This Sunday (4/16): Member Sunday: Gifts of the Phoenix


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.

This event will be held in-person and online. If you’re joining us in-person, please bring your vaccination card (and check out our other COVID safety practices). If you’re joining us online, here’s a link to the zoom room: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85629631819?pwd=YUc0UFJDbUdINjlTb1JEZTF1Mkprdz09

This Sunday (4/3): Patron of the Year nominations!

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.

This event will be held in-person and online. If you’re joining us in-person, please bring your vaccination card (and check out our other COVID safety practices). If you’re joining us online, here’s a link to the zoom room: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86561469895?pwd=OVUvV1Flam5tWTErVzFFMjFHajJKZz09

Update: We’re adding an option for in-person services!

Great news – we’re going back to our old digs at 4327 Troost for Sunday services and Games Nights beginning on Sunday, April 3!

As case rates drop across the KC metro, we want to take the opportunity to see each other in person again. We recognize that COVID-19 has not gone away, though; some risks remain, especially to our disabled and chronically ill community members. We are committed to minimizing health risks at our events. We are also committed to continuing to reach those of you who need or prefer to come to us online. We ask for everyone’s help in keeping those commitments. Things may not look quite like “normal” at Gaia events, even if we are gathering in physical space again, and we ask for your patience and support as we continue to navigate this situation in accordance with our care for one another.

What does that mean? First, it means that we will continue to hold a virtual space for our rituals and other services. If distance or circumstances keep you from visiting us in person, we will still be there for you. This may be a rocky process at first as we figure out how to create multi-platform services. But over the last year, we’ve picked up some skills and some equipment to help us, and we’re going to keep learning and growing in this area.

Second, it means that we are not abandoning all our pandemic precautions in a rush to be together again. We are taking a slow and steady pace in opening up to in-person events, and things may change as conditions change. Please check out our COVID practices page for more information about what to expect.

We’re very excited about this change, and can’t wait to see you (in person or online) soon!

This Sunday (3/20): Spring Equinox!

Join us for a celebration of new beginnings brought to us by Spring! We’ll explore renewal and rebirth in our lives, both individually and collectively. You need the following:

  1. A tarot deck or other divination method
  2. Writing supplies
  3. A flower, plant, or other green living thing
  4. A small bowl of water
  5. A small snack and a drink

You may also wish to have a chalice, 4 candles for 4 goddesses, and a spring-themed altar.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82361387412?pwd=UWlVb1U1N0pmU1hkZ3BIbEQ5ZVg1UT09

This Sunday: Sharing Our Spirits Ritual

We will be holding a Sharing Our Spirits Ritual this Sunday, co-created and facilitated by those in attendance. The intention for this ritual is to create peace, and the activities of ritual will be decided during the first part of our time together (starting at 4pm, with coffee hour before), then the ritual itself held in the remaining time. Feel free to bring poetry, visual props, ideas, or just things you wish to see happen!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81476205650?pwd=aVpxTk5UdWViUVdVM2VFcUJVdk5jQT09

This Sunday (3/6/22): We Will Be Their Ancestors

Person in a white shirt that reads "YOU MATTER".
Photo by Eneida Hoti.

Fittingly, in this year spent under the shadow of pestilence and war, we have turned our attention to the Ancestors, the Mighty Dead, to learn from those who have gone before, the secrets to surviving and thriving in, and even perhaps turning the direction of adversity.  This Sunday, we recognize that eventually, and ideally later rather than sooner, WE will be the ancestors to people who come after us.  Who will they be?  Who will we be for them?  What wisdom, what advice will we offer them?  What will be our legacy?  We will travel through time into the future and explore. You will need only a chalice, writing materials, and something that measures time: (a watch, calendar, clock, hourglass, sundial…) and perhaps something to drink and eat to ground yourself during the work.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86439985719?pwd=NjU1cDNKRmNFVGNpWnVVSTVoTmpsdz09

This Sunday: Chaoflux (a ritual of Discordia)

:Hail ye and welcome Gaians to the venerable, honorable, and execrable Rite of the Holy Day of Chaoflux, [Barbara to insert discordian date here] wherein we shall, or possibly shall not, worship the goddess Eris in a manner consistent with the Principia Discordia. [Devin, write some words here about it being an ADF ritual and they might want praise offerings] {Nah, it’s cool, I think they know-D.} To participate, we encourage you to have handy whatever you damn well please, except that you really should bring a beverage which you enjoy, which ideally shall be both pungent and sweet and if possible, orange. And a chalice, because we are not throwing out every single scrap of bureaucracy here.” General chat starts at 3, ritual starts around 4.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82058329646?pwd=ZTFLNGROL0g0TCs0c0oxWGFUclVHZz09

This Sunday (2/6): Class: Composting

This Sunday we will be discussing not only the care and feeding of the compost pile for fun and soil, but also some reasons why we as individuals/households should compost, how we already compost and may not know it, and what groups in and around the Kansas City area compost on a large scale.  If you have specific questions about composting, please send them to dscrogum at gmail dot com and we will be sure to answer them in the class!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81508718527?pwd=emJYa3RIaGFxQUMvaVExL3owRG5PUT09

This Sunday (1/30) – Imbolc

Hearth fire with cozy teapot.
Image by Dominik Hofbauer

We are halfway there…Imbolc is the milestone halfway through the darkest time of the year, from the longest night at Yule to the point of balance at Ostara.  Imbolc is traditionally a time to turn to Brigid and seek her support.  We will encourage participants to prepare a place to welcome Brigid’s presence, make offerings to her and seek her help and blessing to get through the rest of the hardest times.  For the fullest participation, we invite you to gather together: candles; a small amount of some type of oil (a fragrant oil, or neutral oil like olive or even vegetable oil is fine); herbs or spices from your kitchen (cinnamon, bay leaf, basil, lemon verbena, cayenne, ginger, rosemary); a cloth such as a scarf, bandanna, or handkerchief; some small strips of cloth (ribbon will work).  We will encourage you to enjoy some food and beverage, and prepare to offer a portion of these to Brigid as well.  Milk, or something made from milk, is traditional at this time.  And since this time is particularly auspicious for divination, your favorite divination tool.

Our virtual space opens at 3pm for chat, and the ritual will begin at 4.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88333466608?pwd=QkxMR3JsUGJkQ3BxU1pXamY2aXV2QT09

This Sunday (1/23/2022): Tarot Spreads Class/Discussion

There are so many questions to ask and so many Tarot spreads to answer them!  What makes a good question to ask?  What makes a good spread to answer it?  Do you have a favorite Tarot spread you use for answering questions related to career, health, relationships, a period of time ahead, or anything else?  This will be a participatory class/forum.  If you have a Tarot spread you’d like to talk about during the class, I’d love to have a picture of the layout I can show while you’re talking about it.  Please email your spread to songbird at skunkmountain dot com to have it included. We should also have time to each pick a spread to try and then share our thoughts about how it worked or what you might change.

We open our virtual space at 3 pm for general chat, and the class will start at 4pm at the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85189228920?pwd=dDBYZmVKd3pYV3hPUlNxR1dHR0huZz09