Pagan Perspectives meets the fourth Sunday of each month at 4 pm.
On Sunday, October 29, at the regular 10:30am service, Charles Allen presented a program on Sanhaim titled “Sanhaim: the Celtic roots of Halloween or Tricks or Treats.” Sanhaim is one of the eight Celtic holidays. Several participants came in costume. A video of Charles Allen’s presentation can be seen at YouTube by searching for Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
On Saturday, Sept. 23, there was a Pagan Pride Project. There was mini-workshops, a variety of vendors and games.
10am Making Your Own Ritual Jewelry,
11am Keynote by Dr. Brandy Stark “Goddess Worshippers in Ancient Rome”
1 pm-Make Your Own Scrying Mirror,
2 pm-Make your own Spell Candle,
3:15pm-Three Levels of Meditation,
4 pm-Open Mabon (Autumn Equinox) Ritual
The Pagan group is led by Charles Allen, a new member at MUUF.
Charles Allen was born in Kingsport, TN, and earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Union University in Jackson, TN. His first teaching job was in Welch, WV, in 1989, and in 1996 he moved to Florida and was hired by the Sarasota County School Board. Charles joined Pagan Perspectives a year ago. He decided he wanted to support Manatee UU Fellowship when he learned that we had a Pagan Group meeting here.
Charles has recently joined the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) and would love to start a chapter at MUUF. We would be part of a national organization and we would be a place for local Pagans to gather and learn. There are only 2 CUUPS chapters on the west coast of Florida (Tampa and Ft. Myers). We would be in between those chapters, and it would make it easier for Pagans wanting to attend a CUUPS meeting. His hobbies are reading and watching old movies on TCM. He also plays the piano and recorder, and has recently begun harp lessons from Tasha Robinson. Charles has enjoyed the services at MUUF. He says they have been fun, informative and sometimes thought provoking. He says the guest musicians have been great, too. He loved the harp, of course, and also the couple who played the piano and English horn. (The Weintraub Duo)