Phoenix of the Grove
The Phoenix of the Grove Chapter of CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) was birthed in 2019 as a response to the needs for networking and education of Pagan-identified congregational members and friends. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson has a long history of supporting diverse religious expression and had formal and informal pagan fellowships for decades but in recent years leaned heavily on external affinity groups to serve the pagan community of our congregation. Following the congregation’s long history of diverse religious expression, a core group of congregation members and friends gathered and set up the charter for the current chapter in 2019. The name Phoenix of the Grove honors both the beautiful green space set aside by the congregation in our physical space and the many official and unofficial pagan groups that have found shelter in this congregation, from their legacy we rise anew.
We offer a platform for diverse pagan religious exploration and celebration. We hold regular rituals that honor the cycles of the Moon and the cycles of the Earth, i.e., the Wheel of the Year. Please see our event calendar for dates and times. Periodically, we also conduct a pagan themed Sunday service, these will be announced in the weekly newsletter as well as being listed on the upcoming services part of the website.
- In 2019 we held regular in-person Full Moon Esbats, regular Drum circles and community potlucks.
- In 2020 Covid-19 halted our in-person meetings but we began online monthly Full Moon and New Moon Meditations.
- In 2021 our online monthly Full Moon and New Moon meditations continued, and we celebrated Earth Day in person with a Drum Circle. It would be our only Drum circle in 2021.
- 2022 looks to be a promising year. We will continue our monthly New Moon and Full Moon Meditations. We hope that some of these will be hybrid we want to host drum circles and community potlucks when conditions allow. We are adding seasonal reflections that will guide us through the wheel of the year.