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The CUUPS Podcast

Published: Wed, 07 Sep 2016 05:24:40 +0000

Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:50:18 +0000

Copyright: The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans

CUUPS Podcast #32 -- September 2016

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 05:24:40 +0000

Welcome to issue #32 of the CUUPS Podcast - our highlight this episode is "Packing for ReEnchantment" a sermon which Valerie Freseman delivered on 9/27/2015 at First Parish Church, Cambridge MA. This sermon was selected as the best out of eight submissions by a panel of judges and she was awarded $500 at the General Assembly in Columbus Ohio this June. 

We also discussion four new chapters: Colorado Springs, CO, Boone, NC, Orlando FL and Jamestown NY. 

We also discuss highlights of CUUPS presence at the 2016 UUA General Assembly in Columbus Ohio and our first national Convocation in a dozen years which was held August 26-28 in Salem, MA.

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CUUPS Podcast #31 - May 2016

Wed, 25 May 2016 05:11:49 +0000

This issue features the CUUPS Sermon Contest Runner Up - Seanan Fong speaking about the Chinese New Year and the coming of Spring. This was recorded at First Parish Unitarian in Cambridge MA on March 1st, 2015. 

Other items covered: Lots of great UU-Pagan written content on Nature's Path blog at

CUUPS Convocation is coming the last weekend of August in Salem, MA. For more info (and to register!) see:

CUUPS will be at the Columbus General Assembly. We'll be at booth #111 in the Exhibit Hall, our Midsummer Ritual will be noon on Sat. June 25th at Sensebrenner Park.

The CUUPS 2016 Annual Business Meeting will be at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 555 N. High St. Columbus (across the street from the Convention Center) Room #113 on Sat. June 25th Ingathering at 5:30p Meeting starts at 6p, we'll be done by 7pm.

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CUUPS Podcast #30 October 2015

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:19:49 +0000

The Fall 2015 issue of the CUUPS Podcast feature "The Mother of Us All" a Dec. 2013 sermon from Rev. Arvid Straube of First UU Church in San Diego.

We also welcome new chapters in Shoreline WA, Binghamton NY, and Beaufort SC. 

There are last minute reminders to CUUPS members to vote in our 2015 Election which is a few days from ending - and our 2015 Sermon Contest's deadline for entering is October 31st.

Jessica Grey has a new divination deck out which you can see at

For the latest essays on UU-Paganism check our the Nature's Path blog on the Patheos Interfaith website


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CUUPS Podcast #29 - June 2015

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 05:15:55 +0000

The late Spring 2015 issue of the CUUPS Podcast includes the sermon "Dancing To a Living Drum" by ministerial intern Randy Partain from First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston. We also have news about two new CUUPS Chapters: White Oak Grove CUUPS of Rockford, IL and CLF CUUPS which is associated with the Church of the Larger Fellowship which is the UUA's online congregation for people who don't live near a UU congregation.

There's is also a preview of our activites at the upcoming UUA General Assembly in Portland,  OR (June 24-28) and some information on our Facebook Page, Twitter account @CUUPS_Media, and the Nature's Path blog on's Pagan Channel.

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CUUPS Podcast #28 - March 2015

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:36:09 +0000

The CUUPS Podcast wakes up from a long winter's snooze with two new chapters (Raleigh, NC & Grand Traverse, MI) the 2015 CUUPS Sermon Contest and a new blog on and a sermon on the First Principle Project!

CUUPS is acting as curator for the new "Nature's Path" blog on the Patheos Pagan channel.

For more information on the First Principle Project visit:

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CUUPS Podcast #27 - Oct. 2014

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:33:19 +0000

After a LONG hiatus the CUUPS Podcast returns with:

* A Sermon "Why We Love Vampires" by the late Margot Adler who passed away in July.  This was recorded 10/18/2012 at All Souls Church in New York City.

* Unidos En, the Spanish translation of the popular UU chant "Gathered Here" The English version can be found in the UU hymnal Singing The Living Tradition #389.

* News about two new chapters in California at Santa Rosa, and in the Napa Valley.

* CUUPS Election results - new board members coming on: Maggie Beaumont, Martha Kirby Capo and Jessica Gray. Board members who are leaving, or have recently left: John Beckett, Rev. Christa Landon, David Pollard and Niko Tarini.

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CUUPS Podcast #26 - April 2012

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 06:17:37 +0000

"Pagan Spirit & Nature Circles" is what Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary speaks about at this sermon recorded at Williamsburg UU in Virginia on Oct. 23, 2011. We also include Jim Scott's Rainforest Song and info on how to join CUUPS. New chapter of the month: Spiral Paths CUUPS at the UU's of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.

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The CUUPS Podcast #25 - Feb. 2012

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 06:09:10 +0000

The UUA Board has propsed that the UUA General Assembly repudiate the Doctrine of Christian Discovery. Here is a Dec. 2009 interview from the Pagan Newswire Collective featuring Jason Pitzl-Waters interviewing Zay Speer on that Doctrine along with other indegenous related issues. Also, Calypso Chant from Jim Scott and the CUUPS Page on Facebook, and three new chapters.

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CUUPS Podcast #24 - Jan. 2012

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 06:22:51 +0000

Jerrie Hildebrand speaks at Williamsburg UU on "When the UU's & the Pagans Got Together" 7/17/11. Also, music "May Your Life Be As A Song" from Jim Scott. News on the new CUUPS Facebook Page, and the upcoming Intl Assoc of Religious Freedom meeting.

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CUUPS Podcast #23 - Dec. 2010

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 07:07:04 +0000

Interview with Kimberly Gwier from Gaia Community, an Earth-Centered UU Congregation near Kansas City. She covers their approach to worship, children's religious education, ritualist training and how they pick their annual Patron. Also, we introduce two new CUUPS chapters in Terre Haute, IN and Salem, MA

Gaia Community on the web at: and also at

Wabash Valley Crow Circle CUUPS and also at

Salem CUUPS and also

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CUUPS Podcast #22 - Nov. 2011

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 05:44:13 +0000

This episode features "A Very, Very Brief Intro to UU Paganism" originally recorded in 1999 by then CUUPS President Joan Van Becelaere. Also welcome aboard to Confluence Grove CUUPS of Piitsburgh, PA.

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CUUPS Podcast #21 Sept. 2011

Wed, 07 Sep 2011 04:44:55 +0000

Features the Summer Solstice service from the 2011 General Assembly organized by Rebecca Benner on behalf of the Ohio Meadville District. Also, info on the new online bookclub for CUUPS at and a couple  full moon services are highlighted.

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CUUPS Podcast #20 - Late July 2011

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 04:47:47 +0000

The second half of an interview about Panthea Pagan Temple the first Earth-Centered UU Congregation with founders Rev. Christa Landon and Phaedra Bonewits. News from the 2011 GA, info about Gaia Community's 2011 God Auction and info on several of the many Lammas Celebrations taking place at UU Societies across the US.

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CUUPS Podcast #19 - early July 2011

Sat, 16 Jul 2011 17:42:56 +0000

First half of an interview with Rev. Christa Landon and Phaedra Bonewits about the founding of Panthea Pagan Temple (which in 1990 became the 1st liturgically Earth-Centered UU Congregation.) Also, the winner of the CUUPS Sermon Contest is announced, and the topic for the 2011 Sermon Contest is revealed.

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CUUPS Podcast Promo

Thu, 16 Jun 2011 04:39:32 +0000

This is a 60 second promo for the CUUPS Podcast. Any podcasters who wish to use it are welcome to do so.

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CUUPS Podcast #18 - Late April 2011

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 06:03:52 +0000

In a very brief episode, we have our 4th CUUPS Sermon Contest entry: Samhain - A Reflection by John Beckett of the Denton (TX) UU Fellowship. Also, we welcome our newest CUUPS Chapter Spiral Earth Explorations which is part of Palomar UU Fellowship in Vista, CA.

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The CUUPS Podcast #17 - early April 2011

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 06:42:48 +0000

Phaedra Bonewits discusses the Life & Times of Isaac Bonewits, also the  unreleased title track "She Says" from Isaac Bonewits & Real Magick.  General Assembly plans and a new chapter in Maryland are also mentioned.

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CUUPS Podcast #16 - Late March 2011

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 05:37:43 +0000

"I'm Pagan, Don't Bite!" is the third entry for this CUUPS Sermon Contest finalist. It comes from Joe Gonzales, Jr. who is from the UU Society of Stamford, CT where he's currently serving as President of the Board of Trustees.

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CUUPS Podcast #15 - early March 2011

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 06:27:00 +0000

Features the Rev. David Bumbaugh discussing Universalist history and presenting his vision of what a UU faith statement could look like. Also, news about UU and Pagan efforts to raise funds for tsunami relief, and a listing of places where people are working on starting CUUPS chapters.

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CUUPS Podcast #14 - late Feb. 2011

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 22:44:06 +0000

"You Must Go Thru the Door" by Coleen Renee is featured as our second Sermon Contest finalist. Also, info on a scholarship for UU Seminarians to study shrine Shinto in Japan and new of local Earth-centered events.

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CUUPS Podcast #13 - early Feb. 2011

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 02:42:02 +0000

This issue features the conclusion of Margot Adler's "State of Paganism Today" talk given at the 2006 General Assembly in St. Louis, MO. Also, we discuss plans to bring a CUUPS Convocation to this years General Assembly.

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CUUPS Podcast #12 - Jan. 2011

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 06:00:00 +0000

We start 2011 with our first finalist in the CUUPS Sermon Contest: Holly Anne Lux-Sullivan with her talk "The Gospel of Compost." Also, there a bit of chapter news as well as the chant "The Ocean is the Beginning" from a 1991 Chant Workshop led by Margot Adler.

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CUUPS Podcast #11 - Dec. 2010

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 06:00:00 +0000

An interview with Spelcastor and Sophia from the Moonpath CUUPS chapter in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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CUUPS Podcast #10 - Nov. 2010

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 06:00:00 +0000

The last section of "UU Paganism in Liberal Religious Thought" by Rev. Dr. Rudha Dundzilla, includes an extensive Q&A discussion. Also, music by Cornell Kinderknecht from his 'Returning Home' album which can be found on iTunes.

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CUUPS Podcast #9 Oct. 2010

Sat, 23 Oct 2010 06:29:53 +0000

This month features music from Lu Mitchell and the first half of "UU Paganism in Liberal Religious Thought" from the Rev. Dr. Rudra Dundzilla. For a pdf see

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CUUPS Podcast #8 Sept. 2010

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 04:10:15 +0000

This includes "Personal Spiritual Practice for Pagans" a talk given by Denton CUUPS coordinator John Beckett at the 2010 North Texas Pagan Pride Day Celebration at Oak Cliff UU Church in Dallas, TX.

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CUUPS Podcast #7 - Aug. 2010

Fri, 27 Aug 2010 04:00:00 +0000

This episode features part of a panel discussion from the June 2010 General Assembly "Are You UU Enough" which included representatives from UU organizations focusing on Humanism, Judaism, Christianity, Mysticism, Buddhism and Paganism. Also includes a brief apology/explanation as to the absence of a July episode.

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CUUPS Podcast #6 - June 2010

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 05:56:00 +0000

Includes David Pollard talking on the history of Earth-centered Spirituality in UUism, and Amanada Udis-Kessler performing her hymn "Mother Earth, Beloved Garden" which is #1067 Singing the Journey. Email her at if you like to buy a copy of her CD by the same name.

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CUUPS Podcast #5 - May 2010

Mon, 24 May 2010 06:08:00 +0000

This issue includes a lecture from Prof. Sara Pike on the religious experiences which shape the lives of Pagan radical environmental activists as well as news about CUUPS activities at the upcoming General Assembly in Minneapolis.

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CUUPS Podcast #4 - Apr. 2010

Fri, 23 Apr 2010 06:10:00 +0000

This issue includes several segmants from the 1999 GA Workshop "Paganism & Humanism: Can This Marriage Be Saved?" Featured speakers were: Rev. Patrick Price, Rev. Stephan Jonasson, Rev. Joan VanBecelaere and Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons. Also, music from Nancy Vedder Shultz is featured.

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CUUPS Podcast #3 - Mar. 2010

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 05:28:00 +0000

This month we focus on Celtic Spirituality. Invocation by Lisa Willow-Dunne, lecture by Roxanne Reddington-Wilde and homily by the Rev. Robert Murphy. Also music from Omnia ( News on upcoming GA and letter from Our Freedom Coalition.

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CUUPS Podcast #2 - Feb. 2010

Fri, 19 Feb 2010 04:32:00 +0000

Margot Adler discusses the changes in Paganism and Pagan Festivals since the 1970's in the State of Paganism Today (from 2006) and Brian Schorr from Evergreen CUUPS in New Jersey talks about Everyday Magick from a service his chapter did at Montclair UU Church on 11/29/09. Music from Carole Eagleheart and Faith and the Muse ( help liven things up.

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CUUPS Podcast #1 - Jan. 2010

Thu, 21 Jan 2010 03:39:00 +0000

First episode of the CUUPS Podscast features basic info about CUUPS and an interview with British academic Michael York recorded at the Dec. 2009 Parliament of World Religions provided to us courtesy of the Pagan Newswire Collective.

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