Seeking the Mystery

Paganism and Unitarian Universalism share the general idea that what you do is more important than what you believe. If you come to one of our CUUPS circles I don’t care if you worship Morrigan or the Great Mother Goddess or if you just love Nature and enjoy ritual. I do care if you conduct yourself respectfully while you’re in the circle and if you do your best to live responsibly, sustainably and compassionately once you leave.But while what you do matters most, it also matters what you bel … [Read more...]

Purity Is Overrated

Most of us make our moral judgments intuitively and then look for a reason to justify our decisions. According to psychologist Jonathan Haidt, there are five primary moral intuitions that are universal throughout humanity: do no harm, fairness and reciprocity, loyalty to community, respect for authority and purity. These intuitions were not designed or discovered, they evolved – they helped human societies survive, succeed and grow, so they were passed on from generation to generation. They b … [Read more...]


If I am to be honest I must admit my spiritual practice has been struggling as of late. I have no major crises and while I’m more than a little busy I’m far from overwhelmed. I’ve even gotten a few things done that have been on my to-do list for a long time. But my core connections are weak. My usual all-heal of returning to practice hasn’t produced the results I need, and even that seems to take great effort. It’s like I’m avoiding something...Here are recent essays from two very good Pagan … [Read more...]