Gleichentag

The Autumn Equinox
Saturday September 12, 2015
Gathering begins at 7:00 PM
Ritual begins promptly at 7:30 PM

Please join Denton CUUPS for our Autumn Equinox celebration of the Norse festival of Gleichentag. The day when light and dark are equal and the celebration of the second harvest of the grain was a time to take stock of the year, to gather together and share food and drink with each other, the landvettir, ancestor spirits, and the gods of the harvest time. We will be holding a feast as part of the ritual, or as the Norse would have commonly called their High Day rites, a symbul or blot, where we will share food and drink amongst those here, and with all those who come in peace to join us for feasting and song.

The first part of the celebration will be outside (weather permitting, which it usually is this time of year) and the ritual feast will be inside in the RE wing. Please bring a dish to share if you wish, and a favorite poem, reading or song if you want to honor you ancestors, spirits, or deities aloud.

Children 10 and older who can participate respectfully are welcome to attend with a parent/guardian. We will have childcare available for younger children.

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

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Hermaea: A Rite of Hermes

Saturday, August 8
at the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
1111 Cordell Street – Denton, TX 76201
gathering begins at 7:00 PM, ritual begins promptly at 7:30 PM

Please join us for our celebration of the Hermaea, our reimagining of an ancient Hellenic festival in honor of Hermes, God of Travelers and Messenger of the Gods. We will tell a story of Hermes, make offerings, draw omens, and contemplate our own travels through life.

Please bring an item of food or drink for the social hour afterwards. This ritual is suitable for children 10 and up. We will have childcare available for younger children.

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

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Preparing the Way of the Gods

Later this month, polytheists from all over North America will gather in Olympia, Washington for Many Gods West, a celebration of ancient, continuous, and revived polytheist and animist traditions.

Denton CUUPS Coordinating Officer John Beckett will be presenting at this conference, but those of us in North Texas have a chance to hear his presentation first.  John will be presenting “Preparing the Way of the Gods” at the Denton UU Fellowship at 1:00 on Saturday, July 18 and everyone is invited.

Preparing the Way of the Gods

As Paganism and polytheism continue to grow, many of us feel the need for infrastructure and institutions.  We want temples, groves of oaks, paid clergy, and many of the things we see in the “big religions.”  On the other hand, some of us want nothing to do with anything that even resembles mainstream religion.

How do we make sure what we build serves our needs and the needs of those who come after us?  How do we prepare the Way of the Gods?

The presentation will run about an hour and there will be a discussion period afterward.

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

Neteru SS 2015

Egyptian Summer Solstice

Saturday, June 20
gathering begins at 7:00 PM, ritual begins promptly at 7:30 PM
at the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
1111 Cordell Street
Denton, TX 76201

Chaos rules the land,
disorder and strife have overtaken our lives,
and has for days and years and lifetimes.
— the Westcar Papyrus, 1700 BCE

As it was before, so it is again.  The ancient Egyptians had rituals to rebuild the temples and to re-establish the ways of Ma’at, the Goddess of Truth and Justice.  For our 12th annual Egyptian Summer Solstice, we will adapt these rituals to our place and time.

We will honor the Neteru, the Gods and Goddesses of ancient Egypt.  And we will commit ourselves to live in harmony with the land, with the blessed dead, and with the ways of Ma’at.

Please bring an item of food or drink to share after the ceremony. Donations of 2-3 dollars to help offset expenses will be appreciated but are not required.

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

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Beltane

Miss our Beltane ritual?  A recap is on John Beckett’s blog:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2015/05/beltane-an-inclusive-ritual-that-works.html

And pictures are on our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.893270694055004.1073741845.169263913122356&type=3

Our next ritual is our Egyptian Summer Solstice on June 20.  Here’s what we did last year:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2014/06/egyptian-summer-solstice-4.html

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Beltane – Saturday May 2

Denton CUUPS Beltane Circle

Saturday, May 2
Gathering begins at 7:00 PM
Ritual begins promptly at 7:30 PM

In the ancient Celtic lands, Beltane marked the end of Winter and the beginning of Summer. Here in North Texas, it’s our celebration of Spring in all its lusty fullness.

Please join us as we celebrate the season and honor the Gods, ancestors, and spirits of the land. We’ll dance the Maypole to weave good fortune for the coming season, and we’ll dance the Spiral Dance to energize our intentions and work our Will, as we work to protect the Land from those who would exploit it.

This will be an outdoor, family-friendly circle.

Gathering begins at 7:00 PM and the ritual begins promptly at 7:30. We’ll be outdoors for the entire ritual unless it’s raining.

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.

See you there!

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Imbolc

Nine the gifts of Brighid Bright
Nine the fire of Brighid’s Night
Nine the forges and directions named
Nine the fires of blessings gained.

Saturday, January 31
Gathering begins at 7:00 PM
Ritual begins promptly at 7:30 PM

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

The halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox has been known by many names, including Candlemas, Brighid’s Day and Groundhog Day.  We call it Imbolc, a time of rebirth and rejuvenation. It is a time to awaken from our Winter slumber, and like the burrowing animals, emerge from the darkness and sniff the air made fresh with snow.

Come join the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans as we honor Brighid and Lugh, and as we welcome the waxing light and the first signs of Spring.

This ritual is suitable for all ages.  Childcare for small children can be arranged if requested by January 24.

Please bring an item of food or drink to share after the ceremony.  Donations of a dollar or three to defray costs are welcome but not required.

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

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