One of the religious sources of our faith is "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." Since the days of Henry David Thoreau, Unitarian Universalists have drawn inspiration from the cycles of seasons, the beauty and complexity of the natural world, and the intricate relationships between humans and all the other life on this planet. Additionally, our faith welcomes practitioners of indigenous religions and Modern Paganism.
Our worship services draw from many sources, including writings, poetry, and ritual of earth-centered traditions. As allies in indigenous peoples’ struggles for cultural survival, we do not borrow indigenous practices and use them as their own. We respect indigenous religions as paths to native peoples’ spiritual and cultural renewal, and welcome those who practice them.
We also welcome those who identify as Pagans, including Wiccans, Druids, and practitioners of Goddess Spirituality. The Modern Pagan movements have many Unitarian Universalists (UU) among them. Some of our congregations have Modern Pagan groups within them, organized as chapters of CUUPS (the Covenant of UU Pagans).
Earth mother, star mother,
You are called by
a thousand names,
May all remember
we are cells in your body
and dance together.
—Starhawk, contemporary Pagan and ecofeminist,
as quoted in the Unitarian Universalist (UU) hymnal Singing the Living Tradition
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Last updated on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.
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