Where did the summer go?† It seems just yesterday that the summer was beginning and I was making all my plans for the things I was going to do.† Now, itís nearly Mabon and I actually got many of them done this year.†
I planted more plants in my yard and moved more gravel.† By the way, anyone want any gravel?† Mostly kidding.†
I went to two very different pagan festivals.† I had my ups and downs like everyone.† And I got through it.† Better than last summer.† And thatís a great thing.†
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, SEPTEMBER 16, 2005.
Remember, please, that Hearthstone doesnít 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 September 16th join Alia and Catherine in a celebration of the Mabon season.† We will give thanks for what we have received in the season which has just past and look forward to the season which is coming.†
Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Val, who led Hearthstone's August OFM around the theme of resolving or letting go of conflicts.† During ritual each participant was given a knotted cord, and time to meditate on any conflicts we wished to resolve.† We each then untied our knot, manifesting our intention.† Thank you, Val, for encouraging us all toward peace in our lives!
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 arenít 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 canít afford it, you are still welcome Ė if you can afford more, weíd 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.
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:
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 Ė 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.
Please note that information and opinions contained in the articles in this newsletter are the responsibility of the authors only.† No endorsement by Hearthstone Community Church, Inc. is implied.†
All writings are copyright to their respective authors.† Please obtain permission before reprinting anything here with the exception of the Open Full Moon Dates.† Those may be copied and transmitted as needed.
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