Parking has become more difficult at the church. Please read the parking suggestions provided by theFirst Unitarian Church. Thank you. —Alia

GREETINGS

The Wheel turns toward Yule. Our schedules fill up with this event and that gathering - all to commemorate the Longest Night. It seems that in this darkest time of the year, we light up anything and everything and everything to stave off the dark. In Sweden, families celebrate a saint of light by having the oldest daughter serve the family warm drinks while wearing candles in her hair. Elsewhere, trees are lit bright with bulbs - a safer version of the candles that used to be there.

At Yule, many pagans will work hard to bring back the sun. Not in a literal sense, surely, but this tradition also harkens back to a time when the nights got darker and darker. We weren't sure if the sun would come back. So we honor the past at this time. All of us honor the past. Which makes for a wonderful sense of unity with the rest of the world.

—Catherine

DECEMBER OPEN FULL MOON

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, DECEMBER 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.

—Alia

The December 1st ritual will be offered by Amy and will be conducted mostly by our next generation pagans with the intent of reminding us all what Mother Earth works so hard for...Her children. She gives all of us so much all year long. As She rests now in winter, we will give a little back to Her. We want to let Her know we appreciate all that She has been, all that She is, and everything She will ever be by returning to Her our own energy filled with our love for Her.

Our goal is to Reconnect between a Mother and Her children and Her children's children.

Alia

ON DONATIONS

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 arent 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 cant afford it, you are still welcome if you can afford more, wed 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

Hearthstone offers our Thanks and a Tip of the Hat (or Horns) to our volunteer ritual presenters for the Open Full Moon Nov. 3, celebrating both the full moon and Samhain. Deb, Kestrel, Hank, River Hawk, Dann, Vella Rose, Barry, Eric, Loretta and Renna presented an intense ritual, "Samhain Journey to the Abyss", written originally by Eric. We were taken by the Ferryman to the edge of the land of Death. We met the Dark Lord and the Queen of the Dead, who are known by many names and in many guises. We were reminded that Death can be as swift as an arrow, and as slow as starvation. We were challenged as to how we live -- with greed and fear? -- with generosity and love? -- and we were challenged as to what we will bring to the Dark Lord and Lady when we cross

over, when they will look deep into our lives and character.

"With a heart full of love, fear has no strength. Love destroys the walls of isolation that fear delights in. And love brings forth love, love for our brothers and sisters and for all that dwell upon Her Earth."

Thank you, all, for this gift.

Arynne

THANKS FROM ALIA

As Catherine mentioned, I spent some time in the hospital. I was quite ill. I came home the day before the OFM after a week and a day in the hospital. I got home 4 days before my birthday. I am still getting stronger and healing, but in much better shape than last month.

My sincere thanks for the energy, love, and support sent to me by everyone. This OFM I will be bringing a "treasure book" that Phoenix made for me. It will be available for anyone interested to write notes, wishes, and the like in, or draw a sketch if you are so moved. Later I will add all the get well cards I received in the book as well. Thanks again.

—Alia

 

Spiral Scouts Circle

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..

Colorado Pagan Children's Circle

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:

12/17/06 Yule

Our tentative schedule for next year is:

12/17/06 Yule Charlys
2/4/07 Imbolc Amy
3/18/07 Ostara Kyla
4/29/07 Beltane Charlys
6/24/07 Litha Kath/Nina
7/29/07 Lammas Sarah G./Nina
9/16/07 Mabon Amy
10/28/07 Samhain Sherri
12/16/07 Yule Lisken & Blair

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.

 

EARTH TEMPLE DATES

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:

Dec 15 new moon/Yule

GUEST COLUMNS?

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 hearthstone@fnorky.com. 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

 

STANDARD DISCLAIMER and COPYRIGHT INFORMATION

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.

 

Open Full Moon Dates

2006

December 1
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.

2007

January 26, 2007
March 2, 2007
March 30, 2007
April 27, 2007
June 1, 2007
June 29, 2007
July 27, 2007
Aug 24, 2007
Sept. 21, 2007
Oct. 19, 2007
Nov. 23, 2007
Dec. 14, 2007

Several of our dates are a week early this year, in an effort to separate them somewhat from Sabbats very close to the date. This allows for Hearthstone to focus on Full Moon celebrations and allow other groups to focus on the Sabbats, whether that be public groups or closed circles.


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