EARTH CIRCLES – Earth Centered Spirituality 

Earth Circles UUSS is an informal group that meets to plan seasonal celebrations, observe Earth-centered holidays, drum, create community, establish connection, and learn more about Earth-centered spiritual traditions from around the world.  Earth Circles is open to everyone.  We work collegially, sharing ideas and respecting the different spiritual traditions practiced by our members.  We reach decisions through consensus.  We strive for shared leadership, involving as many as are willing, look for diversity of age, race, heritage, mobility, and sexual identity. We support outside native groups and activities such as the Two Row and Standing Rock.  UUSS Earth Circles is allied with the Prairyerth UU Fellowship, FUUSA Earth Spirits, SIHS (Seneca Indian Historical Society), and Midwest SOARRING (Save Our Aboriginal Rights & Remains).  Our activities compliment the environmental activities of UUSS Green Sanctuary.

Our Covenant Statement

“In a circle, all are equal. Our stewardship of the Earth comes from our reverence of nature and our spiritual connection to it.  Living in harmony with ourselves, each other, and the Earth, we give greetings and thanks to all of creation. We Are All Connected.

December Calendar

Truth in the Time of the

Winter Solstice

Sunday, December 3rd at 7pm in the Great Hall

The Winter Solstice Full Moon Drum Circle

All are welcome to our monthly gathering to join a global effort to drum for peace.  Bring an instrument or share one of the extras in the circle.  The more we have the more fun we have!  Refreshments after our hour of drumming.


Sunday, December 10 at 7pm in the Emerson Room

Whirling Rainbow Lodge Meeting  (on-going closed group)

“Rainbow Wheel of Peace and the Cycles of Truth”

Monday, December 11 at 7pm

Peacemaker Circle  (on-going closed group)

“Serve Love, Truth, and Peace”

Thursday, December 21 at 7pm in the Great Hall

The Winter Solstice Observance

“To Save the World”

For all people of all ages: Come celebrate the season as we turn away from darkness toward the light.  We will follow those who search for Truth and Honesty in a procession that spirals through our sanctuary.  There will be dance and beautiful music.  During the service we will hang gifts of mittens, hats, scarves or blankets on the Mitten Tree*. We will call the directions, listen to stories, sing, light candles and drum to drive the dark away.  This Earth-centered service is an opportunity to sit together in the darkened sanctuary and feel the magic of the season come alive.  Cookies to share after the service are a blessing, thank you.  (*Mittens, etc. will go to SICM- Schenectady Inner-City Ministry.)


Seasonal Celebrations

Over 90 people gathered to celebrate the Winter Solstice last December.



Whirling Rainbow Lodge

Every year or so, a new women’s circle starts.  The current WRL is committed to meet together through March 2017.  This on-going shared leadership monthly lodge is a closed circle.  It uses Jamie Sams’ book, The Thirteen Original Clan Mothers and Melinda Perrin’s The Whirling Rainbow as a guide.  A new lodge will form in the fall.

Peacemaker Circles – 6-6:45 pm

This study group meets each month before the Full Moon Drum Circles in the Fireplace Room.  We will explore the basic tenets of The Peacemaker, the man who united the Haudenosaunee People into the Iroquois Confederacy leading them to lasting peace between their five nations.  Led by Seneca Wolf Clan teacher, Melinda Perrin.

Native Flute Making Workshop

Led by Eric Marczak, renowned woodworker, luthier, and native flute maker & musician.  Participants carved their own instruments.  The flutes will be dedicated at the February Full Moon Drum Circle.






Drum Making Workshop

The next drum making workshop is planned for Winter 2018

 Rattle-Making Workshops
The most recent workshop was in October 2016.