***Due to ongoing construction at Friends Meeting House, the rite will be held on the second floor which is only accessible by stairs***
Friday, November 1, 2019
Ritual Briefing 7 pm, Ritual start 7:30 pm
Friends Meeting House, Oakland/Shadyside
Throughout history, society has created its own Monsters, the Other who embodies a culture’s fears and insecurity. Society makes it easier to oppress and fear people different than themselves by dehumanizing and creating an atmosphere that promotes hatred, bigotry and repression.
Join us for a Samhain Rite where we explore imagery from classic horror tales and films as we honor the Dead who did not conform to society’s expectation of behavior, appearance, religion or gender; all those made monstrous by society’s fear of difference.
By remembering these hidden and often forgotten Dead and telling their stories, we are called to face our own fears and prejudices, and to renew our commitment to honor and affirm all of Earth’s children.
All Pagan and Pagan-friendly folk invited to attend! Kids are welcome, but note that this rite is little more solemn than most of our events.
What to Bring
An offering for the Forgotten Dead. Suggested offerings include food or flowers
A light snack to share following the ritual. Due to time constraints, we won’t be having a full potluck for this celebration, but munchies are welcome!
Alcohol is not permitted onsite, even as an offering. Please respect the traditions of our hosts.
The Friends Meeting House is located at 4836 Ellsworth Avenue in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh’s East End. There is a small parking lot adjacent to the building in addition to on-street parking. You can find a link to a map for the Meeting House on the front page of their Web site at http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/.
Plant a Tree! Over the next year, Sassafras Grove will be collecting cash donations to be used to plant trees through the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of the Earth Mother. For just $2.00 we can plant a tree in a National Forest! So if you have an extra dollar or two, please consider donating. We’ll keep you updated quarterly on the planting progress!
There is no cost to attend our rites and events, but we do rely on donations to help us cover the cost of space rental and supplies. If you can, please support your local Druids!