Elgin Earth Worship is run by Sandy & Andrew Russel who are members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin & the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS). We've been involved in hosting public Wheel of the Year Ritual Celebrations at the church since 2006.
This is in accordance with our denomination's 7th Principle: "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part" that is drawn from "Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature."
We encourage those who practice as Solitaries and well as those in small Covens, Circles or Moon Groups to join together with us to honor our Mother the Earth and weave the bonds of community with singing, dancing, drumming and feasting. Almost all Wheel of the Year rituals are designed to be inter-generational (kids welcome) and are open to the public. The only exception is Samhain, which is "Adults Only" since we delve into the deeper mysteries of life and death on this holy day. Otherwise, we provide an open and safe environment to Meet and Greet other wiccans/pagans in the Elgin and greater Fox Valley area.
To help us cover costs, we ask for a "love donation" from non-church members when attending our public Wheel of the Year events which can be paid via PayPal or at the door. Children Age 12 and under can attend for free and attendance is also free to members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin.
Now you may be asking yourself, "Why would I want to come celebrate Wheel of the Year rituals at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin?"
Because, we are located west of Randall Rd. on Highland Avenue in a beautiful, natural setting that includes Prairie Restoration fields, a circular Meditation Garden, the Prairie Cathedral (our church which was built using wood reclaimed from an old Dairy Barn) and the Earth Wisdom Labyrinth, which is the largest permanent outdoor labyrinth open to the public in Illinois. It is made out of 25 tons of Wisconsin field stone set in the Classic 11 Circuit Chartes Cathedral design placed on top of 140 tons of fine limestone paver. It's a private location in a rural setting that is perfectly situated for outdoor meditation and group rituals. The Labyrinth is open to the public during daylight hours 7 days a week all year long.