Denton CUUPS Samhain Festival

Saturday, October 29
Gather at 7:00 PM, start promptly at 7:30

Come join the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans for our 2016 Samhain Festival on Saturday October 29th. We gather at 7:00 PM and the ritual begins promptly at 7:30.

We’ll honor our ancestors and beloved dead, the Gods of our ancestors, and John Barleycorn, the embodiment of the harvest. Bring a memento of your beloved dead, a representation of a deity or several of your choice and join in the memorial ritual, as we cast the last of the harvest onto the fire and celebrate the ancient Celtic end of the year.

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.

Children who can participate maturely and respectfully are welcome to join in. We will have childcare for younger children.

For questions or information, please contact John Beckett at 972-948-9211 or JohnFranc@aol.com, or see our website at http://www.dentoncuups.org/

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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.

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Labyrinth Prep

We build our spiral labyrinth with tea candles and baby food jars.  All but a few of the jars haven’t been used since the last labyrinth four years ago, and they’ve been sitting in old cardboard boxes in a not-too-secure storage shed all that time.  They were dirty.

Samhain 2015 prep 01So we brought them home, cleaned them out, and washed them.  They’re not clean enough to put food in, but they’ll be bright and clear with a new candle in them, and there are no dry leaves or dead bugs to catch on fire when we light them.

Samhain 2015 prep 04There was an unintended blood sacrifice.  The metal base of the old tea candles is sharp if you catch it at the right angle… and I did.

See you all at Samhain on Saturday, October 31!

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Samhain – The Spiral Labyrinth

Saturday, October 31
gathering begins at 7:00 PM
ritual begins promptly at 7:30 PM

Please join the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans on Saturday, October 31 as we celebrate Samhain, the final harvest festival of the year.   We will gather at DUUF at 7:00 pm and begin promptly at 7:30 pm.

This is Samhain, the season of the Thinning of the Veil, when the ordinary world and the world of the Gods and Ancestors draw close, and perhaps, overlap. As you walk the Spiral Labyrinth, we encourage you to listen. Listen for your beloved ancestors and listen for the Gods and Goddesses of our ancestors.

In case of inclement weather, the Spiral Labyrinth will be set up in Miller Hall.

Please bring a picture or other memento for our Altar of the Ancestors. Please bring an item of food or drink to share after the ceremony.  Donations of a dollar or three to help defray expenses will be appreciated but are not required.

Children who can participate maturely and respectfully are welcome to join in.  We will have childcare for younger children.

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

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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.