Paganism 101 – 4th Fridays Spring 2021

Series of 10 online classes starts on Feb 26, 2021

7 PM – 9 PM EST

This course introduces the practices, beliefs, and history of modern pagan spirituality. Participants in this rudimentary class will create and maintain a student altar as we explore basic altar set up and ritual tools, the wheel of the year, deity, the four elements, and more. We also touch on different pagan paths and examine how modern paganism fits with Unitarian Universalist principles.

  • If you are a newbie seeker on the pagan path, the class can help you find confidence in your journey and ideas for future study.
  • If you are an experienced pagan, the class can help you refresh your practice, share your experience with others, and help you determine if you wish to teach
  • If you are UU, the class expands your world religions knowledge while helping you to understand your Pagan friends, coworkers, and family members better

SYLLABUS

Lesson 1
Feb 26, 2021

Orientation

Introduction to Class

(7 PM EST – 9:30 PM EST – this class only due to orientation)

Lesson 2
Mar 26, 2021

The Power and Practice of Ritual

Lesson 3
April 23, 2021

The Circle – Creating Sacred Space

Lesson 4
May 28, 2021

The Elements

Lesson 5
Jun 25, 2021

The Goddess and God

Lesson 6
July 23, 2021

The Feminine and Masculine

Lesson 7
Aug 27, 2021

The Wheel of the Year

Lesson 8
Sept 24, 2021

Magic and Spellcraft

Lesson 9
Oct 22, 2021

The Moon And Divination

Lesson 10
Nov 19, 2021

Where Do We Go From Here?

Note Date Change due to Thanksgiving! 

FACEBOOK STUDY GROUP

You can join the Paganism 101 Facebook Study group at

https://www.facebook.com/groups/mgpaganism101

COST AND REGISTRATION

Class is FREE.  $5 per class donation welcome but not required.  To register please visit https://tinyurl.com/MGPaganism101Registration

For more information, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org

Seeker Class – 3rd Sundays Spring 2021

 

Seeker Class PR Flier copy

Seeker Class PR Flier Spring 2021

Are you curious about Paganism and/or Unitarian Universalism? Is this the path for you? Take this class to find out what it is all about.  Both newbies and long term UU’s and Pagans gather to share their questions and experiences in lively discussion in this 90 minute class. 

SYLLABUS

Feb 21, 2021

  • Pagan Paths – An Overview
  • Public Rituals

Mar 21, 2021

  • Paganism – Truth and Tales
  • Wicca and Witchcraft

Apr 18, 21

  • Safety in the Circle
  • Skyclad – The Bare Facts

May 16, 2021

  • Sacred Knives
  • Sacred Ground

June 20, 2021

  • The Faith of UU Pagans
  • Brief History of CUUPs
  • About Mystic Grove CUUPs

FACEBOOK GROUP

 You can join the Seeker Class study group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mgseekerclass

REGISTRATION AND COST

This class is FREE.  A $5 donation per class is welcome but not required.  You can donate online or send a check. 

To register please visit https://tinyurl.com/MGSeekerClassRegistration

For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org

Winter Solstice 2020 Info

Corrected Winter Solstice 2020 Main Flier

Come celebrate the longest night of the year and the returning light with us on through special readings, songs, and reflections.

SPIRAL DANCE

Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org to register and help film a masked and socially distance Spiral Dance at 6 PM on Sunday Dec 13, 2020 in the labyrinth.  Guest list is limited to 15 persons.

SHARE PHOTOS

Are you decorating the house? Baking cookies? Setting up home altars? Doing other holiday activities? You can share your pix by emailing them to mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

ATTEND WORSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP

Want to make the worship and after party more interactive?

LEARN THE SONGS

At worship…

At fellowship time…

PRINT AND MAKE THE CANDLE CENTERPIECE

YULE CHANT BOOKS

Learn a song from either the red or green Yule chant books and lead it around the bonfire!  We love contrafactum!

SHORT MORNING RITUAL

If you do stay up all night to greet the sun, here’s a reading and song as you extinguish your candles.

READING: 

“A Pagan Awakening”  by Jeff A. Bordeaux

A new life is there,
You hear Her now,
She was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So listen to Diana, and accept Her love.
Hoard not Her gifts : feeling, renewal, music.

A new life is there,
You see Him now,
He was always there,
and you’re forever changed.
So look to Apollo, and receive His light.
Hoard not His gifts : healing, growth, joy.

A new life is there,
Your hands reach it now,
It was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So touch the earth, and partake of it’s sustenance.
Hoard not it’s gifts : body, green, silence.

A new life is there,
You soar with it now,
It was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So breathe in the air and gather the wind.
Hoard not it’s gifts : mind, dreams, empathy.

A new life is there,
You’re warmed by it now,
It was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So build the flame and brave it’s heat.
Hoard not it’s gifts : spirit, will, energy.

A new life is there,
You flow with it now,
It was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So study the ocean and follow it’s tides.
Hoard not it’s gifts : self, courage, sorrow.

A new life is there,
You’re one with them now,
They were always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So take Their gifts and return them threefold.
Share this magic : friendship, love, trust.

SONG:

“Awaken Me” by Abigail Spinner McBride

For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org

Mabon 2020

For those who might enjoy “visiting” Orlando for Mabon!
Join us in celebrating the Autumn Equinox on Sept 19,2020 from 6:45 PM EST – 9 PM EST.
Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: brown, orange, yellow, red, etc. Ritual starts at 7 PM, but we gather at 6:45 for “Meet and Greet” orientation.
Mabon is our annual canned/box food drive. This year we invite you to share the bounty by making an online donation to Second Harvest Food Bank as willing and able.
Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for Zoom connection info or visit the Facebook event page on the day.
Mystic Grove Mabon 2020 Web Flier

CUUPs Summer Solstice Service

The CUUPs Summer Solstice Service for Virtual General Assembly June 24- June 28, 2020 was in the “one demand” library.  Now that it is over, CUUPs has archived it on their YouTube.

Mystic Grove appears in the chapter highlight reel and portion of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando labyrinth and sanctuary art also appear.

2020 Mystic Grove Midsummer Service

Did you miss the 2020 Summer Solstice service by Mystic Grove? You can catch it online at both First Unitarian Church of Orlando Facebook Videos.

To catch the songs only you can jump ahead to these approximate points in the sermon.

(1:45) Bourrée I of Bach’s Third Cello Suite

(11:50) STJ #1067 Mother Earth, Beloved Garden

(23:40) “Firebird’s Child” by SJ Tucker

(33:50) Earth My Body Chant 1

(39:03) Earth My Body Chant 2

(44:48) The Braes of Balquidder

(48:52) STLT #387 Earth Water Fire Air

(54:17) “Enter the Center” by Abbi Spinner McBride

 

and at First Unitarian Church of Orlando YouTube.