June 2019 News


Thanks to those who attended the monthly meeting on Sunday, June 2nd! Here are the June Minutes if you missed it.

In our efforts to increase transparency, help Mystic Grove friends and fans keep up, and assist forming CUUPS chapters and other groups, we’re making it a goal to make more of our documents “public access” as we continue to revise our website.

The next meeting is July 2, 2019 at Noon in Room 1. Guests welcome to observe and learn how we work.




June 2nd was the annual Flower Communion service at 1U.  “It was originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Flower Ceremony was introduced to the United States by Rev. Maya Capek, Norbert’s widow.

In this ceremony, everyone in the congregation brings a flower. Each person places a flower on the altar or in a shared vase. The congregation and minister bless the flowers, and they’re redistributed. Each person brings home a different flower than the one they brought.” Learn more at https://www.uua.org/worship/holidays/flower-ceremony


This month Moon Circle studied how angels appear in various world religions and the throat chakra and what is corresponds to.  Last class for this series is June before we go on break.  Moon Circle returns in January 2020.


Our next ritual is Summer Solstice Morning Service at 10:30 AM in the sanctuary followed by coffee hour snacks.   The theme is “exploring personal power.”

You can learn the songs ahead of time and come be part of the “pop up pagan choir” — simply sit anywhere in the pews and add your voices to the mix as we help the congregation learn new music.  The prelude will be improv drumming.  If you want to drum, bring your instrument and sit in a front pew so you have space.  A brief rehearsal is at 10 AM.


Kitchen Witchery Book

June 13:  Kitchen Witchery

In this 8 session adult summer series on 2nd and 4th Thursdays, we explore various demonstrations from “Kitchen Witchery” by Cerridwen Greenleaf.  Learn how to bring the sacred into the simple acts of making meals, teas, and crafts from the garden and kitchen.

Email registration is for “Kitchen Witchery” series closes on June 13 at the first class.   To save your space, please email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org with “Kitchen Witchery” is the title. Tuition is $40 if you need a book, $25 if you already have it or are sharing with a friend.  It is due on first class.

After June 13, you can attend as a “drop in” student for $5 a class to watch the demonstrations and participate in the activities with the understanding that supplies may be limited for drop-ins since we didn’t know you were coming.

June 16: Pagan Voices Book Group 

his 6 session book group meets on 3rd Sundays in Room 1 after coffee hour and read the selection of the month out loud and discuss. While you don’t need the “Pagan Voices” book to drop-in and check it out, your experience will be enriched if you do get your own text.   This month’s session is hosted by Lesley H.  We read and discuss

  • Designing Ritual for All” by Maggie Beaumont”
  • “Cultural Sharing and Misappopriation” by Carol Bodeau

June 20: R&D Ritual Book

3rd Thursdays we work on ritual book. The binders are in, and we start sorting them according to solar ritual.  We also fill out the cover templates.  Helpers welcome.

July 5 Pagan Pride Prep

1st Fridays we work on material for Orlando Pagan Pride in the fall!  July we’ll be working on give away necklaces and prayers beads.  Guests welcome.

Popcorn Theology

Thanks to those attending multigenerational Popcorn Theology: “Inside Out” on June 9th! We learned about UU principle 1 — “Each person is important” and explored the themes of joy and sadness.

For the at home players, watch the “Inside Out” movie and consider these questions:

  • Why did Sadness have to be the one to stop Riley from running away?
  • In the Memory Dump, Joy notices that the same memory can be both happy and sad. How does that work? Why is it important for Riley (and us) to have both?
  • Why was Bing-Bong willing to sacrifice himself in order to help Joy succeed? How does Joy feel when he disappears? Happy or sad or both?

Coloring pages for the month can be found at


Next month on July 14, we screen “Zooptopia” and explore themes around kindness vs fear and UU Principle 2: “Be kind in all you do.”




Teaching Craft Circle: Fantasy Dragon Eggs

Meet in assembly room for crafting and fellowship fun! This month our teen teacher, Lady Jai, is back and teaches us how to make our own fantasy dragon eggs!


(Image by Ruby Reminiscence)

Project is based on the tutorials at




If you are an at home player, post your pix of what you made!

Cost is a $5 donation to help replenish art supplies.  While we will have an assortment of egg sizes, tacks, and metallic paints. Feel free to bring other embellisments — glitter, sequins, etc for your egg. You can also do the painting with nail polish — so bring your old bottles if you like!


CUUPS chapters in Florida have rituals and other events this month.

Florida CUUPS Chapter Event
Brevard – Spiral Journey CUUPS June 16 Midsummer Celebration
Ft. Lauderdale – Moonpath CUUPS June 23 Summer Solstice 
Ft. Myers – Ft Myers CUUPS June 21 Midsummer Ritual
Jacksonville – Jacksonville CUUPS June 19 Midsummer Ritual
Orlando – Mystic Grove CUUPS June 23 Midsummer Service
Tallahassee – Dandelion Pagan Collective CUUPS June 16 How to Do Ritual for Sacred Observances
Tampa – Circle in the Woods CUUPS June 15 Full Moon Celebration


Mystic Grove welcomes helpers!

  • University UU Newsletter Reporter.  Email skills required.  Using a template, you craft the blurb for our sister church’s newsletter about our upcoming activities.  (20 min once a month from now until June 1 to cover the Spring Term.)
  • Brochure Delivery.  Your own transportation required.  Pick up brochures/fliers and deliver to various locations in town.  1-3 times a semester, can be done one Saturday afternoon or spread out.


The Summer Brochure is out! See the programs we’re offering in the Summer 2019 semester.  Are you interested in becoming a Mystic Grove teacher? Hosting a craft circle? Email us mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. 


Questions or more info?  Please email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org

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