The Gods Laugh

our shrine to the ancestors

We made detailed plans and preparations for our Samhain ritual. And then the Gods and ancestors showed up with plans of their own. [Read more...]

Samhain: Looking Toward Death

candle and cauldron

Death is a part of life. We contemplate death not to make sure we believe the “right” things about it, but to overcome our fears so we can spend our lives living as fully as possible. [Read more...]

How Do We Know What the Gods Want?

Ballyalban Fairy Fort

Unquestioning belief is not a Pagan virtue. How do we know what we know about the Gods? It requires using all our ways of knowing. [Read more...]

Samhain – A Solitary Ritual

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Of all the high days on the Wheel of the Year, Samhain is perhaps the most conducive to solitary observances. There’s one thing you can do better by yourself than in a group – listening. And while listening is an appropriate activity at any time, it’s especially important in this season. [Read more...]

Sacrifice and the Fear of Real Gods

CUUPS camping Nov12 27

Real Gods are a lot scarier than the polytheist next door killing, cleaning, and cooking a chicken in his back yard and seasoning it with prayers and invocations. [Read more...]

Why I Worship the Gods

Danu and Cernunnos 10.20.14

This is why I worship the Gods, and why I think that’s a good thing even if the Gods aren’t always as pleasant as we’d like them to be. [Read more...]

Thinking About the Gods

Thoth (Djehuty)

If you believe the Gods are many and have agency then you cannot also believe They can’t affect you unless you permit it. The two propositions are logically inconsistent. [Read more...]

Board Service

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I’m thankful CUUPS is my spiritual home and I’m thankful I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to maintaining and growing CUUPS for the next generation of UU Pagans. If you’re asked to serve on the Board of Trustees or another committee of an organization of which you’re a part, I encourage you to say yes. [Read more...]


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