Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans of Durango, CO (CUUPS)
The mission of CUUPS of The Half Moon is to join together to awaken…to develop a deeper level of consciousness through ritual, music and study/discussions in a like minded community. We are UU members who also treasure our Pagan traditions and wish to gather – to celebrate, teach and grow our Pagan culture, practices and philosophical knowledge base. Many modern Pagans find their beliefs are very much in harmony with UU Principles, especially the reverence for “the independent web of which we are a part.”
We meet twice monthly on Thursday evenings at UUFD in Bowman Hall from 6:30-8:30pm.
We discuss/learn/practice different spiritual concepts from a broad range of traditions. All levels are welcome. No tradition or experience is necessary, only an open heart and desire to learn.
On study group nights, there is a short social time and then we have a discussion leader/presenter for the evening’s topic followed by discussion of spiritual topics with time for group participation. This is definitely not a LECTURE – we want people to engage and participate and bring their own truth to the circle.
We also have seasonal and moon related ritual/celebration nights. These celebrations are led by people of differing traditions so some will be Wiccan, others Norse, Druid or Shamanic, etc. Usually they involve feasting and music.
The following is from the CUUPS National website:
The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) is an organization dedicated to networking Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists (UUs), educating people about Paganism, promoting interfaith dialogue, developing Pagan liturgies and theologies, and supporting Pagan-identified UU religious professionals.
The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) was chartered by the Unitarian Universalist Association at the General Assembly in 1987 for purposes of enabling:
- networking among Pagan Identified UUs; providing outreach of Unitarian Universalism to the broader Pagan community continentally.
- providing educational materials on Paganism for Unitarian Universalist congregations and the general public.
- promoting Pagan – Jewish & Christian dialogue; encouraging the development of theo/alogical and liturgical materials based on earth and nature centered religious and spiritual perspectives.
- encouraging greater use of music, dance, visual arts, poetry, story, and creative ritual in Unitarian Universalist worship and celebration.
- providing support for Pagan-identified UU religious professionals and ministerial students; and fostering healing relationships with our mother the Earth and all her children.
For more information on this group, please email CUUPSDurango@gmail.com or call 970-385-9597. More general information about CUUPS can be found at CUUPS.org.