CUUPS Winter Newsletter

CUUPS Newsletter – Winter Solstice / Yule 2018 
Winter Solstice Thoughts * Membership & Chapter Renewal Time * Creating Outreach
Curriculum Support * General Assembly 2019 * Parliament of World Religions Report
Wintertime Thoughts…
As Winter begins to roll in here in the northeast and the holiday season begins, I often want to simplify activities, and just be in the silence. Always I am drawn to light at least one candle. It is a simple act of honoring that which is holy, sacred, divine, or just plain centering.
That one simple act can be done at my desk as I work, or sitting reading a book, or even sitting on my back porch, watching the first snowflakes gently make their way to the ground. The tiny flame flicking is a healing act. All can feel right with the world as I sit present to the moment. I am reminded of the difference I make…you make…we all collectively can make.
Let your light shine bright. Be the difference made for others around you.
CUUPS at GA 2018 by Nancy Pierce of the UUA

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Membership Renewals
Your membership is important to us. In our busy lives it is easy to forget to renew these. Over the next few weeks we will be sending out reminders to renew these with us.
We believe that Unitarian Universalism is broadened and deepened by our active presence and participation. We bring to one another spiritual support, and serve as a powerful witness for liberal Paganism as Unitarian Universalists.
We provide outreach to people who are incarcerated, provide tools to educate ministers, congregations, and religious educators about earth/nature centered traditions.
Your membership and donations support CUUPS in continuing to do this.
 
Chapter Information Updates…
We are currently updating chapter information to fine tune our databases, freshen the online contact list, and support chapters and the congregations hosting chapters more.
We will be checking with all listed chapters and host congregations to see if your group is still active. If it is not it will be removed from the website list.
A new requirement for the past two years is that all chapters have covenants with their congregation. For more information on covenants the website Chapter Resource area to learn how to create them. Then talk with your church governing teams to start creating one. If you have questions, contact the CUUPS Chapter Team for support.
Go here to 
download Chapter Paperwork!
Volunteers Needed to Create Curriculum
CUUPS is forming a Curriculum Development team!  This team will work to provide congregations and ministers with resources about earth & nature centered traditions.
Current areas of focus are for young children and teens, UU ministers and lay leaders.  These overviews of the many practices and rituals will include beliefs, holidays and holy days, as well as ways to support Pagans and earth/nature centered congregants in their UU experience.
Our vision it to include materials for adding earth/nature centered elements to worship services across generations.
 

CUUPS Prepares for
UUA General Assembly!
The CUUPS Board is in preparation for the upcoming 2019 UUA General Assembly in Spokane, Washington. The executive team is working on proposals to submit for workshops and the Summer Solstice Ritual, poster presentations, and how to manage the booth table.
Our new board member Susan Morgan is working to learn everything she can from David Pollard about booking space, merchandizing and a boatload of other information. Jerrie Hildebrand and Om Prakash (John Gilmore) are working on program ideas to submit and possible posters.
A small piece of history for CUUPS…the last time GA was in Spokane was when the Sixth Source was adapted in 1995. A Sixth Source became adopted by the General Assembly in Spokane, Washington adding to the formally recognized roots of UU spirituality. It reads:

“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”
Are you interested in volunteering at GA? 
Contact Susan Morgan at for more information.
2018 Parliament of the World Religions, Toronto, Canada in Pictures & Few Words
All I can say is WOW! What a full week! Imagine 80 countries and about 220 different faith and spiritual communities under one roof. All working together, laughing, coming together to tackle issues! In stead of people arguing about their differences, the were incredible conversations about our shared humanity and commitments in the world and in our communities.
The 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions featured more than 500 programs and events across six major tracks:

There was a strong presence from earth and nature centered, Wiccan and Pagan traditions from the US, Canada, Europe, and more. Many offered programs ranging from informational, ritual, musical, dance, theater, and so on. It was at times difficult to choose not only from these events but from the multitude of events to learn about other faith communities, people, and such.

There will be some upcoming blogs to share more information in depth. For now though we over the grouping of images.

Alchemy of Women Gathering © Kishgraphics

Opening Ceremony by Canada’s First Nations
© Kishgraphics

Celebrating Diwali
© Kishgraphics

Elemental Puppets at the Creation Spirituality Booth © Kishgraphics

Egyptian Worship Group Processing © Kishgraphics

Hindu Dancers at Sacred Music Concert © Kishgraphics

Jerrie Hildebrand & Matthew Fox © David Pollard

Goddess Banners Hanging in Convention Area © Kishgraphics

The Red Tent Area
© Kishgraphics

A Healing Temple
© Kishgraphics

Honoring the Dignity of Women and Girls
© Kishgraphics

Sculpture called “Medusa Speaks”
© Kishgraphics

Blessings from the First Nations at the Alchemy session © Kishgraphics

A beautiful exhibit in
 the exhibition hall
 © Kishgraphics

Beautiful paintings from a group in the rain forest regions of the world
 © Kishgraphics

Unveiling of the Dignity of Women Interfaith Wisdom Poster
© Kishgraphics
Upcoming Events:
UUA General Assembly * Spokane, WA
June 19, 2019 to Sunday, June 23, 2019
We’re just like you. We’re teachers, business executives, parents, retirees, students…you name it. But the one thing we all have in common is our dedication to change. And the more volunteers we have, the bigger impact we can all make. Together. Learn More about what it means to be a volunteer.

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