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With the coming of each month, brings the coming of a new moon cycle. This past month brought an extra powerful full moon. It wasn’t just any moon, but a full moon doubled with a lunar eclipse! Lots of magic was worked this night on June 15, 2011. Cleansing, prosperity and other spells were done as the universe was in a place to grant powerful blessings. Even a few spiritual awakenings happened on this eve. Till the next month, the next full moon. See you all then under Luna’s hand of grace and delight!

Full Moon Ritual altar June 15, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

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Wow, time to take a breath.  April was super busy!! Here are a few of the things we accomplished in April 2011:

Deciding to go nonprofit

Joining the Terracycle Program

Being sponsored by the local pagan store Kindred Paths

Joining the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition

Here are some of the stories:

UUPS Joins Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition

One thing UUPS is good at is community outreach.  Here again is another: including LGBTQ persons in their activities and rituals.

This past April, UUPS became a member of the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition. “We want to include everyone! There are a lot of pagans who are LGBTQ and lot of LGBTQ who practice a pagan faith, it was only natural and a matter of time before we united forces, like some of the other pagan groups in Salt Lake City, and really showed our support of the LGBTQ community. We especially want them to know that you don’t have to be straight to practice your religion or faith and to be spiritual.” said President Muad’Dib. He goes on to mention “I know people who are straight pagans worshiping and honoring gay gods and goddess and LGBTQ people worshiping and honoring straight gods and goddess!.”

UUPS is excited to participate in their first interfaith service at this years LGBTQ PRIDE festival in Salt Lake City.  The interfaith service is being held at the old Methodist Church of Salt Lake located at 203 e 200 s on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm.  After the service everyone will be able to march behind bag pipers with their groups and banners to the pride festival.

Terracycling

Recycling! Recycling! Or rather… terracycling? What is terracycling?

Terracycling is an organization that came into being in 2001 to collect all those hard to recycle products such as candy wrappers, chip bags, cookie bags, cell phone, cell phones, Neosporin tubes, those red plastic party cups and so on. President Muad’Dib commented “I thought it was a good idea and everyone agreed that its great way to join the global community in not just recycling, but taking it a step further with really trying to make sure everything gets reused.”

Terracycle will give $.02 for each wrapper and bag that is shipped back to their processing center. These items are then processed into usable products such as bags, totes, bottle and more.  Terracycle send out pre-paid boxes and labels each time a full box is sent in, so there is minimal cost involved with shipping.

Collection dates for UUPS: Please bring your candy wrappers, cookie wrappers (like Oreo and Keebler) and their trays to the last weekly meeting of each month.

We hope to keep moving forward with outreaching our arm to help, involve and support the community and students.  We hope May brings us many more opportunities !

BB

Muad’Dib

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Thanks to everyone for all the hard work accomplished in March! April has been a busy month, but isn’t holding anyone back!

KUTE Radio Interview

On Friday, March 18, 2011, President Muad’Dib was asked to appear on our very own 1620 AM University radio K-UTE.  President Muad’Dib was asked to explain and talk about the U of U Pagan Society, its goals, what it does, ambitions, history, current projects, membership and he was even invited to give a blessing on the campus!

Here is a little what he said, “The U of  U Pagan Society is a group of students who have reached out to include the community. We currently have seventy members and many monthly activities going on such as crafting classes, classes and rituals.” One of the hosts asked him at that point “What is a ritual?” He explained “A ritual can be a number of things.  For me it means a structured and repetitious ceremony that I can do again and again the same way, or feel free to change it.  For me, I incorporate different parts from different religions like Druidry, Shamanism and Wicca. A ritual for me is a way to connect with deity, ancestors, spirits and the universe.  Really it can be seen as a form of prayer or worship.”

When asked about community and student involvement, President Muad’Dib commented, “We are trying to educate and make everyone aware through experience.  We advertise classes and activities from other groups so that people who are living far away and can’t make it, can know that there are activities going on near them.”

Finally President Muad’Dib gave a simple but elegant blessing over the campus “May there be peace in your heart and success on your midterms this spring break, with lots of relaxing time on vacation. So mote it be.”

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Hi folks,

What a great month in February as we saw and heard the Goddess Brigid!! March is the time for us to see our fellow Pagan brothers and sisters at Utah State University Pagan Alliance in Logan. They are putting on a spring Holiday, Liberalia, a Roman Spring, in honor of Liber Pater and Libera! He traditionally is a God of fertility, vegetation and wine and this day marked adolescent boys of 14 to maturation into manhood. This is a time of sacrifice, song, and hanging masks on trees! I hope you all can attend the celebration and give honor to Liber Pater and Libera.

Since USUPA is doing a spring holiday, UUPS will not put on a ritual.  This is our time to visit and attend USUPA

UUPS believes its important to reach out to the community and build ties, whether it be with the University of a local business or organization. As such, its time we start thinking about our semester volunteering!

This month is the U’s spring break, so we’ll all be taking the 21-25 off from school, so there will be no weekly meeting those two Sundays (March 20th and 27th).

Also check out the upcoming events page to see a list of all UUPS Events and Classes! Updated Monthly!

BB

Muad’Dib

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So now that everyone has settled in, lets dig in! Brigid is about to arrive as this month we have Imbolc as well as a new and full moon we are doing. About average activity for a group this size. We are in the works of getting speakers from the community and one big speaker——- Oberon-Zell Ravenheart in September. We would like to bring him in for Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day 2011. He has sent us the break down of his cost and what he requires, and to say the least, we are going to have to pull the larger community of salt lake together to cover the 30 % of the expense and 50 % of his travel. The University will cover 70 % of the cost of everything outside travel. His one day fee is $500.00 and he requires a driver and three meals a day and a booth for selling his items.. So if you haven’t got the feeling,… its going to be a lot of work to bring him in and have it all work out without calamity befalling us!! What are some of your ideas about OZ? Should we try and invite him to speak or lead a ritual? Email us and let us know or reply with your ideas on the discussion on Facebook or our website.

Volunteering: It is our goal to have one volunteering activity per semester (at least). We are planning that now, do you have an idea for spring 2011 volunteering project? Email us or reply on facebook and the website!

Sundays: Weekly meeting at the Beehive Tea Room in Salt Lake City (12 w 300 s) at 11:00 am. This is the important place where everyone can pool together. This is also where we do our planning and finalize events! Please come and voice your ideas.

Needed: Students!! We need more student participation and activity.

Needed: Volunteers for posting fliers around Salt Lake valley. There are many places that have cork boards that allow posting such as coffee shops and grocery stores. If you are willing to post a few while you are out in town, please email us and let us know so we can get those fliers to you!

Needed: Carpooling– there are a fair amount of members who live far away and have difficulty attending meetings and activities because of lack of perosonal/ UTA transportation to the areas where they live. There is a place on facebook to post a replies and coordinate carpooling/ transportation.

Have a wonderful Imbolc!

Bright Blessings!
Muad’Dib
President

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Thanks to all who made the Mabon and full moon rituals a great time in Big Cottonwood Canyon! We prepared the site before and made a circle of stones. Only after we had gathered the stones, did we see the beautiful scrub oak tree hanging inside the circle to the north!

We did a ritual putting out of the fires for the coming months of darkness, sang songs and danced around the fires, all before having a delicious butternut squash soup!

Thanks to all
BB
Muad’Dib

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Pagan Pride Day is here!! We will be tabling with our sister group from USU.  Please come out and visit our table and help us volunteer!  We’ll be there at Murray Park Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 9am – 6 pm.  Come see the and buy from the vendors and participate in the ritual at 12:00 pm.

BB

Muad’Dib

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