"Caring for the Earth and each other because our lives depend on it."

Welcome!

Gaia Community is an earth-based, pagan Unitarian Universalist congregation meeting in the Manheim Park neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. We meet every Sunday at 3 p.m. Each week we present either a participatory pagan ritual, a discussion forum, or a class. See our calendar to stay up to date with events. We also offer KidSpace, our children's program, during the service.

We welcome all who share our values and our commitments, regardless of age, race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual or affectional orientation, or disability.

To the left, you see Brigid's temple from our annual God Auction. We welcome her as our patron for 2015-2016, and you are also welcome to join us!

Learn more about us, or keep reading on this page for a list of upcoming events. You may also want to check out our newsletter, the Earth Healer.

God Auction

2015 God Auction

On July 12, 2015, Gaia Community held its 13th annual God Auction. Our patron for the 2015-2016 year is Brigid!

Coming Soon to Gaia Community

Here is a list of Sunday service titles for as far out as they are planned. Currently, the Ritual Teams Committee plans rituals four times a year. Our calendar will be the best place to read information about these rituals, which is usually available a few weeks before its date. Sometimes titles change during planning, but the topics don't usually change. Furthermore, occasionally classes & workshops move around. Please keep an eye on this page to stay up to date.

August 2015
30 - Ritual: Death (Tarot Arc)

September 2015
6 - Sharing Our Spirits
13 - Pagan Pride Day There will be no service at Ubuntu. Join us in Merriam!
20 - High Holiday: Fall Equinox

Gaia T-Shirt Sale!

We are pleased to announce that we now have shiny new logo t-shirts for sale at http://gaiauu.spreadshirt.com/!

Check them out - we are currently offering either the multi-colored logo on white shirts, or a white logo on green shirts (but it's spreadshirt, so you can get other colors if you like). We also have a quite capacious tote bag and a lovely green sweatshirt with the white logo centered on the front.

Gaia makes a few dollars off of each shirt sold, so this is a fundraiser as well as a way to show your affiliation with the community.

Please do note that the shirts are not all the same type of shirt, so check the sizing info before you order.

Ritual: Death (Tarot Arc)

Time: 
Aug 30 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Type: 
Ritual

Many people start to panic when the Death card comes up in a Tarot reading, but usually the card actually refers to a transformation that is coming. While change can be no less scary at times, we hope to pull some of the sting out of it with a game centered around facing up to (and recognizing) that change as it comes.

Please remember to bring an item for the Harvesters barrel to help people cope with changes in their lives without worrying about how to put food on the table.

KidSpace Involvement: 
Kids above nursery-age are welcome to attend with their parents, but the service will be geared toward the adults.

Raising the Sacred Fire: Raising Energy in Ritual

Time: 
Aug 31 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Type: 
Other

How do you raise energy in ritual?

Building ecstatic energy creates memorable rituals and transformative spiritual experiences. But how do you engage participation? How do you keep a group of people chanting or working with energy together? How is energy for a healing ritual different from a cone of power?

This workshop offers tools to work with ecstatic energy through presentation, discussion, and hands-on practice. Explore: ritual structure and flow, energetic intention, strengthening presence and charisma, and engaging participation with chanting, movement, rhythm, and group connection.

Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to practice ritual skills. Experienced ritualists will learn tools to facilitate more potent rituals and discussing what works and why. New ritualists will learn foundations of ritual work.

Will you join us to harness the fire of life force?

Admission: Suggested donation $5-$25, no one turned away for lack of funds

Presented by Shauna Aura Knight

An artist, author, ritualist, presenter, and spiritual seeker, Shauna travels nationally offering intensive education in the transformative arts of ritual, community leadership, and personal growth. Her work is inspired by the mythic stories of heroes, swords, magic, and the shadows we each face. She is the author of The Leader Within, Ritual Facilitation, and Dreamwork for the Initiate’s Path. She’s a columnist on ritual techniques for CIRCLE Magazine, and her writing also appears in the many Pagan magazines and anthologies.

She’s also the author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels including A Fading Amaranth, and The Truth Upon Her Lips, A Winter Knight’s Vigil, and more. Shauna’s mythic artwork and designs are used for magazine covers, book covers, and illustrations, as well as decorating many walls, shrines, and other spaces. Shauna is passionate about creating rituals, experiences, spaces, stories, and artwork to awaken mythic imagination. http://www.shaunaauraknight.com/

Location: 
Ubuntu Village (4327 Troost Ave)

Ritual Teams Meeting

Time: 
Sep 1 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Type: 
Committee Meeting

Members of the Ritual Teams Committee meet each month to discuss the upcoming Sunday schedule, critique previous rituals, and other aspects of the shared ministry at Gaia Community. Anyone who has successfully completed the Excellence in Ritual course and wishes to attend this meeting or serve on Ritual Teams should contact the Ritual Teams Coordinator.

Location: 
Ubuntu Village North, 4327 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110

Craft Circle

Time: 
Sep 5 2015 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Type: 
Covenant Group

The Sacred Crafting Covenant Group meets to work on projects, share ideas, teach and learn new crafts. Contact Erin for more information. Anyone is welcome, whether or not they are an official member of the community.

Location: 
Erin's Place, 4301 W 74th Terr. Prairie Village, KS 66208

Ritual: Sharing Our Spirits

Time: 
Sep 6 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Type: 
Ritual

Sharing Our Spirits rituals are created by those in attendance that day. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas or tools and also have the opportunity to help facilitate the ritual created.

KidSpace Involvement: 
Kids above nursery-age are welcome to attend with their parents, but the service will be geared toward the adults.
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