Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans

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Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans
Abbreviation CUUPS
Formation 1985
Type Religious organization
Purpose Serve Unitarian Universalist community who identify with Paganism or Neopaganism.
  • United States

The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) is an association of Unitarian Universalists who identify with the precepts of classical or contemporary Paganism: celebrating the sacred circle of life and guiding people to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. CUUPS members foster the development of "liturgical materials based on earth- and nature-centered religious and spiritual perspectives" as well as encourage "greater use of music, dance, visual arts, poetry, story, and creative ritual in Unitarian Universalist worship and celebration."[1]


CUUPS was formed at the 1985 UUA General Assembly and incorporated as a not for profit organization in 1997. It was an Independent Affiliate of the Unitarian Universalist Association until 2007,[2] then a Related Organization,[3] and as of 2015 a Covenanting Community[4] of the UUA. There are now nearly 70 chapters of CUUPS.[5]


CUUPS works to enrich and strengthen the religious pluralism of Unitarian Universalism; promote the study and practice of contemporary Pagan, Earth-, and nature-centered spirituality; enable networking among pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists; develop educational/liturgical materials on Pagan spirituality for Unitarian Universalist congregations; encourage theological inquiry into the contemporary Pagan resurgence; promote inter-religious dialog; and work for the healing of the Earth. While not directly related to Wicca or other explicit Pagan paths, it does embrace them within its ministerial tradition[6]. Members and friends receive the online CUUPS Bulletin, which reports continental and local chapter activities and explores contemporary Paganism.[7]

The organization maintains ties to the U.K.-based Unitarian Earth Spirit Network, which serves a similar role of representing contemporary Pagan spirituality in the British Unitarian community.[8]


  1. ^ CUUPS: Vision Statement
  2. ^ Adler, Margot (2006). Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today (revised ed.). Penguin Books. p. 435. ISBN 0-14-019536-X. 
  3. ^ "UUA: Related Organizations, Theology/Academic Groups". Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. 13 May 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2010. Retrieved 3 Jan 2011. 
  4. ^ "Covenanting Communities". 2016-07-25. Retrieved 2017-07-30. 
  5. ^ "CUUPS Chapters". Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  6. ^ Puckett, Robert (2009-01-26). "Re-enchanting the world: A weberian analysis of wiccan charisma": 121–152. doi:10.1163/ej.9789004163737.i-650.35. 
  7. ^ Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, Inc., official web site
  8. ^ UESN Background Archived May 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., UESN official web site

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