Athne Machdane

Peace of Mind: A Selection of Tibetan Buddhist Principles and Practices

Explore fundamental principles and a selection of contemplative practices intended to liberate sentient beings from suffering as experienced from a Unitarian perspective. Learn of the Four Immeasurables and experience the sublime simplicity of mindfulness meditation. Meet the Dakini, the Tibetan manifestation of archetypal feminine spirit beings known by many names in many cultures from around the world. Childcare and youth programming are available during the service, and refreshments and conversation follow. Everyone is welcome!

Special Saturday Earth-Centered Service: Imbolc

Embark upon a journey with Brighid – Fire Goddess of healing, poetry, smithcraft – to stoke the eternal flame of love, inspiration and passion within and empower our work as co-creators. Service leader Athne Machdane. 

Special Saturday Earth-Centered Service: Winter Solstice Celebration, Inanna’s Seven Gates

Embark on an inward journey with Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth and Her sister Ereshkigal, Queen of Shadows, descending into the depths of our own psyche to shed the residue and trappings of our lives which no longer serve us.  Embrace the shadow-self with unconditional love to reconcile our past through the giving and seeking of forgiveness and affirming the natural cycles of death and rebirth.  Find within ourselves the water of life – love and compassion – and arise through its transformative magick.

Special Saturday Earth-Centered Service: Samhain Ceremonial

Gather in ceremony to honor our ancestors and spirit guides as the veils between realms draws thin and we raise energy for the benefit of our beloved community and all sentient beings. The service will include cleansings, the formal ceremonial and devotional activities, spiral dance and prayer card fire offering. Service leader Athne Machdane.

Special Saturday Earth-Centered Service: Mabon at Crimson Dawn

On Saturday, September 15th at 4:00 pm, everyone is invited to a special earth-centered Mabon service marking the Autumnal Equinox and the beginning of the harvest season, and celebrating local folklore and Earth-centered spirituality. The service will be held at Crimson Dawn Park on Casper Mountain, and led by Athne Machdane.

The service will begin at the Crimson Dawn parking lot with a processional to the Woodland Theater. Come just for the service, or fully explore Crimson Dawn by enjoying any or all of the other activities planned, including hiking the trails or touring the museum from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, potluck dinner at 5:00 pm, and an optional tour through the Park shrines at 6:30 pm. Please remember to bring water and jackets, and blankets are recommended to cover the log benches at the Theater. Everyone is welcome, including well-behaved and leashed pets. If you would like to carpool up the mountain, please email info@uucasper.org, or call Laura at 307-259-4469.

Special Saturday Earth Centered Service: Lughnasadh – Begin the Harvest

This special earth-centered service will be held at Crimson Dawn Park on Casper Mountain. Meet at UU Casper at 4:00 pm to carpool to Crimson Dawn, or meet at Crimson Dawn at 4:30 pm if driving directly. We’ll enjoy a Museum tour and potluck picnic dinner followed by a guided walking tour of Crimson Dawn shrines, concluding with harvest themed invocation on the butte. Athne Machdane will be our service leader. Remember to bring water – the walking tour will be about one mile long.  No glass containers, alcohol or smoking, pets must be leashed. Great for all ages!

Continuum of Affirmation

During this service we celebrated our welcoming congregation and participation in the 2018 Casper Pride festival.  We invoked the seven rays of our being as we raised spiritual energy and affirmed the inherent worth and dignity of all people.  We prepared a new parade banner honoring our many faith traditions and offering statements of love, compassion and affirmation which was then carried in the pride parade later in the day. Click on the service title for links to the order of service and slides/handouts.

Special Saturday Earth-Centered Service: Beltane Festival

This Celtic May Day festival welcomes summer and celebrates love and passion’s fire. The festival will include a Beltane ceremonial, a May Pole, music, dancing, fellowship and merry making with a welcoming and diverse community. Join in! For more information, email info@uucasper.org, or call Laura at 307-259-4469.

Court of the Rising Spring

We work the magick of springtime on behalf of our beloved community. Empowered by love and compassion, we open our hearts, minds and spirits to rebirth, renewal and regeneration. Rev. Leslie Kee and Athne Machdane, service leaders.

As part of our UU Casper Care N Share Program, everyone is encouraged to bring cereal or household items through March to donate to Seton House. For household items suggestions, see the list on the Care N Share table in the sanctuary.

Special Saturday Earth-Centered Service: Ostara – the Awakening of Spring

A special earth-centered service, Ostara – the Awakening of Spring, will be held Saturday, March 17th at 2:00 pm. Ostara is a celebration of the awakening of springtime in our minds, bodies and spirits as well as the turning of the seasons in the physical world.  The service will feature a brief discussion of the vernal equinox, associated festivals and the origins of common modern Easter traditions, followed by eclectic Pagan ceremonial invoking the Elements and springtime Goddess forms from around the world.  We’ll also enjoy participatory devotional activities, music and dancing, and light refreshments.  Wear your favorite bright springtime colors! Service leader Athne Machdane.