The 2018 Workshop/Ritual Presenter form is up! The Fourth Annual Frederick Pagan Pride Day will be held on Saturday, September 15th, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. If you are interested in presenting a workshop or leading a ritual, please fill out and submit the form below.
2017 Workshops and Rituals
10 am: Opening Ritual with Frederick CUUPS
Led by Frederick CUUPS Members, our family-friendly Opening Ritual will establish Sacred Space for the duration of Frederick Pagan Pride Day.
11 am – 2 pm, 3 pm – 5 pm: Children’s Programming Track
Children’s Programming Track: Parents of our younger pagans are invited to join us in our magical fairy children’s activity area for activities such as magic wand making, bird feeder creation, interactive children’s altar, story time and so much more! This is not a drop off area or childcare- children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times in the children’s area. Children’s programs run all day but will be closed during main rituals.
11 am: The Sacred & The Profane Within Pagan Spirituality with Michael Smith
There are many pagan paths which perceive ‘all’ and ‘every’ as sacred. But how does this notion of the sacred and its obverse, the profane, in fact integrate with the various other common principles of pagan philosophy and in the day-to-day life of followers of the pagan paths? How do ancient and modern concepts of the sacred and the profane affect the pagan worldview? And why does anyone care? These and other questions will be examined and explored.
Michael Smith, Gwydion Stormcrow, has been practicing Wicca, Magick, and various esoteric disciplines since 1989. He has been active in the pagan community since 1993 when he became a member of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel (ASW), a Wiccan organization in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is an Elder of the ASW and and formally served as High Priest of Coven of the Rowan Star, a coven in that Tradition. He is also involved with the Tradition’s New Alexandrian Library.
12 pm: Keynote Address with Gwendolyn Reece: Magick for the good of the Polis
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.
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.
1 pm: Beyond Maiden, Mother and Crone with Tracy Wright
Exploration of traditional Feminine Archetypes and discussion of their place and relevance in modern Pagan practice.
2 pm: Mabon Ritual with The Potomac Valley Palladium Proto-Demos of Hellenion
The Potomac Valley Palladium Proto-Demos of Hellenion is delighted to present a (mostly) traditional Hellenic ritual in honor of Hestia Community-Builder. Worship of Hestia, the hearth Goddess, was central to both family and civic life in ancient Greece. Her fire was the glue that made civilization possible as the agricultural revolution changed human relations forever. Every ritual, from the humble family prayer to the greatest public extravaganza, began and ended with prayers to Hestia. Her worship was extraordinarily widespread and long-lasting, in no small part due to its essential quality, and its utter simplicity. She is considered to be literally present in the fire that warms our homes and cooks our food. She is also with us when we work together as a community to bring the light and warmth of cooperation, shared resources and mutual goals to our endeavors. Our ritual will consist of time-honored rites to honor Her, and our shared expressions of commitment to Her sacred Work of bringing people together.
The Palladium is a local branch of the global organization Hellenion. They gather together regularly to offer kleos to the Gods of Hellas and share fellowship. The Palladium serves the greater DC/Baltimore metropolitan region.
3 pm: Drum Circle
Bring your hand percussion and join in the celebration! Facilitated by Kindred Crow percussionist Rachel Elizabeth
5 pm: Closing Ritual by Hallowed Ground Protogrove, ADF
Hallowed Ground ProtoGrove, ADF is a local branch of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF). ADF is a Pagan church based on various ancient Indo-European traditions expressed through public worship, study, and fellowship. We cater to all Indo-European cultures from Irish to Hellenic, and bring them together under a uniform core order of ritual. Today’s closing ritual will show an example of how the flexible ADF core order of ritual can facilitate public worship across all Indo-European cultures from private ritual to large festival gatherings. We will not focus on any single culture to allow participants to personally invoke their own deities privately during the rite. A pre-ritual brief before the rite will familiarize you with the steps and intention of the rite for better understanding. This rite will be performed by HGPG which includes a consecrated Priest and a member of the Board of Directors of ADF.