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Archive for February, 2016

Sad news to report, the board members of the local Salt Lake City and Utah based Furry community convention Furry Unlocked, have chosen to dissolve the convention at this time and the foreseeable future. Citing difficulties in the administration to run a 3 day event, finances, and the flood of other opportunities such as Comic Con for furries to participate in, the board felt it was no longer feasible to put on the convention.Their holdings have been transferred to a company run by Rabbit Valley, stating that they did not want to loose their brand, and are open to the possibility of returning in the future if there is enough demand.

SLPS participated in the 2015 convention over Halloween, doing furry tarot readings and presenting a panel on animal totems for furries. We were hoping to return next year as we had a very good experience. We are glad to have the opportunity we did to support the furry community.

Read all the details from their website post titled “Closing Furry Unlocked”, posted to the front page of their website on January 16, 2016.

 

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The planning committee for Salt Lake Pagan Pride met at IHOP on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10 am to discuss the 2016 festival. Out of ten, three people showed: Debra Hurst, Jen Coates, and SLPS president Daniel Cureton. Much progress was made in the details, including an extensive list was made for vendors, author signing suggestions, $10 tshirts for the festival, logo contest, entertainment selections, and the program layout.

The committee is seeking to grow the festival and make it as inclusive as possible, with not just Pagan vendors, but those who support the community and provide services (like the library and Planned Parenthood). This year’s festival is booked for the northeast quadrant of Liberty Park in downtown Salt Lake City.

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The Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition has a new board of faith leaders who will oversee the function of the annual service. After the 2015 Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Service Russ Gorringe, who had headed the coalition since 2002, stepped down. A steering committee was formed to reorganize. From the committee meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at First Baptist Church at 6pm, a new structure was formed to go forward into the future with the coalition.

SLPS trustee April Love attended the meeting, advocating for the board style leadership, which idea was put forward by SLPS president Daniel Cureton at the last interfaith service to Russ and through email to the members before the meeting. The UPIC accepted this proposal and will now be run by a 3 member board, which includes a seat for a non Christian faith. There will be a staggered rotation, with a new seat opening every year of those 3 seats. It will be volunteer roles. The board will still continue to invite all faiths to plan and host the services annually.

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SLPS participated in the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable’s interfaith month by hosting an open full moon rite to the Norse Goddess Freyja. Held Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 7-9 at the Sugar Space in downtown Salt Lake, ten people gathered to see and participate in the Wiccan rite. The altar was decorated with bone runes, statues of the deities, flowers, and a drinking horn. A hand burned wooden slab of the rune Ingwas provided the perfect backdrop.

The society opened by invoking the Goddess Freyja and the All-father Odin. The song Freya by Kelliana on her album I Walk With the Goddess. The Goddess spoke to all those present and gave them advice for the next month to guide their lives. A rune was pulled for each person to give them further clarity and wisdom through divination.

The offerings were apple juice and cookies, after which sacred items presented to the Goddess were blessed and a question and answer period opened. People asked tradition differences, how Pagans view the world, and thanked SLPS for hosting as part of the interfaith.

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Salt Lake interfaith Roundtable Full Moon Rite to Freyja, altar, Sunday, February 21, 2016, Sugar Space, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake interfaith Roundtable Full Moon Rite to Freyja, people gathered, Sunday, February 21, 2016, Sugar Space, Salt Lake City, UT

 

 

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The members of the society met under moon and night on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 8pm to give thanks to the moon goddess for her continued support and blessings. Full moon chicken tacos were prepared for the members who are practicing their kitchen magic skills.

February’s moon is known as the snow moon as the heaviest snow fall and cold comes during the month. Quan Yin was honored as the mother goddess in the full aspect.

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February 2016 Full moon ritual, Snow moon, full moon chicken tacos, Quan Yin, Saturday, February 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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February 2016 Full moon ritual, Snow moon, Quan Yin, Saturday, February 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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February 2016 Full moon ritual, Snow moon, Saturday, February 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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February 2016 Full moon ritual, Snow moon, Daniel Cureton, Saturday, February 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS Interfaith 2016 Full Moon Flyer (1)

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In honor of Super Bowl 50, the coven of SLPS decided to forgo the regular circle and ritual and break in the new deep fryer on Saturday, February 6, 2016. The fryer was to be used to fry wings for Super Bowl 50 party. The wings were seasons and fryed, then sauced in the traditional South Carolina style, with sweet vidalia onion bbq sauce.

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New Moon February 2016, chicken wings in the mix, Saturday, February 6, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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New Moon February 2016, Ashton Longhurst performing oilmancy, Saturday, February 6, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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New Moon February 2016, breaking in the new deep fryer with wings for Super Bowl 50, Saturday, February 6, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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