August News

Thanks to those who attended the August 5 monthly meeting! Here are the notes if you missed it.  The next meeting is Sept 2 at NOON in Room 1. 

Thanks also to those who came to the August Kemetic Ritual.  The next one is Mabon on Sept 22. Please being a non-perishable donation for the food bank or the pet food bank.  Mabon ritual is our annual food drive one. Let’s make it a bountiful harvest!


Erzulie Freda Altar

This month’s photo is from the 2018 Fall Moon Circle Block 2 Facebook group by Thornbird Burroughs-McCagren.  It is a home altar devoted to Erzulie Freda.

Thornbird says, “I travel a great deal between my home here since moving to Orlando and my home in New Orleans. I am glad to get this chance to interact and get to know local people in The UU community. I am also so happy and shocked to see the (moon circle) block starting with Erzulie Freda. Being from New Orleans with creole voodoo in my blood she is my met tet. It makes me smile to see her being celebrated here! ”

If you want to share what lights your  spirit up email your photo to and tell us about it!



First Unitarian Church of Orlando tries to do an annual “Volunteer Opportunity Fiesta” during coffee hour where new members and existing members have a chance to see the active groups and figure out where they want to volunteer, join, share their time for the church program year.

Mystic Grove was tabling with all the other 1U groups at today’s Opportunity Fiesta. We do it one more time next Sunday Aug 26th.

If your UU congregation isn’t doing something like this, perhaps it is something to consider to help church members engage and help groups be more visible. We’re pretty visible as the pagan group because we do classes, rituals and more. But it helps the “invisible” teams like Audio/Visual, pulpit flowers, buildings and grounds committee, and so on that do a lot of “behind the scenes” work have their chance to come out too.


2018 Mabon Retreat Brochure Thumbnail 200wWe are having the Mabon Retreat — a special event that happens every 5 years or so.  You can download the brochure here.  Sign up  for early birdie registration on Aug 26 at our table at the Opportunity Fiesta.


Registration for the new July – Dec block is full for “in person” students!   We have space in the “Facebook Lite” discussion group  version of the class for distance learners.

We continue our study of various deities and esbat celebrations based on Gathering for Goddess by B. Melusine Mihaltses.  .

Looking ahead to the Jan-June 2019 block, we have two new Moon Circle teachers! Welcome Michael and Christi!


On August 17 we explored beginner acrylic painting and did two dandelion designs.  If you want to try them at home, these Art Sherpa tutorials and many more are at available on YouTube!

Are you interested in hosting a craft circle in Spring semester? Tell us your idea!



Movies are on summer break.  Do you have something you want to see? Email us!


Mystic Grove and Orlando Pagan Pride Day Committee are  co-hosting Pagan Pride 2018 on Sept 29th at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando! If you want to help out simply show up to any of these events.  Many hands make light work!

Aug 26, 2018 Pagan Pride Committee Planning Meeting
Sept 7, 2018 Craft Circle – Packing Pagan Pride Give Away Beads
Sept 27, 2018 Pagan Pride Baking Day
Sept 28, 2018 Pagan Pride Set Up Day & Volunteer Orientation
Sept 29, 2018 Orlando Pagan Pride Day 2018


We will be having a book table at Pagan Pride.  If you have books you have outgrown, considering donating them at any Craft Circle on 1st or 3rd Fridays or at the monthly meeting on 1st Sundays. If you cannot make it at one of these points, call the First Unitarian front office and see if you can bring them by at during business hours. (407) 898-3621.

We will be accepting them up to Sept 21.


Questions or more info?  Please email us at

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