Newsletter for August, 1998 ce

GREETINGS

The summer has begun to wane, and the recent storms have been entertaining. I’m a sucker for rainstorms, so I’ve been enjoying the shows at night – not to mention the cool breezes.

I had a wonderful opportunity the weekend of the 25th – I participated in a "Voices of Faith" seminar presented by Equality Colorado. On Friday night I gave the opening blessing, and on Saturday I participated in a panel on non-Christian spirituality. It was fun, and I received good feedback from other ministers participating.

Guess what? I finally will be back at the OFM this month! See you all there.

—Alia

THANKS AND A TIP OF THE HAT

Officiants: Family by Choice

Theme: Witches, Gays, & Jews: Never Again the Burning

It was an impressive ritual. Some of it evoked sadness, parts were upsetting, and at least a couple of sections caused shivers up my spine. They cast the circle via chanted runes, then called the quarters in the name of historical figures who had suffered persecution or worse (the murdered Harvey Milk, for example). Readings followed, including some with spoken response from the circle. The chant, "We pledge to you: Never Again!" was given emphatically and loudly several times. For me, the best part was when the HP pointed out that we all could do something against bigotry.

—Southwynde

Our thanks to WSLA for their generous donation in memory of Faye.

—Alia and Arynne


JULY 31 OPEN FULL MOON

The July 31 Open Full Moon will be on Friday, July 31, 1998, at 7:30 PM, at the First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette, Denver, CO.

Moonsong Coven will present this ritual. Their chosen theme is a light-hearted ritual about attitude and the joy of summer


HEARTHSTONE DISCUSSION GROUP

The Hearthstone discussion group is held at Herbs and Arts, 2015 E. Colfax (Colfax and Race), on the first Sunday of each month. The meetings begin at 1 PM to and generally run until 4 PM. The regular moderators are John and Joanna Mayer. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and a lot can be learned as well as shared by all participants.

THE FIVE R’S

Reduce,

Reuse,

Recycle,

Replant,

Remember

by Ken Cannon
kwikbeam@earthlink.net

Some years back, The Whole Earth Catalog, the first one, that is, which didn't say it was the first one or give any indication there would be a sequel, had Three Environmental Laws printed in its margins along with any number of other things, such as "Turn off your lights. In the silence of your darkened room, you can hear a thousand trees whispering 'Thanks'." For some reason, these things stuck in my head.

The Three Environmental Laws were:

  1. Everything's connected to everything else.
  2. Everything has to have some place to go.
  3. There's no such thing as a free lunch.

Now, that last one broke my heart, so we won't talk about it. The first one should be pretty obvious to witchy folk. It's the second one that applies most to this column, and which bears thinking about. Everything does have to have some place to go. Rocks, air, smoke, water, leaves, worms, pine cones, concrete, asphalt, grass…

Everything humans buy, beg, borrow, steal, make, eat, drink, or breathe has to have some place to go. These days, we hear a lot about recycling. It was harped on so long that the media picked up on it, and long enough after that for even the government to begin to get the drift, and long enough after that for some government entities to actually do something about it. Recycling has become more than just a household word; it has become a household event, at least for certain items. For most Americans, recycling is their contribution to the effort to reduce environmental degradation. What seems most easily forgotten is that there were originally three ecological R's. Reduce and Reuse get little PR

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. When I first heard that, years ago, I thought "Yeah, three things to do." I didn't stop to think about why they were phrased the way they were. Now when I look at it, I see recycling as the third and lowest priority. That, along with the fact recycling is well implanted in most of our minds, leads me to emphasize the first two in this column. Reduce has highest priority.

Reduce. As a society, we use a huge number of batteries. The marketing of most of those batteries uses a huge number of blister packs and their shipping requires huge amounts of cardboard. Their manufacture requires huge amounts of energy. And so on. (I don't have it in for batteries, they just popped into my head as a good example.) One step to take to reduce the volume of trash going into the waste stream is to buy batteries at a place like Radio Shack, which still handles them without the blister pack. Another step to take is to buy a charger and use rechargeable batteries. Newer types are becoming available, which eliminate the hassles of the old nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries, and are less harmful when they finally have to go to the landfill. By the way, you may not have been aware that Target stores will properly dispose of lithium batteries. It's one of their PR services.

Reduce. The companies that make your laundry detergent are in the business of selling you laundry detergent. How much are they going to tell you to use? (Any rocket scientists out there?) I've been using half or less of their recommendation for years and can tell no difference.

Reuse. There's a fairly new book available called Choose to Reuse by Nikki and David Goldbeck. I don't recommend buying it unless you'll be using it as a professional reference or you are very serious about this kind of stuff, or you have lots of money. Instead, get it at the library. I had to ask Jeffco library to order it, so they should have it in a couple or four more months. Meantime, I bought it. It's well worth a look for all of us. There is more going on than you might think, and you will probably get several new ideas. This is where my info on batteries came from. (They list them as Reusable).

Remember the ants. No one of them does very much, but there are so many of them that if most of them do a little, they accomplish a lot. (Does anyone know if ants are aware of what the others are doing?) So, if you are new to this, do what you can. One thing worked into your routine so it gets done rather than forgotten will eventually lead to something else.

Remember one minute at one o'clock. Give a minute every day to meditation or prayer for the Goddess. We can build a pretty big anthill, here.

Remember to reduce fuel consumption somehow this summer.

Email me your suggestions for the column, or give them to me at OFM. If you'd like to do a guest column, just let me know. I'd also like to know what you think of The Five R's so far. I'm the tall guy with the grey beard. Which tall guy with a grey beard? The best looking one.

 

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CELEBRATION and EVENT DATES

 

1998 OPEN FULL MOON DATES

EARTH TEMPLE DATES

Earth Temple is a non-profit organization offering open celebrations of the Olde Gods. We meet at Wings Metaphysical Book Store located on the NorthEast corner of 44th and Lowell. We gather at 7:00 PM, unless otherwise indicated, with ritual to begin at 7:15 PM. The following is the remainder of the schedule for the 9998 year and is subject to change. For up to the minute information contact Faye Colquhoun at (303) 455-8566. May the Olde Gods bless and keep you.

Lughnasad

July 31

Esbat

August 28

Mabon

September 23

Esbat

October 30

Samhain

October 30

Esbat

November 2

Yule/Esbat

December 18


If you have a public event that you would like to have listed here, please contact Alia. E-mail is simplest, because I can cut and paste. The information can be in the body of the E-mail or attached. I can handle just about any PC format and some of the Mac formats – I have Word ‘97, which can translate a lot of different files.   I’d like to be able to keep some kind of community calendar going – but I need to count on all of you to keep me up to date.


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