Unitarian Church
of Harrisburg

Fellowship Opportunities

PHILOSOPHY & LITERATURE

This group is currently meeting on Zoom on the second Sunday of each month at 7pm. In May, we meet the third Sunday. For questions or to be added to the group’s email list, contact Don Brown. See the Zoom info here.

2022 Book List

Feb 13, 2022 – Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment by Zach Norris

Mar 13, 2022 – The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow

Apr 10, 2022 – In the Ruins of Neoliberalism by Wendy Brown

May 15, 2022 – Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Angus Deaton and Anne Case

June 12, 2022 – The Writing of the Gods: The Race to Decode the Rosetta Stone by Edward Dolnick

July 10, 2022 – Bird Cloud by Annie Proulx

August 14, 2022 – Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

Sept 11, 2022 – The Promise by Damon Galgut

Oct 9, 2022 – Been in the Struggle: Pursuing an Antiracist Spirituality by Regina Shands Stoltzfus and Tobin Miller Shearer

Nov 13, 2022 – Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Dec 11, 2022 – 2023 Book Selection

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COVENANT GROUPS

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, some Covenant Groups meetings may be on Zoom for the 2021-2022 year while other meetings may be in person. 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.

Covenant Groups for the year are meeting now. Please contact Bridgette Parker if you have any questions.

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QUEEN SPIRIT

QueenSpirit shares in a growing movement of women’s groups springing up around the world as described by author and lecturer Jean Shinoda Bolen in The Millionth Circle. As a lay-led ministry at UCH since 1999, women from the church and larger community have been coming together to explore, nurture, and celebrate their personal and collective spiritual journeys.

QueenSpirit came into being inspired by the course, “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven,” co-facilitated with the Rev. Jackie Ziegler in 1999. This course explored female religious roots, from ancient goddesses to witchcraft to strong women in the biblical tradition. The author, Shirley Ranck, says that it is up to us to relate that story to our own experience as women in the modern world and to use it as a basis for a non-sexist theology.

In addition to offering the “Cakes” course several times since 1999, QueenSpirit has facilitated numerous courses and workshops that provide a strong basis for women’s personal spiritual journeys. These educational events co-facilitated by QueenSpirit sisters include opportunities for creative ritual, music, artwork, dance, meditation, and study.

On the first Wednesday of the month, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, QueenSpirit sisters come together to share a potluck meal and a circle. These circles are formed around an altar with candles, symbols of the four directions and other materials related to the topic to be discussed in circle. Facilitators, who change from month to month, choose their own topic when leading the circle. Jean Shinoda Bolen says of women’s circles, “The invisible center [of the circle] is a source of energy, compassion and wisdom.”

Come, learn, and explore with QueenSpirit and find support among other women for your own spiritual journey. For more information, please contact Rebecca Waldemar.