Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

The Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism

Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

The Sixth Source of Our Living Tradition of Unitarian Universalism

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Unitarian Universalist have a long tradition of seeking spiritual inspiration and knowledge from nature. This tradition has continued with a growing presence of Neo-Paganism within our congregations, and Arlington UU is no different.

One of the values of the UU religious model is that constant revelation has many forms and voices. With the growing awareness of environmental concerns, a search for spiritual expression that is not tied to the Judeo-Christian tradition, or a desire to experience the world as a living mystery, Neopaganism has moved from the shadows and is becoming a major source of faith for people in Western society.

Arlington UU Chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS)

Libation Stone within our Memorial Grove
Libation Stone within our Memorial Grove

The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) is an organization dedicated to networking Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists (UUs), educating people about Paganism, promoting interfaith dialogue, developing Pagan liturgies and theologies, and supporting Pagan-identified UU religious professionals.

The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) was chartered by the Unitarian Universalist Association at the General Assembly in 1987 for purposes of:

  • networking among Pagan Identified UUs; providing outreach of Unitarian Universalism to the broader Pagan community continentally.
  • providing educational materials on Paganism for Unitarian Universalist congregations and the general public.
  • promoting Pagan – Jewish and Christian dialogue; encouraging the development of theo/alogical and liturgical materials based on earth and nature centered religious and spiritual perspectives.
  • encouraging greater use of music, dance, visual arts, poetry, story, and creative ritual in Unitarian Universalist worship and celebration.
  • providing support for Pagan-identified UU religious professionals and ministerial students and fostering healing relationships with our mother the Earth and all her children.
We also have several Pagan Groups that meet at the church.

Blackland Prairie Protogrove

A protogrove of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF), based out of Arlington, TX, and serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We hold open rites and devotionals.

The full name of our organization is Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, Inc. The first part, pronounced arn REEokht fane, is modern Irish for “Our Own Druidism” (or “Druidry” or “Magic”) and that’s what we are — an independent tradition (denomination) of Neopagan Druidism. Since many people have trouble pronouncing and spelling our Irish name, we usually just say “ADF.”

ADF is working to combine in-depth scholarship with the inspiration of artistry and spiritual practice to create a powerful modern Paganism. We’re researching and interpreting sound modern scholarship (rather than romantic fantasies) about the ancient Indo-European Pagans — the Celts, Norse, Slavs, Balts, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Vedics, and others. Upon these cultural foundations we are working to build a religion that these ancient people would appreciate and understand yet one which has depth and power for modern people. We’re developing genuine skills in composition and presentation in the musical, dramatic, graphic, textile, and other arts. We’re bringing together people trained in ritual, psychic skills, and applied mythology to bring the remnants of the old ways to life. We’re creating a nonsexist, non-racist, organic, flexible, and publicly available religion to practice as a way of life and to hand on to future generations.

Since our founding in 1983, we have succeeded in building the foundations of this vision’s reality. We have local congregations, called groves, in many cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, along with a handful in other countries. Within those groves we are designing powerful magical and religious ceremonies to bring the blessings of the gods and goddesses to our world. Our groves offer regular public worship of the old gods, serving as centers of Pagan organizing in many localities. We offer our people the full range of religious and social activities including weddings, funerals, child blessings, etc. — along with ways of enriching the soul.

We’ve created a system of training designed to work for Druidic Pagans whether solitary or participating in a Grove, so that all can participate in our work and benefit from communion with the gods and spirits. ADF has long worked to build a solid, professional training program for Pagan clergy; in addition we’re building a system of guilds, bodies of teachers and students devoted to traditional spiritual, physical and artistic skills. Together we are striving to make our training system the most complete and effective in the Pagan movement.

We’re holding regional festivals to help our members meet, study, pray, and play together. We’re building temples and holy places on the land, places where the Otherworld and our common world can draw nearer. We’re actively preparing for the day when Pagan religions will be part of the mainstream global culture.

(From the ADF website)

Emerald Dragon Wiccan Circle

Our mission is unto seven generations (140 years) there will be a safe haven for an interfaith community to worship freely, grow spiritually, and function as a large group in harmony assisting those we can in their time of need.

A Celtic tradition with a balance of female and male energies and the balance between the Goddess and God, we follow the solar and lunar calendars and living in harmony with nature. Wicca is an earth-based, nature/folk religion which dates back approximately 35-50 thousand years.

Emerald Dragon Wiccan Circle promotes and practices the nature-based faith under the doctrine of the Wiccan Circle. The Circle is authorized to provide training and certification of priests and priestess to lead the Circle and to perform all rites of the faith.

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Dancing the Maypole at the Arlington UU Church