A compilation of essays from UU’s and allies who honor these faith traditions and philosophies
This unique book offers a taste of the history, beliefs, values, spirituality, and personal journeys of Unitarian Universalists who identify as Pagan or Earth-centered in their spirituality. We invite you on a journey with each of our essayists as they delve into both their Unitarian Universalist and Pagan or Earth-centered heritages, and by doing so challenge both in transformative ways. Readers will come away with an enhanced sense of the richness of both traditions and enrich their own spiritual journeys.
These 22 essays by some of the most prominent leaders in Unitarian Universalist Paganism bring Pagan and Earth-centered theo/alogy to life for a new generation. Featuring the writings of both clergy and laypeople, this vibrant collection demonstrates the many expressions of nature-based spirituality and the ways they feed the souls of so many. The essayists describe a broad array of practices, including Wiccan traditions, Neo-Pagan rituals and celebrations, worship of the Divine Feminine, and nature-based beliefs and practices that bring us into harmony and balance with our natural environment.
Contributors also describe the development of nature-based theo/alogy within Unitarian Universalism—including the organization of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, the addition of the sixth Source to the UUA bylaws recognizing Earth-centered spirituality, and the integration of Pagan practices into congregational life. See Elizabeth Fisher’s story about the origins and impact of the acclaimed curriculum, Rise Up & Call Her Name: A Woman-honoring Journey into Global Earth-based Spiritualities.
Pagan & Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism, edited by Shirley Ranck and Jerrie Hildebrand, is available from inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop at www.uua.org/bookstore
This is the fourth book in the “Voices in Unitarian Universalism” series with books on Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist voices. The book was compiled and edited by Rev. Shirley Ranck, author of “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” and Rev. Jerrie Hildebrand, VP of Communications in CUUPS and minister with Circle Sanctuary. The book has taken two years to come together in a way that exemplifies the depth, diverse thought, philosophies and traditions celebrated by UU Pagans and nature-centered traditions.