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
Chicago, IL
July 18-20th

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

Chicago Area UU Council, the UUA, Central Midwest District, UU Women & Religion, UU Women’s Federation,  UU Continuum, 7th Principle Project (UUMFE), CRUUNY

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.  Thank you.


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

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.


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