Adopt-a-Spot Cleanup Postponed

The weather is unfavorable for outdoor activities today.  We might be able to get the cleanup done, or we might not, or – the big concern – we might get started and then have severe weather pop up suddenly.

We’ll reschedule for 12:45 PM on Sunday, May 4.  This is the Sunday after our Beltane circle – seeing as how it’s after noon, being out late the night before shouldn’t be a problem.

Beltane – May 3

Denton CUUPS Beltane: The Four Hallows of the Tuatha De Danann
Saturday, May 3
Gather at 7:00 PM, start promptly at 7:30

Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
1111 Cordell Street, Denton, TX 76201

The Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans invites you to join us for our Beltane circle.  We will begin with our traditional Maypole dance, then explore The Four Hallows of the Tuatha De Danann.

When the Tuatha De Danann – the children of the Goddess Danu – invaded Ireland, they brought with them the Four Hallows, four items of Otherworldly origin.  They are The Sword of Nuada – no one ever escaped from it once it was drawn, and no one could resist it; The Spear of Lugh – no battle was ever sustained against it, or against the warrior who carried it; The Cauldron of the Dagda – no company ever went away from it unsatisfied; and The Lia Fail – the stone that would cry out in the presences of the true King.

Though the Hallows are represented by objects, they are more than things.  Our ritual will explore their essence and how we can work with them to learn and grow, and to do the work of the Gods in our world.

Our circle will be outdoors unless it is raining – please dress for the weather.

Please bring an item of food or drink to share after the ceremony. As always, a donation of a dollar or three to help defray costs are appreciated, but not required.

Children 10 and older who can participate maturely and respectfully are welcome to join in.  Childcare for younger children will be available if requested by Tuesday, April 29.

Magical Theory and Practice

Magic: the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.

The classic definition of magic has stood for a hundred years because it accurately describes what magic does.  But how does magic work?  Some say it works through the intercession of gods and spirits.  Some say it works through the manipulation of unseen forces.  And others say it works through psychological programming.

In 2014, the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans will explore the nature of magic in a series of classes.  We’ll cover the theory of magic, the laws that describe how it works, and the structure of magical workings.  We’ll cover both high magic (the refinement of the soul) and low magic (spells that get stuff done).

Our primary text will be Real Magic by Isaac Bonewits.

Classes will meet in the RE Wing on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Meeting dates are:

January 15
January 29
February 12
February 26
March 12
April 2

For more information, contact John Beckett at JohnFranc@aol.com.

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2014 Circle Calendar

At our Fall Social Gathering last week, we set the circle and Adopt-a-Spot calendar for 2014.  You can always find it on the “circles and service” page under “calendar” on the main menu.

Event Day Date Time
Adopt-a-Spot cleanup Sunday December 8, 2013 12:45 PM
Winter Solstice Saturday December 21, 2013 7:00 PM
Imbolc Saturday February 1, 2014 7:00 PM
Adopt-a-Spot cleanup Sunday February 16, 2014 12:45 PM
Ostara Saturday March 22, 2014 7:00 PM
Spring Social Gathering Saturday April 5, 2014 2:00 PM
Adopt-a-Spot Cleanup Sunday April 13, 2014 12:45 PM
Beltane Saturday May 3, 2014 7:00 PM
Adopt-a-Spot cleanup Sunday June 8, 2014 8:30 AM
Summer Solstice Saturday June 21, 2014 7:00 PM
Hellenic Ritual Saturday August 2, 2014 7:00 PM
Adopt-a-Spot cleanup Sunday August 10, 2014 8:30 AM
Winter Finding Saturday September 20, 2014 7:00 PM
Adopt-a-Spot cleanup Sunday October 12, 2014 12:45 PM
Fall Social Gathering Sunday October 12, 2014 2:00 PM
Samhain Saturday November 1, 2014 7:00 PM
Adopt-a-Spot cleanup Sunday December 14, 2014 12:45 PM
Winter Solstice Saturday December 20, 2014 7:00 PM

Samhain Circle

flaming cauldronAs we celebrate the night of the final harvest festival when Celtic lore says the old year ends, please join the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans in sharing a brief moment of time outside of time to recall those who have gone before and to embrace the Otherworld.

Our Samhain Circle will be Saturday, October 26.  Gathering begins at 7:00 PM and the ritual begins promptly at 7:30 PM.  We will be outdoors unless it is raining, so please dress appropriately.

Children 12 or older who can participate with reverence are invited to attend with parents or guardians.  This celebration contains imagery that may be frightening to younger children.  Childcare will be provided if requested by Tuesday, October 22.

For questions or information, please contact John Beckett at 972-948-9211 or JohnFranc@aol.com.

Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
1111 Cordell Street
Denton, TX  76201

DIRECTIONS:  From I-35, exit US-380 (University Drive) eastbound.  Go approximately 1.8 miles east on University, then turn right (south) onto Fulton Street.  Go three blocks, turn right (west) on Cordell. DUUF is on the left, on the southwest corner of Fulton and Cordell – our illuminated sign is on the corner.

Shielding and Warding Class

pentaclefour Wednesdays, 10/9 through 10/30
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
1111 Cordell Street, Denton, TX 76201

Shielding and Warding are basic magical operations helpful to anyone following a Pagan, Wiccan or other magical path.  The theories and techniques are not complicated, but putting them into practice is best learned in a person to person setting.

The Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans is offering a four week course in Shielding and Warding.  We’ll cover basic energy work, the nature of psychic attacks and how to distinguish them from ordinary stress, basic and advanced defensive magic, and maintaining a healthy spiritual life.

The classes begin Wednesday, October 9 and run for four weeks.  Classes begin at 7:00 PM and will end by 9:00 PM.

There is no charge for these classes but donations will be gratefully accepted.  Older children who can participate maturely and respectfully are welcome to attend with parent / guardian.  We are unable to provide childcare for younger children.

For more information contact John Beckett at JohnFranc@aol.com or 972-948-9211.

DIRECTIONS:  From I-35, exit US-380 (University Drive) eastbound.  Go approximately 1.8 miles east on University, then turn right (south) onto Fulton Street.  Go three blocks, turn right (west) on Cordell. DUUF is on the left, on the southwest corner of Fulton and Cordell – our illuminated sign is on the corner.

Winter Finding – the Autumn Equinox

Saturday, September 14

Gathering begins at 7:00 PM
Ritual begins promptly at 7:30 PM

Please join the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans on Saturday, September 14 for our celebration of Winter Finding, the Autumn Equinox. We will gather at DUUF at 7:00 pm and begin promptly at 7:30 pm.  We’ll be under the stars if the weather is good (and it usually is this time of year), in the RE wing if not.

On this Autumn Equinox we bring you a harvest festival from the land of ice and snow.  Inspired by the traditions of the sea-faring Vikings, this quarter day’s celebration will gather together our community by fire and sacred sacrifice to Freyr, King of Alfheim and his noble sister Freya, Queen of the Witches.  Hail to the Day!

Children 10 and older who can participate respectfully are welcome to attend with a parent/guardian. Childcare will be provided for younger children if requested by September 10.

Please bring a dish to share for the potluck after the ceremony.  Donations of a dollar or three to defray costs are welcome but not necessary.

For questions or information, please contact John Beckett at 972-948-9211 or JohnFranc@aol.com.

Winter Finding 2013 flyer