Frederick’s sixth annual Pagan Pride Day will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. Our 2020 theme is ‘Witch the Vote’ and, along with ‘normal’ content, we are looking for offerings of rituals and workshops that support civic engagement and the reduction of disenfranchisement. If you are interested in presenting a workshop or leading a ritual, please fill out the form below.
2019 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.
Parents of our younger pagans are invited to join us in The Rainbow Garden activity area for activities such as magic wand making, giant bubbles, 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 till 4:30 p.m. but will be closed during main rituals.
When all is said and done, we are all one. Yet, we celebrate the unique expression of Spirit in each of us. How do we balance our One-ness and Many-ness? In a facilitated conversation, let’s learn from each other about our shared common ground and unique spiritual practices. Together, let’s renew and deepen our commitment to local community interfaith cooperation.”
Enjoy a brief intro to Kundalini Yoga with Sangeet Angad Kaur. This workshop will explore what Kundalini Yoga is and how it differs from what many people picture “yoga” to be. Learn about breathing, mudras, energy channels and more. A kriya (a set of exercises) and a meditation will follow.
Within the heathen traditions, one of the fundamental rituals is a Blot. A blot is a sacrifice to a god or goddess where we thank them for their blessings, and strengthen our relationship with them. A typical blot consists of a series of toasts where individuals are provided the opportunity to offer their thanks and speak with the gods. At this Pagan Pride Day we will be offering a blot to Aegir. Aegir is the Norse God of the sea, the brewer of the best beer, and god of hospitality. In these times, we often forget what it means to be a hospitable host, and also what it means to be a good guest. Aegir can guide us and help us to understanding these relationships. We invite you to join your fellow attendees to come and celebrate the blessings of Aegir. If you aren’t familiar with the structure of the Blot, don’t worry, your hosts will go through an introduction before the ritual starts as to how the ritual is conduct. It’s a brief ritual, with very a very simple structure.
For LGBTQIAP+ people, certain “traditional” aspects of various magickal practices may feel somewhat alienating. When spiritual groups and texts lean on myth cycles and ritual aspects focused on fertility and virility and use heteronormative symbolism, it becomes difficult for us to see ourselves in the magick. In this workshop, learn how myth cycles and ritual components can be adapted and viewed through a queer lens to be more all-inclusive and empower everyone, particularly people who are too often marginalized in our society.
Techniques for appreciation, bliss, health and whimsy. Faeries and the ancestors of humans had a lot in common. Today’s humans have high rates of depression; what has changed? How can we be happy in this human-dominated world? Come, let’s talk about the possibilities of balance and pleasure in a world filled with concrete, junk food, traffic and cell phones.
3 pm: Hellenic Harvest Ritual
Workshop Area 2
The Potomac Valley Palladium Demos of Hellenion will lead a simple Hellenic-based ritual of thanks honoring the Gods of harvest and hearth. You don’t need to be Hellenic to join in. Come toss some grain and ululate with us!
Connect with the rhythm and learn some new grooves with percussionist Rachel Elizabeth. Our Drum Circle will begin with a brief workshop to help people get comfortable playing together. A drum circle is a celebration of life, community, and music-making in the moment. Please bring hand drums, shakers and other hand percussion. A few small hand drums will be available if you do not have your own. Dancers welcome. Fire Spinners welcome if you have your own Safety.
4 pm: Coyote’s Ritual Adventures in the Desert with Monika Healing Coyote
Workshop Area 2
With the end of summertime, and the start of the new school year, many pagan folks find that the holidays of Fall Equinox and Samhain represent “new year/new goals” types of energies (more so than January 1st!). Join Monika in a Druid ritual to honor these healing magics and to work with Coyote in preparing for the upcoming new year. We will create sacred space, journey to Coyote’s desert, seek out “lost things” and leave behind our offerings of broken goals that no longer serve us. Aaaaoooooooooo!
5 pm: Closing Ritual with UToS
Join us as we round out the event by thanking Spirits who have accompanied us on our experiences through the day. The Universal Temple of Spirits is a celebratory group practicing in the Global Spirits tradition. It is a possession-based working. The celebrations welcome all Spirits from around the Globe in love. Rituals are theme-based rather than pantheon-based and incorporate what we have in common as humans: shared food, dance, song, drumming, art, and possession trance. Global Spirits is a harm-none tradition.