MG Officers Deep Chair

July 21, 2018 the  MG Officers met from 11 AM – 1:30 PM for  a SUPER productive “deep chair” meeting getting the lay of the land, sneak peeks at the group T-shirt, sneak peeks at new technology, and doing the Officer Dream Board as we get ready to plan the September Mabon Retreat 2018.

This is something we’ve started doing every 5 years or so to assess group health, make sure we are following Mystic Grove’s mission, First Unitarian’s Mission, and dream big ideas. This time around it includes planning for our 20th Anniversary in 2021!

Noodles Restaurant July 2018

But Officers get hungry so we went to “Mystic Noodle.” Not all of us have been there yet but it is quickly becoming a fav of the group because of the price, the variety, the vegetarian and GF options. Two of us tried the new Zoodle option with the spiralized zucchini.  Check out Noodles World Kitchen in the neighborhood if you get the chance around Fashion Square Mall.

NEXT EVENT

Next up is Moon Circle. “In Person” registration for 4th Friday class is full.

We are taking “distance learners” who want to get “Moon Circle Lite” over Facebook group. You can start joining the group now. Files will be digital handouts and will appear on 4th Saturdays.

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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

Midsummer 2018 by J Leger.jpg

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.

Delicate Mystery by J. Moore 300pixPHOTO

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.

solar wheel of year

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

May News

beltane 2018 main atlarThanks to those who attended Beltane on May 5.  Pictures are posted online.

Thanks also to those who came to the May 6th monthly meeting. Here’s the notes if you missed it.

This month’s photo is by P. Burdette of the main altar close up.  (Email or Facebook message if you’d like to submit one of your photos for the newsletter.)

CLASSES

The calendar has been updated again.  The May 12 session of “Circle of Song” is canceled due to illness.  We will take a break for the summer and see about bringing it back in the Fall.

The Odyssey four part series starts on Thursday  starts May 10.

Walking the Labyrinth continues on May 24.

Sometime in July is the annual “teacher meeting” at Fashion Square Panera for brunch and to map out the 2018-2019 list of ideas for classes and craft circles. Are you a teacher who feels called to contribute this year? A guest who wants to see how that works? Watch this space and come to the planning meeting!

ANNUAL REPORT AND MEMBERSHIP

The annual report was submitted to First Unitarian for the Annual Congregational Meeting on May 20th. Copies available to registered Members and Friends at the Yahoo! group file area.  Go to

Files > Grove Organizational Docs > 2018 Agendas, Minutes, Annual Reports

and you will see it there.

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

(If you are a 1U member looking for the materials for the May 20 Congregational meeting, they are posted here. )

SOLAR 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.   There are many opportunities to volunteer on this one.

Do you want to be a read a short passage at the pulpit or help ring in a direction? Let us know.

Do you want to contribute to the slide show and share pictures of your home altar, your spiritual practices, your pagan artwork and crafts, attending pagan events elsewhere?

You can either respond to the “Submit Photos for Midsummer Slide Show” Facebook Event and leave your photo in a comment or email your submission to mysticgrove@orlandouu.org with “For the Midsummer Slides” in the subject line.

Do you want to display your items on the community altar?  You can email that you want to place your item on the community altar and will be bringing it to the June 3rd monthly meeting or on the day.  (Ahead of time preferred so we have enough table space planned.)

LUNAR RITUAL

The Jan – June block of Moon Circle is CLOSED, but registration for the new July – Dec block will open July 1. We will continue our study of various deities and esbat celebrations.

TEACHING CRAFT CIRCLES

This month on Friday May 18, we learn to make silhouette light boxes.

Plan ahead:  June 15th, we make God’s eyes.  We will take sticks and yarn for this craft if you want to bring it by any other craft circle or monthly meeting.

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 Something Wicked This Way Comes (PG)

Based on the Ray Bradbury novel. See what happens in a small American town when a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk…

Next month, we screen… TBD! Email us if you have a suggestion that you want to bring in. We keep an idea list so even if your suggestion doesn’t make it this month, it might later on!

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 May 20  from 12 PM – 2 PM over at Smashburger (3162 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803).

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 FIELD TRIP TO GUANG MING TEMPLE

Mystic Grove is taking a field trip to visit Guang Ming Temple in July. Founded in 1992, Guang Ming Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Central Florida. In Mandarin Chinese, “Guang-Ming” means “bright light.”

Are you interested in coming along with us? Plan to come to the June 3 monthly meeting to vote on the best Sunday to go meet up. It will either be July 8 or July 22. We plan to do the 11 AM Tour, and stay for the 12:30 PM Vegetarian Lunch.

If you cannot make it with the Mystic Grove, you can attend one of their other Sunday tours. 

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

May:

  • We already started talking about who feels called to serve as an officer at the monthly meeting.  Is this you? Email the chair at mysticgrove@orlandouur.org. You must already be a voting member to hold office.

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.

Aug/Sept

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

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Because sometimes we have to save up money to get to go… looking way ahead to October.

NEXT MONTHLY MEETING

The next 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting is June 3 at 12:30 PM in Room 1. This is a great way to get to know us and how we work. Guests welcome to attend.

Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Lunch at a nearby restaurant follows for those wanting to enjoy fellowship after the meeting.

MYSTIC GROVE LINKS TO KNOW

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

Beltane Jobs

elements

Beltane 2018 is coming up soon!

We have our Green Man and Flower woman and will be celebrating their “wedding” and dancing around the maypole.

Ritual is 7 – 8 PM. Potluck is 8 – 9 PM. We try to be out and done by 9:30 PM. Many hands make light work! 🙂

Would you like to volunteer with Mystic Grove? “On the Day” volunteer jobs are simple. You can come at 7 PM on May 4 and/or on May 5 at 6 PM for orientation/reherasal and get your job explained to you.

Here are the jobs that are open. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org interested.

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April News

labyrinth_mjamesThanks to those who attended Ostara on March 24 and the April 1st monthly meeting!  Here’s the notes if you missed it.

This month’s photo is by M. James of the 1U labyrinth at sunset.

CALENDAR

The calendar has been updated with a new class! We will be offering the Odyssey of Homer on Thursdays starting on May 10.  For more info about new and ongoing classes visit these links:

RITUALS

Our next solar ritual is Beltane on May 5, 2018. Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: Red, white, green, yellow, etc in bright tones. Floral headbands encouraged. 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.

The Jan – June block of Moon Circle is CLOSED, but registration for the new July – Dec block will open July 1. We will continue our study of various deities and esbat celebrations.

TEACHING CRAFT CIRCLE

This month, we learn to make calendula salve. Cost is  $5.

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 “My Neighbor Totoro.(G)” This is a 1988 award winning Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten.

In post-war rural Japan,  two young girls, Satsuki and her younger sister Mei, move into a house in the country with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. Satsuki and Mei discover that the nearby forest is inhabited by magical creatures called Totoros. They soon befriend these Totoros, and have several magical adventures.

Next month, we screen “Something Wicked This Way Comes. (PG)”

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

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.  We will be accepting them all summer.

FIELD TRIP

Mystic Grove is thinking about taking a field trip to visit Guang Ming Temple.  25 years ago a group of Monks came to Florida only to discover that there was no place to honor the Buddha’s teachings. Today we have the Guang Ming Temple. Founded in 1992, Guang Ming Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Central Florida. In Mandarin Chinese, “Guang-Ming” means “bright light.”

Are you interested in coming along? Plan to come to the May 6 monthly meeting as we pick the Sunday that works out best for those wanting to go.  We plan to do the 11 AM Tour, and stay for the 12:30 PM Vegetarian Lunch.

If you cannot make it with the Mystic Grove, you can attend one of their other Sunday tours. 

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEXT MONTHLY MEETING

The next 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting is May 6 at 12:30 PM in Room 1. This is a great way to get to know us and how we work. Guests welcome to attend.

Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Lunch at a nearby restaurant follows for those wanting to enjoy fellowship after the meeting.

MYSTIC GROVE LINKS TO KNOW

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

The Odyssey of Homer

odysseyKeats compared discovering Homer to “finding a new planet.” What is it in Homer’s great works—and especially the Odyssey—that so enthralled him? Why have readers before and since reacted the same way?

Come join us for this 4 session DVD film course!

WHEN AND WHERE

Thursdays 7 PM – 9 PM starting April 5, 2018 at

Room 1
First Unitarian Church of Orlando
1901 E. Robinson St
Orlando FL 32803

REGISTRATION AND COST

This class is FREE and is considered “Drop-in” friendly – come for all or just your favorites in this 4 week series! Donations welcome to help support our work.

SYLLABUS

Full description of each segment at https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/odyssey-of-homer.html

Suggested translations:

The Odyssey of Homer by Richmond Lattimore (Translator),‎ Homer  (Author)

The segment is following by the readings in your book.

 

May 10

Class 1: The Odysssey

  • Hero’s Homecomings (1)
  • Guests and Hosts (2-4)
  • A Goddess and a Princess (5-6)
May 17, 2018

Class 2: The Odysssey

  • Odysseus Among the Phaiakians (7-9)
  • Odysseus Tells his Own Story (10-11 (line 1-375) )
  • From Persephone’s Land to the Island of Helios (11 (line 375-end) – 12)
May 31, 2018

Class 3: The Odysssey

  • The Goddess, the Swineherd and the Beggar (13-15)
  • Reunion and Return (16-17)
  • Odysseus and Penelope (18-19)
June 7, 2018

Class 4: The Odysssey

  • Recognitions and Revenge (20-22)
  • Reunion and Resolution (23-24)
  • The Trojan War and the Archaeolgists

CONTACT
Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for more info or to be put on  the reminder list for this class.