This Sunday (8/2): Lughnassadh

“Lugh the Many-Skilled” by Joanna Powell Colbert. You can see more of her work here: https://www.gaiansoul.com/gallery/

Join Jamie and Matt on Sunday, August 2nd for an ADF-style celebration of Lughnassadh where we consider Lugh as the upholder of Oaths and the Law. As part of ritual, we’ll be making art – please choose one of the provided coloring pages or bring a craft you’re already working on. If you need a page brought to you, please let us know! You will find it helpful to your practice if a bowl for offerings, some offerings of your choice for the powers, a beverage of your choice for the blessing cup, a chalice, and a means of lighting it are all available in your space for ritual.

You can find us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82162097917 – we will host an hour of social/prep time from 3 to 4, and the ritual will begin at 4pm.

Welcome Hermes, Gaia’s New Patron of the Year

By ranked choice vote, the community has chosen Hermes to be our next patron of the year!

In the first round, Hermes and Freyr tied with 36.8% of the vote. Spider Woman received 26.3%. Because no candidate took a majority of the vote, the third place candidate was eliminated, and those voters’ second choices were tallied. This gave Hermes 61.1% of the second-round vote to Freyr’s 38.9%.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the patron selection process for 2020! Thanks also to FairVote for the use of their RankIt site, where we collected and tallied the votes.
 https://rankit.vote/vote/H0Z8NclJCDmoMWB0QsSI

This Sunday (7/26): Farewell to Horus

We started our ritual year with Horus by crafting feathers for ways to increase ma’at. This year has been in some ways a tribulation, both for us and for the rest of the world. We’ll review some of those commitments and the things we have learned from our year working with Horus before we send him back to his other duties and responsibilities.

As usual we will be holding this ritual in our Zoom video chat:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4449994327
Meeting ID: 444 999 4327

For this ritual you may want to bring: a chalice/candle, water and baking soda/natron to cleanse with, and a bit of ‘whole food’, wine, juice, or some food you made yourself to offer as we work. Remember that at the end of Egyptian ritual, food items offered revert to the participants. Social time begins at 3p Central, ritual at 4.

This Sunday (7/19): Honoring Freyr

This Sunday we will hold the last of three rituals in honor of the powers chosen as potential patrons for Gaia Community for the next year. After three weeks, we will hold a vote among community members and friends to choose a deity to work with from this July to next.

Come and join us this Sunday as we honor and discuss Freyr’s potential patron perks. Be thinking of a skill you would like to refine. Please have a cup/chalice/horn of a beverage to partake of, a small piece of paper, a writing implement, and a candle for the chalice lighting if you would like.

This event will be held at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83561586082. We will open the room for social hour at 3 pm Central, with the ritual to begin at 4.

This Sunday (7/12) : Honoring Hermes

This Sunday we will hold the second of three rituals in honor of the powers chosen as potential patrons for Gaia Community for the next year. After three weeks, we will hold a vote among community members and friends to choose a deity to work with from this July to next.
In this ritual, we travel from ancient Greece to the modern Internet-enabled world in search of Hermes, the many-faced god of communications, trade, thievery, and magic. We find the clever god engaged in the art of connection and the creation of possibility. He inspires us to respect the stranger and seek peace, to provide care and hospitality to the traveler, the foreigner, the oppressed, the dying. With Hermes’ help, we wonder: how can we negotiate, barter, or steal a better society for ourselves and our communities?

Please join us at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85048512830
We hold social hour from 3p – 4p central time, with the ritual beginning at 4.
You may want: A candle, matches, a bowl of water, and a comfortable place to sit.
This ritual will be recorded.

This Sunday (7/5): Honoring Spider Woman

This Sunday we will hold the first of three rituals in honor of the powers chosen as potential patrons for Gaia Community for the next year. After three weeks, we will hold a vote among community members and friends to choose a deity to work with from this July to next. The first ritual honors Spider Woman:

The call from Spider Woman from the ancient Southwest to Gaia Community in 21st Century America, is a call to wholeness, integrity and harmony with the world as it is. Spider Woman weaves the universe, a holy pattern in its intricate complexity and infinite beauty, a shining web of life. She calls us to a new consciousness of the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part. On our own home soil, wherever we are living, each of us must find our own unique place in the web. She calls to us to walk in beauty every day, to recognize the inherent harmony of all of nature. She calls to us to care for the earth and each other in the deepest possible way, extending our relationships to include all members of the family of creation. Spider Woman is calling to us–will you listen to her call?

We encourage participants to gather a candle and fire (or electric candle), a bowl of water, a writing implement of choice, paper and some scissors, to do some work at home along with the ritual. As we do each Sunday, we’ll have an hour to chat before ritual, starting at 3, and the ritual will begin at 4 Central.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84821381684

This Sunday (6/28) – Bardic Circle

Join us this Sunday for a virtual bardic circle! We’ll spin tales, sing songs, and share poetry with each other. Suggested topics for this month include tales of justice or changing the world. Even if you won’t be sharing, please still attend; an appreciative audience is a bard’s best friend. We’ll open our zoom room (link below) at 3 pm Central for social time, with the bardic circle beginning at 4 pm.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88592265671

Black Lives Matter

Gaia Community unreservedly supports Black Lives Matter Kansas City and the protesters in opposition to police brutality. As a Unitarian Universalist congregation, we “affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person” (1st Principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association). Currently, our focus is on systemic racism oppressing Black lives, indigenous populations, and people of color, specifically calling for change in unjust law enforcement. Police brutality, racially biased police practices, and the criminalization of protest damage our democracy and both threaten and end the lives of Black people, Indigenous people, and other People of Color in our communities. 

We encourage our members, visitors, friends and supporters to take action in any of the following ways:

  • Donate to bail relief funds such as KC Community Bail Fund or Reale Justice Network Fund.  
  • Volunteer for or donate to the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project which aims to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes in the LGBTQ community statewide in both Kansas and Missouri.
  • Support the following activist groups: One Struggle KC, KC Tenants, Race Project KC, Stand Up KC, KC Protest Facebook Group.
  • Educate yourself on the ways in which intersectionality can compound racism; magnifying the oppression of people based on class, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and language.
  • Share this information with people you know, particularly those who may not be part of marginalized communities particularly targeted by police brutality and unequal policing.
  • As you feel safe and able, consider protesting or supporting protesters in Kansas City or wherever you live.
  • Make signs, masks, and donate other supplies for protesters (water, snacks, medical supplies, etc).

Gaia Community affirms the following list of demands by Black Lives Matter KC:

BLMKC obtained the signature/agreement of Mayor Lucas to the following with a timeline of six months.

  1. We demand local control of the KCPD. Approximately 70% of the City’s operating budget is allocated to public safety, with over $250M dedicated to the police department, yet the City of KCMO has no authority over KCPD decisions, policies, practices, and procedures. Mayor Quinton Lucas and the City Council must stand with the community to advocate for and encourage lawmakers in Jefferson City to pass legislation returning control of the KCPD to its citizens of Kansas City.
  2. We demand the proposed funding for body cameras, generously provided by the DeBruce Foundation and community partners, be put to use immediately to equip every officer in the KCPD with a body camera. Following a determination by the Community Review Board, footage from these cameras must be made publicly available as soon as it is practicable. Further, following recommendations by the Community Review Board, the KCPD must implement policies and procedures regarding when body cameras must be filming.
  3. We demand a restrictive policy governing the use of force, including a multi-step de-escalation procedure. Critically these policies must include a ban on knee holds and choke holds as acceptable methods of restraint.
  4. We demand that the KCPD demilitarize. The KCPD must discontinue the receipt or procurement of any and all surplus military equipment from the federal government or any other source.
  5. We demand that KCMO engage with community representatives including activists, members of advocacy groups, the leadership of local non-profit organizations and NGOs in order to develop effective solutions to the underlying socio-economic conditions that contribute to instances of police brutality. Indeed, these underlying socio-economic conditions include, but are not limited to: disparities in housing, education, economic mobility, healthcare outcomes, internet access, and food security.