This Sunday (4/18): Earth Day Ritual

During the pandemic, the enforced reduction in human movement around the planet made a measurable difference in some of the stresses the planet faces through the burning of fossil fuels. In fact, it is theorized that the pandemic itself may at some level be due to the proliferation of human life, resulting in the continual destruction of wildlife habitat. While in some cases this leads to extinction of species, it is also possible that the new proximity of some species to humanity has facilitated the transfer of viruses to people. And, of course, now that restrictions are being lifted, human movement will resume and so will the levels of pollution.
On this 51st celebration of Earth Day, we will review all that has been achieved since 1970…and all that is still to be done; and rededicate ourselves to walking as lightly as possible on our sole, our only home.

Every Sunday we hold social hour at 3pm Central, and begin the service of the week at 4pm. All are welcome!

This Sunday (4/11): Patron Selection Forum

Our Patron Selection Season is beginning this Sunday! Gaia Community has a tradition, begun in 2003, of annually selecting a deity or power, dubbed a “Patron”, whose mythology, cosmology, traditions, worship and wisdom are studied by ritualists for the next year; the results of the study are presented in rituals, classes and other formats throughout the year. This tradition has allowed us as a congregation and as individuals, to explore and learn about more areas of pagan worship. Since last July, we have focused on Hermes.

This Sunday, April 11, we will hold nominations for next year’s patron. We encourage people to bring your ideas about what entity to study. If you have a deity you particularly work with, and would like to see formal rituals dedicated to them, we hope you’ll share your knowledge and insight with us on Sunday. Or, if there is an entity you would like to learn more about, we hope you share that suggestion, and ideally, do a little research so you can tell us about the candidate and any ideas for how they might work with our community. Even if you don’t have nominations, please attend, join the discussion, and give your input, thoughts and reactions. Later there will be some voting to narrow the field, and then some rituals presented for chosen candidates before a final vote.

For questions about how the process works this year, or if you cannot attend, to nominate a candidate, feel free to email jamie at gaiacommunity dot org. We open our room for social time at 3pm Central, and the forum will begin at 4.