Ancient Sea Island Continuum is the Earth-centered spirituality circle of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort (UUFB). As one of the 70 chapters of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS), ASIC helps to educate people about Paganism, promote interfaith dialogue, develop Pagan liturgies, network Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists (UUs), and support Pagan-identified UU religious professionals. Most important of all, ASIC provides unique opportunities for -you- to learn, volunteer, and worship as a Pagan in our beloved community.
Living with earth-centered Pagan values is not new or unusual. Though blessed with a surplus of modern conveniences & high technology, something in all of us deeply connects to a simpler past. In fact, the term “pagan” comes from the Latin word for “country dweller”. Most people experience Paganism today as artifacts of popular culture rather than as a complete spiritual practice. Many seasonal festivals such as Halloween, Christmas, Mardi Gras, Easter, May Day, & Groundhog Day, plus hundreds of other folk traditions, originated in ancient Paganism.
ASIC draws from this heritage when it comes to worship styles in Paganism and Unitarian Universalism, often creating new styles of worship. Our services, in the form of rituals or ceremonies, can be traditional, modern, or a blend of both. We encourage solitaries, visitors, or those curious to learning more about Earth-centered beliefs, to attend our celebrations and participate in their planning to discover that people love to celebrate these holidays, recognizing that they hold authentic core values for living. You may find that Paganism is a growing, genuine, & vital spiritual path for the present and the future.
ASIC provides an introductory course towards living with earth-centered values called ‘A Year & A Day’. The classes cover the essentials of modern Paganism traditionally accepted as the foundation of a Pagan spiritual education. ASIC’s guides combine classical and contemporary perspectives, interweaving the experiences of living in the Lowcountry and on the Sea Islands. At our meetings, we explore Pagan beliefs, customs, and celebrations, blending print, music, video, and online resources. If you desire, the course may even conclude with your personal dedication to Pagan living and identification.
In addition to UUFB’s environmental and social justice activities, ASIC’s community service opportunities include Pagan Prison Ministry. Each month, ASIC’s volunteers venture into South Carolina state correctional institutions to support Pagan-identified inmates. ASIC’s guides help inmates better themselves with integrity and purpose, breaking the cycle of re-offending. In lessons rooted by contemporary Pagan values, inmates practice coping skills, build character and self-worth, and learn how to discuss their personal beliefs with dignity while understanding and respecting the differences of other faiths.
Consider your respect for the Sea Islands, your desire to live in a better community, and your hope to transform the world as -your- dedicated spiritual purpose. Whether you identify as a Pagan, Heathen, Wiccan, Druid, Asatru, Animist, or simply wish to discover or share new Earth-based traditions, visit Ancient Sea Island Continuum at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort, 178 Sams Point Road on Lady’s Island in Beaufort, SC. Contact Stephen Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org and learn how you can help with the rebirth of modern Paganism. Blessed Be!