CUUPS Newsletter Late Summer/Early Fall

CUUPS Newsletter – Late Summer/Early Fall 2018 
Upcoming Board Elections * Images in UU World Magazine * Writing Chapter Convenants
CUUPS at Parliament of World Religions in Toronto * Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation
Upcoming CUUPS Board Elections
Our Nominating Committee has been very busy calling, inviting, and interviewing potential new board candidates for the membership to vote on in October. Their goal has been to create a team of skilled board members willing to be a working team.
It has been truly impressive to read about the potential candidates and later this month we will be posting bios of the candidates. Currently we will be adding four to five new members to the board for a total of 8 to 9 members and two people to the Nominating Committee for a total of three.
Stay tune for the election newsletter with bios the end of this month.

CUUPS at GA 2018 by Nancy Pierce of the UUA


Want to Create a 
CUUPS Chapter…
We are hearing from many congregations and people about the desire to create a chapter. For information go to our website to learn more, download the application and learn about writing covenants. If you have any questions please write the Membership and Chapter CoordinatorVisit the website to learn more also.
Images in the UU World of CUUPS at General Assembly

CUUPS was featured in the UU World Magazine with images of GA. Thank you to our members for your support and volunteer efforts help us educate UUs at General Assembly about UU-Pagansm thru our booth and the Summer Solstice ritual. See more.

Writing Chapter Covenants

We are hearing from many chapters, ministers, and chapter organizers the question “What is a Covenant?” We have gathered information for the website and added some sample covenants. Bottom line, a covenant is the agreement on how your chapters and congregations will work together.

Calling All Attending Parliament of the World Religions!
The Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.
To accomplish this, we invite individuals and communities who are equally invested in attaining this goal.
This year the event is being held in Toronto, Canada on November 1-7, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. CUUPS Executive Director, David Pollard and President and Parliament Ambassador, Jerrie Hildebrand will be attending. Jerrie has registered for an event prior to the opening of Parliament called “Alchemy of Women’s Collective Wisdom and Power”, and is also looking at participating in a certificate program on Indigenous Cultural Awareness. All that can be said is it is shaping up to be a very busy and full event.

So David and Jerrie are wondering, what other CUUPS members are going? They would love to meet up, have coffee, connect, and learn what you are enjoying about the event. You can contact them at or to let them know you will be there.
Watch for reports from the event on the CUUPS Facebook page and Natures Sacred Journey blog at Patheos in November!
Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation & CUUPS Activities
Om Prakash
(Rev. Dr. John Gilmore)
Over the past several months since General Assembly, there have been many thoughts for the CUUPS Board about what cultural appropriation is. It came up during the annual meeting. It has come up as something ministers and ritual leaders are facing. It has come up in chapters that are filled with diversity. So we asked the board’s Right Relations & Ministerial Liaison, Om Prakash (Rev. John Gilmore) and to reach out and investigate it with other organizations within the UUA for their thoughts and policies. What is it and what does it look like UU Pagan and Nature/Earth-Centered contexts. It is certainly a complex issue especially for CUUPs and Pagan/Earth-Centered groups.
The beautiful web of threads that inform UUism and Pagan practices and are what calls CUUPS members and those in alignment with CUUPs to acknowledge with dignity and respect where practices, teachings, and rituals used in their work come from and to engage being students and lifelong learners, as opposed to experts or owners of a tradition.
Om reached out to BLUU (Black Lives UU) and DRUUMM (Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries). We have received some fabulous resources which will go up in the resource section of the website within the month.

Om suggests “CUUPS use the Seven Principles as a reference point when determining whether something is cultural appropriation or not.  This means whether one should do something as well as if one should consider something offensive and appropriation. He further shared that the topic cannot be decided in a one size fits all fashion because every instance is an instance in itself like no other instance.  There are many thoughts, feelings and reactions at play that are difficult to measure.”

He further explains, “that in most cultures and traditions those who have be designated as teachers, healers, and leaders have also been given the power to choose those who are capable and who are willing to do the work to become apprentices and then to teach themselves, carrying the knowledge and wisdom of that tradition out into the world or wherever they would like as responsible teachers sent out by the community in which they are prepared…We must draw on the seven principles, or our own tradition, to decide whether this is truly cultural appropriation or not.”
Over the next few months as the new board comes on we will be looking at how best to support chapters, members, and congregations engages in creating earth/nature centered events, along with how CUUPS can work to teach about what can all of us do to walk together as life long learners and students of the topic.  We welcome any UU resources, books, or materials to share with our members on the subject of cultural appropriation. Please send them to us at so they can be reviewed.
Upcoming Events:

Parliament of the World Religions

November 1-8 2018 * Metro Toronto Convention Centre
UUA General Assembly * Spokane, WA
June 19, 2019 to Sunday, June 23, 2019
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