September approaches. By Friday, it'll be here. For those of us who have children, school has started. For the rest of us - we're driving a bit more carefully because the kids are on the way to school at the same time we're on the way to work. At least I hope we are. Our August rains have finally come - in abundance.
I can feel the autumn coming, even as my yard continues to grow, almost out
of control. The cool weather has been welcome. But it reminds me that it's almost
time to bring out my winter clothes. Oh wait, it's Colorado - I never put them
away. I love this state.
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 1, 2006.
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.
The September 1st ritual will be offered by several Reclaiming Tradition witches in the local community. The values of the Reclaiming tradition stem from our understanding that the earth is alive and all of life is sacred and interconnected. Our tradition honors the wild, and calls for service to the earth and the community. We value peace and practice non-violence, and we work for all forms of justice. We are feminist Witches who seek to marry spirit and politics in our quest to help heal the wounds of the earth and her peoples.
In this community ritual we will work with the story of King Arthur.
Through storytelling, we will explore the part of Arthur's story where he becomes disconnected from his ancestral land. We will encounter the Morrigan in trance. The Morrigan will help us on our Grail Quest. Having faced these challenges individually and in community, we will spiral dance to raise energy to set out on our Quest.
This ritual may raise issues about how as modern Pagans we may have lost our sense of connection to the Land. As a society, we may have chosen to lay waste to the land's precious natural resources. In choosing to accept the challenges of our Grail Quest, we acknowledge our roles and responsibilities as stewards and caretakers of our Land. Recognizing our commitment to future generations, we may ask for the wisdom of these stories to inform our work.
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.
Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Ivan Gary and Amy, ably assisted by Barbara and young children Mars and Alora, who together presented a beautiful ritual celebrating the early harvest. The Great Mother Gaia and Lord Lugh were invoked. We each received two tall stems of wheat, and listened as Gary spoke of how a field to be harvested reveals both the efforts of the farmer, as well as those factors not under our control. In times of old the wheat represented the God, who grew, then was sacrificed for the benefit of the community. We were asked to return one of our stems of wheat to the cauldron, in the spirit of sacrifice for our community's greater good. We chanted "Hoof and Horn", and "We All Come From the Goddess", and shared bread and blessings around the circle. Thank you, Amy and Ivan Gary, for the sacred ritual experience you brought to us all
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.
(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:
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 – 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
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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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