One Month till The 3rd Annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day!

20160917_143932This year’s festival is shaping up to be absolutely incredible!  We’re looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 16th, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick at 4880 Elmer Derr Road, Frederick, MD 21703.

Frederick Pagan Pride Day runs from 10 am to 6 pm.  See the full schedule right here.  Our event includes workshops, rituals, live music and entertainment, over 20 vendors (including a food vendor), representatives from local Covens, Groups and Charities, 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.

Last year’s festival drew around 400 people over the course of the day and raised 391 pounds of food for The Foodbank Program.  We’re hoping to top 400 pounds of donations this year!

If you would like to volunteer at the festival, please email Irene at frederickpaganpride (at) gmail.com

 

 

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Frederick Pagan Pride Day 2017 Keynote Announced

The 3rd Annual Frederick, MD, Pagan Pride Day will be Saturday, September 16th, 2017. This year’s theme is ‘Weaving Community, Rising Strong.’  FPPD is proud to welcome Gwendolyn Reece as this year’s Keynote Speaker.

Keynote Speaker Gwendolyn Reece

A modern Witch, Theosophist, and neoplatonist, Gwendolyn has been devoted to the Hellenic deities, especially Athena and Apollon, since roughly Mycenaean times. She serves Them within the nation’s capital as a priestess of the Theophania Temple. She found and recognized a place for herself in contemporary Paganism in the mid-1980s and has called herself a Witch ever since. She is a member of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel and is a graduate of Caroline Kenner’s shamanic apprenticeship program, Gryphons Grove School of Shamanism. She lectured extensively for the Theosophical Society for 14 years and has held multiple leadership positions within the society. Gwendolyn is on the faculty of American university. In addition to her work as a practitioner, she uses her academic position to conduct research on contemporary Paganism with the intention of both furthering the scholarly discourse and providing useful information back to Pagan communities.

Gwendolyn will be presenting “Magick for the good of the Polis” as her keynote address:

Hellenic Paganism has a rich history of ritual and magick.  Although, as with every culture, some of the practices were devoted to the pursuit of good for the individual, Hellenic Paganism put the Good of the collective, the Polis, at its center.  This workshop teaches about specific magickal techne from ancient Greece, how it was used for the collective good, and how it might be applied to our current situations.

Frederick, MD, Pagan Pride Day 2017 Forms are UP!

ppd2017The 3rd Annual Frederick, MD, Pagan Pride Day will be Saturday, September 16th, 2017.  This year’s theme is ‘Weaving Community, Rising Strong.’

We are currently looking for *everything*!
If any of these options appeal to you, or if you have an idea for something you would like to add to our event that isn’t on this list, email us at frederickpaganpride@gmail.com.  Include your PPD area of interest in the subject line and let us know what you’d like to offer.

Pagan Pride Day Fundraiser Saturday, January 28th

Are you interested in supporting Frederick Pagan Pride Day?  Then have we got the event for you!

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A Midwinter Night’s Dream
Masquerade Ball and Pagan Pride Day Fundraiser
Buy Tickets Here

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 (snow date of Saturday, February 4th)

Join Frederick CUUPS for a Masquerade Ball as we dance into the night with the Winter Court of Faerie, rulers of the dark season!  Please come in a wintry costume as we revel and celebrate the darkest time of the year with the Good Folk of the Winter Court.

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Tribal Belly Dance Troupe Amandari

Attractions include:
~Winter Faery Market
~Dancing to Music by The Dapper DJs
~Performance by Tribal Belly Dance Troupe Amandari
~Costume Contest, Raffle, Silent Auction & More

Faery and Fantasy Attire, Masks or Elaborate Makeup Encouraged
8 pm – 1 am, 21+, BYOB
No entry after 10 pm
$45 before December 21st
$50 after, if any tickets remain

Purchase Tickets Here.

Help us promote this event!  Link to a Masquerade Flyer in color.  Link to a Masquerade Flyer in black and white..  Help us promote the event online by sharing out the facebook event.

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Frederick Pagan Pride 2017!

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Frederick’s third annual Pagan Pride Day will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 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.

The 2016 Pagan Pride Day in September drew over 393 people during the course of the day and raised 391 pounds of food for The Foodbank Program. Frederick Pagan Pride Day 2015 saw over 336 people and raised 331 pounds of food.

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.

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.