January 2019 News

MEETING NOTES

Thanks to those who attended the Jan 6, 2019 monthly meeting! Here are the Mystic Grove Meeting Minutes if you missed it.

In our efforts to increase transparency, help Mystic Grove friends and fans keep up, and assist forming CUUPS chapters and other groups, we’re making it a goal to make more of our documents “public access” as we continue to revise our website.

The next meeting is Feb 3, 2019 at Noon in Room 1. Guests welcome!

INSPIRATION PHOTO

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Many thanks to all those who came to the Dec 21, 2018 Annual Winter Solstice Service and Yule Vigil! A very special thanks to those who helped make it a success. 

We literally could not do it without the help of many MG friends — Welkin, Folk Ensemble, the 1U Choir, the A/V team, the Words for All Ages skit people, “on the day helpers”, and especially First Unitarian Church of Orlando, our sponsoring congregation. 

You can view the complete album online at Facebook.

YOUTUBE

Guess what? Mystic Grove started a YouTube channel.  This year was the 24th annual spiral dance and thanks to Janice Leger we caught some video!

What else would you like to see there? Let us know over email.

SOLAR WORSHIP

Imbolc – Feb 2, 2019. 

Come celebrate Imbolc… with a twist! This “Percy Jackson / Lightening Thief / Camp Halfblood” inspired ritual written by a teen as her coming of age project will take a “camp” theme. Come as you are in casual dress. If you want to get into the spirit of it, come in blue or red shirts/outfits to represent your team.

(No knowledge of this fandom is required. If you want to learn about the book, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lightning_Thief)

We’ll play a camp game for energy raising, charge beads to get our “annual camp beads” and have “camp snack” for cakes and ale. (Apple juice and graham crackers.)

If you are celebrating a life passage, you are especially invited to come celebrate with us!  Ritual is at 7 PM with 8 PM potluck.  Come earlier at 6 PM or stay later from 9 PM – 9:30 PM if you want to volunteer with set up or clean up.

COST: Free.  ($5 donation welcome to help replenish worship supplies.)

LUNAR WORSHIP

Thanks to those who attended Moon Circle in 2018! The “Gathering for Goddess” series has been archived here if you would like to explore the extension activities or use them as journal prompts. 

Moon Circle registration is now open! Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org to get your name on the Moon Circle class list.

Part class and part lunar ritual, this 6 session series meets once a month for six months on 4th Fridays at 7 PM in Room 1. This time we will be studying chakras.

Tuition for in person students is $30 for the series and due the first class on Jan 25th. There is 1 full scholarship and two half scholarships available on “first come, first serve” basis.

Can’t make it to class? You can join the matching facebook group online for free and follow along from home. Online students can make an optional donation to help the scholarship fund.

Registration will end for in person students once all 10 spots are filled. Facebook group slots are unlimited and you can join any time in the series.

For more details about how Moon Circle works, see lunar rituals.

OTHER EDUCATION

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“Book Group: Pagan Voices” starts on January 20 at Noon in Room 1.

This 6 session book group meets on 3rd Sundays. We will be reading and discussing selections from “Pagan and Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism.” It is drop-in friendly and free of cost.

We gather in Room 1 after coffee hour and read the selection(s) of the month out loud and discuss. While you don’t need a book to drop-in and check it out, your experience will be enriched if you do get your own text. We have 3 copies left for $15 each. You can also order it online from the UUA Bookstore or from Amazon.  

Learn how the book came to be here. 

FELLOWSHIP

Come socialize while being creative at Craft Circle on Jan 18 at 7 PM in the Assembly room. Inspired by Divination with Stones, Heather teaches us how to make a personal 13 coin divination set .

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Each $5 kit provides

  • thirteen wooden coins that are 1.5″ in diameter
  • 4×6″ muslin bags
  • the laminated key card

We will provide

  • permanent markers in black, gold, and silver
  • black, white, and blue acrylic paints

for decorating. You can bring extra colors or embellishments if you like for your coins.

There are 24 kits available. Make one for you and for a friend! Please email or click “going” on the Facebook event to reserve your kit and spot in class.

MYSTIC GROVE CALENDAR

The Spring Brochure is coming soon! In the meanwhile, you can check the Google Calendar or our Facebook Events page to see what’s already been posted.

MYSTIC GROVE LINKS TO KNOW

Questions or more info?  Please email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org

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Moon Circle: Gathering For Goddess

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From Jan – Dec 2018, our Moon Circle theme was “Gathering for Goddess” by B. Melusine Mihaltses.

We have archived some of the homework links below.  You can follow the ritual from the book, and then explore learning links.

At the end of each 6 month block, the students did their final projects.  They were to create little god or goddess peg dolls or art works.  You can view the photo gallery here.

Moon Circle: Amaterasu (Dec 2018)

For those taking the Moon Circle class in person, or wanting to follow along from home, here are this month’s links.

HOMEWORK

Homework is “pick your level.”  You are not expected to do all of these things.  These are ideas to help you decided what YOU want to study more.

For final projects, will you create a peg doll of a personal deity or one you studied this term.

Thinking
Questions:
 This month we study “Amaterasu: Illumination”

Reflect on these questions:

  1. When Amaterasu hid in the cave, all sunlight was gone and the world was dark. In winter, the distractions of leaves on the trees, grass growing, and flowers blooming are removed.  The starkness of winter offers a certain clarity.  Do you find it is a time for reflection and reassessing your life? (Resolutions?)
  2. Do you seek warmth and light spiritually as well as physically at this time of year? Is being with others more necessary?

  3. Are you able to grasp the promise of spring, buried deep in the cold ground, or is it too far removed right now?

  4. When people talk about the soul, or the spirit, it is often with a sense of something which is both mysterious and elusive.  Most of us prefer something fairly straightforward. When do you feel most in touch with yourself spiritually?

  5. What makes something spiritual? Do you have to do something or be a special way to be spiritual? 

  6. What is your “sacred?”   Describe an experience, a moment, a place, or a person that you have recognized as holding the quality of the sacred.

  7. When you come out of your “winter hibernation” or “winter cave” — what things are you looking forward to?

Small Read your two other deity sheets.

Medium: All the above PLUS

  • Try one charm from either deity sheet.
Large: All the above PLUS

DIY Mix and match your own combo from above and/or select another working that interests you related to this month’s theme/tradition.

Articles

Arts/Crafts

Video

December 2018 News

MEETING

Thanks to those who attended the Dec 2, 2018 monthly meeting!

Here are the Mystic Grove Dec 2018 Meeting Minutes if you missed it.  In our efforts to increase transparency, help Mystic Grove friends and fans keep up, and assist forming CUUPS chapters and other groups, we’re making it a goal to make more of our documents “public access” as we continue to revise our website.

The next meeting is Jan 6, 2019 at NOON in Room 1. Guests welcome!

INSPIRATION PHOTO

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This month’s photo is from Mary M. in the 1U labyrinth. “I am walking the labyrinth before church ein December again this year. Copper ball walked with me this morning.” 

Many of us like labyrinth walking as moving meditation. It is open to the public during daylight hours.  Feel free grab the directions to the church and come try it out over your holidays!

NEXT RITUAL: WINTER SOLSTICE

Our Yule ritual is a two part event. Come for it all or just the bits you like best.

Dec 21

7 PM – 9 PM

Winter Solstice Evening Service

7 PM service in the sanctuary led by Mystic Grove.

8 PM Punch and cookies ending with the lighting of the Yule log.

Dec 21-22

9 PM – 7 AM

Annual Yule Bonfire Vigil

We keep watch over the longest night of the year and do our part to ensure the sun rises. Games, music, carols and more!

Yule Schedule 2018.pngThe schedule PDF is posted here.  We’ll have a limited number of print books for the Bardic Circles for those without smartphones and other devices.  Remember to bring yours to access the lyrics digitally. We like saving paper!

There will be board games, singing, stories, and more. Feel free to bring a lawn chair, sleeping bag or tent if you plan to take a nap on the green.

VOLUNTEERING

Yule is our biggest ritual of the year. This year we’ve decided to reprise “The Story of the Celts” for Words for All Ages. We are seeking people willing to do a small reading/skit role.

  • Maiden (found)
  • Youth (found)
  • Mother (found)
  • Father (found)
  • Crone (Found)
  • Sage

We also welcome drummers for the spiral dance in the service,  food clean up helpers,  people wanting to share music and stories around the bonfire, and general volunteers throughout both parts of the winter solstice events.

If interested, please email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org,

CALENDAR

Here is  what’s happening up to the next meeting.  Come on down and join us any time.  Facebook RSVPs help us plan for supplies, so please check in if you can.

Dec 14

7 PM – 9 PM+

Join the “pop up” Pagan Choir and perform at Black Cat Cafe Open Mic on Dec 14th! We meet in Classroom B in Gore Hall for a quick run through at 7 PM and perform around 9 PM. Hang out til the end to enjoy the rest of the acts!  Learn the lyrics at home online. 
Dec 20

7 PM – 9 PM

R & D: Ritual Book (3rd Thursdays)

Mystic Grove prepares rituals for hopeful publication for our 20th anniversary. This session is working on the templates. 

Dec 21

7 PM – 9 PM

Winter Solstice Evening Service

7 PM service in the sanctuary led by Mystic Grove.

8 PM Punch and cookies ending with the 8:45 Cup Game and 9 PM lighting of the Yule log.

Dec 21

9 PM – 7 AM

We keep watch over the longest night of the year and do our part to ensure the sun rises. Games, music, carols and more!

Dec 28 Moon Circle Session 12. Last class in the “Goddess & Other Dieties” series!
New block Jan – June 2019 themed around Chakras.  Registration opens with Jan 2019 News.
Jan 4 R&D: Wheel of the Year

Mystic Grove and friends help test projects a new “wheel of the year” curriculum Mystic Grove is writing for the MS/HS/Adult level for publication at UUCards.  Pop by on 1st Fridays.

Jan 6 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting

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YULE GIFTS

Mystic Grove is the adult UU Pagan affinity group and Covenant of Unitarian Universalist chapter at First Unitarian (1U). We provide worship, classes, and social opportunities for MG members, the 1U congregation, and the general public. Our events are often free or low cost.  We also provide scholarships to our tuition classes.

Affinity groups, while affiliated with the church, are not church program committees and do not get church program funding.  What we offer is paid for by MG members and its fans.

Like what we do online and in person? Want send us a Yule gift to help with funding next year’s projects? You can use the 1U donation page and put “Mystic Grove” in the memo line.  You can also donate to 1U itself.  We are very blessed to have a church that welcomes religious pluralism and allows us use of the campus. We couldn’t do what we do without 1U’s benevolence. Not all pagan groups get that kind of support. Please consider giving generously to our home church this Yuletide season!

Visit https://www.orlandouu.org/ and click the “donate” button in the upper right corner.

You can learn more about UU and Pagan beliefs at the UUA’s “Pagans and Other Unitarian Universalists Inspired by Nature.” 

MYSTIC GROVE LINKS TO KNOW

Questions or more info?  Please email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org

Moon Circle: Hestia (Nov 2018)

For those taking the Moon Circle class in person, or wanting to follow along from home, here are this month’s links.

HOMEWORK

Homework is “pick your level.”  You are not expected to do all of these things.  These are ideas to help you decided what YOU want to study more.

For final projects, will you create a peg doll of a personal deity or one you studied this term.

Thinking
Questions:
 This month we study “Hestia: Hearth and Home”

Reflect on these questions:

What does “home” mean for you? Is it a place or places, present or past? Perhaps the experience and meaning of home for you is more connected with persons than with place.

Or is home a state of mind, a place you can access anywhere you are, even in solitude?

Has the meaning, the actuality, or the experience of “home” changed for you over time? If so, how?­

What do you need to feel you are 
“at home?”

Have you ever felt homesick or comforted someone who was homesick? Describe what it was like.

How do you practice hospitality in your life?

When has hospitality been extended to you and how has it made a difference in the quality of your existence?

Hospitality is more than just making a nice table setting for someone; what gives hospitality it’s religious dimension?

Small Read your two other deity sheets.

Medium: All the above PLUS

  • Try one charm from either deity sheet.
Large: All the above PLUS

DIY Mix and match your own combo from above and/or select another working that interests you related to this month’s theme/tradition.

Articles

Music

Video

November 2018 Meeting

MEETING

Thanks to those who attended the Nov 4, 2018 monthly meeting!

Here are the Mystic Grove Nov Meeting Minutes if you missed it.  In our efforts to increase transparency, help Mystic Grove friends and fans keep up, and assist forming CUUPS chapters and other groups, we’re making it a goal to make more of our documents “public access.”

The next meeting is Dec 2 at NOON in Room 1. Guests welcome!

INSPIRATION PHOTO

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This month’s photo is from the 1U garden. Many of us like to garden as part of our spiritual practice.  On campus, you can visit our newest version of the garden near the education building or click here to learn about its story. 

GUIDELINES FOR VISITING OUR 1U GARDEN

The community garden is open for all to enjoy. When you visit, be mindful of the following:

  • Please visit our garden during daylight hours.
  • Our church is the home for many meetings and events; please maintain a respectful noise level.
  • The individual raised beds are privately used; please do not take anything from them without the owner’s permission.
  • You are welcome to harvest enough for your own needs, and please leave plenty for others. If you would like a larger harvest (for example, to share with a non-profit or for a community event), please talk with one of the core garden members.
  • While most of our plants are edible, some are inedible pollinators. If you have any questions about what you can and cannot eat, please see our plant guideline below and ask a core garden member.

If you want to share what lights your  spirit up email your photo to mysticgrove@orlandouu.org and tell us about it!

NEXT RITUAL

Our Yule ritual is a two part event. Come for it all or just the bits you like best.

Dec 21

7 PM – 9 PM

Winter Solstice Evening Service

7 PM service in the sanctuary led by Mystic Grove.

8 PM Punch and cookies ending with the lighting of the Yule log.

Dec 21-22

9 PM – 7 AM

Annual Yule Bonfire Vigil

We keep watch over the longest night of the year and do our part to ensure the sun rises. Games, music, carols and more!

VOLUNTEERING

Yule is our biggest ritual of the year. This year we’ve decided to reprise “The Story of the Celts” for Words for All Ages. We are seeking people willing to do a small reading/skit role.

  • Maiden (found)
  • Youth
  • Mother (found)
  • Father
  • Crone
  • Sage

We also welcome drummers for the spiral dance in the service,  food helpers,  people wanting to share music and stories around the bonfire, and general volunteers throughout both parts of the winter solstice events.

If interested, please email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

CALENDAR

Here is  what’s happening up to the next meeting.  Come on down and join us any time.  Facebook RSVPs help us plan for supplies, so please check in if you can.

Nov 10 MG Officers Meeting by Email We work on updating bylaws.
Nov 11

11:45 ish to 12:45 is after the service in Gore Hall

Mystic Grove’s 17th Bday Coffee Hour 

1U BOT Deep Conversation: Participation and Growth

The 1U Board invites you to the second in our series of Deep Conversations, the topic will be Participation and Growth, based on your input from our first conversation on Sept 9th. We look forward to seeing you in Gore Hall, child care will be provided*.

Nov 11, 1 PM MG and Friends Yule Pagan Choir

After the 1U BOT meeting, we stay behind to do the first practice in room 1.

Nov 15
R&D: Ritual Book (3rd Thursdays)  Mystic Grove prepares rituals for publication for our 20th anniversary.
Nov 16 Teaching Craft Circle: Acrylic Fluid Painting
Nov 18 MG and Friends Yule Pagan Choir
Nov 25 MG Field Trip: Guang Ming Temple Tour

 

 Nov 30 Moon Circle Session 11 Class is closed for new registrations, but you can follow along online and/or join the FB group.
Dec 2 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting

BOOKS WILL CONTINUE!

Thank you for your support in both sharing gently used books and coming to buy them for a love offering to benefit the MG Scholarship Fund!  We will continue to accept books, tarot decks, and similar small items this year at any monthly meeting or ritual. You can also pop by during office hours during the week and leave book donations at the 1U front office.

MYSTIC GROVE LINKS TO KNOW

Questions or more info?  Please email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org

Moon Circle: Maman Bridgette (Oct 2018)

For those taking the Moon Circle class in person, or wanting to follow along from home, here are this month’s links.

HOMEWORK

Homework is “pick your level.”  You are not expected to do all of these things.  These are ideas to help you decided what YOU want to study more.

For final projects, will you create a peg doll of a personal deity or one you studied this term.

Starting a New Block

Thinking
Questions:
 This month we study “Maman Bridgette: Honoring our Bones/Death”

Reflect on these questions:

What words do you use for death?  Why?

Have you ever heard doctors or other professionals avoid saying death/dead/die/dying? What impression did that make on you?

What can you remember of your first experience of death? Share the experience with us.

If you are willing to think about your own death, what comes to mind? Do you have your papers organized in the vent of your death?

What would you like to be remembered for?

What do you believe happens after we die? What were you taught as a child? Have your beliefs changed? What have you taught your own children about death?

Does your family have any particular rituals or practices when someone dies?

Small Read your two other deity sheets.

Medium: All the above PLUS

  • Try one charm from either deity sheet.
Large: All the above PLUS

DIY Mix and match your own combo from above and/or select another working that interests you related to this month’s theme/tradition.

Articles

Music 

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