This Sunday: Arts and Craft – Our Spiritual Hobbies

This coming Sunday’s service will be a Forum on the intersection between art and magic, between craft and spirituality. We’ll share our thoughts about how we personally use our handwork (crafts, art, hobbies, skills) to further our worship, and our spirituality to enhance our art. Since we have the luxury of participating in this from our homes, I encourage you to bring out any examples of work you have done as altar objects, talismans, chant or spell-writing; or anything inspired by spiritual practice (for instance a poem inspired by a trance, or a piece of art generated from a divination, or–???) to share with everyone. Any hobby, craft, pastime, or art that you do is surely eligible! We definitely include the creating of music in this classification.

Please join us at 3pm for our virtual coffee hour, with the Forum to begin at 4pm.

This Sunday (5/17): Group Divination

Let’s solve our problems and figure out the future — together. We’ll practice three different methods of group divination — distributed inductive augury, bibliomancy, and tarot. For the first, we’ll be posting a link to a guided walking meditation for you to undertake on your own time before the workshop. Useful items to have with you include: a candle (to light a chalice at home), a book – your choice, fiction or non, at least several chapters, a tarot deck or app (such as Galaxy Tarot), a journal, and something to write with, a phone to take a picture or screenshot.Please join us from 3p – 4p CDT for social time, and the workshop beginning at 4p.

This Sunday (5/10) – In the Witch’s House

We continue to work our magic together but separately. In this ritual, we will bless and (re)claim the magical spaces in our own homes, strengthening our protections and our ties to the spirits and powers that keep company with us.

For this ritual, we ask that you clear a small space somewhere in your home to use as an altar, and that you connect with us from somewhere near that space if possible. Your altar might contain representations of your house spirits and/or personal deities; items that remind you of the way you want your home to feel; a candle or light of some kind; a bowl with salt and water; incense if appropriate; a rattle, shaker, or other noise-making tool; an empty bowl for offerings; and a snack and drink for you to share with your spirits and powers; and any decorations you like. If you don’t have all of those things to hand, don’t worry! Witches are resourceful people, and we can practice without tools and trappings if we need to.

Please join us for social hour at 3 pm, or for ritual at 4.

This Sunday (5/3): Beltane

The word ‘Beltane’ roughly translates as ‘bright fire’ and dates back to the Iron Age Celts. Fire was seen as an agent of purification and people walked, danced, or jumped over Beltane Bonfires. Farmers drove their livestock between two fires to cleanse and protect them before being put out into the fields for the summer. Most of us may not have livestock, but our need for purification is strong. Join us for an ADF-style ritual in which we will bolster our immunity and resolve to get through the rest of the COVID-19 crisis.

Props you will need at home to participate fully: a candle or two and a fire source; pen & paper or a journal; divination tools of your choice, Tarot or otherwise; a cup of a special or favorite beverage for the blessing cup; and optionally a clean bowl if you wish to make personal/physical offerings during Praise Offerings section of ritual. At the end of ritual we will talk about how to dispose of those offerings afterward.

Join Zoom Meeting – We will be online at 3 pm CDT for our virtual coffee hour, and ritual starts at 4.

Announcing our Board of Trustees for 2020-21

Results are in, and we welcome our new Board, officers, and other representatives!

President – Matt Scrivner

Vice President – Erin Scrogum

Secretary – Barbara Griggs

Treasurer – David Reynolds-Gier

Trustees – Kitty Degler, Jamie Peters, Kimberly Reynolds-Gier

Liaison to Ubuntu Village LLC – Kitty Degler

Nominating Committee – Susi Matthews, Devin Scrogum, Leo d’Entremont

Delegates to General Assembly – Susi Matthews, Kitty Degler, David Reynolds-Gier (alternate), Barbara Griggs (alternate)

Thanks to all who agreed to serve!