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. The Southern Arizona Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (SAZCUUPS) connects people in the Tucson region, including the "Baja 4" UU congregations in this area. Chapter meetings and worship services are open to all people.
Mission: We connect and celebrate.
The mission of the Southern Arizona CUUPS chapter is to connect UUs and Pagans of many different faiths in an inclusive, welcoming space. We celebrate our Earth-based faith traditions in harmony with our UU principles.
Southern Arizona CUUPS is an interfaith group sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson (UUCT). We serve the UUCT community and the wider Southern Arizona and Tucson region by 1) holding regular public worship services / seasonal ritual celebrations, 2) presenting educational sessions and study groups with an Earth-centered spiritual perspective, and 3) donating financially to the UUCT. We invite UUs to learn more about the basics of Paganism, and we invite Pagans to learn more about Unitarian Universalism.
Details about the Mission, Purpose, and Group Norms
May 28 - Special CUUPS Service
Sunday May 28: CUUPS celebration during the Sunday Service. We are working with Rev. Lyn to design the Sunday service. Southern Arizona CUUPS is proud to be sponsored by the UUCT. Many of our members are fully engaged in UUCT life and are also active UUCT members. This service will help introduce us to the congregation and give a sample of Earth-centered worship.
Jun 20: Summer Solstice
Led by Carrie Cooper
Tuesday June 20: 6 to 8 pm on the patio. The Summer Solstice, known to some as Litha, Midsummer, or Alban Heruin, is the longest day of the year. It’s the time when the sun is most powerful, and new life has begun to grow within the earth. After today, the nights will once more begin to grow longer, and the sun will move further away in the sky. The sun’s power is at its peak, but it is also the start of its decline. Together, we will celebrate the changing over of the seasons.
Note: There will be a special photo shoot for the church web site after the ritual. Participation is optional. Anyone who wishes to opt out of photos may do so.
Jul 8: Divination Roundtable
Saturday July 8: 2 to 4 pm in the Servetus room at UUCT. Bring your favorite divination method (tarot decks, rune stones, I ching, etc.) for a fun show-and-tell session. What do you like best about your method? Why does it work for you? We’ll practice giving each other readings and working with these tools.
Aug 1: Lughnasadh
Led by David
Tuesday, August 1: 6 to 8 pm on the patio. Lughnasadh is the Irish name for the festival, held in honour of the god Lugh and his foster-mother Tailtiu. The festival is one of the great “Fire Festivals” of the Celtic year and is often celebrated with bonfires, the ashes of which would be used to bless the fields and give thanks to Tailtiu, who died after clearing the plains of Ireland for agricultural crops. Members of the Sonoran Sunrise Grove (Tucson Druids) will lead this worship service. Read more about the holiday at http://sonoransunrisegrove.org/
Sep 21: Fall Equinox
Oct 31 - Samhain
Dec 21 - Yule