Unitarian Church
of Harrisburg

Committees & Teams

There are many committees and teams of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg comprising of staff, members, and volunteers who are responsible for coordinating the church’s many activities and programs. A committee reports directly to the Board of Trustees whereas a team reports directly to the minister.


Board of Trustees
  • Performs long-term planning, develops policies, and works with the minister to guide the overall direction of the congregation.
  • Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 7-9pm via Zoom
  • President is David Spear
Reopening Team
  • Identifies, implements, and monitors COVID safety procedures for UCH activities
  • Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 2-3pm via Zoom
  • Chairperson is Mary Lynn Fecile
Congregational Life Team
  • Monitors the overall health of the congregation from a macro standpoint and maintains a focus on the mission
  • Chairperson is Chris Dutton
Worship Team
  • Provides input and feedback to the minister and music director regarding Sunday services
  • Chairpersons are Amy Firestine and Debbie Reihart
Pastoral Care Team
  • Provides care and counseling to church members
  • Chairperson is Caroline Parke
Membership Team
  • Welcomes new members into the congregation
  • Chairperson is Bart Carpenter
Leadership Development Team
  • Identifies and nurtures existing church members to become leaders within the church
  • Chairpersons are Mary Henninger-Voss and Karen Baker
Ushers and Greeters
  • Create a warm and welcoming experience for visitors, members, and friends attending Sunday services
  • Chairperson is Dorothy Brown
Technology Team
  • Provides technical support for audio and visual needs for virtual and in-person events
  • Chairperson is David Spear
Stewardship Team
  • Coordinates and operates the annual stewardship program
  • Chairperson is Ed Sykes
Finance Committee
  • Monitors the financial health of the church, makes financial recommendations to the board, and helps prepare the annual budget
  • Meets the second Wednesday of each month from 3:30-5:30pm via Zoom
  • Chairperson is Kathy Malarich
Planned Giving
  • Works with church members for planned giving (including UCH in wills)
  • Chairperson is James Henninger-Voss
Auction Team
  • Coordinates the annual auction as a church fundraiser
  • Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30-9pm via Zoom from January through October
  • Chairperson is Patti Hazell
Building Team
  • Maintains and makes improvements to the building
Grounds and Gardens Team
  • Manages the care of the grounds and tended garden areas of the church
  • Meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm via Zoom
  • Chairperson is Anita Mentzer


Religious Exploration Team
  • Provides classes and programs for children, youth, and adults
  • Pre-K through 6th Grade meets Sundays at 9:30am via Zoom
  • Parents and caregivers as sexuality educators meets Mondays from 6:45-8pm via Zoom
  • UU Common Road book discussion of “Defund Fear” by Zach Norris will meet Spring 2022
  • Director is Cory Ness
Philosophy and Literature Group
  • Book discussion group
  • Meets the second Sunday of each month from 7-8:30pm via Zoom
  • Chairperson is Don Brown
Covenant Groups
  • Multiple covenanted small groups meeting monthly to discuss spiritually-inspired themes
  • Meets the second Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from September through May
  • Chairperson is Bridgette Parker
  • A women’s spirituality group that creates a safe environment to support women in their feminine spiritual journeys
  • Meets the first Wednesday of the month from 6-9pm for potluck meal and circle
  • Chairperson is Rebeccca Waldemar
Heart Rhythm Meditation
  • An ancient form of meditation that focuses on syncing the full breath to the beat of the heart
  • Meets Mondays from 4:30-5:30pm via Zoom and Fridays from 9-10pm via Zoom
  • Chairperson is Libby Tisdell
  • Weekly yoga practice
  • Meets every Monday from 6:30-8pm
  • Chairperson is Ed Sykes
  • Weekly rehearsal for the church choir
  • Meets Thursdays from 7:15-8:45pm
  • Director is Yvonne DuVal
Bell Choir
  • Weekly rehearsal for the church bell choir
  • Meets Thursdays from 6-7pm
  • Director is Yvonne DuVal


Oliver LaGrone Scholarship Committee
  • Provides an annual scholarship to a graduating senior from the Harrisburg School District
  • Meets the third Thursday of the month from 6:30-9pm via Zoom
  • Chairperson is Cordell Affeldt
Helping People in Prison and Their Families
  • Ministers to incarcerated people and their families
  • Chairpersons are Jim Cavenaugh and Margaret Carrow
  • Offers opportunities for book discussion, presentations, and open discussion
  • Chairperson is Rachel Mark
Power to the Hill
  • Non-partisan voter engagement outreach program translating into community action in the Allison Hill community of Harrisburg
  • Chairperson is Wendy Shaver
Reproductive Justice Allies
  • Seeks to inform the UCH congregation about reproductive justice issues in concert with UU Justice PA
  • Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from 7:30-8:30pm via Zoom
  • Chairperson is Barb Pearce
Social Justice Roundtable
  • Connects and supports the UCH social justice teams and lay-led ministries
  • Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 2pm
  • Chairperson is Rachel Mark
UU Justice PA
  • Monitors legislation and advocates to lawmakers on justice issues in Pennsylvania
  • Chairperson is Rachel Mark
Gather the Spirit for Justice
  • Offers community outreach, social justice, and economic equity in Harrisburg’s Allison Hill neighborhood
  • Chairperson is Darlene Kvaternik
Ecumenical Food Pantry
  • Raises funds to support the local food pantry
  • Chairperson is Michael Mark
Poor People’s Campaign
  • Chairperson is Margaret Carrow
  • Responsible for two miles of Lindle Road near the church
  • Meets for clean-ups in the Spring, Summer, and Fall each year
  • Chairperson is John Hargreaves


Engagement Team
  • Works to develop new and improve existing programs, activities, and events in order to nurture the current congregation and promote the growth of the church
  • Chairperson is Rebecca Waldemar
Sunday Morning Coffee Hour
  • Informal discussion
  • Meets Sunday from 11:30-12:30pm via Zoom
Women’s Night Out
  • Dine out a local restaurant, socialize, and help support the Ecumenical Food Bank
  • Meets the second Tuesday of each month at a local restaurant on the east or west shore
  • Chairperson is Linda Brown
Stitchers Group
  • Needle arts group, stitch, and chat
  • Meets the second Friday of each month from 10-12pm via Zoom
  • Director is Cory Ness