The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) exists in part to promote the practice and understanding of Pagan and Earth-centered Spirituality within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and to enable networking among Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists. Chapters are one way CUUPS accomplishes these goals.
CUUPS encourages chapter meetings and worship services to be open to all people. Chapter activities can appeal to members of UUA congregations, interested Pagans from the community, as well as people who do not consider themselves Unitarian Universalists nor Pagans.
With close to 70 Chapters continentally, finding a CUUPS chapter near you is getting easier. This list of Chapter Locations includes those chapters and the congregations they are affiliated with, as well as links to those chapters who have sites online.
Additional resources for Chapters can be found on our Education and Resources pages. If you are interested in creating a CUUPS Chapter in your congregations please download the Chapter Application Form and read the Requirements for Forming a CUUPS Chapter.
You will find Chapters listed two ways on this site. One way to to click on the word Chapters in the sidebar and select your region from the bubble that appears. The second way to to click on the link to the following regions: Northeast / Southeast / Midwest / Southwest / West / Northwest / Out of Country
Each chapter decides what activities to offer in their congregations.From worship services, discussion groups, book studies, workshops, film series, field trips, and other activities with a Pagan focus. Some publish a newsletter to keep members informed. To start a chapter, pick one activity and advertise it to members of your congregation. If people show up, you may have the start of a CUUPS chapter!
CUUPS draws from the large depth of heritage when it comes to worship styles in Paganism and Unitarian Universalism, often creating new styles of worship. Worship services, often in the form of rituals or ceremonies, can be traditional, modern, or a blend of both.
Chapters may celebrate traditional Pagan holidays in modern ways and with modern understandings, or they may celebrate in a manner handed down through generations. Some chapters hold services eight times a year in honor of the Sabbats (i.e., the Solstices, Equinoxes, and points half way between). Other chapters hold worship services for only some of these, or for different holidays, or not at all.
Chapters may also lead worship services for their congregations. These services may follow the standard format in the congregation or may be non-traditional in format. CUUPS encourages chapters to use practices familiar to members who attend for worship services but not to follow only one tradition of Paganism. Chapters are ideal for exploring diverse Pagan practices and traditions.
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Chapters determine their own schedules. Meeting times can vary from getting together occasionally to meeting weekly, based on the interest of those attending. Meeting times and frequency can vary throughout the year and throughout the lifetime of the chapter.