CUUPS Spring Newsletter

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CUUPS Newsletter
Spring 2021
General Assembly Programs (2 of them!)
CUUPS Meetups • Volunteer Positions
Chapter Photos & Gatherings Needed
Meditations for Incarcerated Members
Amazon Smile • Renew Membership!
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Welcome Springtime!
I am so happy Spring is finally here. The trees in my yard are budding, the are unfolding their leaves, and the bulbed flowers are popping up all over the yard. Soon the peas and early vegetables will be in the gardens.
This newsletter is going out a tad late and for that I apologize. I have spent 8 months healing from a broken upper arm break. So my capacity to type became limited. But the body is a miraculous thing and the bone is healing quite well now. It did however give me much time to think about CUUPS, what it is up to and what is needed to engage more of you to volunteer.
We have tons of exciting news to share about the TWO programs we will have for General Assembly 2021. Our newsletter for members who are incarcerated has an increasing need for help. We are also looking at how can our organization support some of what is going on in the UU world also.
It is time to plant my friends! We just need to put the seeds in the ground.
Regards,
Jerrie Hildebrand
General Assembly Programs
Summer Solstice Celebration & Voices of the Earth Panel
with Starhawk, Selena Fox & Andras Corban Arthen!
We are very excited to share the CUUPS has had two programs accepted for Virtual General Assembly 2021. At the March board meeting the board also voted unanimously to become a Gold Sponsor of General Assembly 2021.
Due to the fact that we are virtual in programming again this year, CUUPS had the opportunity to think about what else we could submit that would serve the UU community and our members. The programs will be an on demand program for participants who are registered for the 2021 General Assembly. CUUPS invites members of UU congregations to register for General Assembly to view the presentations.
Summer Solstice Celebration
Join us to celebrate the longest day of the year. This sacred gathering reminds us of our connection to the natural world, other living beings, our planet, and the universe. We gather as individuals within communities in the world, to heal, promote justice, and love one another in beloved community.
Voices of the Earth with Starhawk, Selena Fox & Andras Corban Arthen
Our panel of diverse voices from earth-centered communities will share their struggles for justice. They will share the celebration of victories, losses mourned, and how we may walk the road together to heal the environment, ourselves, and create a world that promotes peace, wellness, and healing for all.
We are honored to have these three luminaries join us for this presentation.
Starhawk
Rev. Selena Fox
Circle Sanctuary
Andras Corban Arthen
Andras
Corban-Arthen
The EarthSpirit Community
European Congress of Ethnic Religions (ECER)
Parliament of the World’s Religions
Ecospirituality Foundation
Om Prakash
Rev. Dr. John Gilmore
CUUPS Ministerial Outreach & Right Relations Liaison
and Panel Moderator
Starhawk is a writer, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a leading voice for ecofeminism and earth-based spirituality. She is the author of thirteen books on earth based spirituality and activism, including The Spiral Dance, The Earth Path, and The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, on group dynamics and social permaculture, and her novels, The Fifth Sacred Thing and City of Refuge. Together with director Donna Read Cooper, Starhawk has worked on five major documentaries, including the Goddess Trilogy for the National Film Board of Canada and Permaculture: The Growing Edge. Starhawk directs Earth Activist Training, (earthactivisttraining.org), which teaches the tools of regenerative design with a grounding in spirit, a focus on social permaculture, organizing and activism.
Rev. Selena Fox is senior minister and high priestess of Circle Sanctuary, a Nature Spirituality church, Pagan resource center, and nature preserve with a worldwide Ecospirituality ministry. Rev. Fox has served as a religious freedom activist, and public media spokesperson for the Wiccan, Pagan, and Nature religions, nationwide and internationally. She serves as a consultant on issues of accommodation for chaplains in the US military, correctional facilities, educational settings, hospices, mental health clinics, and hospitals. She serves on the Religious Practices Advisory Committee to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, the Pentagon and US Department of Justice. Rev. Fox has been a speaker and delegate at a variety of international interreligious conferences including the Parliament of the World’s Religions. As part of her work, Rev. Selena Fox is active in the preservation of ancient and contemporary sacred sites of many religions. As Executive Director of Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve she oversees its ritual sites, including an ancient one that is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Andras Corban-Arthen is the founder and spiritual director of the EarthSpirit Community. He has taught and lectured publicly about the pagan traditions in the U.S. and abroad since the 1970s. He served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and was chosen to represent the pagan traditions at the United Nations Interfaith Conference on Religion and Prejudice in 1991. He has been a featured presenter at all of the Parliaments since 1993, as well as at the Encuentro Mundial Interreligioso and the Diálogo Cultural Universal in México. More recently, he spoke at the Religions for the Earth conference, and at the concurrent People’s Climate March, in NYC. Today,Andras serves as president of the European Congress of Ethnic Religions headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania, and sits on the advisory board of the Ecospirituality Foundation, a United Nations Consultative NGO based in Torino, Italy. Originally from Galiza, Spain, he lives with his extended family in Glenwood, a sanctuary and nature preserve in the Berkshire Highlands of western Massachusetts.
Rev. Dr. John Gilmore (Om Prakash) is a retired Unitarian Universalist Minister doing a health and social justice ministry. He received his M. Div. at Meadville Lombard Divinity School, and his D. Min. degree at University of Creation Spirituality, a wisdom school focusing on Integrating Work and Spirituality. His dissertation and focus was on how people are oppressed and internalize that oppression, and how they can overcome it through various forms of meditation, and Eastern exercises. During his active ministry Om Prakash served on many UUA National Boards including the UUMA Executive Committee, African American Unitarian Universalist Ministries, and the Journey Toward Wholeness Analysis Team and The UU Anti-racist Pilot Project Team. He was the Director of Racial and Social Justice for the Joseph Priestly District as well as a JUUST Change UU Consultant and served several UU Congregations. Throughout his ministry he continually pursued a strong desire he to learn more about social psychology and systems theory. Om Prakash spent several years in Costa Rica. During the last year he was a student and visiting faculty member teaching tai chi, chi gong, and leading a pranic healing circle at Sat Yoga Institute for personal Transformation Ashram and studying Sat Yoga, Gyana Yoga, and Clinical Atmanology, Spiritual Direction. At present Om Prakash is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Spiritual Life-coach, a workshop leader, writer, and Lecturer. He is also a radio host on Blog Talk Radio.
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CUUPS Meet-Ups
Second Saturdays Every Month
Come visit at the 2nd Saturday social for brainstorming and fellowship on May 8, 2021 at 7 PM EST! You can register free by clicking here!
In May, we voted to talk about Midsummer ritual ideas, spiritual types, and some “technical” aspects of producing things for online worship. Come share your experiences and ideas or just hang out and get to know other UU Pagans!
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Urgent Help Needed to Support Newsletter for Incarcerated Pagan UUs!!
The mailings to Pagan and Earth-Centered members of the Church of the Larger Fellowship serving sentences has grown exponentially. Last cycle alone we sent out over 125 newsletters with seasonal Pagan & Earth-Centered meditations. We are looking for a chapter or a couple of people to work with Membership to help with this project.
To learn more contact the Membership Team or go to WorthNow.org.
Send your Photos for the
CUUPS GA Solstice Highlights Reel!
Are you a CUUPs member or chapter? We invite you to submit photos of your rituals and activities in the past or previous years for consideration in the “CUUPs Solstice Highlight Reel!”
Send your submissions to Cat at info@cuups.org. Labeled your files with the name of CUUPs member or name of CUUPs chapter.
Support CUUPS
Shop Smile Amazon
Did you know you could donate to CUUPS when purchasing on Amazon?
CUUPS received donations from the Amazon Smile Program. Donations go to registered charities and non-profit organizations are no extra cost to shoppers. Since August 2020 CUUPS has received $307.51 from the program.
To participate go to smile.amazon.com and sign up to support the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans Inc. and start a new way to contribute to us.
Welcome Our
New CUUPS Chapter
The CUUPs Board voted unanimously to approve these new chapters:
  • Alder MoonOak, Gainesville, FL
We welcome this chapter and their congregation to CUUPS.
For chapter information visit the Chapter Section of our website. If your chapter information has changed, please send updates for the CUUPs website to membership.org
Contact our Chapter Coordinator for help & Information.
Reminder to renew your CUUPs membership
CUUPS is a self-supporting and self-sustaining institution. The first and most important reason to stay connected to CUUPS is because we represent a liberal Earth-Centered presence in the Unitarian Universalist Association. We believe that Unitarian Universalism is broadened and deepened by our active presence and participation.
We invite you to renew your memberships. CUUPs memberships are renewed in one year, 3 year or lifetime membership.
  • One year annual membership subscription is $25.00
  • Three year membership subscription is $60.00
  • Lifetime membership with unlimited subscription is $400.00
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