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

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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

October 2018 News

MEETING

Thanks to those who attended the Oct 7 monthly meeting!

Here are the Mystic Grove Oct 7 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 November 4 at NOON in Room 1.

INSPIRATION PHOTO

Perspephone Altar by Sandie

This month’s photo is from Sandie C. in our Moon Circle group.  This is her Persephone altar. For many of us, creating home altars brings us joy!

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

NEXT RITUAL

We have two Samhain happenings this month.

On October 28, we go to our sister church, University UU.  Adult Religious Education at 9 AM will be “Ask a Pagan” panel Q& A session.  The sermon at 10:30 AM is “The Pagan Wheel of the Year” with a special emphasis on Samhain. Please consider bringing items for a community altar honoring your ancestors so stories can be shared during the social hour after service.  If you have never been to University UU or if its been a while, this might be a good day to visit!

On Nov 3, we have our Samhain ritual at 1U.    Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: (grey, black, white, etc). “Pagan formal” is encouraged. This is your chance to break out the fancy clothes! Please bring a photo of your ancestor(s) for the community altar if you would like. Ritual begins at 7 PM. Potluck to follow at 8 PM. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients.

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.

Oct 13 MG Officers Meeting – In Person.  We work on updating bylaws.
Oct 14 1U Congregational Meeting.  11:45 PM in Gore Hall. Get the docs ahead of time here.

(In light of the Congregational Meeting that was called, we’ve moved the Guang Ming Temple Field trip to Nov 11. )

Oct 18 NEW! R&D: Ritual Book (3rd Thursdays) 7 PM, Room 1. Drop In Friendly.  We are gathering our collection of rituals for publicaiton for our 20th anniversary. 
Oct 19
Oct 26 Moon Circle Session 10.
Oct 28 NEW! Wheel of the Year Sermon at UUUS
Nov 2 R&D: Wheel of the Year (1st Fridays)7 PM, Room 1. Drop In Friendly.  We are writing “Wheel of the Year” curriculum for MS/HS/Adult level for publciation at UUCards.  If you wish to contribute to this project, come on by!
 Nov 3 Samhain Ritual.  7 PM Gore Hall.  8 PM Potluck. 
Nov 4 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting.  NOON in Room 1.  Guests welcome!

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!  It is our policy to provide free or low cost events.  Our classes always have 1 full scholarship and two 1/2 scholarships  available as well.

We will continue to accept books, tarot decks, and similar small items this year at any monthly meeting or ritual. We will have books out at ritual at the book table.   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

September 2018 News

MEETING

Thanks to those who attended the Sept 2 monthly meeting!

Here are the 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 October 7 at NOON in Room 1.

INSPIRATION PHOTO

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This month’s photo is from the article by Trevor Fraser in the Orlando Sentinel for Leu Garden’s exhibit for “Enchanted Fairy Doors.”

For many of us, being out in nature and appreciating its gifts and beauty is spiritually uplifting.

We’re going to see the exhibit on Sept 15.  Meet at 11 AM in the gift shop and start exploring at 11:15.  Stay as little or as long as you like. (Wear your Mystic Grove shirt or a bright blue T-shirt so we can find each other.)

The exhibit will be open until Sept 30th. If you cannot make it with us or on your own check out the Orlando Sentinel gallery online.

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

RITUAL

The next ritual is Mabon on Sept 22. Please being a non-perishable donation for the food bank or the pet food bank.  Mabon ritual is our annual food drive one.

CALENDAR

We are HOPPING in September with something going on each week!  Come on down and join us any time.  Facebook RSVPs help us plan for supplies, so please check in if you can.

Sept 7 Craft Circle: Making and Packing Pride Day Beads
Sept 8 MG Officers Meeting By Email
Sept 15 MG Field Trip – Leu Garden Enchanted Fairy Doors
Sept 20 MG Visits Mindful Meditation
Sept 21 Teaching Craft Circle: Cordials Making and Tasting
Sept 21 Mystic Grove Night Church
Sept 22 Mabon Day Retreat
Sept 22 Mabon Ritual
Sept 27 Orlando Pagan Pride Baking Day
Sept 28 Orlando Pagan Pride Set Up and Volunteer Training
Sept 29 Orlando Pagan Pride Day

BOOKS WANTED

We will be having a book table at Pagan Pride.  If you have books you have outgrown, considering donating them at any Craft Circle on 1st or 3rd Fridays or at the monthly meeting on 1st Sundays. If you cannot make it at one of these points, call the First Unitarian front office and see if you can bring them by at during business hours. (407) 898-3621.

We will be accepting them up to Sept 21.

MYSTIC GROVE LINKS TO KNOW

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

Welcome to 2018-2019 Church Year!

Thank to all those who came out to this month’s meeting. We set some records today!

  • Took the second ever photo with the group’s ribbon staff.
  • Got almost all member dues turned in and forms done in a single day.
  • Decided our new t-shirt color and got the t-shirt order ready.
  • Held a mini ritual in the campus labyrinth to celebrate outgoing and incoming leaders, honor new and renewing members, and bless the campus.

Then most of us kept right on partying and went on to a cookout/pool party rather than a typical restaurant lunch. Whew!

Mystic Grove 2018-2019 is now open and looking forward to a great new church year together! (Minutes summary will be posted within a week.)

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July News

Thanks to those who attended the July 1 monthly meeting! Here are the notes if you missed it.

PHOTO

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This month’s photo is from the Midsummer service taken by J. Leger who writes “Lovely service from all of you!”

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

MIDSUMMER AND NEXT RITUAL

Thanks to the many volunteers who helped put this together!

The prelude slides were shared with CUUPs.

You can also look at the gallery pictures online.

The next ritual is on August 4 — a celebration of the Kemetic new year where we learn how beer saved the world!

CALENDAR & IMPORTANT DATES

The summer calendar is available online.

The teacher’s meet on July 12 to plan the programs we will offer in 2018-2019. We are having the annual CUUPs teleconference in the assembly room at 1:30 PM on July 14. Officers meet on July 21 to go over foundational documents.

LUNAR RITUAL

Registration for the new July – Dec block is full for “in person” students!   We will continue to take “long distance learners” until that list is full. Long distance learners get all the material over email.  The class slides, the ritual, and homework links.

We continue our study of various deities and esbat celebrations based on Gathering for Goddess by B. Melusine Mihaltses.  First class is July 27.  The topic will be orientation for the new block + Erzulie Freda and the finer things in life.

Looking ahead to the Jan-June 2019 block, current teachers will be taking a break.  If you would like to lead moon circles, please let us know.

TEACHING CRAFT CIRCLES

This month on Friday July 20 we will learn how to make various origami patterns Some practical (envelopes and paper cups) and some decorative (various animals and a heart shape.)

Plan ahead:  On August 17 we explore beginner acrylic painting and do two dandelion designs.

Are you interested in hosting a craft circle? Tell us your idea!

MOVIE NITE

Movies are on summer break.  Do you have something you want to see? Email us!

PAGAN PRIDE

Mystic Grove is co-hosting Pagan Pride 2018 on Sept 29th at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando! If you want to help out contact either Orlando Pagan Collective or mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

BOOKS WANTED

We will be having a book table at Pagan Pride.  If you have books you have outgrown, considering donating them at any Craft Circle on 1st or 3rd Fridays or at the monthly meeting on 1st Sundays. If you cannot make it at one of these points, call the First Unitarian front office and see if you can bring them by at during business hours. (407) 898-3621.

We will be accepting them all summer.

OFFICER ELECTIONS & MEMBERSHIP

July is election month. Welcome to this year’s slate of officers!

  • Chair: Cat Rigby
  • Secretary/ Treasurer: Paul Burdette
  • Activities Coordinator: Lesley Horwarth
  • Historian: Sarah Grant

August is membership month! Are you thinking about becoming a Mystic Grove Member or Friend? You can learn about the path to membership here.  The annual membership window is coming up in August-September at the monthly meetings.

MYSTIC GROVE LINKS TO KNOW

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

June News

Thanks to those who attended the June 3 monthly meeting! Here are the notes if you missed it.

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This month’s photo is called “Delicate Mystery” by J. Moore who writes

What practices light up my inner fire?
Being in nature, making photographs of nature, and creating art with those images.

If you want to share what lights you up for the Midsummer service slides and/or the monthly news, email it to mysticgrove@orlandouu.org and tell us about it!

CALENDAR & IMPORTANT DATES

The calendar has been updated again with all our Summer Semester dates so far.

The July 1 Meeting will includes VOTING for the 2018-2019 officers. We also have to vote on a date for the Guang Ming Temple group field trip (July 22 or July 29) and set the date for the annual Teacher Meeting to map out the 2018-2019 list of ideas for classes and craft circles.

MEMBERSHIP

 

Are you thinking about becoming a Mystic Grove Member or Friend? You can learn about the path to membership here.  The annual membership window is coming up in August-September at the monthly meetings.

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MIDSUMMER  RITUAL

Our next solar ritual is Summer Solstice Morning Service on Sunday June 24, 2018.  It will be held at 11 AM in the Sanctuary.  The general theme revolves around “reigniting the spark” in your spiritual practices.   It should be a feast for the eyes and ears!  Fellowship time to follow in Gore Hall at noon.  For those interested, there is also the Pagan Pride Planning meeting in Room 1 at 12:30 PM.

After today’s meeting we have identified some easy volunteering jobs if anyone would like to help out:

  • Kitchen Helpers. Show up around between 10 and 10:30 AM on the day to ask the kitchen folks if they need help setting up the snacks.  Helpers to linger to help clean up also welcome. 

  • Community Altar Items. If you wish to display your “spiritual practice” item on the community altar rather than in digital photos on the service slides, please bring your item with a name label on it.  This way in case it gets forgotten so we can get it back to you.  Please limit items to about soda can size or smaller if possible.  Show up early between 10:15 – 10:45 AM to place your item on the front altar.
  • Extra drummers.  To help carry a simple beat on several songs.
  • Water Corner person.  To stand at the Water banner and shake a rain stick when cued.
  • “Fire in the Head” shouters  interspersed in the pews.  We will be doing  a rendition of Emerald Rose “Fire in the Head” as a “call and response song.”  We need some voices in the pews  ready to yell “Fire in the Head!” in the right moments.
  • Potluck finger food. For coffee hour after the services in Gore Hall.  As a courtesy to allergy people, please label dishes with name of cook and any allergy ingredients.
  • “Stations Helpers.” At social hour we will have 3 areas for making god’s eyes, coloring pages, and a music corner.  Doing simple activities encourages people to get to know each other and actually ASK their neighbor — “what spiritual practices to you enjoy doing?”

 

LUNAR RITUAL

Registration for the new July – Dec block will open July 1!  We will continue our study of various deities and esbat celebrations based on Gathering for Goddess by B. Melusine Mihaltses.

TEACHING CRAFT CIRCLES

This month on Friday June 15, we learn to make personal God’s Eyes.  At Midsummer we will make a great, big community effort God’s Eye!

Plan ahead:  July 20 we will learn how to make various origami patterns Some practical (envelopes and paper cups) and some decorative (various animals and a heart shape.)

Are you interested in hosting a craft circle? Tell us your idea!

MOVIE NITE

Come join us each month on 3rd Sundays for movie night fun. It’s BYO dinner, watch, and discuss! This month we watch Spirited Away on June 17th.  In this fanciful adventure, a ten-year-old girl named Chihiro discovers a secret world when she and her family get lost and venture through a hillside tunnel. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, Chihiro must fend for herself as she encounters strange spirits, assorted creatures and a grumpy sorceress who seeks to prevent her from returning to the human world. She must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirited_Away

On July 15th we screen a reprise of “Something Wicked This Way Comes.”

What do you want to see in August? Let us know!

PAGAN PRIDE

Mystic Grove is co-hosting Pagan Pride 2018 on Sept 29th at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando! If you want to help out contact either Orlando Pagan Collective or mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.  The next planning meeting is on July 24 from 12:30 PM – 2:30  PM in Room 1 at First Unitarian.

BOOKS WANTED

Mystic Grove was given several collections of pagan interest books from folks who are moving away and from a dear member, Mary Ellen Mayo, who passed away.  We will be having a book table at Pagan Pride.  If you have books you have outgrown, considering donating them at any Craft Circle on 1st or 3rd Fridays or at the monthly meeting on 1st Sundays. If you cannot make it at one of these points, call the First Unitarian front office and see if you can bring them by at during business hours. (407) 898-3621.

We will be accepting them all summer.

SUMMER “HOUSEKEEPING” DATES

Mystic Grove aligns its business year with the First Unitarian business year.  Summer on our “Typical Calendar” is the time for doing all of the “winding it down/cranking it back up” work of our group.  While you can see the details on the PDF, the big summer highlights are

June:

  • Midsummer Service
  • Renew our CUUPS chapter membership.  You can also be an individual member of CUUPS.
  • Start getting ready for the officers to change smoothly.

July:

  • Officer Elections.
  • Annual Teacher Meeting to plan out 2018-2019 offerings
  • Start preparing PR materials and membership drive materials.
  • CUUPS Annual Meeting.  (We will host “Tea and cookies” in the Assembly Room for anyone wanting to attend this video conference call as guests.)

Aug/Sept

  • Classroom Clean Up
  • Annual Member Dinner to welcome back old members/greet new ones
  • Host Pagan Pride

 

MYSTIC GROVE LINKS TO KNOW

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