Prairyerth, the UUA, and the Community

In April 1998, Prairyerth was accepted into the Unitarian-Universalist Association of independent congregations.  The UUA has a long tradition of Earth-centered spirituality.  The roots of this highly respected continental organization were nourished by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.  Its living tradition calls on many sources including:

 “Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.”


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




Prairyerth Annual Gathering of the People
April 20-21, 2018
Friday, April 20 at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, IL
Saturday, April 21 at Wisdom of the Elders in DesPlaines, IL

The Prairyerth Fellowship is a supporting member of the following Unitarian Universalist organizations:

Chicago Area UU Council, the UUA, the Mid America Region, UU Women & Religion,  UU Continuum, 7th Principle Project now Green Sanctuary, CRUUNY, UU Society of Schenectady-Earth Circles

Prairyerth owes a debt of gratitude to the Unitarian Churches of Hinsdale and Evanston and their ministers, especially the Rev. Ed Searl, for their encouragement, their support, and the generous use of their facilities throughout the years.  More recently we are grateful to the Rev. Margret O'Neall and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady. Thank you.

Also to the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady and especially interim minister the Rev. Margret A. O'Neall for asking that our Mohawk River Circle be joined with them to create an Earth-centered circle four years ago.  This is now the very active Earth Circles UUSS.  Thank you.


Prairyerth networks with the following community, educational, environmental, historical and religious organizations:

Earth Circles UUSS

The Interreligious Sustainability Project of Metro Chicago (now Faith and Place)

The Parliament of World’s Religions

The Wild Ones

Seneca Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge

 Minisskittigan Drum

Seneca Indian Historical Society

T.E.A.M. at Northeastern Illinois University

Midwest S.O.A.R.R.I.N.G.

Onondaga Two Row


Steve McCullough, Sundance Chief, and Jim Gillihan at the Salt Creek Sundance in Indiana