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Awakening Our Tribe - CUUPS Convocation

  • 26 Aug 2016
  • 3:00 PM
  • 28 Aug 2016
  • 1:00 PM
  • First Church Unitarian, Salem Massachusetts

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Awakening Our Tribe

This year's Convocation is the first in a decade and it's time to awaken the spirit of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. 

Join us for this special gathering as we return to the roots for inspiration.

Special Guests:

Rev. Shirley Ranck,

is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister.  She is the author of the popular curriculum and book Cakes for the Queen of Heavenwhich introduced many women to ancient Goddess religion and its relevance today.  She is also the author of The Grandmother Galaxy about her personal journey into feminist pagan spirituality.  Currently, Shirley is working with Jerrie Hildebrand on a book Born of the Earth: Voices of Unitarian Universalist Pagans.

John Beckett,

Grew up in Tennessee with the woods right outside my back door. Wandering through them gave him a sense of connection to Nature and to a certain Forest God. He is a Druid graduate of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, the Coordinating Officer of the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and a former Vice President of CUUPS Continental. John has been writing, speaking, teaching, and leading public rituals for the past eleven years.

Gypsy Ravish

is owner and operator of White Light Pentacles/Sacred Spirit Products Inc. and Nu Aeon in Salem and an Alexandrian/Hereditary/Traditional lineaged Witch and High Priestess WQ of the Temple of Akhelarre and Principal Minister of The Temple of Nine Wells, ATC in Salem. She trains apprentices for initiation into the Wiccan Priest and Priestesshood. Gypsy is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist with two albums called Enchantress, and Spirit Nation. Gypsy will be showing a documentary called "From Salem with Love" produced and filmed by Karagan Griffith an Alexandrian High Priest and film maker.

Byron Ballard

H. Byron Ballard is a WNC native, teacher, folklorist and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at Sacred Space Conference, Pantheacon, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Southeast Wise Women's Herbal Conference, Glastonbury Goddess Conference and other gatherings.

Her essays feature in several anthologies, she blogs and writes a regular column for Witches and Pagans Magazine. Her book Staubs and Ditchwaterdebuted in 2012 and the companion volume Asfidity and Mad-Stones was published in Oct. 2015. Byron is currently at work on Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet.

Reverend Amy Beltaine 

is the current CUUPS president. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her spouse (Hawthorne), son (Corey), the cutest beagle in the world (Invader Zim), and Annie the cat. Her ministry: “Listen to Heart Song” consists of traveling to guest-in-your-pulpit visits West of the Rockies and one-on-one and group Spiritual Direction, where she invites you to conspire with divine love to trust and live your heart’s song. She served as intern Parish Minister at UUCCN on Long Island with Rev. Hope Johnson and at First Unitarian in Portland with Rev. Bill Sinkford, and as the Director of Religious Exploration at Salem, Oregon’s UU congregation with Rev. Rick Davis. She is an affiliated community minister with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Willamette Falls (Oregon City). Her previous life included founding “Hestia House” (a center for earth-based spirituality in Portland) and working as a technology trainer and IT department manager at Cornell University.

Jerrie Hildebrand

is on the Board of Trustees and long time member of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and an ordained minister with Circle Sanctuary.  Jerrie is an advisor for the Lady Liberty League and was involved in the Veterans Headstone Project with various organizations and illustrated the current symbol used by the Veterans Administration.  She also serves Pagans as a volunteer in institutional settings. Jerrie has written articles for Sage Woman, Witches & Pagans, Circle Magazine, The CUUPS Newsletter as well as being the current web mistress for CUUPS.  At the Parliament of the World Religions in Barcelona, Spain in 2004, Jerrie spoke on a panel about religious freedom issues and is currently an Ambassador to the Parliament in Salt Lake City for October 2015.

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