Thanks to everyone for all the hard work accomplished in March! April has been a busy month, but isn’t holding anyone back! Here are a few of the stories of recent events:
KUTE Radio Interview
On Friday, March 18, 2011, President Daniel Cureton was asked to appear on our very own 1620 AM University radio K-UTE. President Cureton was asked to explain and talk about the U of U Pagan Society, its goals, what it does, ambitions, history, current projects, membership and he was even invited to give a blessing on the campus!
Here is a little what he said, “The U of U Pagan Society is a group of students who have reached out to include the community. We currently have seventy members and many monthly activities going on such as crafting classes, classes and rituals.” One of the hosts asked him at that point “What is a ritual?” He explained “A ritual can be a number of things. For me it means a structured and repetitious ceremony that I can do again and again the same way, or feel free to change it. For me, I incorporate different parts from different religions like Druidry, Shamanism and Wicca. A ritual for me is a way to connect with deity, ancestors, spirits and the universe. Really it can be seen as a form of prayer or worship.”
When asked about community and student involvement, President Cureton commented, “We are trying to educate and make everyone aware through experience. We advertise classes and activities from other groups so that people who are living far away and can’t make it, can know that there are activities going on near them.”
Finally President Cureton gave a simple but elegant blessing over the campus “May there be peace in your heart and success on your midterms this spring break, with lots of relaxing time on vacation. So mote it be.”
Liberalia with USUPA
This past month brought us the wonderful opportunity again to see our wonderful brothers and sisters from Utah State University Pagan Alliance in Logan, Ut. They celebration and honored Liber Pater with the Roman Spring Holiday Liberalia. Masks were hung in trees, wreaths were worn on the heads and togas worn! Callista Midnyte Dreamwalker (fourth from right) related her experience, “Liberlia was a very powerful experience. It was my first ritual I ever attended and I was nervous. However when we arrived we were invited into the circle among many fellow pagans. We called upon the God and Goddess not just of the Romans but also of others. I enjoyed the company and felt the Gods and Goddesses presence. I felt their joy in our gathering. This three hour drive was completely worth it!” Saerra Fairbrother (end right) said “ I am so glad I went. It was a great time and I even met a woman who will be moving to go to SLCC with us in the fall.”
UUPS is very excited and cannot wait to see and join in the next celebration with USUPA! We are grateful to our wonderful friend and President of USUPA Kassie (second from right).
This month we are focusing on getting sponsored by one of the local businesses and setting up for the PRIDE Festival. We also have added a new event page to the website so everyone can keep up to date on what is going on with UUPS!
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