August Events with Frederick CUUPS

For the duration of Social Distancing due to Coronavirus, all Frederick CUUPS offerings are moving online!  As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to impact our ability to gather in person, we are offering a dense programming schedule for the summer months. This situation is challenging, scary and unpredictable, but we do not need to walk through this upheaval alone. If you have an internet connection, or even just a phone, you can stay connected to community.

We are hosting a minimum of two gatherings each week. All online gatherings welcome donations but do not require them. What we most wish is to keep each other connected, safe, sane, and loved during this time. Please feel free to attend any or all of our offerings whether you can make a donation or not.

All our offerings are open to everyone, not just members of the Frederick CUUPS community. All times listed are in Eastern.

We are using Zoom, a video conferencing platform.

Single Date Events/Short Series:

Frederick CUUPS Online-Only Lughnasadh Ritual
Saturday, August 1st, 7 PM
Join Frederick CUUPS for an open, family-friendly Lughnasadh Ritual! At this time, we joyously celebrate the abundant harvest and make an offering to the land, the sun, and the spirits.

For this ritual, you will need:

~a piece of food you can cut or break, or separate a piece of, and a knife if you need one to cut the food.
~We recommend bread, or a small bowl of berries, for the symbolism, but it can be anything so long as you can take part away from the whole.
~A comfortable space for visualization

We will be using Zoom, a video conferencing platform, to celebrate together. YOU NEED TO BE LOGGED INTO YOUR ZOOM ACCOUNT TO JOIN THE MEETING. Accounts are free and take only a couple minutes to set up. If you do not have stable internet connectivity in your area, using the call-in function for audio only can be more accessible. Facebook Event. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84122157468

 

Full Moon Divination Circle
Monday, August 3rd, 7 pm

Join Heather and the Frederick CUUPS Community on Full Moon nights at 7 PM Eastern for a Divination Circle! This facilitated open discussion circle is an opportunity for the FCUUPS community to meet up and exchange ideas and techniques surrounding the different types of divination we all use.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/725120178271227/
Email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link.

 

Introduction to Hellenic Polytheism
Tuesday, July 28th, 7 PM
Wednesday, August 5th, 7 PM

Join Suz and members of the Frederick CUUPS community for a fun and informative trip through ancient Greece to meet the Gods who inspired some of mankind’s greatest myths, and explore your own traditional or utterly eclectic method of meeting and worshipping them.
Facebook event
Email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link

 

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

The monthly Earth Service 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.” This month’s Earth Service is led by Raven and will focus on creating Corn Dollies. Please have ready:

EITHER:
Corn dolly supplies:
Dried corn husks (tamales wrappers)
thread or string (in warm seasonal colors if you like)
scissors
a large bowl of water (for soaking the wrappers)
a dish towel or paper towels (for drying the wrappers)

OR:
Paper ‘Corn’ dolly option:
Paper cut into strips length wise ( about 4-5)
string or yarn (in seasonal colors if you choose)
scissors

Facebook link. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88577366199

 

From Hearth to Hall: Heathen Practices for the Everyday
Wednesday, August 12th, 7 PM

Join Chris of Elk Ridge Kindred and members of Frederick CUUPS on Wednesday, August 12th, at 7 PM Eastern for a workshop on everyday Heathenry.

This class will demonstrate foundations for building a daily practice as a Heathen. We will cover personal solitary practices, Hearth practices for the home, starting or joining a group, and some common ritual forms used in Heathenry.

This class will be presented on Zoom. Please email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link. Facebook event here.

 

Dark Moon Mourning and Passageway Ritual
Tuesday, August 18th, 7 PM

Join Suz Thackston and members of the Frederick CUUPS community in a Dark Moon ritual to honor the souls lost to COVID-19, the grief of those who remain, and support the transition of the newly dead to the Afterlife.
 
On the dark of the moon we gather together to honor the souls of those who have succumbed to the shafts of Apollon Smintheos and Arrow-Pouring Artemis. We gather to hold space for the grief of the living who are learning to move forward without their loved ones. We gather to support the transition of newly dead to their status as ancestors, spirits, and states of being we do not yet comprehend. And we gather to petition Persephone to open wide her gates and her gleaming arms to accept her children into her embrace and welcome them home.
 
Feel free to participate in this ritual to the degree that your circumstances allow.
 
For the full Monty please gather:
 
~ a vessel of lustration water which will be purified and used to cleanse you and your space
~ a libation vessel containing water, milk, honey or olive oil (no wine, please) and a receiving vessel into which the opening and closing libations will be poured
~ barley and a bowl in which to fling it (assuming you’re not outside or don’t want to sweep it up afterwards)
~ matches (or a lighter and small twig)
~ asperger (a small bundle of herbs used to sprinkle the lustration water)- mint, rosemary and basil are all good choices
~ a chalice of water which will be used to transform the grief and fear of the dead to peace and comfort for the living
~ a representation of the bereaved families (such as bread, seeds or stones, in a bowl, it will be covered with water).
 
Because this is a kthonic ritual, that is a ritual performed on behalf of the dead and dedicated to Underworld Gods, the libations and offerings will not be shared with you, all will go to the Gods and the dead.
 
If you’d like to read a hymn to Hekate, Hermes, Persephone, Apollon or the beloved dead, please let Suz know in the comments. You can read something of your choice or she can give it to you.

Facebook event
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83732003795

 

Developing Relationships with Northern European Gods
Wednesday, August 26th, 7 PM

Join author, rune reader, and teacher Scott Mohnkern for a fascinating workshop exploring forming relationships with Northern European Gods.

Finding yourself drawn to the gods and goddesses of the north? Ever wondered how heathens relate to their gods and goddesses? Or maybe you’re just curious about what the phrases “Thorsson,” “lokisdauter,” “profession,” or what it means when someone says they are “married to” a god or goddess of the north.

In this discussion we’ll sit down and talk about the unique nature of the Northern European Deities, and developing relationships with them.

Facebook Event Link. This class will be presented on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81004837539?pwd=YlZnOTFoZzRDcDNyR1dxbTl6OUVqdz09

Weekly Recurring Events:

Paganism and Wicca 101
Mondays at 7 pm through September 14th – 10 week series

Join Alythia of the Ash and members of the Frederick CUUPS community for this fascinating 10 week series. This is a class series for seekers who are new to paganism and/or witchcraft or who are looking for more formal instruction after a period of self-directed learning. Develop the basic tools and understanding that will allow you to take your next steps on your spiritual path with greater confidence and insight. This series includes history and traditions, some theologies common to paganism, influences and related practices, observances and holidays, etiquette and ethics, pantheons and Elements, magickal tools and much more.  Drop-ins will need to be cleared by Alythia. If you would like to drop in after the series has begun, please email her at webwitch(at)knottedash(dot)org
Facebook event
Email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link

 

Yoga with Irene
Mondays at 8 am
Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 am

Yoga for Advancing Beginners is Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 am.  Yoga for Intermediate Practice is Mondays at 8 AM.

Facebook event
Email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link
A collection of previous classes is available here

 

Stitch-N-Witch with Eira
The 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 3 PM

Grab your yarn and knitting needles, your crochet hooks or embroidery, your paints or markers or WHATEVER you like to craft with and join the Stitch-n-Witch. Hosted by Eira on Zoom, this group meets the second Monday of the month at 3 PM Eastern.
Facebook event
Email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link

 

Blackfeather Mystery School
The 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 PM

Intermediate magickal training, drop-ins welcome. Supplementary journey circle the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 pm.
Facebook event
Email CUUPS@frederickuu.org for the Zoom link.

Online-Only Ostara Ritual Tonight

Join Frederick CUUPS for an online-only streaming Ostara Ritual! We will be focusing on drawing the blessing of Springtime into our hearths and homes.

For the ritual, please have ready:

A small bowl of water
Candles and a lighter or matches (if desired/possible)

This ritual will include a Pathworking (guided meditation). If you find that food helps you ground, you might consider having snacks nearby for after the ritual.

We will be using Zoom, a video conferencing platform, to celebrate together. If you do not have stable internet connectivity in your area, using the call-in function for audio only can be more accessible.

If you have not used Zoom before, you should watch:

1-minute “Introduction to Zoom”
https://youtu.be/vFhAEoCF7jg

8-minute “Zoom Demonstration”.
https://vimeo.com/397678793

Here is the Zoom link for our Ostara Ritual:

https://uuma.zoom.us/j/761854533

Meeting ID: 761 854 533

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New Years Day Purification Ritual, Masquerade Ball Ticket Giveaway

A New Year Begins!

The board of Frederick CUUPS wishes you and yours a gentle, centered entry into the new calendar year.  To help support a new solar cycle, every year we offer the New Year’s Day Purification Ritual.  It is one of our most beautiful and most highly attended rituals every year.  On Wednesday, January 1st, 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.  This ritual is held in silence and includes written prompts.  As a result, we recommend this ritual for ages 12 and up. Child care is available for younger children.

 Masquerade Ball Ticket Giveaway!

Saturday, January 18th, 7 pm – Midnight

The 4th Annual Midwinter Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball is coming up!  Our annual fundraiser supports all Frederick CUUPS events as well as the annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day.  We offer an incredible night of dancing to music by the Dapper DJ’s, a Winter Faery Market featuring incredible vendors, a performance by Tribal Belly Dance Troupe Amandari, a costume contest and so much more.  In honor of the New Year, we are offering a ticket giveaway.  Hop onto Facebook and visit this post to enter to win.  Not sure what to wear?  Here are some photos from last year to inspire you.  Tickets are on sale now.  Get yours here.

Other Upcoming Events

Friday, January 10th, 7 – 8:30 pm
Indoor Full Moon Labyrinth Walk & Donation Energy Healing

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! 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 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: https://pinkpaganpriestess.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/an-introduction-to-labyrinth-walking/

Donation energy healing will be available. 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!

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

Sunday, January 12th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
January Earth Centered Spirituality Service

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel. During the cooler months, we meet at 10:30 am. 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.”

Sunday, January 25th, 7 – 10 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. You’re welcome to come to listen or to share! If you would like to tell a story, please plan to share a myth or tale from your tradition (ancient and contemporary myths welcome), a song or poem, or simply speak about what a specific Deity means to you. Please plan to speak for no more than 10 minutes. 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 make a big cushy nest as one of the seating options (along with tables and chairs).

Blackfeather Mystery School ~ Rook Course 2020

Begins Thursday, February 6th, at 7 pm

The Blackfeather Mystery School is a full-spectrum training in Empowered Witchcraft developed by mystic witch Irene Glasse and shaman Jake Hackney. The 2020 series is the Rook level, an intermediate training. This training is focused specifically on developing relationships with the Ancestors, Gods and Spirits, Shamanic healing techniques, Pagan Pastoral Counseling, Shadow Work, Journeywork and Remediation (Hex/Curse Breaking, Ancestral Paradox healing, Space Clearing, etc). This Mystery School is a synthesis and outgrowth of more than 20 years in the art and practice of witchcraft and threads the needle between the structure of Traditional Witchcraft and the freedom of Mysticism. A basic grounding in witchcraft and meditation/journeywork is recommended. More advanced practitioners may find the course helpful in terms of filling ‘gaps’ in their skill sets. This series is drop-in-able.

This is the inaugural run of this training level, so it is donation-based. Recommended donation of $10/session. Blackfeather Mystery School meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting in February of 2020.

 

Imbolc Ritual and February Events

Join us for our Open Imbolc Ritual this Saturday, February 2nd, at 7:45 pm.  Our theme is the cultivation of hope.   Participants are encouraged to wear white or light-colored clothing, hand drummers needed. Our Imbolc celebration will be led by Irene. Snack/dessert potluck to follow, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included. Recommended donation of $5.

Learn the chants we’ll be using at the ritual in the video below.

Monday, February 4th, 6:30 pm: Dark Moon Drum and Dance Circle

Shake off the winter blues, 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.

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

Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Chapel at 10:30 am. 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 February meeting (led by Irene & Robyn).

Tuesday, February 19th, 6 pm: February Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! The labyrinth will be illuminated from 6 – 8 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. Recommended donation $5.

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