Athne Machdane

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.

Special Saturday Earth-Centered Service: 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. Doors open at 1:00 pm, Ceremony from 2:00-3:00 pm. Click on the service title for a link to an Imbolc Guided Visualization: Brighid’s Workshop.

Special Saturday Service: Yuletide

This service is a traditional pagan Yuletide service, including a guided meditation, music and dance, and will be led by Athne Machdane. Click on the link below for a self guided meditation – Descent Through the Seven Gates. SELF GUIDED MEDITATION – DESCENT THROUGH THE SEVEN GATES

Special Saturday Service: Mabon at Crimson Dawn Woodland Theater

Join us for a special Mabon service led by Athne Machdane, marking the Automnal Equinox and the beginning of the harvest season, and celebrating local folklore and Earth-centered spirituality, to be held Saturday, September 9th, 4:00 pm at the Woodland Theater at Crimson Dawn Park on Casper Mountain. Come just for the service, or fully explore Crimson Dawn by enjoying any or all of the other activities planned for that evening, including a museum tour at 3:00 pm, potluck dinner at 5:00 pm, and a tour through the Park shrines at 6:00 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 have questions, or would like to carpool up to the mountain, please contact Laura G at 307-259-4469 or info@uucasper.org

Divine Feminine Empowerment of Non-Binary Gender Identity

Let’s join together as Athne Machdane explains non-binary gender identity, and the empowering archetype model of Goddesses, feminine spirits and mythic figures. We will learn about historical and contemporary transgender/pangender/non-binary people, inclding the Hijra in India and Pakistan, the Galli from the Roman Empire, and the Seiðmaðr from the Viking era.

May Day Service

An introduction to the monthly worship theme, “prophetic words and deeds”, featuring a Beltane and May Day ceremonial, Rev. Leslie Kee and Athne Machdane, service leaders.

Special Saturday Service: UU Casper Ostara Festival

Saturday, March 18th, 2:00 p.m.: All are invited to celebrate the coming of spring at the UU Casper Ostara festival. Learn about the origins of eggs, rabbits and other familiar Easter time symbols! Experience the loving and gentle presence of Eostre, the Lady of springtime and the namesake of the modern holiday. The festival will … Continued

Special Service: Imbolc-Brigid’s Festival

Service will include a ceremonial focusing on channeling our passions and creativity in constructive action, and a brief presentation on Brigid’s history and archetypes