Universalist Unitarian Pagans – Pagan Blog Project
Unitarian Universalists (UUs) came together in the 60s, from two distinct Christian faiths. Unitarians rejected the ‘trinity’ view of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in preference for a united god figure. Universalitsts don’t believe that our souls are damned unless we are ‘saved’, instead that we are all divine and don’t require ‘salvation’.
They came together in 1961 to form a religious group that believes that each person is free believe what they want on issues such as the existence, nature, and meaning of life, deities, creation, and afterlife. UUs can come from any religious background or sexual preference, many describe themselves as atheist, agnostic, deist, monotheist, pantheist, polytheist, or pagan. They drew up a set of seven principles, which draw upon many spiritual sources, including earth-based traditions. (Wiki)
Later, the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) was formed as an association of Unitarian Universalists who define themselves as Pagans or Neopagans. One of their mandates is to promote and support contemporary paganism and other nature-centered spirituality.
Being Pagan, especially raising Pagan children, can be difficult. Because the UUs are ‘open to all’, many Wiccans looking for a centralized community to belong to find what they are looking for at the various Universalist Unitarian churches around North America.
A group of Vancouver Unitarians offer a popular Paganism 101 course via CD-Rom, which celebrates Unitarianism’s Sixth ‘Source’; “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.”
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