We have spent a year under the patronage of the Mighty Dead, and while our Dead will always be with us, the time has come to dissolve that formal relationship. Yet there are many, many members of that august body whose specific praises we have not yet sung. This will be an opportunity for anyone attending to help remedy that oversight by making offerings to any specific person having lived and passed over. We will follow a Druid-style format with a period of time with the Gates between the worlds opened, and there will be time to address praise offerings to any of the beings who might be contacted that way. An appropriate offering can be a performance, piece of art, or substance (food, drink, flowers, etc.) likely to please the person being honored. We specifically urge you to come prepared to invoke and make an offering to any of the “Prophetic people” whose words and deeds “challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love,” as mentioned in the UU Sources. If you are joining from home, you will wish to have a chalice and means of lighting it, and you may also want to provide an offering bowl and substances that you can offer to any of the Powers. We also encourage you to have a beverage available to share in the return of blessings. If attending in person, we encourage you to bring a suitable vessel to receive a blessing liquid, as the time is not yet right for sharing from a communal vessel. (And if you prefer, feel free to bring your own beverage to be blessed)
The results are in for the 2022-2023 Patron Selection, and our winner is Prometheus! It was a close race between the Greek Friend of Humanity and Xōchipilli, the Aztec Flower Prince, with Hecate, the Keeper of the Keys of the Cosmos, coming in third. We will hold a class on July 17 to learn more about Prometheus and his role, and then welcome him formally as patron on July 24. Over the next year, we’ll learn about and work with Prometheus in a number of ways, and we’ll also hold rituals in honor of Xōchipilli and Hecate. Watch the Event Calendar to find out what’s coming next! If you are interested in how the process shook out, here is an excellent visualization of the ranked-choice vote tally for our election.
We *were* going to talk about what happened at the UUA’s General Assembly today, but feel that we need to let other events take precedence. So instead, we will be talking about the end of Roe v. Wade, how we are feeling about it, what it means for us in our states and local areas, and how to move forward.
Please join us Sunday June 5 and June 12 for a series of mini-rituals to introduce the eight powers nominated as potential patrons of the year for 2022-2023! On June 5, we’ll hold short rituals honoring Persephone, Lugh, Ariadne, and Xochipilli. On June 12, our rituals will be dedicated to Hecate, the World Tree, Prometheus, and Ma’at.
These rituals will be held in our space at 4327 Troost Ave, and also accessible online. You can join us online on June 5 at this link. On June 12, find us online at this link. Both Sundays will be recorded for members who can’t be present.
Superstitions are as old as humans, and urban living brings its own set of little legends and rituals. Join us as we explore the mysteries of city life, and how they are integrated into our lives and spirituality.
Join Gaia Community in Kansas City’s Theis Park to celebrate Beltane, Sunday, May 1st! Social time at 3 pm, ritual starts at 4 pm. We’ll be looking at our fears about opening up again and releasing them by burning them away in a cauldron. Then we’ll energize our hopes for ourselves and our community as we dance around the Maypole. Please remember to bring a chair and/or blanket to sit on and drums if you want to join in. If you wish, bring a picnic dinner to eat when ritual is done.
We will be meeting within sight of the west end of the The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden Parking lot and ritualizing on the southeast side of Frank A. Theis Park, see link: https://goo.gl/maps/CJsCP2hsirsuDm1C8 There are restrooms inside the Memorial Garden building.
If you’d like to join us online, we will be streaming the outdoor ritual on our zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88137434129?pwd=TWNOM3FWYnlERnV5aHp5VVB5MFMyZz09 Please note: There is no online social hour today. We have limited battery on the devices we’re using to stream, and want to make sure we get through the ritual. So if you’re logging on to join us, we won’t be there until a little before 4p central. Sorry about that! Social hour will return next week!
During the past two years of isolation many of us have longed for the days when we could again work together on crafting for our Craft. While we enjoy patronizing artisans for beautiful items to grace our altars, private and public, there are times when we just can’t find (or perhaps afford) just the right tool or votive object. In this class, we will discuss, and encourage everyone to share, items that they have made, repurposed, decorated or assembled from found or unusual objects. We’ll also cover suggestions for sources, modes of embellishment, and ideas for assembling altered altar dressings. If you’ve made your own magical tools or altar items in the past, feel free to bring them and show them off! We will also provide a selection of random objects to browse through, hoping to be inspired to create something new.
Join Jamie and Matt as we mark the personal sacrifices we’re making as we begin the journey of multi-platform services. We’ll also be ramping up our pledge drive and thanking our members. If you’re joining us virtually, you will need a chalice, paper and pen, and the means to burn a single sheet of paper per person attending in your space. You may also want sandalwood incense.
Join us for a forum to begin the process of selecting our next patron. We will be building a slate of up to 8 powers to be nominated at the forum. We will have 2 services in June in which each power’s team will get a turn to advocate for their power. After that, we will vote using Ranked Choice Voting to determine our next patron. If you cannot attend and wish to nominate a power, please contact Jamie with the power’s name, pantheon/origin, and why you think they are a good choice for Gaia Community.