Adult Religious Exploration

Family & Adult RE programming - provided by Cory Ness, DRE

Access the Religious Education Calendar here.
 
 

Family RE - "Creating Sabbath Space" - Registration form 

It's been several months now that we have been sheltering in place. Ministers and DRE's across our nation have been working behind the scenes to gather resources and reviewing strategies that are the most beneficial to our families during this unprecedented time. I'm excited to bring the following resources to you from our Soul Matters Team. Just to remind you Soul Matters is a UU Network that is used in many of our churches across the nation.

Soul Matters is calling this particular resource "Creating Sabbath
Space." Soul Matters shares with us that "the theological underpinning
rests in two ancient ideas held in various forms across many religions:

  • In times of trouble, be extra sure to keep the Sabbath (i.e. make space for worship, rest and connection).
  • Home altars help bring your faith into your daily life."

I will be sending out the weekly installments over a period of six weeks for
anyone who chooses to participate.

Each weekly installment will include three components:

  • Guidance for building a family home altar, growing it each week by adding a new component one by one.
  • A family worship to honor those weekly additions to your altar
  • A couple of "after-worship" activities to continue your family Sabbath time by connecting and relaxing together.

I will also hold weekly zoom meetings for all families to participate. This
will be a time to discuss our experience from the previous week and to share
our altar tables.

This is something for anyone to participate whether you come from a family of one or if there are several families living in the same household - (you all) are invited to join us!

Please fill out the registration form to express your interest in this program and in participating in our weekly zoom calls. Include your email address and your preferred day of the week as well as the time of day you are available. I would like to begin this program the last week in August.

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Adult RE - HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST - Registration form (Registration Closed)

Join us for a six-session discussion on "How to Be an Antiracist" based on the book by Ibram X. Kendi. We will gather the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month beginning in August at 6:30 p.m. This program will include discussion from the book as well as videos. You may purchase your copies through Amazon or your local bookstore. If the cost of the books is prohibitive for your participation, let Cory know in your form response.

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Adult RE - SPIRITUAL PRACTICES - Registration form

Spiritual Practices is a 12-session series that helps participants develop regular disciplines of the spirit - practices that help us connect with the sacred. Spiritual Practice affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Each session offers a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich our personal faith journeys. We will meet twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month beginning in September at 1 p.m.

1. Defining Spiritual Practice
2. Finding your Spiritual Practice
3. Keeping Sabbath
4. Prayer
5. Meditation
6. Mindful Walking and Eating
7. Worship and Ritual
8. Discernment & Devotional Reading
9. Hospitality and Belonging
10. Work and Service
11. Retreat
12. Life as a Spiritual Practice

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Adult RE - STITCHERS GROUP - Registration form

Join us every 2nd Friday of the month at 10 a.m. for our Stitchers Group, needle arts group for knitters/crocheter's/quilters/cross stitchers/weavers and more, where we can all gather with our projects to stitch & chat.
No agenda - just building connections. 

 

 

Young Adult/Adult RE programming - Lay-Led

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

Hard to believe that the summer will soon be winding down and fall activities will begin. As with the rest of the world, those beginnings will not be the same as other autumns. The stress, uncertainty and anxiety of these times presents its challenges to us individually, as families, as a congregation and as a global community.

One of the many ways that you can choose to take care of yourself during these times is to join a Covenant Group at UCH. Covenant Groups are groups of 6-8 adults who make a 9-month commitment to meet monthly for a 2-hour session, led by co-facilitators.

Covenant Groups provide:

  • A place to belong A place for spiritual exploration where each person’s journey is honored
  • A sacred space where the stories of our lives are heard
  • A safe place, strengthening the fabric of our beloved community
  • A place to listen better and care more

Due to the pandemic restrictions, the Covenant Groups will be meeting on Zoom for the 2020-2021 year. For many, this may be an easier way to join without concern for transportation issues or driving in bad weather. For some, the technology may be a challenge, but we can help with simple instructions and encouragement. Anyone with a computer, iPad or smartphone can join from the comfort of their home.

We are offering a group on the second Monday and second Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and on the second Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Sign-ups begin on August 1 and end on August 30. Groups will be limited in size due to Zoom format so early signup is encouraged to get a space.

You can sign up or ask questions by clicking on this link.

The Covenant Group Ministry Team looks forward to seeing you in the Fall!

Covenant Group - New Mentor Orientation

 

SUNDAY FORUM

Sunday forum is currently on hold for 2020.

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

This group is currently meeting on Zoom.  For login info contact Don Brown.

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

            Also being discussed in our Adult RE class by the same name (see above).

 

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