Come As You Are to...
CAYA Coven’s Festival of Heart and Harvest
presented by the Order of the Black Madonna, a temple dedicated to Our Lady of Social Justice
Please note different time and location than usual!
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Gather at 5:00PM, circle is cast at 5:15PM
Live Oak Park
We will be at Picnic Area 2, near the Berkeley Arts Center
1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
$10-$20 donation requested
At this time of the year, as we see summer beginning to turn into fall and our thoughts turn to harvesting everything we’ve worked on so far in the year, the sacrifices we’ve made, the savings we put by, Our great Dark Mother, the Mother of All who loves and watches over all Her children no matter where they are on the path of life or in the world, bids us ask about those who are vulnerable in our society. She asks us, “Do they have enough too?” We ask ourselves: “How best can we create a community in which all are cared for and the needs of everyone are met, not only now but in the future too?” Traditionally during this time, people began to get the harvests in, and would often work each other’s fields so that everyone could get their crops in safely; success was a community effort. We look now to those we can help, those who don’t have abundance to share or even any abundance at all; we gather what we have and bring forward enough to share with those who have little, or nothing at all because soon it will be getting colder, and hunger is a real and terrible threat even now. We dedicate our offering to those who are starving, those who suffer with food scarcity; we gather up the extra from our own harvests and even maybe a little bit more, tightening our own belts to make sure that those who hunger have what they need so we can all go safely into the dark half of the year together.
IMPORTANT: What to bring?
We are collecting food during this ritual to deliver to the Alameda Food Bank, so please bring nonperishable food items to donate (the food bank’s most needed items at present are: canned tuna or chicken, natural peanut butter, nuts and beans, brown rice, quinoa, low sodium canned soup, whole grain cereal, and oatmeal). No glass containers, please.
This ritual is followed by potluck feast, so feel free to bring something to share that’s clearly labeled with ingredients and whether it’s vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free. If you have dietary restrictions, please bring a dish that you can enjoy.
This ritual will be outside in Berkeley, where the temperature can change dramatically over the course of an afternoon into the evening. Please wear layers. And if you need a seat for your comfort during the ritual, please consider bringing a camp chair.
Image by G. Stoughton