Many of my friends have asked me why I have moved towards CUUPS as a central part of my Pagan identity? Most view the organization as “Pagan Lite” somehow lacking substance. My experience however is exactly the opposite; within the CUUPS community I have found the deepest expressions of Pagan values I have ever witnessed.
For years I have participated in “major Pagan organizations”, been in service positions and stood at the forefront of attempting to manifest a Pagan ethic that makes a positive impact on the world. Frankly, my personal experience is that most of these organizations are so moribund by efforts to perpetuate their place in the Pagan community that they do very little to impact the world in a positive way.
I AM AN ACTIVIST; belief in change is central to my spiritual experience. If my beliefs don’t urge me to make a positive impact on the world, I would question the beliefs themselves. In CUUPS I have found a place where we embrace our diversity of belief and quickly move on to how we can make a meaningful difference in the world.
This is deep Paganism, evolved beyond the identity debates that are rife in the Pagan community. Values put into action reflect belief, not ritual tools and dogma that is self-serving.
Debates in CUUPS occur around how we can best be of service to humanity beyond the spiritual boundaries of our community; I am blessed to be part of a community that has evolved beyond our collective need for legitimacy towards real service. My personal experience is one of deeper spiritual awareness brought on by service and a desire to see all of humanity as incredible vibrant examples of divinity.
While I have great respect for many who participate in organization that have been around for years, I disagree with their perspective on CUUPS. My personal experience is that CUUPS and its’ values are a logical next step in Paganism becoming a more fully evolved major religious movement.