CUUPS Winter 2022 Newsletter - Archived
CUUPs Newsletter
Winter 2022
Serving With Grace Book Group • Testing Pagan Voices * Online Field Trip for Winter Solstice Ritual * Chapter and Member Support • Upcoming Rituals
Winter Blessings!
This is my last post as president of CUUPS. It is time for me to step out of the role and let the next leaders step forward. It is bittersweet in many ways. This board is an incredible group of people to work with. As of January, I will become president emeritus and act as a coach to support the next people leading the organization. I have been invited to continue managing the CUUPS communications vehicles and get them back into shape. With this as my only focus, I will have the opportunity to build a team on moving it forward and letting it go, too, eventually.
It seems fitting to go into this winter period of cocooning and reflection. It has been a busy year with health changes, the death of a dear one, graduating college, a career change, and transitions in my own congregation. Winter in New England is a time for hunkering down in front of the fireplace with good books and planning for the Spring. That is exactly my plan.
I am thrilled to announce that the board appointed and welcomed to the team Susan Foster from the Blue Ridge Spirit CUUPS chapter in Ashville, NC, and Taryn Nelson Seawright from the Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL. Both are longtime CUUPS members active in their local UU congregations and the earth-centered/Pagan communities. They also have tons of leadership experience.
Susan will be training to support our chapters at all stages from inception and on. We have been looking at instituting this vital piece for a long time. Having run two chapters, one in MA and one in NC. She has a strong background in this.
Taryn is studying community ministry at Cherry Hill Seminary. She will work in various areas like event management for the UUA General Assembly and possibly bring convocations back to life. There are so many areas she is skilled in, and she is ready to serve, and the board is looking at where she can make the greatest impact.
That leaves Cat, Om, and Ron to manage the rest, and they are working on those details. One thing is clear, old paradigms of organizational leadership as we work our way out of the pandemic need redefining. These three are a dynamic trio!
I will still lead church services as invited, promoting CUUPS and building a team to manage the website and social media and create new print materials. I hope to have a functional and trustworthy group within a year. My role as a voting member of the board will no longer exist. Maybe I can even skip meetings! LOL!
Thank you all for your love and trust over the years. It means a lot; despite the ups and downs, we are still going strong as an organization. That credit belongs to all of you -– the members, chapters, host congregations, and friends of the Covenant of UU Pagans,
Enjoy this time of year, and stay in touch.
Jerrie Hildebrand
2nd Saturday Chapter Support:
Serving With Grace
Join us online on 2nd Saturday of the month, where we share highlights from the last ritual at home or with our CUUPs chapter, brainstorm ideas for planning the next ritual, and get to know each other better during fellowship time.
This fall, we also begin exploring “Serving With Grace: Lay Leadership as a Spiritual Practice” by Erik Walker Wikstrom. You can buy your copy at the UUA Bookstore or set Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Inc as your charity when you shop through the Amazon Smile portal.
  • Dec 10, 2022, No is as Sacred as Yes
  • Jan 14, 2022, Mindful Meetings
  • Feb 11, 2022, I Put My Hand in yours
  • March 11, 2022, Bringing It All Together
Register and attend any of the sessions:
Email if you would like to help facilitate a session on this “team teach” or for more info.
“Pagan & Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism” Book Groups
Many thanks to the curriculum writing team and test facilitators who guided us through the first round of testing at our online book group over the Spring and Summer term!
It’s time for the second round of testing for this new emerging resource. You can take a sneak peek at this developing curriculum.
We are seeking CUUPs chapters who would like to host this book group from their home congregation in person or online and test it out. Then when finished, email us feedback on how it went and how we can improve the emerging resource.
You can buy your copy of “Pagan and Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism” at the UUA Bookstore or set Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Inc as your charity when you shop through the Amazon Smile portal. 
For more info or to sign up as a testing chapter please email
CUUPs Monthly Meeting
December 18, 2022
Last month our program for 3rd Saturday on Nov 19, 2022 was a reprise of GA 2022 Circle of Sacred Song and Sound. You can catch it on YouTube and use it in your chapter programming if you like!
For Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 7 PM Eastern we take an “online field trip” over to Wyoming Valley CUUPs to celebrate the Winter Solstice at their online ritual over Zoom.
Yule, the Winter Solstice, falls on the shortest day and longest night of the year. Pagans welcome the rebirth of the Sun with dancing, music and festivities. Yule is a celebration of the season, an opportunity to manifest new desires and to support each other in difficult times.
Planning Ahead
Would you or your chapter like to take a turn presenting or sharing the 3rd weekend in January? A different month? Email to sign up for a slot on the schedule!
In Times of Old We Sat
In times of old we sat with the stars
Looking at the ones who had descended to Heaven and Earth.
We spoke of our journeys,
the lives we would live in the dust.
And then we parted to meet again in the palace of mud.
How beautiful it is to see you again
in the Beloved’s heart.
To dance with you to the sound of music and poetry.
In your eyes I see what I cannot buy or sell, that which is perfect beyond all knowing.
Dance with me, my beloved One.
Our eternal dance around the moon continues through yet another life.
My heart sings in the harmony of love
accompanied by your heartstrings.
Stir my heart again with your gentle touch.
Sing to me in a throaty voice, the way you sang us from stars to dust
and back again.
Om Prakash Gilmore
©August 27, 2006
Congratulations New and Renewing Chapters!
We are pleased to announce new and renewing chapters since the last newsletter!
  • Eno River CUUPs – Durham, NC
  • Malden UU CUUPS – Malden, MA
  • Salisbury Maryland CUUPS – Salisbury, MD
  • Tidewater CUUPS – Coastal VA
  • Hickory Hearth CUUPS – Columbus, OH
CUUPs Worship List
The December 2022 of the CUUPs Worship List is posted! Visit any CUUPs chapter to celebrate theWinter Solstice and other events!
You can also plan ahead. Is your CUUPs chapter having a full moon ritual around Jan 17th? An Imbolc or other celebration around Jan 31st or Feb 1st?
Please email with your chapter name, time zone, time and date of your event, and a short description to be added to the upcoming Jan/Feb 2023 edition of the worship list.
Newsletter Submissions Deadline
The CUUPS newsletter works to publish four to six times in 2023. Please email your submissions to info@cuups.orgg for consideration by the next deadline ofJan 7, 2023 for the Mid Winter issue.
Feel free to send your art, photos, poems, readings, art and more for consideration. Submissions can be from individual CUUPs members or CUUPs chapters.
Join the CUUPS Board
  • Strongly identify as UU Pagan
  • A current paid member of CUUPS at the national level
  • In right relations with your own congregation
  • Familiarity with Zoom video conference or willingness to learn
  • Comfortable with Google Tools, or willing to learn
  • Experience serving on a “working board” like a UU church board or local community non-profit board is welcome but not required.
  • Has references to support their work
  • Young Adults welcome
  • A willingness to work in a team environment
Contact with information about yourself for us to pass on to the Nominating Committee!
We also welcome volunteers in other areas! Let us know your interests.
Membership Renewal
Go to and click on the blue button in the top right corner. Enter your email you registered with and your password. You will go to your account. If you have trouble write us at or for support!
CUUPs Membership
Members keep us growing…
This holiday season, join or renew with Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans National!
  • 1 yr Membership – $25.00 (USD)
  • 3 yr Membership – $60.00 (USD)
  • Life Member – $400.00 (USD)
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