Unitarian Church
of Harrisburg

Staff

The Unitarian Church of Harrisburg is located at 1280 Clover Lane in Harrisburg, just off of Eisenhower Blvd, in Swatara Township.

Phone: 717.564.4761

Visit our Services/Hours page for more information.


Minister

The Rev. David M. Kohlmeier

Pronouns: he/him/his or xe/xem/xyrs

717.564.4761 (x700)

I’m the Rev. David Kohlmeier, a pastor, parent, husband, radical theologian, occasional poet, and flawed human being, honored to be the minister of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg.

I was raised in West Virginia, in a deeply religion. I know what it is to be wounded by religion, and I know what it is to be redeemed by living out loud as your authentic self. In my spiritual journey, I have travelled through liberal Christianity, Hinduism, Zen and Theravada Buddhism, Neo-Paganism, and more, and my ministry is inspired by them all. My husband, Amotz, is a student at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and we are raising our children in the Jewish faith and culture.

The gospel I preach is the good news that you have inherent worth and dignity (it can never be earned or lost). Your body, heart, mind, all of your unique humanity is holy. I truly believe there is no sacred text more important than your authentic life.

So let your light shine! “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).

And I also believe that each of us is inextricably interwoven with all the rest of the universe in infinite unimaginable ways. “There is no remainder in the mathematics of infinity” (Nyogen Senzaki). That means you belong. Everything is connected.

My goal as a minister is to be a spiritual companion with you on your journey. If you believe in a God/dess, Gods, or Higher Power, I want to help you go deeper into that relationship. If you’re an Atheist or Agnostic, I want to journey with you as you chart a more human-centered path of truth and meaning. Having “the right beliefs” doesn’t matter so much to me. Faithfulness to the best of life, with a strong sense of ethical integrity and moral responsibility to the rest of humanity and to the Earth, is what matters. Or to sum it up in a single word, LOVE is what matters. As Hosea Ballou, one of the theological parents of the Unitarian Universalist tradition, wrote way back in 1806: “LOVE is the law of the Spirit of Life.” 

Feel free to learn more about me and my ministry here.


Tavia Flanagan
Office Assistant & Gift Card Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

717.564.4761 (x702)

Tavia handles our daily office needs including bookkeeping, answering emails, coordinating room and Zoom reservations, creating graphics, preparing Orders of Service, and other general office functions. She also serves as the coordinator of our gift card fundraising program and assists lay leaders and volunteers with projects as needed.


Jacqueline Swanson
Congregational Administrator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

717.564.4761 (x701)

Jacqueline is a human resource professional with several years of nonprofit administration experience. She received her bachelor’s from York College in Sociology and master’s from Penn State in Human Resources and Employee Relations. Her specialty is employment law, compliance, and employee advocacy and equity.

She recently moved to Harrisburg with her partner Sin and son Hadrian. She is pursuing her Master Gardener certification though Penn State Extension and loves all things rabbits and outdoors.


Cory Ness
Director of Religious Exploration

Pronouns: she/her/hers

717.564.4761 (x705)

Cory began her journey as a Unitarian Universalist in the early 1990s when she found a religious home to raise her children at a Unitarian Universalist congregation. There she discovered the UU Principles and Sources, which aligned with her own life philosophies. She has been a professional religious educator since 2006, serving most recently at the UU Church of the Shenandoah Valley near Winchester, VA.

Cory’s love and passion for Unitarian Universalism can be seen every Sunday and in the many credentials she has acquired over the years. In 2012 she became a Credentialed Religious Educator, completing all 10 of the Renaissance Modules. Since that time, she has completed Our Whole Lives (OWL) Training, a comprehensive sexuality program for Kindergarten through the 12th grade; Spirit Play, a Montessori approach; Pastoral Care; Creating Healthy Congregations; Anti-Racism Training; Interim DRE Training and others.

She and her husband, Daryl, were both born in York County and have lived most of their lives in the southern part of the County. They have two adult daughters who live in Virginia. Their oldest is an industrial-organizational psychologist, and their youngest is an elementary school teacher. For self-care, Cory loves creating fiber art including quilts, needle felting, and crochet. She also enjoys spending time camping and hiking with her husband.


Yvonne DuVal
Director of Music

Pronouns: she/her/hers

717.564.4761 (x704)

Yvonne is a graduate of Colorado State University, with the degree of Bachelor of Music, and of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, with the degree of Master of Music. Her major instruments are flute and piccolo and she studied conducting and other aspects of musical leadership. She has taught in both public high school and her own private studio. In addition, she has ten years of experience in business, including six years in human resources. She has performed with many groups, including the Fort Collins Wind Symphony and Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir.

Her passion for music is evident and she is excited about working with UCH’s rich pool of volunteer musicians and developing further as a leader through the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network.

She and her family moved from Colorado to Harrisburg early in 2018. Yvonne, her partner Dean Leverett, and their son Terran are here most Sundays.


Hannah Belser
Accompanist

Hannah has played the piano for over 50 years and has served UCH as one of its pianists since 2007. She has abundant experience as the service pianist and choir accompanist, playing for Thursday evening choir rehearsals, Sunday morning services, weddings and memorial services over those years. Hannah retired from teaching in public elementary schools in 2015. She truly enjoys enriching the worship experience through music played from the heart and in fellowship with the other wonderful musicians who offer their talents to UCH with instruments and song.