Itís Lammas already!† The heat of summer is well and truly here.†
Lammas is the time to celebrate the first harvest.† Weíve grown our vegetables and grains and have gotten the first fruits.† And we share some of that harvest with the gods and with each other.† Which brings in the sacrifice part of Lammas.† Because this is also a time of sacrifice.† Itís a time to think about the things in our lives which are not bringing about a harvest.† Itís a time to discard those things in favor of those things we can harvest.†
This is our first thanksgiving time.† Right now Iím thankful for the good things I have in my life, the people I love and who love me; my animals, my home, my music.† What can you be thankful for in this first harvest?
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, AUGUST 4, 2006.
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.
The ritual on Friday, August 4, will be presented by Amy and Gary.† Our ritual for that evening is going to reflect on the correlation between the harvest of wheat and our own harvest of our own lives in blessings bestowed upon us as individuals and as a community.†† And that just as a good farmer takes some of his harvest to use as seed for the next year and does not consume it for himself;† that kind of sacrifice of our own interest for the betterment of others and of the future is something we as individuals and as a community should be aware of.
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.
Thanks and a tip of the hat to Gary, Amy, Mars, Alora, Mary, and Robin for presenting the July ritual.†† Southwynde found the combination of the Qabala and Wicca fascinating. We were impressed at 5-year-old Alora's and 8-year-old Mars' work cleansing the circle and assisting throughout.† It gives us hope for the future of our community.† The ritual reminded us that we are the weavers of our web, and the forgers of our own chains.† We need to keep in mind, while we work to break our chains, the power of community; and remember to ask for help.† The commitments we make to ourselves and each other are very important in the changing of our chained habits.† And always, stop and smell the roses.
Southwynde and Alia
I will not be at this monthsí Open Full Moon.† I have been invited to officiate at a ritual for a festival near Iowa City, Iowa.† If you are interested in more information about the festival, you can find it online at http://www.lammasfest.us/
Blessed Full Moon, and may you reap a bountiful harvest.
Spiral Scouts offers a co-educational scouting experience for individuals of minority faiths. We meet twice a month. Our activities include skills building, scouting and camping. Please feel free to attend a few meetings to find out more about this scouting alternative for boys and girls. For more information about upcoming meetings please contact Kath..
We offer open, fun, participatory rituals designed for children with the participation of children. We include children of all ages and strive to make our holiday celebrations meaningful and enjoyable. Our Circle gathers at noon and Circle is cast at 12:30 PM at Spirit Wise bookstore at 6590 S. Broadway in Centennial. Our schedule for the remainder of 2006 is:
11/19/06 Pagan Kids Day Out
We welcome everyone to join us. We ask that adults please bring a wholesome, kid-friendly lunch item to share. We occasionally ask for a small donation to cover craft supplies or other ritual supplies.
However, no families are turned away for lack of funds.
If you would like more information please contact Kath.†
Otter from Minnesota is in the Denver area through mid-August, and interested in networking with other pagans in recovery from drug/alcohol addiction. The Minnesota pAAgans (www.paagans.com) have two successful pagan-oriented 12-Step recovery groups, and he seeks to share their experience, strength, and hope, and ideally replicate that success in the Denver area. For more information, contact
(The Spirit Of The Drum)
Drummer Circles to be held every Saturday @ 6:30pm at Confluence Park, by river, below REI. All welcome.
For Information call Baba.
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 2006 dates are as follows:
Aug 25† new moon
Sep 22† new moon/Mabon
Oct 20† new moon
Oct 27† Samhain
Nov 17† new moon
Dec 15† new moon/Yule
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 to†† firstname.lastname@example.org.†† Content will not be edited.†† We can usually make room for more voices
This newsletter is for Hearthstone Community Church, Inc. of Denver, Colorado.† Edited by: Catherine Mock.† Published by:† M. Alia Denny
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.
Since many of us have multiple family and other obligations around Yuletide, we have once again elected to refrain from holding an Open Full Moon at the end of December.
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