facebook event.

July Full Moon Labyrinth Walk
Tuesday, July 19th, 8:30 – 10 pm

13466405_10201817112786101_5409022108425060973_nCome enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! The labyrinth will be illuminated from 8:30 pm till 10:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Weather permitting, this will be an outdoor, drumming walk. The first hour will be a quiet walk, the second hour 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. We put out the little flickering LED tealights and keep the space open. For an in-depth article on Labyrinths and what to expect at one of our open walks, visit this linkLink to Facebook event.

Deepening Pagan Practices: Daily Practices for Living the Path
Sunday, July 24th, 1 – 3 pm

Expand your Earth-Centered Spiritual Practices with Frederick CUUPS Co-Chair Irene Glasse. Focused on aspects of Paganism that are challenging to learn from books or online sources, this class series will help you advance your spiritual practice. This is an intermediate course: a basic familiarity with Pagan practices and beliefs is recommended. Each session includes a lecture portion, open Q&A, practical application exercises, and a handout. The classes can be taken individually or as a full course.  Link to Facebook event.

Frederick CUUPS Lammas Ritual
Monday, August 1st, 7 pm

lughnasadhJoin 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. With the days growing shorter, Pagans celebrate the bounty of the Earth with the first harvests of grains. We will share a Lammas celebration (led by Chris & Irene). Potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.  Link to Facebook event.

Special Litha Offering – KELLIANNA CONCERT!

 

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Click here for a printable flyer.

KELLIANNA: A Litha Celebration Concert
Sunday, June 19th, 7 pm

Frederick CUUPS is proud to present KELLIANNA!! 

Kellianna is an American pagan artist internationally renowned for her powerful and often times explosive performance of song and chant inspired by myth, magic, sacred places and ancient times. With guitar and vocals, this storyteller brings to life the glories and sagas of the Gods and Goddesses. With frame drum and chant she honors the Earth and the Ancestors via primal drumming and stunning vocals. https://www.facebook.com/kelliannamusicpage

Frederick CUUPS has routinely used songs and chants written by Kellianna in rituals and Earth Services. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear one of the best voices in Pagan music today!

The KELLIANNA CONCERT starts at 7 pm and costs $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 12 – 18, kids 11 and under are free.  Click here for tickets.

Prior to the concert, you are welcome to join Frederick CUUPS for a FREE family-friendly Litha celebration! Litha, the Summer Solstice, falls 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. We will share a Litha celebration (led by Charles & Lora) at 5 pm. After the ritual, enjoy a potluck gathering (Please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included), then stay for the KELLIANNA CONCERT at 7 pm! 

Welcome to Frederick CUUPS!

Frederick CUUPS is an official member of the national Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS), an organization dedicated to networking Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists, educating people about Paganism, promoting interfaith dialogue, developing Pagan liturgies and theologies, and supporting Pagan-identified UU religious professionals.

We offer open, family-friendly High Holiday Rituals throughout the year, monthly Earth Centered Spirituality Services and Full Moon Labyrinth Walks.

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. Through the eight Sabbats, many contemporary Pagans attune themselves to the creative forces of the cosmos.   High Holiday rituals are held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick.

During the summer months, our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel of the UUCF. 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.”

Our monthly Full Moon Labyrinth Walks are held the night of the full moon every month.  During the warmer months, we walk the outdoor labyrinth at the UUCF.  We take our labyrinth practice indoors during cooler or inclement weather and walk on a canvas labyrinth.

Frederick CUUPS Mission Statement:

We, the Frederick CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) group of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, honor the UUA 7th principle; “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part”. We provide support to all seeking to live a life more in balance with nature by exploring the teachings and traditions of various pagan and Earth-centered religions and philosophies.

We adhere to the mission statement of UUCF, National CUUPS, and the principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We promote personal responsibility and integrity, diversity and compassion, competency and education in the pursuit of spiritual balance.

We offer our talents and abilities in service to our fellow congregants at UUCF and the greater Frederick community by providing celebrations to honor the Earth and its cycles. We seek both mirth and reverence, and we honor the Divine in many forms.