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.

 

 

August 2019 News

MEETING NOTES

Thanks to those who attended the monthly meeting on Sunday, Aug 4! Here are the August 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 Sept 1, 2019 at Noon in Room 1. Guests welcome to observe and learn how we work.

INSPIRATION PHOTO

wep ronpet Aug 3 2019

Thanks to those who came to Wep Ronpet on Aug 3, 2019!  It is the Kemetic New Year. You can learn more about it at Wep Ronpet: A Guide.

WORSHIP

Our next ritual on Sept 21 celebrates Mabon.   It will be guest ritual by Stephanie W. from Pagans in the Park in the Irish/Celtic tradition.

6:15 PM “Meet & Greet” is in the small living room space off the foyer with Cat. Learn about Unitarian Universalism, Paganism, the Mystic Grove, First Unitarian, Pagans in the Park, what to expect at a ritual, or any other questions you might have!

7 PM Ritual is in Gore Hall main.

8 PM Potluck is in Gore Hall Main, and everyone pitches in to tidy up at 9 PM.

Solar ritual is free.  $5 love offering welcome to help replenish worship supplies and more.

EDUCATION

Kitchen Witchery Book

July 11 & July 25:  Kitchen Witchery

We continue 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.  On Aug 22 we explore “Kitchen Cupboard Cures” with Mary.  On Sept 12, we are “Cooking Up Lots of Love” with Mary and Lesley.  On Sept 26 we end the series by “Celebrating Wheel of the Year” and “Potluck Celebration Dinner with Sharing Final Projects.” Last session is led by Cat.

“Drop In” student welcome to attend demonstrations at $5 per class.  Please RSVP on Facebook so we can plan for supplies.

NEW CLASSES

New classes for fall have their syllabuses posted!

Getting Started in Adult RE begins on Sept 8.  This is a monthly class on 2nd Sundays. Whether you are an adult student, an aspiring new teacher, or an experienced Adult RE teacher, this “oldie but goodie” will help you understand the “nuts and bolts” behind the philosophy of Adult RE. Class is free with $5 per class donation welcome to replenish supplies.

Comparative Religion begins on Oct 10.  This is a twice a month class on Thursdays.  This DVD series offers you an opportunity to gain a solid grasp of the key ideas of religion.   Using five major religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism) as illustrations of how religions can address the same core issues in parallel and different ways, award-winning Professor Charles Kimball of the University of Oklahoma leads you on an exploration of religion’s complex and multidimensional nature that can help deepen your appreciation of your own beliefs and the traditions followed by others.Class is free with $5 per class donation welcome to replenish supplies.

You can also download the brochure for Fall 2019.

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FELLOWSHIP

Aug 16 we have Craft Circle.  This month we do “Repair and Potluck Beading.” Once a year or so, we host a “repair” craft circle. Bring your jewelry or cloaks, tarot bags, and other items that need repair. We’ll try to help you.

Nothing to repair? Bring beads for a “potluck beading” activity and learn to make bracelets, necklaces, or earrings! $5 donation welcome to replenish supplies.

MEMBERSHIP MONTH

August is membership month! Annual member dues are sliding scale.

  • $10 – Students and Seniors
  • $20 – Adults
  • $25 – Those willing and able to give a bit more to help the MG Scholarship Fund.

While we aim to keep our classes low cost, every class also has 1 full scholarship and two half scholarships available to those who need it.

You can learn about the path to membership here.  We also welcome “perpetual guests” and those who simply like our work but don’t want to do meetings and serve on the program committee.

If you want to, you can donate online and help us keep providing our various pagan programs.

CUUPS CHAPTERS

CUUPS chapters in Florida also have rituals and other upcoming events. Here’s a sample — click on their main links for more.

Florida CUUPS Chapter Event
Brevard – Spiral Journey CUUPS

Aug 18 The Principles of Wiccan Belief

Ft. Lauderdale – Moonpath CUUPS Aug 10 – Lammas
Ft. Myers – Ft Myers CUUPS Sept 14 – Drumming with Passion
Jacksonville – Jacksonville CUUPS Sept 4 – Labyrinth Walk
Orlando – Mystic Grove CUUPS Sept 21 Mabon Guest Ritual
Tallahassee – Dandelion Pagan Collective CUUPS Sept 28 – Tallahassee Pagan Pride Day
Tampa – Circle in the Woods CUUPS Aug 17, Full Moon Celebration

MYSTIC GROVE LINKS TO KNOW

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

Book Group – Pagan Voices

Note: This class series has ended. This is now an archived post.

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This 6 session book group meets on 3rd Sundays. We will be reading and discussing selections from “Pagan and Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism.” It is drop-in friendly and free of cost. Donations always welcome toward the MG scholarship fund. This benefits students who wish to take our tuition classes but need financial assistance.

Each month on 3rd Sunday we gather in Room 1 after coffee hour and read the selection of the month out loud and discuss. While you don’t need a book to drop-in and check it out, your experience will be enriched if you do get your own text.

TOPICS

Volunteer teachers takes turns facilitating a session where 2 selections are read and discussed.  Email us if you would like to co-host and share your two favorite selections from the book.

Dates Host(s) Selections
Jan 20, 2019 Mary
  • “A Unitarian Universalist Journey into Paganism” by Shirley Ann Ranck
  • “Vibrant, Juicy, Contemporary: Or, Why I am a UU Pagan” by Margot Adler
Feb 17, 2019 Cat
  • “Celebrating the Seasons” by Selena Fox
  • “Pagan Depth in Unitarian Universalism: Or Why UU Polytheism is Not an Oxymoron” by John Beckett
Mar 17, 2019 Dev Inderjeet
  • “Paths and Patterns” by Misty Sheehan
  • “Touched by a Goddess” by Om Prakash
Apr 21, 2019 Mary
  • “Drumbeats in the Sanctuary ” Carole Etzler Eaglehart
  • “Earth Song: pagan Chant in UU Churches” by Nancy Veder- Shults
May 19, 2019 Michael
  • “Affirming LGBTQ Identity in UU Paganism” by Michael Walker
  • “Welcoming the Gods into Our Congregation by Sue Nading”
June 16, 2019 Lesley
  • “Cultural Sharing and Misappropriation” by Carol Bodeau
  • “Designing Ritual for All” by Maggie Beaumont

HOW THE BOOK CAME TO BE

In early 2014, the board of CUUPS shared about a potential book project with Skinner House Press on Pagan Voices within the Unitarian Universalist Association. After much conversation, and weighing the options, Rev. Shirley Ranck and Jerrie Hilderbrand agreed to take it on and work on it together.

The result is a compilation of essays from people who followed Pagan and Earth-Centered traditions and/or thinking of many kinds.

“Similar to the other theologies honored in UU sources and principles, Paganism and Earth-Centered voices were as diverse as humanity. We are not a once size fits all. There is no dogma or one way being the right way. We challenge the Pagan who comes to us with a fixed way of thinking.”

You can read more about the book origins here. 

BUY BOOKS ONLINE

July 2019 News

MEETING NOTES

Thanks to those who attended the monthly meeting on Sunday, July 7th! Here are the July 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 Aug 4, 2019 at Noon in Room 1. Guests welcome to observe and learn how we work.

INSPIRATION PHOTO

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June 28th was the last Moon Circle class covering the theme of Chakras.  Moon Circle is on break and will return in January 2020. We will be doing the UU Curriculum “Becoming Women of Wisdom” but opening to all people.  Final project will be any personal life stage ritual, not just rituals marking the passage into crone/sage years.  You can view the table of contents here. 

WORSHIP

Aug 3:  Kemetic New Year

Our next ritual on Aug 3rd celebrates Wep Ronpet — the Kemetic New Year.

6:15 PM “Meet & Greet” is in the small living room space off the foyer with Barbara and Dev Inderjeet. Learn about Unitarian Universalism, Paganism, the Mystic Grove, First Unitarian, what to expect at a ritual, or any other questions you might have!

7 PM Ritual is in Gore Hall main.

8 PM Potluck is in Gore Hall Main, and everyone pitches in to tidy up at 9 PM.

Solar ritual is free.  $5 love offering welcome to help replenish worship supplies and more.

EDUCATION

Kitchen Witchery Book

July 11 & July 25:  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.  On July 11, Mary leads us on a tour of the 1U Garden and explore “The Kitchen Witch’s Garden” chapter.  On July 25, Cat invites you to bring your aprons as we gather in the kitchen to cook some of the recipes from the “Succulent Spells for Magical Meals.”

Though series registration is closed, “Drop In” student welcome to attend demonstrations at $5 per class.  Please RSVP on Facebook so we can plan for supplies.

July 14 Popcorn Theology 

This month’s movie topic is “Zooptopia” and is hosted by Mary M.  We meet in Clasroom B in Gore Hall and screen “Zooptopia” and explore themes around kindness vs fear and UU Principle 2: “Be kind in all you do.”

 

“Zootopia” is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 55th Disney animated feature film. It was directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, co-directed by Jared Bush, and stars the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Tommy Chong, J. K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk, and Shakira. It details the unlikely partnership between a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist, as they uncover a conspiracy involving the disappearance of savage predator inhabitants of a mammalian metropolis.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zootopia

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/zootopia

 

July 21: Pagan Voices Book Group (Session 6) 

This 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 Michael.  We read and discuss

  • “Affirming LGBTQ Identity in UU Paganism” by Michael Walker
  • “Welcoming the Gods into Our Congregation” by Sue Nading

After this session we take a break and “book group” resumes in October with “Getting Ready for Adult Religious Education” by James DeBoy.  This classic texts recommended by LREDA provides the “nuts and bolts” understanding to help you lead your own UU, Pagan, or UU Pagan adult class.

July 25: 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.

FELLOWSHIP

July 19 – Teaching Craft Circle: Paper, Stationary and Journal Buffet

Meet in assembly room for crafting and fellowship fun!

In collaboration with the 1U Young Adult group, this month’s “paper buffet” centers around paper craft, stationary and journals.

One table will make paper flowers from the template at

https://tinyurl.com/craftcirclepaperflowers

One table will explore Kawaii drawings from “Manga for the Beginner Kawaii” by Christopher Hart.

One table will explore calligraphy lettering and send mail to loved ones if they like!

https://bydawnnicole.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/LetteringPracticeSheets-DawnNicoleDesigns.pdf

One table will explore journal prompts (written and drawn) from “642 Tiny Things to Draw” and “642 Tiny Things to Write About”

Rotate across the table “centers” and try it all!

Cost is a $5 donation to help replenish art supplies.  Nobody turned away for lack of funds while supplies last.

AUGUST PLAN AHEAD

MEMBERSHIP MONTH

August is membership month! Annual member dues are sliding scale.

  • $10 – Students and Seniors
  • $20 – Adults
  • $25 – Those willing and able to give a bit more to help the MG Scholarship Fund.

While we aim to keep our classes low cost, every class also has 1 full scholarship and two half scholarships available to those who need it.

You can learn about the path to membership here.  We also welcome “perpetual guests” and those who simply like our work and want to donate and help us keep providing our various pagan ministries.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2589262614440384/

Aug 2 : 1st Friday Projects –  Chant Books and Rehearsal

1st Fridays we work on various Mystic Grove projects.  This month we staple chant books and have a rehearsal for our Aug 10 chant class at Sublime Elm to benefit the Orlando Pagan Pride 2020 Fund.

Orlando Pagan Pride 2019 will be held on Oct 5, 2019 at Bill Frederick Park’s Carter Center.

 

CUUPS CHAPTERS

CUUPS chapters in Florida also have rituals and other upcoming events.

Florida CUUPS Chapter Event
Brevard – Spiral Journey CUUPS

Aug 4 Spiral Journey CUUPS – Lammas Celebration

Ft. Lauderdale – Moonpath CUUPS Aug 3 Lammas/ Green Corn Ritual Inter-Tribal Celebration
Ft. Myers – Ft Myers CUUPS Aug 3 Lughnasadh/Freyfaxi
Jacksonville – Jacksonville CUUPS Upcoming Events
Orlando – Mystic Grove CUUPS Aug 3 Celebration of Wep Ronpet, the Kemetic New Year
Tallahassee – Dandelion Pagan Collective CUUPS Upcoming Events
Tampa – Circle in the Woods CUUPS Aug 17, Full Moon Celebration

MYSTIC GROVE CALENDAR

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. 

MYSTIC GROVE LINKS TO KNOW

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