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Winter 2015

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Stone Facts — The Stone Creed Grove Quarterly Newsletter

Winter 2015-6 — Serving the Gods, the Land, and the Folk for over 25 years

Stone Creed Grove, ADF is a congregation of neo-pagan druids located in the Cleveland, OH metro area. As a chartered grove of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, an international organization for public neo-pagan druidry, we hold public rites regularly throughout the year to honor the religious rituals of our Indo-European ancestors. Our public rites are open to all regardless of background or current religions belief.

Upcoming Rite: Yule

Sunday, December 20, 4:30 PM at River Grove, Willoughby Hills

In the darkest time of winter, we keep the Fire of Blessing lit and call for the Waters of Life! The Feast of Yule is the holy turning of the year established by Norse ancestors, and we keep this time to remember Yngvi Frey and his sister Freya, long-time patrons of our sacred Grove, as well as giving honor to all the Aesir who aid and guide us. We also take the opportunity to make personal oaths for the coming year.

We will have our usual pot-luck feast following the rite. At Yule, we encourage frith by a White Elephant gift exchange (under $10 value, please), and the singing of songs from our Yule song collection. Drumming and dancing is especially encouraged.

Upcoming Rite: Imbolg

Sunday, January 31, 4:30 PM at River Grove, Willoughby Hills

At the far edge of winter's deep, we light the Fire of Blessing and call for the Waters to flow! The Feast of Imbolc is the holy rite of the Goddess of Hearth and Skills - Brigid the High One, and also of her father Dagda, the Druid of the Gods. In this season we give thanks for the blessings we have received through the winter, and ask for the blessing of new strength, health and inspiration for the coming spring.

We will have our usual pot-luck feast following the rite. We will also once again renew our Grove Oath, and hear the oaths of those who might be beginning our training and practice.

Monthly Blessing Rites

Blessing rites are normally held on the first and second Friday of each month. First Friday rites are held at Spirit Apothecary in Bedford, while second Friday rites are at Goddess Elite in North Olmsted. Blessing rites are an opportunity for members to engage in regular religious practice and work magic to improve their lives and the lives of others. January's blessing rites will be held on the second and third Friday due to New Years Day.

Yule Time

When the Yule time approaches
As a people come we
To light the Yule log
From the Yule tree.

We can gather "all heal" (mistletoe)
From around the sacred oak
And adorn our dwellings
While the fire we stoke.

For twelve days it will burn
And the season will turn.
We will share celebration and mirth
With Danu, Goddess Mother of Earth.

To the Gods we'll make offerings
To help us ensure
That now the days will grow longer
Our gifts will be pure.

We'll give silver and oils
And our finest mead
So the Gods and spirits will aid us
When it's time to sow seed.

A gift for a gift
A poem and a rhyme
Are a few ways we celebrate
This blessed Yule time.

- Ray Liptak

2015-6 Leadership Announced

Stone Creed Grove is managed by an elected group of officers who are supported by many volunteers. There are several volunteer opportunities still open for those who wish to be more involved.

Without further ado, introducing our officers and volunteers for the 2015-6 year:

Senior Druid: Keith "Darius" Madden - Beginning his second year as Senior Druid, Keith has previously served as Pursewarden and Assistant Senior Druid. Within our parent organization ADF, he is active in the People of the Purple Feather, an LGBT focus group.

Assistant Senior Druid: A.J. Gooch - A.J. has been involved with Stone Creed Grove for decades, and has served in many offices including Senior Druid. A.J. manages much of the pastoral care and community outreach for Stone Creed, does much of the site improvement work at the Tredara Hearth Society, and is in demand as a musician.

Pursewarden: Rev. Sue "Liafal" Parker-Wyndham - Sue is an ADF priest and long-time leader in Stone Creed Grove. In our parent organization ADF, she has served on the board of directors among many other roles. She also is key to managing the Tredara Hearth Society, and an accomplished singer.

Scribe: Dave "Thexalon" Kleinschmidt - Dave is beginning his third year as Scribe, having previously volunteered as webmaster. In our parent organization ADF, he serves as secretary of the Bardic and Hellenic groups.

Membership Coordinators: Weasyl and Charlie Saratoga. They maintain the membership listing and collect dues.

Hospitality Coordinators: Ygraine Wilmott and Shannon Kovach. They manage potlucks and coffee.

Firekeeper: Brian Wilmott. He ensures that ritual and social fires are lit and safe.

Webmaster: Charlie Saratoga. She assists with running

Associated Priest: Ian Corrigan. As a Senior Priest of ADF, Ian provides religious ritual, counsel, and training.

Open Volunteer Positions: If you are interested in getting involved, we are looking for:
  Newsletter Editor: Responsible for ensuring that an issue of the newsletter is ready to go every 3 months.
  Keeper of the Grove: Responsible for managing the physical setup of our ritual space.
  Children's Activities Coordinator: Leads efforts to provide educational and entertaining activities for our youth

Schedule of Events, 2O15-6

See the Stone Creed Online Schedule.

P.O. Box 19261
Cleveland, OH 44119-0261