Pagans and Other Unitarian Universalists Inspired by Nature

People of many ages dance around a maypole in spring.

Many Unitarian Universalists draw 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. Some of us practice indigenous religions and Modern Paganism. All of these are part of the sixth source of our living tradition, "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."

Our worship services include 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 our 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 among them. Some of our congregations have Modern Pagan groups within them, organized as chapters of CUUPS (the Covenant of UU Pagans).

Explore Earth-Centered Connections

Aisha's Moonlit Walk Stories and Celebrations For the Pagan Year

By Anika Stafford

From Skinner House Books

A fictional modern-day family celebrates eight pagan holidays over the course of a year.

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Pagan and Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism

By Jerrie Kishpaugh Hildebrand, Shirley Ann Ranck

From Skinner House Books

23 essays by some of the most prominent leaders in Unitarian Universalist Paganism bring Pagan and Earth-centered theo/alogy to life for a new generation.

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The flame of the chalice symbolizes Unitarian Universalist commitment to the Seven Principles.

Young woman holding sunflowers with more UUs in background at 2014 People's Climate March in New York City.

Jubilant audience members dance during the Service of the Living Tradition.