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Pagan and Earth-Centred Celebrations

Pagan or Earth-Centred celebrations are a valued component of Westwood’s eclectic spiritual practices. All are welcomed to our annual Winter Solstice celebration as well as events held throughout the year. See below for current plans, contact information and recent events.

Contemporary knowledge of old pagan religions comes from several sources, including anthropological field research records, the evidence of archaeological artifacts, and the historical accounts of ancient writers regarding cultures known to classical antiquity. Forms of these religions, influenced by various historical pagan beliefs of premodern Europe, exist today and are known as contemporary or modern paganism, also referred to as neopaganism (Wikipedia).

Earth-Centred Gatherings

Our Earth-Centred folk celebrate the Wheel of the Year with several gatherings, either at Westwood Sanctuary or in private  member homes. These “Pagan Circles” are held, as far as possible, on the Sabbats.

Earth-Centred Spirituality Google Group

The Earth-Centred Spirituality Google Group is an email group that Westwoodians use to suggest and plan earth-centred events. The email list is used by the Worship Committee to contact people who may be interested in planning or participating in an Earth-Centred themed service. It is also a forum for people to share messages relating to pagan or general nature-related spirituality.

To join this group or for more information, email anne@westwoodunitarian.ca

If you are a member of this group, you can view messages sent among group members at the group’s Google Group page.

Being Unitarian Universalists, people involved in this group have all kinds of interests and slants on what Earth-Centred Spirituality means in their lives.

Paganism 101

Paganism 101 is an adult religious education curriculum developed by B.C. Unitarian, Louise Bunn. Westwood has offered Paganism 101 twice, with an enthusiastic participation both times.

The Paganism 101 course material is available in the Westwood library collection. It is a wonderful sourcebook for pagan ritual and a great primer on paganism with a Unitarian Universalist flair.

Shows Religious Director Ilara with one of the Children's Weekly Story Corner Puppets, a fairy named Elm with a green leaf skirt and a bee on her head.

Meet Our Story Corner Friends!

Spruce recently brought it my my attention that it is very likely many of you may not have met erm yet, and that made me realize that …

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The Heart of Winter Solstice

  Dark of winter, soft and still, your quiet calm surrounds me. #55, Unitarian Universalist Hymn, by Shelley Denham Photo: Sheila Killoran The dark of …

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2019 Samhain Celebration at UCE

The Pagan Chalice Circle at UCE  invites Westwoodians to join them for a Samhain ritual! Details are as follows: Friday, November 1 at 7:00 pm:  Celebrate …

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EDMONTON, ALTA: December 20, 2013 -- Fiona Cavanagh and her daughter Lucia, 10, looking skyward during the restoring the light - candle meditation - at the 26th annual Winter Solstice Celebration put on by the Westwood Unitarian Congregation at city hall in Edmonton, December 20, 2013. The winter solstice is upon us with December 21st being the shortest day of the year. (ED KAISER-EDMONTON JOURNAL)

2018 Winter Solstice Rest

Westwood Unitarian is taking a “Winter Solstice Rest” this year from the large event at City Hall. We look forward to celebrating with you again …

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