2015 Closed Beltain Ritual

Presented by:
The Current MayCourt, and their successors, whomever that might be!

DATE Saturday, May 2, 2015
TIME

6:30 p.m. Gather, 7:00 p.m. Ritual

RITUAL
PLACE

Living Table UCC
4001 38th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
612-729-7556
Google Map Link

Closest MetroTransit Route: 7E (will require a couple of blocks' walk)


 PLEASE NOTE:
The address above is the site of our rituals, but it is NOT our Church's Mailing Address. Please visit our Contact Page for WiCoM's E-mail and Earth-Mail addresses.

The Goddess has come through the Equinox into Her most sensual self.
The God has died and been reborn and has now grown into His most sensual self.
The Fool ... well, the Fool is perpetually Foolish!

With Ostara's confirmation that the Wheel of the Year still turns, the season of Beltain (or Beltaine, or Beltane or Bealtaine) beckons to us, coaxing and teasing our joy from our Winter-bound, yet still-hopeful hearts. The springtime breezes play gently with us, bringing hints of the summer splendors to come.

This year's May Court cordially invites all WiCoM members, their students and vouched-for guests, to join us at this year's Beltaine Ritual. As always, Beltaine for the Wiccan Church of Minnesota is Lottery Time, when the Gods select the folks that are to be Their Voices over the next turning of the Wheel. Please join us to celebrate what in our locale is often the most visibly spring-like Sabbat.

WiCoM has, via the Minnesota Church of the Wicca, its esteemed parent organization, and to the best of our research, the longest-running Lottery-based Beltain tradition in the U.S. The entire lineage is documented on our Heritage page.

There are many privileges -- and the balancing responsibilities -- that go with these Gods-chosen roles. The details are listed on our Voices page.

Due to the mature themes of the celebration (and the resulting mundane regulatory restrictions), we regret that we must restrict the ritual to persons of age 18 or older.

Please bring a joyful heart, a sense of humor, and feast item to share after the conclusion of our ritual.

If you wish, you may offer a boon to the May Court, and in so doing you may in return may request Their Favor.

It has also been our custom for the newly-selected May Court to solicit and typically accept offers of presenting one or more of our rituals over the course of Their administration. There are many resources and much support available to those ritualists who feel moved to present to our beloved community. We strongly encourage your participation in this on-going tradition.

Blessing of the Season,

The 2014-2015 May Court:
May Queen (Estelle) and her Handmaiden (Beth)
Green Man (Qwill) and his Summoner (Yunion)
And the ever-foolish Fool (Suki)

Questions? Contact the ritualist(s) at: ritualist@WiccanChurchMN.Org

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Access to Ritual (Dates Through The Wheel)

Many Wiccans choose to practice their spirituality as solitary practitioners, others seek a group ritual experience. Not all who desire group ritual experience are members of a coven or other group to fulfill that need. WiCoM tries to meet the needs of these members by sponsoring group celebrations of the eight sabbats.

Upcoming Sabbats and Deadlines
Preliminary schedule, splease check back to confirm
Contact our Secretary at Secretary@WiccanChurchMN.Org for more details
Sabbat Date Presenter(s) Newsletter
Deadline
Beltaine '15 5/2/15 Estelle, Qwill, Suki with Yunion and Beth

4/2/15

Midsummer '15 6/20/15*   5/25/15
Lammas '15 8/1/15*   7/5/15
Mabon '15 9/19/15*   8/20/15
Samhain '15 10/31/15*   9/30/15
Yule '15 12/19/15*   11/24/15
Imbolc '16 1/30/16*   12/30/15
Ostara '16 3/19/16*   2/20/16
Beltaine '16 4/30/16*   3/31/16

Church-recognized Elders and Teachers have voting rights at their respective moots. Moots are scheduled consecutively: General, Teachers, Elders, and Executive.

Self Governance

WiCoM is governed by an Executive Board made up of an Elders' Representative, a Teachers' Representative and a General Representative, who are advised by our May Queen, Green Man and Fool, and assisted by the Treasurer, Secretary and Webcrafter. The operations of the Church are overseen by four Trustees, and the books are periodically independently audited. We are required by our bylaws to convene a minimum of four meetings, or "moots," each year to formally conduct the Church's business. All moots are open to the public and public participation is welcome. Dues-paid members of at least Voting Membership level may vote at the General Moot. Church-recognized Elders and Teachers have voting rights at their respective moots. Moots are scheduled consecutively: General, Teachers, Elders, and Executive.

The next round of moots is tentatively scheduled for:
Sunday, June 7, 2015, Noon to 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Roseville Public Library (check for which room)
2180 North Hamline Ave
Roseville, Minnesota 55113
Office: 651-724-6001
Link to Map: https://goo.gl/maps/1ufja

Subsequent Moots: To Be Announced.

Public Awareness

In the past WiCoM has co-sponsored various informational meetings with different groups for the purpose of community education and hospitality. Examples of such groups include the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments (community education) and sponsoring a suite at the Minicon science fiction convention (hospitality). At these and other events, WiCoM is dedicated to the portrayal of Wicca as a life-affirming spiritual path.

Community

Many members of WiCoM are also members of other Wiccan and pagan organizations, both locally and nationally. Our newsletter, "The WitchTower", has been sent as a part of an information exchange to organizations in Minneapolis and to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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