Adult Religious Exploration

Adult RE includes a mix of informal and formal groups and workshops, including Sunday Morning Forum at Clover Lane, Covenant GroupsJourney to Justice, Baby Steps: Examining Whiteness and Adult OWL . Please feel free to contact Amy Firestine, Religious Exploration Coordinator, for more information.

Access the Religious Education Calendar here.

Young Adult/Adult RE programming

The Unitarian Church of Harrisburg has several active lay-led groups specific to spiritual practice, education, community building, and social justice. Groups specific to education are listed here.


Covenant Groups at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg are:

  • Intentional, lay-led small groups.
  • Designed to increase depth of relationship, willingness and ability to listen without comment or advice, to learn from others, and to share from the heart.
  • Made up of approximately 8-10 persons who care for and are present with one another.
  • Led by co-facilitators.
  • Meeting for 2 hours each month.


Covenant Group - New Mentor Orientation

The sessions use a standard “small group ministry” format, known as an effective tool for people to engage in deep discernment rather than debate.

  • Opening reading: introduces but does not guide the topic.
  • Check-in: each person briefly shares about such questions as, “What’s most on your mind today?” or “How is it with your spirit today?”
  • Focus or theme of the meeting: sharing from personal stories, and learning from listening to others, rather than wanting others to agree with a perspective.
  • Check-out: opportunity for each participant to say how the session was for him/her.
  • Closing reading.

New Groups form each summer and meet from September through May.

Registration for new groups occurs during the summer, for groups that start in September.

Registration is now closed for Covenant Groups.  If registration is open, please click here to register.

If you would like to contact someone from the Covenant Group Ministry Team, please call the church office for information.

Sunday Forum

Looking for a place to share your ideas and hear those of others? The Sunday Forum provides a place to look at issues in the news and society. Participants have input in selecting the topics, such as “gerrymandering” and “environmental concerns” and then dissecting them. We meet most Sundays at 9:30 am in Fuller Chapel. Check the News You Can UUs e-mail each week for details on topics, leaders, and whether a program will be held. More information available from Barb Pearce.


Philosophy & Literature

The group generally meets the second Sunday of each month at 7 pm in Fuller Chapel at 1280 Clover Lane. For questions or to be added to the group’s email list, contact Don Brown. 2020 book list posted below.


Feb 9 - Elephants on the Edge, by G. A. Bradshaw

            An analysis of the social life of elephants


Mar 8 - Blowout, by Rachel Maddow

            Story of the richest most destructive industry in history, the petroleum industry.


April 19 -  Reality is Not What It seems, by Carlo Rovelli

            A description of the journey that scientists took on their way to understanding quantum gravity.


May 17 -  Man’s Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl

            Universal insights out of a concentration camp.


June 14 -  Bountiful Calling, by Fred Burton

            Novel about the lives of people on both sides of the gas fracking controversies.

July 12 - Upstream: Selected Essays, by Mary Oliver

            “Dear Bear, it’s no use, the world is like that. So stay where you are, and live long. Someday maybe we’ll wise up and remember what you were: hopeless ambassador of a world that returns now only in poets’ dreams.”


Aug 9 -  This Land, by Christopher Ketcham

            Expose. Dark humor illuminates political, ideological, physical threats to our parks, forests, and rivers. Focus on misdeeds on public lands.”


Sep 13 -  How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi

            “…a bracingly original approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society – and in ourselves.”


Oct 11 - An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

            This Beacon Press book is winner of the 2015 American Book Award and is the UUA Common Read. “Spanning more than four hundred years, it is … a bracingly original approached to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society – and in ourselves.”


Nov 8 -  Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation, by Richard Stengel