Annual Winter Solstice Singing Ritual
Saturday, December 22nd at 8:00 pm
Sunday December 23rd at 10:30 am
Our most popular event of the year is just around the corner!
The Winter Solstice Singing Ritual has become a much-anticipated annual event at OCUUC for good reasons: beautiful music, a meaningful story, and the inspiring message of spreading light to the world.
This unique ritual is truly different from everything else we do. Celebrating the darkest day of the year and the beginning of light’s return to the world, we tell the myth of Persephone’s descent into the underworld through narration, poetry, and- most of all- song.
The service is powerful, meditative, and joyful.
- Join us in the sanctuary for a special evening performance
on Saturday, December 22nd at 8:00 pm.
- We also will perform the ritual on Sunday, December 23rd at 10:30 am
as the church’s Sunday service.
Come and celebrate the return of light and life to our world!
On Saturday October 27, CUUPs will once again team up with the Coven of the Silver Grove for our very popular, very beautiful Samhain ritual. As we embrace the inevitable darkness that approaches, we begin to turn inward and contemplate our lives, our paths, and those who have gone before us.
Our annual Samhain ritual honors our departed loved ones. We seek out their guidance and contemplate their wisdom as we move forward in the physical world. Who better to advise us on this life than our ancestors who have lived before? After the introspective part, we will celebrate! Darkness and death are not to be feared – they are spokes on the ever-turning wheel. We’ll also celebrate the Pagan New Year!
Come and connect with your ancestors. Come and find your animal totem for the year! Or just come and spiral dance with us! Something Samhain is coming and it’s going to be awesome!
Date: Saturday October 27
Time: Arrive at 6:30 for a 7:00 ritual
Bring: A potluck dish to add to the feast, your chalice/cup, and your own plates for the meal.
Wear: Dressy black or ritual robes if you have them
At the Fall Equinox, we begin to descend into the dark time of year. The dark can be scary, but facing it with confidence helps us find the power in ourselves. There are few experiences more thrilling, more transformative, than facing a challenge and overcoming it. At our Mabon ritual this year, we will honor each others’ work in this world and give each other the strength we need to face the challenges of our annual descent into the dark half of the year.
When: Sunday, September 30, 2012. Arrive at 1:00 for a 1:30 ritual.
Where: Victoria Vista Park
Bring: A chair, a cup, your lunch (optional), and a dessert to share.
Wear: Fall colors or anything with grapes, vines, or a wine theme
The sun has come into its full power. Summer has begun, and we celebrate the season of strength, power, and light. Come and celebrate the longest day of the year!
Join CUUPs as we celebrate the first day of Summer. Gather at 6:00pm at Vista Park. The ritual will start at 6:30pm. Dinner at Souplantation immediately after. All are welcome!
This year’s Beltane celebration will be a little different. We will be camping at O’Neil Park with our friends from the Coven of the Silver Grove, celebrating the union of Goddess and God while experiencing the beauty of the natural world. The dates of the trip are April 27-29 (2 nights). There will be a ritual and bonfire on the night of the 28th. A $20 donation is requested for ritual supplies. RSVP is required to Christine at kitchenwitchcscom. Don’t bring children to this one – adult revelers only!
CUUPs owns a Maypole that is available for Beltane rituals. If anyone is interested in using it for larger, church-wide ritual, please contact Tim at twtitusyahoocom.
CUUPs is offering two educational opportunities this spring.
1. Christine will be leading a three-month course in Craft philosophy on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:30. The course is ideal for those who took her successful Wicca 101 course, but it is open to anyone who is sincerely interested. The course begins Monday April 2. You may miss the first three sessions and still complete the class.
2. On Saturday April 14, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm we will be offering a special workshop with herbalist Jim Finch. Learn to use herbs to make cough syrup and Jim’s specialty: Totally Awesome Salve. Each participant will take home one bottle of syrup and one jar of salve plus the skills to make them yourself. The cost for materials 1s $20, although some scholarships are available. RSVP to Christine at kitchenwitchcscom so we can be sure to have enough materials.
We have some pretty nasty weather predicted for this weekend, so…
ANNOUNCEMENT: In case of rain, our Ostara ritual will be in the Social Hall at OCUUC.
See you in one of the locations!
Come and join CUUPs for a ritual of awakening. Our theme is Waking the Bears. We will bring out our inner bears as we celebrate the coming spring in a joyous ritual of drumming, music, and dance. Feel free to bring all kinds of rhythmic instruments to help our special guests drummers Ben, Kent, and Summer!
CUUPs Spring Equinox/Ostara Ritual
Sunday March 18. Arrive at 1:00 for a 1:30 ritual
Place: Victoria Vista Park, across the street from OCUUC
Bring the usual things: a chair, a cup, your own lunch, and a dessert to share.
Wear: anything suggestive of bears: hats, T-shirts, whatever!
CUUPs had a wonderful Imbolc ritual on January 21st. We lit a candle to wake the sleeping goddess while also lighting a flame within our own hearts. We took home tulips as symbols of our budding intentions for the year. Now, it’s time to plan for a new, magickal year.
We have dates, but there are still a few things up in the air. We could use a leader for the Midsummer ritual. Also, we’re hoping for a camping adventure at Beltane, which means we don’t currently have anyone to lead our normal Maypole ritual. If anyone would like to lead a Maypole or other ritual for those who can’t make it out to the mountains, we would be happy to lend our materials (including our beautiful Maypole) to them. Just let us know.
Obviously, since the location of the church could change over the year, location and times could also change. With that in mind, here is our schedule for the upcoming Wheel of the Year:
Ostara: Sunday March 18, 1:00 pm. Christine Hernandez and/or her Wicca 101 graduates will host our Spring Equinox ritual.
Beltane: We’re hoping for a Beltane in the woods. Our current plans are to go camping in the local mountains with our friends from the Coven of the Silver Grove. Come for a weekend of adult fun with perhaps a touch of debauchery. This event will require pre-registration. More details to follow.
Anyone who would like to lead a celebration locally, please let Christine know. We have a great Maypole!
Midsummer: Sunday June 24, 1:00 pm. Let us know if you’d like to lead this one!
Lammas: Saturday July 28, 6:00 pm. Christine Hernandez will lead a ritual honoring the sacrifice of the harvest. Make corn dollies and offer them in expectation of an abundant harvest of gifts in your life.
Mabon: Sunday September 23, 1:00 pm. Come and celebrate the vine, the wine, and the harvest in honor of Dionysus. Tim and Brenda Titus will lead a ritual of thanks for the fruits of our labors.
Samhain: Saturday October 27. 7:00 pm (pending confirmation from COSG). Join us for our popular and introspective ritual honoring our ancestors and the Mighty Dead. Once again, the Coven of the Silver Grove will lead this beautiful and meaningful ritual of love for our ancestors. This is a more solemn ritual, open to anyone over age 12. A donation will be requested to pay for our feast and per-registration will be required. Final details will be posted in early October.
Yule: The Winter Solstice Singing Ritual, our most loved event of the year, will return on December 15 at 8:00 pm, followed by a second ritual during Sunday service on the 16th at 10:30 am. Our musical descent into the darkness and rise into the light will once again inspire us all to bring our tender lights into the world.
Imbolc: Assuming that the world still exists ;) our Imbolc/Candlemas ritual will be on February 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Brenda and Tim Titus will lead the group in a healing ritual, and we will bless candles to light our way for the upcoming turn of the Wheel.
Of all of the eight sabbats, Imbolc (also known as Candlemas) may be the most difficult for modern people to understand. Why do we celebrate the return of spring smack in the middle of winter?
Translating to “ewe’s milk,” Imbolc is the celebration of the very first signs of spring. When ancient farmers noticed that their pregnant sheep were lactating, it was a sure sign that the birth of the new lambs was just around the corner. The sun stays in the sky noticeably longer than it did back at the Winter Solstice, another sure sign of the coming Spring. In a time when families began to starve as the winter cold strangled the production of food, the signs of its icy grip loosening were a very welcome sight.
The themes of Imbolc are the same themes that these ancient agricultural people would have used. At Imbolc we celebrate the returning light, awaken the Goddess that has slept within ourselves and the Earth since Samhain, cleanse ourselves for the coming spring, and seek inspiration for the coming turn of the Wheel. All of this is represented by the day’s most common symbol: candles. Fire lights the way; fire purifies; fire provides the light of inspiration (any UU knows that!).
Fire is also sacred to the Celtic goddess Brigid, the goddess most associated with Imbolc. Brigid rules over inspiration, smithcraft, and all manner of the arts.
Come and light a fire for the sleeping Brigid as she lights a fire to guide your way for the coming year! Our celebration of Imbolc will be early this year: January 21, 2012. The ritual will be a bit more formal than our past few. We will cast a formal circle along with all the other more traditional elements of ritual. Those of you interested in the more witchy side of paganism won’t want to miss this one.
What: CUUPs Imbolc ritual
When: Saturday January 21 at 7:00 pm (Please arrive at 6:30)
Where: OCUUC Sanctuary
Bring: Something to drink from, a potluck dish to share, and a place setting for the feast. Our potluck will be New Year’s themed: bring something traditionally eaten at the New Year for luck and prosperity (or just bring something tasty).
Wear: Light colors, especially white and lavender.
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