Joy in Religion – The Chocolate Ritual

The Chocolate Ritual.  More pictures on the Denton CUUPS Facebook page at

I take my religion seriously. Though I attempt to sprinkle humor throughout my rituals, sermons, writings and practices, for the most part what I say and what I do is serious. My religion is important to me, and I want to give it the respect and the depth it deserves.

But every now and then even I have to loosen up.

When we were planning our circle calendar late last year, Michi and Erica said they wanted to do “the chocolate ritual.” Now, that scared me. I’ve never been to a chocolate ritual, but I’ve read the script for a couple and I didn’t like them. They weren’t just light-hearted – they were parodies of things I and many other Pagans hold sacred. But the Denton CUUPS group has worked together long enough I trusted them to get it right.

Did they ever get it right!

Here’s the Declared Opening they wrote:

We start as a gift from the God and the Goddess as the seed of much possibility. We grow into forms filled with wonder. As we blossom and grow we sometimes disconnect with this childlike sense of wonder. Our focus for this evening is to bring us back to that childlike wonder and connect with the gods within.

It was light, it was sweet, it was silly – and it was FUN! There were perhaps a dozen kids there – they got to participate and play. We ate too much chocolate, we smashed confetti-filled eggs on each other for good wishes, and we did a long spiral dance to send energy into a crystal for healing work – and because long spiral dances are fun and participative!

I wouldn’t want to do this every day – I am the serious guy, after all. But occasionally, there’s a place for some holy silliness.

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About John Beckett

I grew up in Tennessee with the woods right outside my back door. Wandering through them gave me a sense of connection to Nature and to a certain Forest God. I’m a Druid graduate of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, the Coordinating Officer of the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and a former Vice President of CUUPS Continental. I’ve been writing, speaking, teaching, and leading public rituals for the past eleven years. I live in the Dallas – Fort Worth area and I earn my keep as an engineer.

  • Rev Rick Cempie

    Hello Good Sir:

    I’m looking to bring an element of seriousness to our rendition of the Chocolate Ritual and would love to talk with you over some ideas and get your input.