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Interim President White Oak Grove CUUPs

I am happy to announce that after serving many years on the Board of Directors, I have become the Interim President for the White Oak Grove Chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans.

Yule Ritual Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Join us Wednesday, December 18, 2019,

at Rockford Unitarian Universalist

for a family-friendly ritual to celebrate the arrival of the shortest day and longest night!  

This Yule Ritual will be led by Allen and begins at 6 PM. Snacks and desserts served after the ritual.

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Shinto: Way of the Spirits

 

Shinto is the indigenous “religion” of Japan. It is not a “full” religion in that it has no written scriptures and is not a way to explain the world. Shinto teaches ethical practices but has no commandments.  Shinto: Way of the Spirits was originally presented by Allen Reed for White Oak Grove CUUPS September 2, 2018.  ©2018 Allen Reed

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Join Us For A Beltane Ritual

We will gather Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 12 PM at Rockford Unitarian Universalist to celebrate the fae spirits of awakening, fertility and rebirth. A fae-focused Beltane ritual that will include laughter and a May pole! Beltane is also a great time for hopes, dreams and aspirations to be wished on. We will prepare a community wish box to be buried in the rich soil of Mother Earth.  The ritual should take about an hour and light refreshments will be served.

2018 Yule Party & Potluck

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Wonderful Wednesday Yule Ritual

White Oak Grove CUUPs will once again be presenting a Yule ritual as part of the Rockford Unitarian Universalist Church Wonderful Wednesday programing. After a community dinner, we will introduce guests to many celebrations of the winter season before inviting them to join us for a candlelit Yule Ritual in the sanctuary, and desserts afterwards.

This event will be held Wednesday, December 20th, 2018 Dinner begin at 5:30pm, and costs $5 per adult, children under 12 are free.  Activities will begin at 6:00pm.

This is a family event, so no childcare will be provided.

Please use the following link to RSVP!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxmXqRjzKSZvj-Dz3WzLmou48YrOmSLZND5VsLJlcv7fptvQ/viewform?usp=pp_url&entry.631548922

Yule Traditions On Pinterest

Get into the yuletide spirit before the party by checking our these December traditions!

Under The Sea Flyer

Calling all mermaids, pirates, and folks who dream of their toes in the sand, the ocean is calling to us to spend A Night By The Sea.  It’s the 3rd Annual Frolick Fantastical and we hope you come join White Oak Grove CUUPs at this fun for all ages, Halloween event.

Saturday October 28th, 2017

6:00 – 8:00 PM Music, Games, Fortune Teller, and Light Refreshments

8:00 PM Light Refreshments, Music, Contests, and Fortune Teller

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM Grown-up Card Games

Our event is open this year with just a $10 suggested donation.  Tickets will be sold for a fundraising raffle to help support future White Oak Grove CUUPs activities.

Please RSVP by October 20th to whiteoakgrovecuups@gmail.com

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A Wrap-up of My Yule Ritual Adventure

Sharing Kristen’s wrap-up of the Yule event we co-hosted with the Sinnissippi Tuath Grove of ADF.

Yuletide Season 2015

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Thanks so much to everyone who showed up at the 2015 White Oak Grove CUUPs Potluck & Party!  It was wonderful to see so many people turn out and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of great company. The food was fabulous, and you all really knocked it out of the park on the mystery gift exchange.

Are you ready for some ritual?  Join us again on Sunday December 20th, 2015 for a joint celebration with the Sinnissippi Tuath (an ADF Protogrove). Gather at 6PM in Rockford UU for food and fellowship, with a Heathen style Yule ritual lead by Cara Freyasdaughter.

Head on over to the Facebook events page and RSVP!

https://www.facebook.com/events/921944027887511/

Hope to see you there!

30 Gift Ideas For A Pagan Gift Exchange

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Are you coming to the White Oak Grove CUUPS Yule Potluck and Party on December 6th?  Do you still not know what you’ll be bringing for the mystery gift exchange?  Here are 30 great gifts for pagans to spark your imagination!  Remember – the CUUPs gift exchange suggests a $10 value for each gift, and to get a gift you must also bring a gift.

  1. Smudge sticks
  2. Herbal blends
  3. Blessed oils
  4. Candles
  5. Candleholder
  6. Candle snuffer
  7. Feathers
  8. Crystals
  9. Shells
  10. Amulets
  11. Incense
  12. Incense burner
  13. Divination aids
  14. Bells / chimes
  15. Book
  16. Journal
  17. Decorative boxes
  18. Small statuary
  19. Sacred music
  20. Charm kits
  21. Witches ladders
  22. Dream catchers
  23. Chalice
  24. Libation vessels
  25. Offering plates
  26. Prayer beads
  27. Ritual cords
  28. Tea and Cakes
  29. Fairy Cakes
  30. Goddess dolls

 

 

 

2015 Witches Ball Image Gallery

Heathen Winternights Potluck and Ritual

Please join Cara Freyasdaughter and the Rockford CUUPs group for a Heathen Winternights Potluck and Ritual. Continue reading “Heathen Winternights Potluck and Ritual”

Announcing Witches Ball 2015

White Oak Grove CUUPS & Rockford Red Tent invite you to join is for a night of fun and dancing at the Witches Ball on Saturday October 31st, 2015 from 6pm to 10pm, at the Rockford Unitarian Universalist Church.  We’ll gather the community and stir the pot of magic with music, dancing, snacks, funny fortune tellers, and costume contests (prizes for ages 12 and under, 13 through 18, and 18 and over, as well as some special categories), so be sure to dress up!

We will also be honoring our beloved dead with an ancestral altar in the narthex of the church that will be up during the party and for services the next morning.  If you would like to contribute to the altar please bring a copy of a photograph of those you with to honor to leave on the altar.  We may not be able to get it back to you, so please don’t plan on leaving anything of value.

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