UU topic: The Faith of Unitarian Universalist Pagans

By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW

Our uniqueness as a church lies in our acceptance of the many ways people of varied religious beliefs encounter transcendent meaning and approach the mystery of life.

The sixth Source in Unitarian Universalism refers to Earth-centered traditions that celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Modern Paganism is an Earth-centerd core of beliefs, and an umbrella term also encompassing many older traditions. Nearly all Earth-centered traditions honor the sanctity of nature as it manifests through the seasonal cycle of the year and the four elements of nature: earth, air, fire and water. By honoring these cycles and elements through rituals, Pagans have the opportunity to participate in  the sacredness of nature.

Both Paganism and Unitarian Universalism honor the inherent worth and dignity of all people, encourage direct experience of mystery and wonder, and honor the interconnected web of all existence.

On Sunday, Oct. 27, Dawenwalker will share with practices and beliefs of the Celtic tradition and its modern form, Wicca, including the festival of Samhain (Sow-in), that has evolved into our modern Halloween.

Dawenwalker is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango. She has served as a past board secretary and leader of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) and was instrumental in founding  a Durango chapter in July 2010. Her background includes a master’s degree in counseling from Florida Atlantic University and a B.S. in art education from the University of Minnesota. Professionally, she has successfully assisted thousands of executives, professionals and others with career transitions through her company, Pivotal Choices Inc. Her experience includes consulting, business management and administration, graduate and undergraduate university teaching and program development, plus Taijiquan Instruction.

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 used 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 October 24, 2013.