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.

Earth Circles Calendar

Be sure to check UUSS website and the bulletin board in the long hall for updates.  Sign up for e-mail at EarthCirclesUUSS@gmail.com for reminders and current information.

Full Moon Drum Circles 7-8pm
Our monthly drum circles are time for joyful community in the Great Hall or in the garden.  They are open to all ages and usually involve calling the directions, freestyle drumming, a teaching or sharing, and a chant or two based on participants.  Bring instruments and finger food to share. Extra instruments are available.

Thursday, January 12, 2017 with Voice Of the Grove
Friday, February 10, 2017 – Dedication of new flutes
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Monday, August 7, 2017

Seasonal Celebrations

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

Upcoming:

Imbolc: Thursday February 2nd 7pm in the Great Hall

Vernal Equinox: Sunday, March 19th 7pm in the Great Hall

Beltane: Sunday, April 30

Summer Solstice, Wednesday, June 21

Lammas (Midsummer) TBA

 

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.