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28 August 2009 @ 12:54 pm
Congregation of Abraxas  
I have a book called "Earth Prayers From Around the World, 366 Prayers, Poems & Invocations for Honoring the Earth"<input ... ></input><input ... > It contains some prayers that I really like from a group called the Congregation of Abraxas. I was curious who they were so I Googled them.
It turns out that they were a Unitarian semi-monastic order in the that formed 1970s and 80s for the purpose of developing liturgy and deepening spiritual practice. This was at the height of the influence of secular humanism in the UUA. Their liturgy drew a lot from Benedictine Catholic & Buddhist sources. Apparently they published a Book of Hours in 1985, probably a pretty limited run- I can't find it. I'm going to ask around at Unity especially the Library Team to see if I can find out more about them. I think the UUs could still really use a group like that!

On a side note, I also wondered about the name "Abraxas" It sounded to me to be vaguely Greek and ceremonial magicky- I was kind of right it goes back to Gnosticism- the history of it is rather complex!
Jamiedubhlainn on August 28th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
I am no help but I just wanted to say .. my friend, Rev. Wayne Arnason from the West Shore UU Church in Rocky River, Ohio was very big into the Congregation of Abraxas. He and his wife still have quite the passion for high energy, vibrant UU worship.
Caelesticaelesti on August 30th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Actually thanks- it may be the easiest way to find out about it is to talk to people who were involved.