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
- It's About Time, Persephone from UUWorld
- Dawn Meditation for the Fall Equinox from UUWorld
- From Skinner House Books: Aisha's Moonlit Walk: Stories and Celebrations for the Pagan Year
- From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop: In Nature's Honor: Myths and Rituals Celebrating the Earth
- From Beacon Press: Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood: A Treasury of Goddess and Heroine Lore from Around the World
- Connect with Modern Pagans through the Covenant of UU Pagans
Aisha's Moonlit Walk Stories and Celebrations For the Pagan Year
By Anika Stafford
A fictional modern-day family celebrates the eight pagan holidays over the course of a year.