2016 Wrap-Up and THANKS!

Our donations - over 391 pounds of food!

Our donations – over 391 pounds of food!

THANK YOU to everyone who came out for the second annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day! What an amazing day! Over the course of the festival, 393 people came through the Welcome area and we raised over 391 pounds of food for the Frederick Food Bank. We are all so grateful for such an extraordinary gathering of shining souls. Photos from the day can be viewed here.

A huge thanks to the staff of Frederick Pagan Pride Day (a combination of Frederick CUUPS board members and volunteers). These incredible people choose to devote hours of their time to creating safe and sacred space for our larger community.  They stayed late on Friday to help set up, arrived just after dawn Saturday to continue the work and didn’t get home till well after sundown Saturday night.  For all those hours, all that effort, all the work that went unseen but was utterly vital to Frederick Pagan Pride Day, deep and heartfelt thanks.

Mabon Ritual with Stone Circle Wicca

Mabon Ritual with Stone Circle Wicca

Thank you also to the workshop presenters, ritual leaders and performers. The most beautiful container in the world does us no good if it is empty. We are so grateful to the members of the greater Tribe who chose to share their gifts, their wisdom, their energy and their talents with us, who filled our pop-up village with light, love, laughter and connection.

Lastly, and most importantly, to the community. Yes, YOU. Thank you for coming to Frederick Pagan Pride Day. Thank you for bringing the best of yourself, for wearing your spirituality on your sleeve, for sharing your time, energy and excitement with us. For donating so generously to our local community with your gifts of much-needed food.  You are why we do this. Thank you for coming together as one Blessed Community, one Tribe, one People.This is the symphony, the tapestry of many threads, the universe of many stars. When we shine together, we can accomplish so much. Thank you for letting us be a part of your song, your weaving, and the light you radiate.  We can’t wait till next year!

If you are interested in being a part of the 2017 Frederick Pagan Pride Day, email us at frederickpaganpride@gmail.com or join the Volunteer group on Facebook (just request to be added).

 

 

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Frederick Pagan Pride Day is TOMORROW!

Frederick Pagan Pride Day is TOMORROW and we’re beside ourselves with excitement!! We are so looking forward to seeing everyone and celebrating our community together. Here’s a last-minute list of things you might consider bringing with you: a camp or other folding chair for attending the workshops and watching performances. There will be water filling stations, so a water bottle is also recommended. Remember to bring some money for our wonderful vendors, cash if you would like to enter the raffle, a hand drum or other percussion if you’d like to participate in the drum circle, and sunblock if you need it.

Speaking of the raffle, check out some of the items you could win below!  Tickets are $3 each or $5 for two.  All proceeds benefit Frederick Pagan Pride Day.

Frederick Pagan Pride Day Flyers

2016 Web FlyerLooking for a great way to help promote the upcoming Frederick Pagan Pride Day?  You can ‘like’ the facebook page and share out some of its content, volunteer by either joining the volunteer group on facebook or emailing us at frederickpaganpride@gmail.com or help out by printing out and hanging up flyers!  There are three versions below – simply choose the one that will print the best with your printer and where you’d like to put the flyer out, download it, print it out and hang it up!

There will also be color flyers available for pickup soon at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick (in the Spiritual Enrichment Cabinet).

Full Page Color Flyer – great for high-quality printers

Full Page Black and White Flyer – great for all printers

Black and White Quarter Sheets – four flyers per page, fantastic for adding to crowded community bulletin boards, handing out at events or adding to bags

Frederick Pagan Pride Day Keynote Speaker: Mare Cromwell!

MareCromwellFrederick Pagan Pride Day is please to announce our 2016 Keynote Speaker, Mare Cromwell!

Mare Cromwell is a Gaia Communicator-Priestess, empathic intuitive shamanic healer, international speaker, and multi-award-winning author. Her books include: The Great Mother Bible; Messages from Mother…. Earth Mother; and If I gave you God’s phone number…. Searching for Spirituality in America. She has studied with Native elders for nineteen years and calls Western Maryland home. Mare is also a former worm herder.

Mare will be offering her keynote address at noon at this year’s Frederick Pagan Pride Day on Saturday, September 17th.  The subject of her address is “Earth Mother, the Buddha Consciousness and the New World Coming in” and a full description can be found on our Workshops & Rituals page.

Frederick Pagan Pride Day 2016 Forms are UP!

The Second Annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day will be Saturday, September 17th, 2016.  We are currently accepting applications for the event.  If you are interested in participating as part of FPPD, please click on the link below that applies to you.

If you have something you would like to contribute to the 2016 FPPD that is not listed above, please feel free to contact us at frederickpaganpride@gmail.com

Frederick Pagan Pride 2016!

Save the Date!

Frederick’s second annual Pagan Pride Day will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. People of all ages and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. The event will include information booths, workshops, live music, vendors and other activities celebrating the Autumn Equinox, a time of thanksgiving in many Pagan traditions. An item of non-perishable food will be accepted as admission and donated to The Foodbank Program operated by the Frederick Community Action Agency.

Frederick’s very first Pagan Pride Day in September of 2015 drew over 336 people during the course of the day and raised 331 pounds of food for The Foodbank Program.

The International Pagan Pride Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of prejudice and religious discrimination through education, activism, charity and community. Pagan Pride celebrations are held annually around the world within two weeks of the Autumn Equinox. In 2013, there were 98 Pagan Pride events across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Rome and Austria. 2013 event attendance was 65,717: an increase in attendance by over 20,000 when compared to 2012. The events collected a total of 39,962.80 pounds of nonperishable food.

The food drive gives participants a way to share with those who are less fortunate while making a positive statement about Paganism. For decades Pagans have been wrongly accused of practicing devil-worship and performing “black magic.” In reality most Pagans enjoy a religion emphasizing respect for nature, humanity, and oneself. Modern Paganism, or Neo-Paganism, is a growing religious movement based on combinations of ancient polytheism, modern eco-spirituality, and reverence for the Divine as both masculine and feminine.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick is located at 4880 Elmer Derr Road. Frederick Pagan Pride is hosted by Frederick CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans). For more information about the event or about Pagan religions, email Irene Glasse at frederickpaganpride@gmail.com. Additional information regarding Pagan Pride Day is located at https://www.facebook.com/FrederickPaganPride.

2015 Wrap-up and THANKS!

The combined 331 pounds of food donated to The Foodbank Program through Frederick Pagan Pride Day

The combined 331 pounds of food donated to The Foodbank Program through Frederick Pagan Pride Day

THANK YOU to everyone who came out and made our VERY FIRST Frederick Pagan Pride Day such an extraordinary, magickal, beautiful event. Over the course of the day, 336 people passed through the door to learn, share, connect and celebrate with us. We collected a little over 331 pounds of food for The Foodbank Program. We have a LOT to be proud of, and a LOT to be grateful for. If you have photos from Pride, please email them to us at frederickpaganpride@gmail.com and we’ll share them here and on our facebook page (credit given, of course).

Community celebrations like Frederick Pagan Pride do not happen by accident. They are the work of a team of dedicated volunteers who put in many long hours in service to their Tribe. I would like to thank the members and board of Frederick CUUPS for the extraordinary amounts of love, energy, devotion and WORK they contributed. Many of us were there late on Friday night and early Saturday morning. Many of us were there dawn to dusk on Saturday. ALL of us brought the very best of ourselves to the table for the time we spent at FPPD. These gifts of service are beyond price, and are the only thing that makes days like yesterday happen at all.

Opening Ritual, led by The Universal Temple of Spirits

Opening Ritual, led by The Universal Temple of Spirits

I would also like to thank our ritual leaders, workshop presenters and entertainment. They provide the content that fills the container we build to hold our community, and the richness and depth they all brought to Pagan Pride was simply amazing. What a beautiful variety of rituals! What wonderful workshops! The variety of Paths under the Pagan tent is part of what makes us so unique, so beautiful, so free. And yesterday was an amazing showcase of that vibrant, diverse world we share.

Deep gratitude to our vendors as well. The shopping was truly epic–we are all so grateful to have such wonderful artisans grace our event!

Most of all, I would like to thank YOU. Thank you for attending. Thank you for donating food to the local community. Thank you for telling people about us. Thank you for sharing graphics, posts and photos. Thank you for believing in us, and for helping to foster community in a thousand large and small ways. You are why we do this, and we are so grateful that you shared in our vision of community with such enthusiasm.

We are already excited about Frederick Pagan Pride 2016.  If you are interested in getting involved, email us at frederickpaganpride@gmail.com.