Fundraisers

Gaia Community does not run purely by the hard work and time of its members, nor the pledges and offerings taken up each week. Our Stewardship Committee also conducts several fundraisers each year, some of which are described below in more detail.

Gaia Community Garage Sale

Each year, in the late spring or early summer, Gaia Community offers members and friends a chance to get rid of their old stuff for a good cause at the Gaia Garage Sale. Held at the home of a member, the sale usually runs Friday and Saturday.

God Auction

2017 God Auction

We will hold the next God Auction on July 16, 2017. This year marks the first time that all the contenders are Goddesses - so while this is our 15th Annual God Auction, it's also our first Goddess Auction! The contenders are Bast, Gaia, and the Morrigan.

History

In 2003, Gaia Community adopted a "Pagan Traditions of the World" format to our rituals, with several cycles of rituals from different traditions: British Traditional Wicca, Hellenic Paganism, Druidry, and Kemetic (Egyptian) Paganism, among others. The experience introduced us to an ancient/modern concept of a "God Auction". In this Egyptian practice, temples of various gods in each city would collect donations of food and goods to discern who would be the patron of the city. The temple that collected the most was given a place of prominence for the coming year, and its deity became the city's patron, claiming extra festival days as well as having additional responsibilities to distribute its wealth and food to citizens in need.

Our version of this tradition raises money for Gaia Community and food for Harvesters, Kansas City's community food network. Several deities are represented in the auction ritual, and the community has the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about each one. Participants then make donations to support their choice.

Our first God Auction ritual featured a choice between Egyptian deities, but we have since altered the practice to welcome powers of any pantheon or persuasion. Since 2006, powers have been chosen by "penny drive" - a number of potential patrons are suggested by members and guests, and over the course of several weeks, the field is narrowed based on gifts of small change.

The God Auction ritual is theatrical, interactive, and funny. It's raucous and inspiring by turns, as representatives of various powers trade questions, jabs, and visions for the future. Each "temple" collects donations of money and food over the course of several rounds of questions and conversation, and gives out gifts in turn to its supporters. At the end of the ritual, the power whose representatives have earned the most points (one dollar or one non-perishable food item is worth one point) is declared the patron of the community for the year to come. Gifts are given to high donors, and we celebrate!

Past Contenders and Winners

  • June 2003: Bast, Hathor, Osiris and Thoth; Osiris won.
  • July 2004: Arianrhod, Athena, Faunus and Kuan Yin; Arianrhod won.
  • July 2005: Eris, Lugh, Odin and Venus; Lugh won.
  • July 2006: Bast, Ganesh, Hestia, and Oghma; Hestia won.
  • July 2007: Apollo, Brigid, Freya, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster; Brigid won.
  • July 2008: Artemis, the Green Man, Persephone, and Thor; Thor won.
  • July 2009: Eris, Hermes, Isis, and Thoth; Thoth won.
  • July 2010: Artemis, Cai-Shen, Grandmother Spider, and Quetzalcoatl; Quetzalcoatl won.
  • July 2011: Athena, Freyr, James T. Kirk, and Rabbit; Athena won
  • July 2012: Hephaestus, Lugh, Nehalennia, North American Beaver; Lugh won.
  • July 2013: Cerridwen, Hermes, Oshun; Oshun won.
  • July 2014: Antinous, Danu, and Quan Yin; Danu won
  • July 2015: Brigid, Columbia, and Hephaestos; Brigid won.
  • July 2016: Dionysus, Freyr, and Hermes; Dionysus won.

Longest Night Ball

In December of 2008, Gaia Community added a new kind of event to its calendar, a masked ball to celebrate the Winter Solstice. The Longest Night Masked Ball took place at Broadway Church on the Solstice night. We had music and dancing, delicious food, a silent auction, event photography, and a special dance performance to mark the seasonal transition at midnight. The party was attended by some 60 people, and a good time was had by all!

We've held the ball each year since, and we expect to hold it again; watch this space for more information. If you would like to help plan or put on 2012's party, please contact the Stewardship Committee.

The Bazaar

Are you a pagan or pagan-friendly artist or crafter who wants to show off and sell your wares? Are you interested in buying handmade gifts for yourself or others that are a little bit different from what you find at the average arts and crafts fair? If so, you'll want to check out the Bazaar at Gaia Community.

Initially created as a way to facilitate the sometimes-difficult dance of the winter holiday gift-giving season, the Bazaar is now envisioned as a way to connect makers, buyers, and sellers in the wider pagan community. At the Bazaar, you'll see a variety of vendors offering apparel, ritual supplies, candles, herbal health and beauty products, costumery and garb, jewelry, food, leather-craft, books, unique home decor, and more. You'll be entertained with music and dance, and have the opportunity to enjoy a massage or a tarot reading. The Kitchen Witches of Gaia Community turn out with tasty baked goods for sale, and truly special items are offered up in a raffle.

It's been a while since we had a bazaar, but that doesn't mean it will never happen again. If you're interested in making one happen, contact the Stewardship Committee.

Vendor Information and Registration for the 2009 Fall Bazaar

Event Information

The Fall Bazaar will be held from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, October 24th, at the Old Mission Masonic Lodge, 5201 West 75th Street, in Prairie Village, KS . Vendors are encouraged to register as early as possible so we can have space and materials available to help make your participation a success.

Online Registration

All registrations and fees are due by October 11th to reserve your space!

















   







Space requirements (select one; click 'Add to Cart' button as well, if paying online):
  • Booth: $85
  • Table: $45
  • Booth (G.C. member): $45
  • Table (G.C. member): $25





Special Requests (multiple booths, more than 2 tables, electricity, etc):


We will confirm that we received your registration within seven days.



Help Us Advertise

We are advertising through a number of local and regional outlets, but we always welcome help in spreading the word.
Please feel free to link this page widely and share information about the Bazaar with your customers and other vendors this season. A flyer will be available soon for display as well.