Welcome! We are the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans at UUC Binghamton. We’re an open community for people interested in Earth Centered religions such as Paganism, Wicca, Reconstructionism, Heathenry, Shamanism, and African Diasporic traditions (just to name a few). Our mission is to enlighten and share our experiences and knowledge with the greater community, and to provide a welcoming home for Earth Centered and Unitarian Universalist centered practitioners alike. We welcome all who are interested in exploring an Earth Centered path, regardless of spiritual tradition, age, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
What is Paganism?
Paganism is family of interrelated religious movements influenced by or claiming to be derived from the various historical pagan beliefs of pre-modern Europe. While Pagan religious movements are diverse and share no single set of beliefs, practices, or texts, there are a number of commonalities that you’re likely to find. With some exceptions, Pagan religions tend to be…
- Non- or Pre-Abrahamic
- Place emphasis on self-responsibility and personal gnosis
- Polytheistic, believing in zero or more gods
- Attempt to reconstruct an actual or perceived pre-Christian religion
- Are “hands-on” spiritualities
Who are we?
Well, some of us are Pagans, some of us are Unitarian-Universalists, and many of us are both. We are seekers, drawn together to form community and to help each other learn, explore, and develop our Earth-Centered and Pagan religious practices. Specifically:
- We provide Earth-Centered and Pagan members of the UUCB with a space for communion, fellowship, ritual, and education.
- We provide the greater UUCB with education on Pagan and Earth-Centered paths, as well as opportunities to explore and to observe Pagan practices.
- We provide Earth-Centered and Pagan individuals in the Greater Binghamton, Tompkins, Tioga, Cortland, and Northeast Pennsylvania area with with a nondenominational, accepting, democratically-run worship circle, where they can explore and celebrate their religion with their children, other Pagans, and other Pagan families.
What is CUUPS?
CUUPS, or the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, is a multinational association of Unitarian Universalists who identify with the precepts of classical or contemporary Paganism. CUUPS members foster the development of “liturgical materials based on earth- and nature-centered religious and spiritual perspectives” as well as encourage “greater use of music, dance, visual arts, poetry, story, and creative ritual in Unitarian Universalist worship and celebration.” In short, CUUPS Continental (our parent organization) strives to provide the greater Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) with ideas on how to incorporate Pagan practices and principles into the broader UUA liturgy. It also aims to provide support for Pagan ministerial candidates within the UUA, and to help UU Pagans network with each other.