Athne Machdane

Special Saturday Earth-Centered Service: Imbolc

Imbolc—Festival of the Eternal Flame.  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.

Annual Burning Bowl Service

A ritual to bid farewell to the old year, and welcome the new, reflecting on and releasing the areas of our lives that no longer serve our highest good. We look forward, creating goals that will advance our journey in the coming year. A portion of the service will be conducted outside. We will continue collecting food donations for Food For Thought throughout the month. Youth programming and childcare are available, and conversation and refreshments follow the service. Everyone is welcome!

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. Find within ourselves the water of life – love and compassion – and arise through its transformative magick. Everyone is welcome!

Special Saturday Earth-Centered Service: Samhain Celebration

Everyone and all ages are welcome! Wear your favorite costume! 4 pm: Samhain ceremony (separate activities planned for children) 5 pm: Potluck, followed by music, games, dancing. Those who wish to are invited to bring a dish to share! Join the fun!

Saturday Earth-Centered Service at Crimson Dawn: Mabon – The Second Harvest

Self-guided museum tours and hiking at 4 pm, potluck at 5 pm, and meditation/devotional activity at 6 pm. Following on our Lughnasadh celebration, the first harvest festival in the sabbat calendar, we will continue to celebrate the themes of harvest and dive deeper into the esoteric and personal meanings of harvesting in our lives and community. 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. Those who wish to may bring a covered dish to share at the potluck dinner.

Special Saturday Earth Centered Service: Lughnasadh – Beginning the Harvest

This special Saturday earth-centered service will be held at Crimson Dawn Park on Casper Mountain.   We’ll enjoy a guided tour of Crimson Dawn museum followed by a potluck picnic dinner and sage gathering activity.  Athne Machdane will be our service leader.  Bring a dish to share, and remember to bring water and a small basket or container for sage sprigs.  No glass containers, alcohol or smoking, pets must be leashed. Great for all ages! Time: 4-6 pm tour, activity and potluck dinner.   Guests welcome to arrive early and/or remain in park until closing at 8:00 pm.

Non-Binary Gender Roles in the Service of the Divine Feminine

A presentation of the spiritual roots, connections and empowerments of three non-binary gender identifying communities selected from historical and contemporary sources.  Held in conjunction with UU Casper Social Justice Group sponsorship and participation in Casper Pride 2019. Click on the link to access the Slides presented during the service.

Special Saturday Earth-Centered Service: Beltane Celebration with May Pole Dance

Dance around our Maypole as we invoke springtime blessings of passion and creativity.  Honor the ancient traditions of Beltane which bring fertility to our land, our lives and our community.  Share in communion with Mother Earth as She emerges into full bloom. Everyone of all ages welcome!  Service leader Athne Machdane. This year we are pairing this dynamic Beltane Sabbat ritual experience with our beloved Flower Communion, to take place during the Sunday morning service on the following day, April 28th.

Special Saturday Earth-Centered Service: Ostara/Spring Equinox Celebration

UU Casper Ostara/Spring Equinox celebration invoking Eostre, a Fertility Goddess of European pagan tradition.  Cast the sacred circle, call the Elements and raise energy for the coming season of warmth, new growth and abundance.  Embark upon an esoteric journey to meet Eostre in Her court of eternal springtime and discover what messages She may have for you. Service leader Athne Machdane. Everyone is welcome!

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!