The Wheel turns and we celebrate Imbolc with a ritual dedicated to Brigid. She invites us to take part in her crafting, healing, keening and weaving. We will make wordclouds both for our fears and pains, to burn away, but also our hopes and goals as spring’s first light returns after a long winter.
As this ritual will be done in the style of ADF Druidry, we invite you to bring to ritual a candle to light as your chalice, a cup of something to drink, any offerings you wish to make and if necessary something to offer them into like a bowl or plate; you may also find it useful to have a journal or something to record your thoughts in.
In this class, we’ll explore the sacred history and metaphysical properties of number and shape, touching on magical, religious, and artistic practices from around the globe. Unlike your last math class, we won’t ask you to do any calculations, proofs, or word problems. You may want: a ruler or other aide for drawing lines, a compass for making circles, paper, and a writing implement.
We host virtual coffee hour from 3p to 4p, and the class will start at 4.
This Sunday we delve into the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, and explore the labyrinth as a place of protection, containment, contemplation, deceit, and choice. (Content notice: this myth contains images of violence, peril to children, neglect, and manipulation.) We hold social hour between 3p and 4p Central time, and the ritual will begin around 4.
Since its formation in 1962, the Unitarian Universalist Association–our denomination–has been, despite its social justice commitments and even its members’ prominent involvement in the Civil Rights struggles of the times, wrought by accusations of systemic racism and White Supremacy within the larger organization and our congregations. This is despite waves of initiatives and programs intended to break with this culture. The UUA has commissioned a vast work of reflection, including many perspectives, about what might be done organizationally, congregationally, and personally to accomplish the building of a new, affirmatively inclusive and anti-oppressive culture within Unitarian Universalism.
For Gaia to participate as authentically as possible (as a tiny and unusual congregation), this Sunday will be the first of a periodic series of Forums and classes around systemic oppression, settler colonialism, and White Supremacy. We will share our perceptions of the impact of White Supremacy on our individual and collective lives in this first discussion.