Clann Bhríde Statement on Halle Synagogue Attack

We at Clann Bhríde are saddened and horrified by the antisemitic attack on and around a synagogue in Halle, Germany. This attack took place on Yom Kippur, the holiest of days in Judaism. Our hearts and minds are with the families of the victims and the communities mourning their losses. May their memories be a blessing.
We unequivocally denounce this and all abhorrent acts our Jewish siblings suffer at the hands of antisemitic terrorists. We without hesitation condemn white supremacy, fascism, and related ideologies. There is no space for them in our hearts, nor at our hearths. We stand in solidarity with all those targeted by such violence and hate and reaffirm our commitment to real peace and true justice

NYC Pagan Pride Day 2019

I’m extremely happy to share this report on Clann Bhríde’s presence at New York City’s Pagan Pride Day this weekend. This is the first official “real world” presence for our organization and by all accounts it was a success. Aster Breo and Sage Ambue, two of CB’s Founders, tabled for roughly seven hours down in the beautiful Battery Park overlooking the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Thank you for NYC Pagan Pride Day for hosting this event and giving us space to share our love for Brighid and network with other Pagans and Polytheists.

At our estimate, Aster and I passed out roughly 100 business cards with CB’s logo and URL. We completely ran out of full color brochures, gave away more than 50 candles lit from the Kildare flame, passed out information and materials for weaving a Brighid’s cross out of pipe cleaners, and delighted many children and adults alike with the beautiful coloring pages designed by our own Bridee Redbud, a member of our Facebook group. We are both exhausted but very pleased with the overwhelming interest and support of our group.

In addition to countless individuals, we also connected with many local organizations such as Inis Úll – Apple Isle Grove and Paumanok Island Protogrove (ADF), Three Rivers Grove (OBOD), and the North River Kindred (The Troth). Thank you all for your gracious welcome during our first Pagan Pride Day event and invitations to attend future meetings and festivals.

Next month, Clann Bhríde will also have a presence at Pagan Pride in Norfolk, VA on Saturday, October 19. Look for our members at the booth for Three Branch River Grove, ADF.

Clann Bhride Statement on Concentration Camps and Family Separation

Clann Bhride calls for the concentration camps led by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be closed immediately, for all separated families to be reunited, and for an immediate end to the barbaric policy of family separation, deportations and raids against immigrant communities. In Brighid’s name, we condemn the deliberate cruelty and inhumanity of these criminal actions. We stand with the 36 Jewish activists arrested as part of Never Again Action blocking the detention center in Elizabethtown, NJ.

Brighid calls us to live out our faith as Her children, using our hands as Her hands and our hearts as Her heart. We urge all our members to become involved in whatever capacity they can to end the genocide perpetuated against asylum seekers and refugees. We encourage all our members to:

– Educate yourself; you can start with What You Can Do to Close the Camps

– For Americans: Contact your elected officials through visits, phone calls, and tools such as. tools such as Resistbot and 5 Calls to demand that they visit and document CBP and ICE holding facilities

– For international members: Contact your elected officials and ask what response they’ve had to the humanitarian crisis in the United States and encourage them to put diplomatic pressure on the United States to end the inhumane practice of family separation

– Donate to organizations doing work on the ground such as RAICES, the New Sanctuary Coalition, and Movimiento Cosecha

– Attend protests such as the Lights for Liberty vigils and encourage others to participate

Furthermore, Clann Bhride regrets our delay in making this public statement while children have remained in US government custody in intolerable conditions and even more have been separated from their parents. Families have been suffering under this immoral practice for far too long, and children are experiencing permanent damage to their brains and psyches from this daily, ongoing trauma.

We believe we have a religious duty to bear witness to the torture being committed by the US government, to take whatever actions we can to help bring an end to these atrocities as quickly as possible, and to assist however possible in the recovery of the people affected.

Imbolc Exchange 2019

It’s that time of year again! Time to for The Annual Clann Bhride Imbolc Exchange!

Here’s how it works: Anyone who wishes to participate, will e-mail their “real name” and snail mail address to Mac de Bride (specific details below). Mac will then carry out a mostly random draw (adjusting for shipping preferences, again details below) and will e-mail participants with details of their gift recipient.

Participants then make a cross or brat. If you can ship it in time for your participant to receive it for Imbolc Eve (January 31st) then please feel free to do so. If your gift would not arrive in time, please keep it and put it outside for Brighid’s blessing as she passes on Imbolc Eve. All gifts should be shipped no later than February 15th.

We assume most members are familiar with Brighid’s cross. If not, here are a couple of links showing the variety of shapes and designs they are made in, a traditional method for making them, and another method. Traditionally, Brighid’s crosses are made of rushes, but people have used all sorts of materials, including corn husks, pipe cleaners, wire, paper, and fabric.

Brats might be a little less well known, so here’s some information about them:

A brat symbolizes Brighid’s mantle and is basically any piece of clothing or fabric that is left outside overnight on Imbolc Eve (the night of January 31-February1) for Brighid to bless as She visits each family.

There are many different ways to carry out the tradition of leaving a brat out for blessing. There are numerous regional variations on the theme. For example, people who lived on the coast would often leave out the coats worn by the men involved in seafaring. In other places, the brat was simply a handkerchief or just a piece of cloth, pieces of which would be cut or torn off and used throughout the year to foster healing (especially for headaches), ease the pain of childbirth, protect the cattle, etc. In some areas, the brat had to be a specific color or had to be put in a particular place (a bush or just outside the door, f’ex) or had to be brought inside before sunrise, etc. (Sean ODuinn’s book, The Rites of Brigid: Goddess and Saint, is the best source we’ve found for Irish Imbolc traditions.)

Many people knit or crochet squares to represent Brighid’s mantle, but really a brat can be any type of fabric: a coat, a ribbon, some clothing, strips of spare fabric, etc.

Just to be clear: the idea is that participants make a cross OR brat OR both. No one should feel as though they have to spend lots of money on this project. We strongly encourage people to use found items or things they have lying around the house. If you do buy materials for this, they would ideally be inexpensive. This is about sharing community to celebrate Brighid’s feast day – NOT spending money.

Now, to the specific instructions.

If you want to participate, please e-mail Mac (macdebride@gmail.com) BY END-OF-DAY on JANUARY 1 and give your “real” name and your snail-mail address. Also, NOTE WHETHER YOU ARE OK WITH SENDING A PACKAGE TO SOMEONE IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY. (That can be important, since the postage on international packages can be significantly higher than on domestic packages.)

Mac will acknowledge your e-mail within 48 hours. If you do not hear from him within this time, assume something has gone wrong and send your e-mail again.

By the end of January 5, Mac will email you with your recipient’s name and address.

Please EITHER plan to send your package in time for your recipient to receive it on or before January 31 so the recipient can put it out for blessing on Imbolc Eve OR plan to put the materials for your gift out for blessing yourself, and then send it after Imbolc. Either way, the item will receive Brighid’s blessing.

If you plan to ship your gift BEFORE Imbolc, ideally, you should aim to get your package in the mail at least one week before January 31. So, people could go ahead and start planning and making their crosses and/or brats, so they’re ready to go when you get your recipient’s contact info. Please note that international mail/shipping may take longer than a week and plan accordingly.

If you plan to ship your gift AFTER Imbolc, please try to send it by February 15th, so it doesn’t get put off indefinitely and then forgotten.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Mac, or ask me here in comments.

Imbolc Exchange 2017

Clann Bhride is happy to announce our 2017 Imbolc Exchange!

 

Here’s how it will work: Anyone who wishes to participate, will e-mail their “real name” and snail mail address to Mac de Bride (specific details below). Mac will then carry out a mostly random draw (adjusting for shipping preferences, again details below) and will e-mail participants with details of their gift recipient.

Participants then make a cross or brat. If you can ship it in time for your participant to receive it for Imbolc Eve (January 31st) then please feel free to do so. If your gift would not arrive in time, please keep it and put it outside for Brighid’s blessing as She passes on Imbolc Eve. All gifts should be shipped no later than February 15th.

Most members are probably familiar with Brighid’s cross. If not, here are a couple of links showing the variety of shapes and designs they are made in, a traditional method for making them, and another method. Traditionally, Brighid’s crosses are made of rushes, but people have used all sorts of materials, including corn husks, pipe cleaners, wire, paper, and fabric.

Brats might be a little less well known, so here’s some information about them:

A brat symbolizes Brighid’s mantle and is basically any piece of clothing or fabric that is left outside overnight on Imbolc Eve (the night of January 31-February1) for Brighid to bless as She visits each family.

There are many different ways to carry out the tradition of leaving a brat out for blessing. There are numerous regional variations on the theme. For example, people who lived on the coast would often leave out the coats worn by the men involved in seafaring. In other places, the brat was simply a handkerchief or just a piece of cloth, pieces of which would be cut or torn off and used throughout the year to foster healing (especially for headaches), ease the pain of childbirth, protect the cattle, etc. In some areas, the brat had to be a specific color or had to be put in a particular place (a bush or just outside the door, f’ex) or had to be brought inside before sunrise, etc. (From Sean ODuinn’s book, The Rites of Brigid: Goddess and Saint.)

Many people knit or crochet squares to represent Brighid’s mantle, but really a brat can be any type of fabric: a coat, a ribbon, some clothing, strips of spare fabric, etc.

Just to be clear: the idea is that participants make a cross OR brat OR both. No one should feel as though they have to spend lots of money on this project. We strongly encourage people to use found items or things they have lying around the house. If you do buy materials for this, they would ideally be inexpensive. This is about sharing community to celebrate Brighid’s feast day – NOT spending money.

Now, to the specific instructions.

If you want to participate, please e-mail Mac de Bride (macdebride@gmail.com) BY END-OF-DAY on JANUARY 8 and give your “real” name and your snail-mail address. Also, note whether you are OK with sending a package to someone in a different country. (That can be important, since the postage on international packages can be significantly higher than on domestic packages.)

Mac will acknowledge your e-mail within 24 hours. If you do not hear from him within this time, assume something has gone wrong and send your e-mail again.

By the end of January 15, Mac will email your recipient’s name and address.

Please EITHER plan to send your package in time for your recipient to receive it on or before January 31 so the recipient can put it out for blessing on Imbolc Eve OR plan to put the materials for your gift out for blessing yourself, and then send it after Imbolc. Either way, the item will receive Brighid’s blessing.

If you plan to ship your gift BEFORE Imbolc, ideally, you should aim to get your package in the mail at least one week before January 31. So, people could go ahead and start planning and making their crosses and/or brats, so they’re ready to go when you get your recipient’s contact info.

If you plan to ship your gift AFTER Imbolc, please try to send it by February 15th, so it doesn’t get put off indefinitely and then forgotten.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Mac.

Clann Bhride Statement on Racial Justice

Clann Bhride has always been committed to working for social justice as an expression of devotion to our goddess Brighid. Current events compel us to take a stand against systemic racial injustice and violence as well as the ongoing institutionalized disenfranchisement and oppression of indigenous people. We declare our support for Black Lives Matter and Idle No More, and call on all of the Children of Brighid to join us in devotion to our goddess through acts of solidarity, including:

– Examining and discussing the lore of Brigidine social justice including the stories of Brig Ambue and St.Brigid.

– Creating new myths, works of art and poetry centered on a Brigidine social justice theology.

– Taking political action as a form of Brigidine devotion. This can include writing to your representatives, knowing what your local police oversight procedures are, signing petitions, speaking at city council meetings, joining a march or engaging in tough conversations with loved ones.

We encourage all of our members to tend Brighid’s flame by committing to the work of justice, and we welcome suggestions from members on further steps we can take together. Here are some resources you may find useful:

everydayfeminism.com/2016/07/your-guide-on-how-to-support-black-people-after-incidents-of-police-violence/
Idle No More – http://www.idlenomore.ca/
Collection of articles, statements and prayers – www.uua.org/worship/collections/black-lives-matter
“New Jim Crow” resources (which includes BLM resources) – www.uua.org/multiculturalism/new-jim-crow