Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson


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. 

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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

Chapter Bylaws (pdf)

Podcast from special SAZCUUPS service at UUCT on May 28, 2017



SAZCUUPS Logo Contest

SAZCUUPS needs a logo! Click this link for the rules and submission requirements. Deadline for submissions is May 26, 2018, at 12 noon, Mountain Standard Time.

2018 CUUPS Rituals

6 to 8 pm, Holland Sanctuary / Patio

We hold our rituals in Holland Sanctuary or outside on the brick patio with a fire bowl available, if weather is permitting. Attendees gather at 6 pm and the ritual typically begins at 6:30. We ask all attendees to arrive prepared and in a fit state (sober and healthy) for events. Free admission, casual dress, all ages welcome. Email Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request childcare. Bring a snack to share and whatever you want to drink.

Imbolc Thu Feb 1
Spring Equinox Tue Mar 20
Beltane Tue May 1
Summer Solstice Tue Jun 19
Lughnasadh / Lammas Wed Aug 1
Autumn Equinox with TAWN Sat Sep 22
Samhain Tue Oct 30
Winter Solstice Thu Dec 20



All events are held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, 4831 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711.

Southern Arizona CUUPS Annual Report: May 2017 to April 2018

A Chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans
Submitted by Julie Olson, Coordinating Officer

Please note: Because we are a new group that has never submitted an annual report, we have chosen to include some information explaining what our purpose is. Although our first event was Yule 2016, the Chapter was formally established in April 2017. It is approved by both CUUPS Continental and the UUCT. We are sponsored by UU Church of Tucson.

Chapter Contact Information

Name:       Southern Arizona CUUPS (SAZCUUPS)
Mail:       Southern Arizona CUUPS c/o UUCT, 4831 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711
Web:        http://uuctucson.org/worship/sazcuups.html
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAZCUUPS/ (FB messages: m.me/SAZCUUPS) Chat group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/190164578242015/

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.

For details, see https://uuctucson.org/documents/SAZCUUPSMissionPurpose.pdf.

Administrative Council

All Administrative Council members are elected by the Chapter membership and must be active members of three organizations: 1) the Chapter, 2) CUUPS Continental, and 3) a UU congregation. Our Administrative Council officers are all members of and active in the UU Church of Tucson congregation. They will serve until Jun 30, 2019.

o   Julie Olson, Coordinating Officer

o   David Foster, Treasurer

o   Carrie Cooper, Secretary


Chapter members must support the mission of the UUA, the UUCT or their home UU congregation, and CUUPS Continental. Chapter membership is based on a fiscal year (Jul to Jun). All memberships expire on 30 Jun. We have 11 members of the Chapter, including the 3 Administrative Council officers.

At least three people have joined the UUCT congregation because of Southern Arizona CUUPS.

2017 Activities

Highlights of this period are leading two church services at UUCT in addition to 9 Pagan worship services.

Events and Meetings

1)    Business Meeting....................... Sat Apr 8
2)    Business Meeting....................... Sat May 13
3)    Divination Roundtable.................. Sat Jul 8
4)    Meet up at the Fall Fest............... Sat Sep 16
5)    Business and Planning Meeting.......... Sat Oct 14
6)    Business and Planning Meeting.......... Sat Nov 11
7)    Yule Ritual Planning Meeting........... Sat Dec 9

Rituals and Worship Services

1)    Imbolc................................. Thu Feb 2
2)    Spring Equinox......................... Mon Mar 20
3)    Beltane................................ Mon May 1
4)    UUCT Sunday service.................... Sun May 28
5)    Summer Solstice........................ Tue Jun 20
6)    Lughnasadh / Lammas.................... Tue Aug 1
7)    Fall Equinox / Harvest................. Thu Sep 21
8)    UUCT Sunday service.................... Sun Oct 29
9)    Samhain / Celtic new year.............. Tue Oct 31
10)   Repose / Worship Service............... Sat Nov 18
11)   Yule / Winter Solstice................. Thu Dec 21

2018 Activities and Plans (To Date)

Rituals are 6 to 8 pm in Holland Sanctuary/patio. Times and details are on our web site and Facebook. At the time of this report, we have planned 9 rituals/worship services and 5 events. More events are likely to be scheduled throughout the year.

As required by our bylaws, we are having our first annual meeting on April 14. Because our officers serve two-year terms, there are no officer elections at this meeting. We will also be having a snack potluck social afterward. Everyone is invited to attend, even if they are not chapter members with voting privileges.

From mid-January to mid-March, SAZCUUPS members provided 12 meals for a member whose family is facing severe health issues.

Events and Meetings

1)    Q1 Administrative Council Meeting....................... Sat Jan 13
2)    Divination Roundtable................................... Sat Jan 13
3)    Athena Wolf, About Curanderismo......................... Sat Feb 10
4)    Ask a Pagan Q& A Session................................ Sat Mar 10
5)    Q2 Administrative Council & Annual Meeting and Social....Sat Apr 14
6)    Q3 Administrative Council Meeting
7)    Q4 Administrative Council Meeting

Rituals and Worship Services

1)    Imbolc / Candlemas..................... Thu Feb 1
2)    Spring Equinox with Carol Garr......... Tue Mar 20
3)    Beltane................................ Tue May 1
4)    Summer Solstice........................ Tue Jun 19 5)    Lughnasadh / Lammas.................... Wed Aug 1 6)    Autumn Equinox with TAWN Fall Fest..... Sat Sep 22 7)    Samhain / Ancestors Night.............. Tue Oct 30 (moved from Oct 31) 8)    November Night (Details to come)....... Sat Nov 17 9)    Yule with Hearth’s Gate Kindred........ Sat Dec 22 (moved from Dec 20)

Goals for 2018

Religious Leadership

GOAL: All three current officers have recognizable credentials of pagan leadership. We are initiated into specific faith traditions, but that doesn’t mean much outside those individual communities.

PROGRESS: Julie will complete the Cherry Hill Seminary Community Ministry Certificate program in early April. She will then serve a probationary period with Sacred Well Congregation before being eligible for clergy ordination. Carrie is continuing with the Deaconry program from Sacred Well Congregation and on track to finish by April / May. David is working to be credentialed as clergy through Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, Inc.

Outreach to local Military

GOAL: To support the Davis-Monthan chaplain and help provide ministry to military members and their families who follow Wiccan, Pagan, and other Earth-centered spiritualties.

PROGRESS: Carrie and Julie are now credentialed by Sacred Well Congregation to work with the Pagan group at Davis-Monthan. Julie met with the chaplain who oversees their Earth Based Religion group. She has also spoken with an airman who is interested in being the active duty lay leader. He has joined our Facebook CUUPS discussion group and attended one event. One of their needs is to replenish their library of Pagan books. A previous chaplain was intolerant and got rid of most of their books.

Outreach to local Pagan groups

GOAL: To network with local Pagan groups.

PROGRESS: We have had one guest ritualist (at Spring Equinox 2018), another interested in presenting a Yule ritual, and have invited others to present rituals. In this way, we are welcoming and inclusive of several traditions.

Outreach to other CUUPS groups

GOAL: To network with other CUUPS groups.

PROGRESS: Julie had planned to attend the now-cancelled national CUUPS convocation in Ft. Myers, FL, in April. Since she already had an airline ticket for that weekend, she changed it to Dallas and will be meeting with officers and members of the Denton, TX, CUUPS chapter. They have been in existence for decades, and she hopes to learn successful chapter practices that we can implement here.

Outreach to non- CUUPS UU groups

GOAL: To network with non-CUUPS UU groups outside of Tucson.

PROGRESS: Carrie and Julie have been invited to lead a church service in July 2018 at the Chautauqua UU Institution as part of their Fellowship Program. Roger Doebke, the President of the UU Fellowship of Chautauqua (NY), has invited us to present a Sunday service much like the ones we did here in May and October 2017 and to lead at least one feedback dialogue session during our residency.

Other goals

o   Chapter logo contest to be announced at Annual Meeting in April 2018

o   Policies and procedures / Admin Council job descriptions

o   Train new leaders

o   Recruit new members and encourage members to renew

Financial Report

Financials Prior to April 2017

No dues collected. Membership process started in Oct 2017.

Donations prior to Oct 2017 were given to the UUCT for the general fund. We didn’t record how much money we collected from Dec 2016 through April 2017.

Dues: May 2017 to April 2018

11 members paid $90 total in dues (amount depends on which quarter someone joins in).

Budget: May 2017 to April 2018

For this reporting period, we have a restricted account, and we are asking for a budget line to start July 2018.

We have submitted a preliminary budget for approval by the UUCT board. Any purchases made before the approved budget will be either direct donation or we will ask for reimbursement from money we’ve already collected.

We do not collect donations at business meetings or social events. We do collect donations at worship services. Many attendees come to more than one worship service.

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2018 Worship Services and Donations (To Date)




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