This is the month where there nearly wasn’t a newsletter. Alia’s hard drive went toes up, and so did the mail server for my ISP. Fortunately, everything seems to have straightened itself out by now. Unfortunately, it is too late to get a snail mail edition of the newsletter out, so please get the word out to people who don’t have e-mail.
I missed all of you last month while I was at Front Range. It was a lovely festival, incredibly quiet, and I got a lot of thinking and practicing done. I talked with old friends and came home much more centered than I left. Which is a great way to spend a festival and a lovely way to begin the summer.
Hearthstone meets the Friday before or the Friday of the Full Moon at the First Unitarian Church at 14th and Lafayette in Denver. The church doors open at 7, and we like to start at 7:30. (We are NOT big proponents of Pagan Standard Time, but if there is weather related driving trouble or a problem on the freeway, we've been known to wait a bit longer.) This month's ritual is FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2005.
Remember, please, that Hearthstone doesn’t expect everyone to enter in Perfect Love and Perfect Trust, as there are people you don't know there, but to enter with a willing heart and an open mind, and leave your differences at the door.
Some traditions are more controversial than others, or may contain a component that disturbs someone attending an Open Full Moon. It is one of the risks of exploring different traditions. Should anyone be uncomfortable, unsettled, or upset about any ritual presented by Hearthstone, please contact Alia to discuss -- and hopefully resolve and heal -- the issue.
On July 15th join Caitlin and Kaitlyn ably assisted by Livy and Rose. The girls will be portraying the maidens of summer. Their goal is to show us how to honor deity through fun and play. Some people will be called upon to share things that remind them of summer. For the sake of time, the answers should be brief.
Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Kestrel, who led our Hearthstone community in celebration of the fairy moon and the summer solstice. She shared the English Village Tradition, also adding Wiccan elements to the ritual structure. Kestrel led us on a guided meditation through the Wildwood, contemplating the gifts of the Earth, the beauty and bounty of Summer, and the joy of sharing with those we love. She spoke of foods that bring light and life to our bodies, and we feasted on milk, honey and hearty bread. Thank you, Kestrel, for taking our spirits away from the city to a different and beautiful place!
We appreciate that many of you donate to the church. With your contributions, we have reached the point where the church is preparing to set policies for assisting those in need. The more you can spare, the more we can help those who need it.
We aren’t going to start collecting at the door, and no one will be turned away for not having a donation. However, we would like to suggest a donation of 4 to 7 dollars per person. (The extra is to cover the pagans that are unable to donate.) If you can’t afford it, you are still welcome – if you can afford more, we’d be delighted to accept it.
NOTE: Hearthstone is a church and your donations to Hearthstone are tax deductible. If you would like to write a check so you can keep track of your donations, we can certainly handle that as well.
We greatly appreciate your support of The Children's Hospital and Alyria in the Kickathon. She did succeed in doing one thousand kicks, and her legs were a little sore in the evening, and she took ibuprofen to quiet the aches overnight, but the next day she walked to the store. With the addition of the pledge money she got at the last OFM, she got a bronze medal for the amount she collected. (And Southwynde thinks she needs a bodyguard at school -- first, he saw her in a slinky dress for a wedding, second, she's her own bodyguard by this point. Goddessparents can be funny that way.)
Earth Temple meets at Small Gatherings which is located at 66th and Wadsworth (NE corner) unless otherwise noted. The start time will be Friday at 7:30 pm. The dates are as follows:
Aug. 5 - Open Lammas
Sep. 2 - Open Esbat
Sep. 16 - Open Mabon
Sep. 30 - Open Esbat
Nov. 4 - Open Adult Samhain
Dec. 2 - Open Esbat
Dec. 16 - Open Yule
Dec. 30 - Open Esbat
If you have something to say, and are willing to let Alia or Catherine edit it slightly, (generally for grammar – Alia has the soul of an English teacher and I want to be one) please feel free to submit your writing. Content will not be edited. We can usually make room for more voices.
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