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CUPS Pagan Breakfast

5 March 2012
4024 Sainte-Catherine Rue O, Montreal, QC H3Z1P2
Sunday, March 18, 2012

10:00am until 1:30pm
Facebook event

Join us at our monthly breakfast meeting to gather members of CUPS for discussion groups, answer questions, or just to eat good food! Over breakfast we will also be discussing a Pagan’s stance on issues such as animal rights, gender equality, and the envrionment, as well as open discussions about general Pagan interests such as tarot, herbology, runes, and astrology. We will be meeting at the Tutti Frutti at Atwater metro.

Pagan Discussion Nights on Hold

5 January 2012

Happy New Year to everyone! We hope that you had a joyous, restful, and safe holiday and we look forward to seeing you in 2012!

We’ve had a few changes happen at the MPRC, one of which is that we have lost our moderator for the Pagan Discussion Nights. Therefore, until further notice, the Pagan Discussion Nights  have been suspended until we can get them going again.

Our sincere thanks to Luna G. and Selena L. for their help in running the Discussion Nights so far. We’ve had some great discussions and debates over the last couple of years.

When we get this event going again, we will announce it on this website. Stay tuned!

Paganism and the Occupy Movement

15 December 2011

Check out these interesting articles at The Wild Hunt and Occupy: PNC about the Pagan Community’s response to the Occupy movement. Feel free to share your thoughts here!

The Wild Hunt: When Archetypes Win: The Protestor

Occupy: The Pagan Newswire Collective: Pagan Chaplaincy at Occupy Wall Street

Pagan Discussion Night: July 2011

5 July 2011

Thursday, July 7
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Facebook event

Internet and pagans: Blessing or Curse? Websites, elists, Facebook, Techno-Pagans. How does modern tech blend with ancient religion? How does modern tech clash with ancient religion? How has religion evolved around technology?

Montreal Pagan Resource Centre
1928 St-Catherine West
Montreal, Quebec

Public Discussion (MPRC): Sacred space and sacred places (FREE)

1 June 2011

Public Discussion (MPRC): Sacred space and sacred places (FREE)
First Thursday of the month, Thursday June 2nd 6:45 – 8:45pm FREE

Date: June 2nd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: MPRC
1928 St-Catherine West
Montreal, Quebec

* How ancient pagans regard sacred places
* How modern pagans define sacred places
* What makes a space sacred? Can it be destroyed?
* Creating a ritual sacred place
* Creating permanent sacred spaces
* Sacred places in other cultures

Pagan Discussion Night Topic List

26 May 2011

In case you were wondering, here are the Pagan Discussion Night topics for the next few months. Remember that Pagan Discussion Night is on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm.

June 2011: Sacred space and sacred places
* How ancient pagans regard sacred places
* How modern pagans define sacred places
* What makes a space sacred? Can it be destroyed?
* Creating a ritual sacred place
* Creating permanent sacred spaces
* Sacred places in other cultures

July 2011: Technology and Modern Paganism
* Internet and pagans: Blessing or Curse?
* websites
* elists
* Facebook
* Techno-Pagans
* How does modern tech blend with ancient religion?
* How does modern tech clash with ancient religion?
* How has religion evolved around technology?

August 2011: Pagan Community Etiquette
* Public Ritual Etiquette
* Public Event Etiquette
* Pagan Conference Etiquette
* Pagan Festival Etiquette
* Pagan Affection Etiquette
* Respecting Traditions
* Pagan Tools Etiquette

September 2011: Being Openly Pagan and Dealing with Discrimination
* What are your rights as a Canadian citizen in terms of religion
* How open is too open?
* How to deal with criticism
* How to deal with discrimination
* How to deal with religious repression/attack
* When should you display/hide your religious choices?
* Balancing respect for other traditions with personal religious freedoms

October 2011:The Unmentionables: Pagan Taboos
* Are there any topics that pagans avoid?
* Satanism, Dark Arts, and Pagan Ethics
* Paganism and Sexual Etiquette
* Non-pagan religion bashing
* Pagan tradition bashing
* Controversial figures in pagan culture
* Dealing with Pagan community gossip
* Blending pantheons: the Dangers and Benefits
* Is it respectful to blend pantheons together?
* Are pagans open to every religion EXCEPT Christianity?

November 2011: Pagans, Conflict, and the Warrior Path
* What is the Warrior Path
* What is the difference between a Warrior and a Soldier
* Are Warriors still relevant in modern society?
* What is the Pagan perspective on War?
* Dealing with Witch Wars
* Ethics and Dark Magic
* Balancing Respect for Life and Defending Yourself

December 2011: Pagan Clergy
* The difference between Clergy and Leaders
* Do we need Pagan Clergy?
* Possible Pagan Clergy Roles
* Who would qualify as Pagan Clergy?
* How does a community support Pagan Clergy
* Money
* Materials
* Bartering
* Physical/Moral Support
* Is Pagan Clergy Sustainable?

January 2012:Pagan Practices vs The Law of the Land
* The use of weapons in ritual
* The use of alcohol in traditional ritual
* The use of drugs in traditional ritual
* Sexual etiquette
* What children are exposed to

MPRC Pagan Discussion Night: Pagans and Sexuality

29 April 2011

The MPRC holds discussion nights every first Thursday of the month on random subjects pertaining to alternative spirituality/paganism. The discussions are open where all opinions are welcomed.

Upcoming Topic: Pagans and Sexuality
Date: May 5th, 2011 at 18h45-20h45
Location: At the MPRC inside the Melange Magique (1928, Ste.Catherine St. West)
Cost: Free (donations welcomed)
Facebook Event

May 2011: Pagans and Sexuality
* Are Pagans Sexy?
* How is Sexuality Viewed in Paganism
* Homosexuality, Transgender, Polyamory
* Sexuality in Mythology/Tradition
* Pagan Sexual Etiquette
* Dealing with Community Predators

April Pagan Discussion Night

31 March 2011

The MPRC holds discussion nights every first Thursday of the month on random subjects pertaining to alternative spirituality/paganism. The discussions are open where all opinions are welcomed.

Upcoming Topic: Raising Pagan Children
Date: April 7th, 2011 at 18h45-20h45
Location: At the MPRC inside the Melange Magique (1928, Ste.Catherine St. West)
Cost: Free (donations welcomed)
Facebook Event

Let’s discuss:

April 2011: Raising Pagan Children
* How is the life of a pagan child different that a non-pagan child?
* Pagan activities for toddlers, children, teens
* What options do pagan parents have?
* How do children relate to their pagan parents?
* Do pagan children face discrimination?
* Can pagan parents be accused of child abuse?
* Do pagan practices put children in questionable circumstances?
* What if the child does NOT want to live a pagan life?

Snakes and Bladders: Celebrating All Snakes Day

16 March 2011

Although Montreal celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on a Sunday with its annual parade, March 17th is the actual St. Patrick’s Day, which in 2011 falls on a Thursday. Historically, St. Patrick is one of Christianity’s best-known and most-loved saints who is credited with banishing all snakes from Ireland.

Of course, there never have been any snakes in Ireland for St. Patrick to banish, so we understand that the snakes actually represent the pagans and their beliefs that were replaced by Christian doctrine. Critics often point out that this day is mainly an excuse for the population to drink excessively and wear garishly green clothing.

At face value, the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day has certainly been hijacked by boorish behaviour, but it’s certainly not the only holiday in which that happens. Let’s take a look at the other seasonal celebrations we have and consider their excesses:

* For Summer, we have St. Jean Baptist Day and Canada Day.

* For Fall, we have Thanksgiving and Halloween.

* For Winter, we have Christmas/Yule and New Year’s Day.

* For Spring, we have St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.

As far as I can tell, Easter is the only holiday where the worst thing that can happen is cracking a tooth on too much chocolate (Halloween can be accused of that too, but there is more boozing in scary masks than at Easter). So why does St. Patrick’s Day get all the criticism?

What are we really celebrating in March? If you take a look outside, you’ll no doubtedly notice that the snow has mostly melted away and the days are sunnier. The Vernal Equinox is nigh, signalling the coming of Spring and Summer, a time of growth, rebirth, and warmth. After three months of darkness and cold, St Patrick’s Day is our moment to cast off the dark shroud of winter and welcome the warmth of the sun and the rebirth of nature.

From a pagan perspective, many modern-day pagans refuse to celebrate or even acknowledge this day. The image of our pagan forefathers fleeing the threat of Christianity is not a pleasant thought. But just as our modern-day pagan pioneers attempted to reclaiming the word “witch”, I should think pagans can attempt to reclaim the spirit of the Vernal Equinox celebration known as St. Patrick’s Day. If we’re going to reclaim the mythology of this day, then we can tongue-in-cheek add our own take on the myth. If St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the day when the patron saint of Ireland seemingly drove all the snakes from Ireland, then we can celebrate “All Snakes Day”: the day the Druids tricked St. Patrick into thinking the snakes had been banished.

After all, we snakes are still here and we are thriving! We’re lean, green, Pagan machines who welcome the Sun God and the Green Goddess with open arms, excited with what the warmer seasons have to offer in terms of their bounty and boundless possibilities. Just like the snake who sheds his outer skin, so do we shed our warm, protective clothing and feel the warmth on our faces and skin. We may even hoist a horn of mead or ale to share with our kith and kin, bringing family and friends together to make plans and celebrate the friendship that got us through the darker winter days.

So Happy All Snakes Day to you, fellow pagans! Go out and revel in the heat that warms your snake skin. And I will raise a toast to you and yours while we enjoy the longer days together. As for St. Patrick himself? It’s only fitting that we extend him some Irish hospitality for his special day if he’ll lower his ash staff and share a pint or two with us.

Big Weekend for Pagan Events

30 November 2010

This weekend is huge for events going on in the Montreal pagan community. Make sure you don’t miss any of it!

Thursday, 6:45pm: Pagan Discussion — Crossing the Veils (without dying)
Why do some people try to cross the veil of reality? What do they hope to learn? What are some of the techniques? What are the dangers? Join us for this discussion!
MPRC page, Facebook page

Friday – Sunday: Montreal Yule Fair
The annual Montreal Yule Fair features vendors, workshops, lectures, and more! Special guest speakers include Brendan Myers, Christopher Penczak, Judika Illes, and Ellen Dugan.
Facebook page, Yule Fair page, MPRC page

Saturday night, 7:30pm: Service/Product Auction Gaia Fundraiser
This unique fund-raising event gives you the opportunity to connect directly with artists and other resourceful people. They have generously offered their work, their time, and their services, putting them up for the highest bidder.
Facebook page, MPRC page

Sunday morning, 10am: Pagan Sunday Brunch
To coincide with the Yule Fair, the Pagan Sunday Brunch has moved to the first Sunday or December. Come join us for breakfast and socializing with local pagans and those who are visiting us for the Fair!
Facebook page, MPRC page

Sunday evening, 6:30pm: Public Yule Ritual
Join us as we celebrate the birth of the Sun God and light our candles in his honor. Led by Hobbes of the MPRC. Make sure you bring a tapered candle that can be added to the Yule Log.

Time    Sunday, December 5 · 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Location    Le Melange Magique (3rd floor)
1928 Ste. Catherine street West, Montreal, QC

Facebook page

Discussion Night: Crossing the Veils

30 November 2010

The MPRC holds discussion nights every first Thursday of the month on random subjects pertaining to alternative spirituality/paganism. The discussions are open where all opinions are welcomed.

Upcoming Topic: Crossing the Veils (without dying)
Date: December 2nd, 2010 at 18h45-20h45
Location: At the MPRC inside the Melange Magique (1928, Ste.Catherine St. West)
Costs: Free (donations welcomed)
Facebook Event

Let’s discuss:

Crossing the Veils (without dying)

  • What are the “Veils” and debates on concepts of “Reality”
  • What does each faith teach of the “Veils”
  • Methods of crossing the Veil: Such as meditation, trance-work, astral travel, past-lives, lucid dreaming; metaphysics and the Evolving Consciousness; etc.
  • Why do we try?
  • Etc.

Re: Isaac Bonewits Memorial

18 August 2010

We are very pleased to announce that we had a little over 20 people at the Isaac Bonewits memorial ritual that was held in Angrignon park tonight and led by Linda Demissy.

Our thanks go to Linda for putting this memorial ritual together so quickly, to Mark and Farrell for helping out with it, and to everyone else who turned up to witness it. There were many touching moments, but also loads of laughter, which was a sure sign that Isaac had turned up to join us (including a boombox that would not shut off and only got louder the more we fiddled with it).

We also raised over $374 dollars which will be donated to Phaedra Bonewits to help with covering her medical bills. Much love and thanks to Mariesol who auctioned off a unique, hand-written collection of pagan chants, songs, and stories, which sold for $120!

We hope Isaac enjoyed our offerings and that they speed him off to the Summerlands in style. Gods bless.

If you wish to donate to the Bonewits family, you can get more information at: http://www.adf.org/about/leaders/isaac-bonewits/donate.html

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