2014 Beltane Ritual (Restricted to Members, their Students, and Vouched-for Guests)

Heiros Gamos

DATE Saturday, May 3, 2014
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.

Each year at Beltane, the Wiccan Church of Minnesota extends our tradition of selection of the Representatives of The Goddess and The God to oversee the spiritual health of our community for the next cycle of the seasons. The selection is made by The Gods via a lottery of eligible candidates. To the best of our research, this is the longest-running Beltane Lottery in the U.S. (and perhaps elsewhere).

As this is one of our most important and highly-focused rituals, we restrict the attendance to our members and their students or vouched-for guests. Because it deals with a more mature theme, we must also restrict attendance to those age 18 and over.

What? You aren't a member? No problem! We can help you with that. Go to our member page to become one!

What? You were a member back in 1978 but haven't been dues-paid in a while? No problem. You do not have to pay back dues. Just pay this year's current dues and KAPOW!!! You're all good again!

IF you are a member in good standing (i.e. dues-current) and are interested in standing for the lottery, you should take a quick jaunt over to our Voices page, where we lay out the privileges (and the responsibilities) of serving your community for the year in this capacity.

Potluck community feast to follow, so please bring a dish to share if you are able.

Blessings!


The ritual is on Saturday May 3. Gather at 6:30, ritual at 7.

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, please check back to confirm
Contact our Secretary at Secretary@WiccanChurchMN.Org for more details
Sabbat Date Presenter(s) Newsletter
Deadline
Beltaine '14 5/3/14 May Team (Open to Members, their students, and vouched-for guests only) 4/9/14
Midsummer '14 6/21/14 Wind Daughter & Friends 5/21/14
Lammas '14 8/2/14 To Be Determined

7/2/14

Mabon '14 9/20/14 To Be Determined 8/20/14
Samhain '14 11/1/14 To Be Determined 10/1/14
Yule '14 12/20/14 To Be Determined 11/20/14
Imbolc '15 1/31/15 To Be Determined 12/31/14
Ostara '15 3/21/15 To Be Determined 2/21/15
Beltaine '15 5/2/15 To Be Determined 4/2/15

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 and Secretary. 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 scheduled for:
Sunday, June 8, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Pending Confirmation)
LOCATION: Black Bear Crossings at the Lake

Como Lakeside Pavilion (check for which room)
1360 North Lexington Parkway
St. Paul, Minnesota 55103
Office: 651.488.4920
Link to Map: http://goo.gl/maps/5XDa

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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