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UU topic: Earth-centered traditions

By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW

On Sunday, Nov. 10, Julie Loar will present the sixth and final talk in a series about the Sources of Unitarian Universalism.

The Sixth Source is “Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.”

This is perhaps the most controversial Source in Unitarian Universalism because of the profound misunderstanding about the nature and history of Neo-Pagansim.

Unitarian Universalism is not based on any creed or doctrine and is a faith tradition that encourages and supports individuals in their personal search for truth and meaning that leads to a personal faith. UUism draws from many different world religions and traditions in the belief that no one system has all the truth. Our faith teaches us that discovering our spirituality is a highly personal journey, and the light of truth can be found in many different places.

This talk will explore the history of Paganism and its relationship with Unitarian Universalism. The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, Inc. (CUUPS) is an independent affiliate of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) honoring goddess-based, earth-centered, tribal and pagan spiritual paths and is a liturgical and theological community under the umbrella of the UUA. CUUPS has a unique association with the UUA, whose roots began in two Christian denominations, the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America, which merged in 1960.

Julie Loar is an award-winning author and has served on the steering committee of the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and has been director of religious education.

We have a children’s spiritual educational program and encourage families with children to please  join us for our Sunday service. Our children’s religious programs teach our Unitarian Universalist heritage, ethical living, moral precepts to love your neighbor, work for a better world, and to search for truth with an open mind. Arts and crafts projects are utilized to illustrate these principles.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.  All are welcome.

This story was posted on November 7, 2013.