Helping heal returning soldiers

Rev. Lt. Col. Peter Bauer of the USAF Chaplain Corps will be leading a series of discussions on PTSD, TBI and spiritual healing on Jan 21. Please attend to learn more about how we as a larger community can help returning veterans cope with the stresses of combat through spiritual healing. Anyone from the Manhattan, Junction City, and surrounding communities is welcome.

Rev Bauer’s lectures include

• Spiritual Issues and Combat Stress
• Current and Future Treatment Interventions for PTSD
• Current Interventions for TBI:  Symptoms of Depression and Anger

See brochure for details.

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Upcoming Pagan Gatherings @ UUFM

Hi to my friends both old and new,

I’m excited to share with you the dates for the upcoming Pagan gatherings here at UUFM.

On Saturday February 4th we’ll celebrate both the Imbolc Sabbat and the February Storm Moon. The Imbolc Sabbat will be dedicated to the Fire Goddess Brigid and the renewal of life. Imbolc (meaning ewe’s milk) is a Celtic holy day celebrating the newly lactating ewes, a sign that spring is around the corner and life in the womb of the earth is quickening. But we’re still in the dark half of the year, and as such, divination is often done at this time. We’ll be doing a fire divination in  our Imbolc circle, to open ourselves up to what messages the Goddess may have for us for the coming year. And for the potluck dinner, the theme will be Milk and Honey. Get creative 🙂

In March, we’ll get together twice. On Saturday March 10th we’ll gather with the Manhattan Goddess Circle to celebrate the Blossom Moon, when we will work to fully release our negative patterns we have uncovered during the dark half of the year and move into harmony with ourselves to find focus and strength for the coming season of power. Morrigan’s circles of full moon energy and reverence are a favorite with all of us.

And we’ll come together again on Saturday the 24th, to celebrate the Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara or Eostre. Ever wonder how Easter got it’s name? We’ll delve into the Pagan traditions of Easter and look at why we have eggs and bunnies to celebrate the birth of the Christian Jesus. And instead of gathering together at night, I’d like to have an afternoon event, with an egg hunt and a ritual circle at dusk. More information will follow; I’d love to get input on what others would like to do for Ostara this year.

And looking even farther into the year, in April, we’ll celebrate the Full Moon on Saturday the 7th with the Manhattan Goddess Circle. It is my hope that we’ll be able to have a Beltane Festival on Saturday April 28, but as most of you probably know, I’ll be leaving for Mississippi sometime this Spring, so anything after April 7th is undetermined. The future of the Pagan Friendship Circle is uncertain, but we’ll discuss it more as the time draws near. I am in talks with the minister of our UU congregation, Michael Nelson, as well as with a few UU members, so stay tuned as things develop. If anyone has any thoughts as to what they would like the future of the Pagan Friendship Circle to look like, get with me, and we’ll talk. This circle is, and always has been, a labor of love from me to you. It’s YOUR circle 🙂

See you in February,

Deirdre

 

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Stunning Courage and Private Conlict

Martin Luther King Jr. represents a phase in American history when oppressed and powerless people found their will to express themselves in a way that made this country listen and change. MLK sacrificed his life for equality. His courage was stronger than his doubts and his desire for a more private and safe life, which often plagued him.  His spiritual certainty that he must serve  a greater cause gave him the courage that kept pulling him into the arena of fire in which he was killed. What are we called to do in our lives that serves the greater good? How do we give supple and enduring strength to that call? How do we support one another in taking risks that pull us and our Fellowship out of its comfort zone?

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UUFM Drum Circle

The UUFM DRUM CIRCLE gathers on Friday, January 13, at 7 pm, in the Fellowship’s Inez Alsop room.  UUFM members, friends, and the community, beginners and regulars, and those of all ages are welcome.  We do multi-cultural drumming and love learning new songs.  Bring your own drumming instrument or borrow one of ours.  Learn more from Pat Embers at embers1@cox.net

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Spiritual Healing for Returning Soldiers

UUFM is honored to host Rev Lt Col Peter Bauer who will discuss PTSD, TBI, and spiritual healing.  Rev Bauer will present a series of three lectures at the Fellowship, on Saturday, January 21, to help us explore spiritual healing as a restorative path assisting returning veterans as they cope with the stresses of combat.

Rev Bauer’s lectures include:

• Spiritual Issues and Combat Stress

• Current and Future Treatment Interventions for PTSD

• Current Interventions for TBI:  Symptoms of Depression and Anger

The lectures take place between 8 am and 2:30 pm, in the Fellowship’s Main Sanctuary.  A light lunch will be served, at no cost, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of food, and Rev Bauer’s transportation and expenses.

These lectures are open to the public, so please spread the word to family, friends and colleagues. Those inter- ested in attending the Saturday lectures may RSVP to Ryan Myhre at ryan.myhre@gmail.com.  Space is limited.

On Sunday, January 22, Rev Bauer leads our morning service. His sermon is entitled, “What Comes After the Beer, Pizza, and Sex.” The service begins at 10:45 am.

Register to attend the lecture series, and learn more about Rev Bauer’s time in our area from Ryan Myhre at ryan.myhre@gmail.com

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