Friend Gathering is a Chicago-land based community of friends who gather together to explore and celebrate the four main solar holidays of the year. The Summer and Winter Solstice, and the Spring and Fall Equinox.
Our members are an eclectic group with members from the paths that include Druid / Wiccan to Shamanic / Welsh / Goddess/ Farie to Christian Mystics, Jewish and everything in between. We take turns leading, and have levels of membership based on participation.
The main shared belief is this:
We are all created from the same energy, and with good intent, we can adjust that energy to change events, circumstances, and our future. We do this collectively through, energy work, prayer, spell casting, meditation, tai chi, or what ever the leader that time is sharing with us.AS MEMBERS WE BELIEVE.
- WE Believe "WE ARE ALL CHILDREN OF THE SAME UNIVERSE".
- WE Believe: "ALL PATHS LEAD US TO THE CREATOR".
- WE Believe: "THERE ARE MANY TRUTHS, YET UNREVEALED".
- WE Believe: "WE BENEFIT FROM LEARNING, SHARING, AND EXPERIENCING A HIGHER AWARENESS OF NATURE, AND HER SEASONS, IN A MAGICKAL WAY, THROUGH RITUAL MEETING QUARTERLY".
- WE Believe: "WE WILL GAIN A HIGHER LEVEL OF TRUTH, ACCEPTANCE AND LOVE THROUGH THIS AWARENESS BY IMPLEMENTING THE SEASON AND ITS RITUAL INTO OUR PERSONAL DAILY LIVES"
- WE Believe: "THROUGH THIS IMPLEMENTATION AND ITS COMMUNITY SUPPORT, WE WILL EACH TRANSFORM AND GROW PERSONALLY, AND AS YOUR BELIEF SYSTEM DEVELOPS AND CHANGE WE WILL SHARE THAT EVOLUTION WITH OUR FRIEND GATHERING COMMUNITY".
We, on a general rule meet the Saturday before the actual event at a private home of an elder. We are a semi-private group, as you must be invited to participate and make a connection to be invited to ritual or participate in the on-line community. Applications are excepted. If you are interested in joining us at our next retreat - please message me.
We all experience the cold, dark days of winter melt into the warm blooming spring, but do we stop to understand how this effects us? Nature carries us from year to year through a natural rhythm of seasons that effect everything around us even our moods and productivity. We plant and harvest; work and play based on these seasons, but we often find ourselves too busy to take the time to understand the part we play in this quarterly transformation.
The group is open to men and women, adults and youth and range all spiritual paths. We meet to nourish our souls and bodies and create a deeper relationship with the coming season while we enjoy an increased sense of community.
FriendGathering.com eMail: info@FriendGathering.com
WANT TO JOIN A GATHERING AND DON'T KNOW AN ELDER. You will need to send an email to initiate the invitation process and speak to the hostess to be invited to attend - or be invited by a Friend Gathering Member who would sponsor you. You cannot just stop by. If you have been invited please contact your sponsor for the address or text Rev Pam here 773.307.2128
Friends are of like mind and on their own spiritual path, but not necessarily like religion. We welcome all as an interfaith community and meet together to share in the ritual celebration of the season, always scheduled for 4pm the Saturday before the holiday: summer / winter solstice, and spring / fall equinox.
All ritual is considered pagan light and appropriate for all ages, however, if you have little children we prefer you get a sitter and leave them at home so you can completely devote yourself to the moment at hand.
Each season a member will be in charge with performing that season's ritual. We begin by closing the past season and saying good bye, and then reopening the coming season by calling the cardinal directions to be present at our rite. The circle then stays open until we meet again in three months where the circle is completed, closed and rolls over to the next season. As a note; we hold water in the east as a reflection of the Lakota Native American tradition of the founder.
There is no cost to participate, but it is pot luck and byob. Some members fast before ritual, so no one eats until after the ritual generally 6ish. Plates, cups etc is provided. Each person who performs ritual does it in their own way and reflects their own path according to the season at hand. Most lasts about an hour and weather permitting we hold it in the garden.
Friend Gathering has a circle entering process where we all cleans the ritual area together and you receive your token for that particular season. These tokens become charged with the energy from ritual and become good luck for the participant. A new seeker will be giving this in writing so you know what to do and what to say, don't worry we'll make you feel right at home.
1). You must be invited to attend. If you found us on the internet send an eMail to begin the screening process. Info@FriendGathering.com
2). Once you attend the first event - the members will decide if you will be asked back. Your sponsor will let you know.