Frederick Covenant of UU Pagans
We are 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.
Earth-centered Spirituality Service
Our Earth-centered Spirituality Group meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel. 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."
CUUPS Rituals ("Covenant of UU Pagans")
At CUUPS 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. Through the eight Sabbats, many contemporary Pagans attune themselves to the creative forces of the Cosmos. All rituals are family-friendly unless otherwise specified. The holidays we celebrate are:
- Samhain or Halloween (October 31) - This is 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.
- Yule, the Winter Solstice (December 20-23) - This is 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.
- Imbolc or Candlemas (February 2) - This is the time to celebrate 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.
- Ostara the Spring Equinox (March 19-21) - On the first day of Spring, when day and night are balanced, Pagans honor that balance and seek it within while rejoicing in the stirrings of life in Nature.
- Beltane or May Day (May 1) This is the day for dancing around maypoles in honor of the fertility of the Earth made possible by the increased warmth of the Sun.
- Litha, the Summer Solstice (June 19-23) - 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.
- Lammas or Lughnasad (August 1) - This 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.
- Mabon, the Autumn Equinox (September 21-24) - Again the days and nights are of equal length and Pagans acknowledge the balance. This inaugurates a season of preparation and the transition from the ease of summer to the colder tasks of winter.
- Beltane: Saturday, May 3, 2014: World Labyrinth Day Celebration & Beltane Ritual
9 am: Walking In Spirit: An Introduction to Labyrinth Walking: The Labyrinth is an ancient symbol of transformation, spirituality and connection. Join Irene for an informative and moving Labyrinth workshop. Peacefully walking the Labyrinth can be a helpful spiritual tool to quiet the mind, open the heart, and bring new clarity. Discover the history of the Labyrinth, the different techniques and approaches to Labyrinth walks and how to incorporate this incredible tool for growth into your life. Workshop includes a facilitated Labyrinth walk.
11 am: Creating Your Own Outdoor Temporary Labyrinth: Would you like to include a Labyrinth as part of an event, or simply be able to add one to your yard quickly and easily? Learn to create a walkable, outdoor Classical or Seed-pattern Labyrinth in temporary, inexpensive supplies.
Noon – Lunch Break
2 pm: The Healing Labyrinth: Releasing Burdens with Sacred Sound: The Labyrinth is an ancient symbol of transformation, spirituality and connection. One of its most potent uses is as a way to release--to let go of pain, frustration, anger, apathy and feelings of being stuck in a bad situation. This workshop will help attendees work through their burdens in a healthy, constructive way. The workshop will include a facilitated walk featuring the use of rattles and chimes to help us Release that which does not serve and Receive healing and renewal.
4 pm: Open Labyrinth Walk: Experience the differences in patterns and location with a special Open Labyrinth Walk. Three Labyrinths will be available for walking – the contemporary Labyrinth outside in the Labyrinth Courtyard, the Canvas Rainbow Labyrinth (Classical pattern) indoors in the Chapel, and a Classical Labyrinth in temporary materials outside on the church grounds. Compare and contrast the reflections that arise and energies you experience on different Labyrinths. All three Labyrinths will have a facilitator present.
6 pm – Dinner Break:
8 pm: Open Beltane Ritual and Maypole Dance: Honor the Turning of the Wheel with Frederick CUUPS at our annual Beltane Ritual and Maypole Dance led by Irene Jericho! Family-friendly and open to everyone. Drums, rattles and other percussion instruments are welcome, as are contributions toward a potluck feast afterward.
9 pm: Drum Circle and Outdoor Labyrinth Walk: Stay for a Beltane drum circle in the Labyrinth courtyard and experience the jubilant energy of a Labyrinth walk set to hand drumming.
- Litha-Saturday, June 21st
Please visit our calendar page to confirm the time and date of future gatherings.
UUCF 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.
For More Information
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