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Earth Rising Spring Equinox Event

Jan 27, 2019 09:46PM ● By Gisele Rinaldi Siebold

Dr. Nancy Vedder-Shults

The Web and Wheel committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster (UUCL) will host a Spring Equinox 2019 event: Earth Rising ~ Honoring Gaia, Empowering Ourselves, with special guest, Dr. Nancy Vedder-Shults. The weekend-long event geared toward adults includes playshops, ritual and community, from March 15 through 17.

A free, public lecture titled Science & Divination: Blurring the Lines Between the Secular and the Sacred, featuring Vedder-Shults, will take place at 7:30 p.m., March 15, at UUCL, in Lancaster. A reception and book signing will follow.

“The World is Your Oracle,” based on Vedder-Shultz’s book of the same title, is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 16, in outdoor pavilion 22 at Lancaster County Central Park. Attendees are invited to participate in playshops utilizing creative and intellectual modes to discover inner wisdom, tap intuition and empower self. Seasonal dress is recommended. 

A worship service, Balancing Light and Dark, will begin at 10 a.m., March 17, in the UUCL sanctuary. The service includes ritual, how dark brings healing and a song to the sun goddess. A reception will follow.

Named Wisdom Keeper of the Goddess Spirituality Movement in 2013, Vedder-Shults, Ph.D, is a highly skilled ritualist, theologian and active ecofeminist from the Midwest, where she taught Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin. She is the author of The World is Your Oracle: Divinatory Practices for Tapping Your Inner Wisdom. She is the thealogical columnist for SageWoman magazine, and blogs for Elephant JournalFeminism and Religionand Nature’s Sacred Journey on Patheos. Vedder-Shults is also a musical consultant and performs as “Mama’s Minstrel.” She conducts group chanting, creating and recording “Chants for the Queen of Heaven.” 


Pre-registration is required. Event and lunch are free if registration is completed by March 1; afterwards: $20/admission, $10/lunch. To register, send an email with name, city and dates of attendance to [email protected]. Locations: UUCL, 538 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster, and Lancaster County Central Park, Pavilion 22, Eshleman Mill Rd., Lancaster. For more information, visit

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