During inclement weather, please check that UUCH events have not been cancelled before you drive to an activity.  Scroll to the bottom of this page to learn how we notify people of cancellations.

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Book Discussion Group    

Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Donna Catling’s home. The Book Group welcomes all enthusiastic readers. Contact Donna Catling for more information,.

July 11: George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. The history of six of George Washington’s spies, five men and one woman, known as the Culper Spy Ring, who managed to infiltrate British occupied New York and helped turn the tide of the revolution.

 

August 8: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi. A fifteen-year-old Nigerian girl and her brother lead a privileged but harsh life until they visit a loving aunt. Then a military coup threatens to destroy the country. The 2017 One Maryland One Read selection.

 

September 12: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. The author’s most autobiographical novel tells the story of how a chance encounter changes the lives of two families.

 

October 10: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks. This historical novel traces the arc of King David’s journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.

 

Previous Book Group selections:

2018: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng; February: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson;  March: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro; April: A Man Called Ove by Erik Backman; May: The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout; June: Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything by Barbara Ehrenreich.

 

2017: January: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.February: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan KielyMarch: The Things They Carried: a Work of Fictionby Tim O’Brien. April: The Phantom Tollboothby Norton Juster; illustrated by Jules Feiffer. May: Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver. June: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. July: American Nation: A history of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard. August: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. September: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. October: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen; November: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan; December: Winter Holiday Picture Books

 

2016: January: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.    Feb. : Poetry That Touches Us.  Cancelled because of weather.   March:  Cane River by Lalita Tademy.   April : A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.   May: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  June: Mansfield Park by Jane Austin.   July: Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph Ellis.     August: Poems That Touch Us  (rescheduled from February)   September:  Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen.     October: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.   November: At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier.     December: Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.

 

UUCH Labyrinths

 Labyrinth Walks are held on the second Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. from April through October. Free and suitable for all ages.    

       Our indoor labyrinth is a Petite Chartres pattern, a smaller version of the 12th century labyrinth on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France. The outdoor labyrinth is the older, Cretan pattern.

The outdoor Cretan labyrinth is always open and UUCH members and friends are encouraged to walk it whenever they’re at church. For more information, pick up a labyrinth pamphlet from the rack in the sanctuary foyer or contact certified labyrinth facilitator Diana Foley.

About labyrinths:

Unlike mazes which are puzzles with many possible choices, a labyrinth is a single path which winds into the center and out again.

Walking this path can help with relaxation, stress relief and even problem solving. People also walk labyrinths for spiritual reasons, as a moving meditation or prayer.

Labyrinth walking has been a Christian spiritual practice since the early Middle Ages; some area churches set up labyrinths during specific seasons like Lent. However, labyrinths are also part of many other cultures, including Native American, with some patterns dating back to prehistoric times.

 Men’s Discussion Group 

meets on the second Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin House (brick building next to the sanctuary)

      The purpose of the men’s group is to give UUCH men an opportunity to meet and share ideas within the context of our Unitarian Universalist scope of interest. For more information, contact Michael Roehm.

Upcoming Men’s Discussion Group topics:

September 19: Ted Talk: Dissecting Cultures of Hate

October 8:  Ted Talk: A Look into American Politics

Previous Men’s Group selections:

2018

Jan. (cancelled because of snow)

Feb. 12: How do we deal with loss?  How has the experience changed us?

March 12: How do we control our Wildman? When do we let him  out and when do we restrain him?  (rescheduled from January)

April 9: Procrastination

May 14:  What should be news?

June, July & August:  Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want by Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen. (Unitarian Universalist Association 2017-18 common read)

2017

Jan. Scotty McLennan’s book  Christ for UUs: a New Dialogue with Traditional Christianity.

Feb.- March: Stephen Greenblatt’s book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern  

April through June: Paul Rasor’s book Faith Without Certainty.

July – What does our choice of hobbies tell us about ourselves?

August: the Zenith in our lives

September: What were you doing on 9/11 and how did 9/11 affect your life?

October: What did you learn from your father?

November: What does it mean to be a man?

December: Pathways to Spirituality

2016  

Jan.  Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.

Feb. – May:  Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy.

June – July: Colin Woodard’s American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

August – Sept. Michael Sandel’s Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do

Oct. – Nov: George Lakoff’s The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist’s Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics

Dec. – Jan. 2017: Scotty McLennan’s  Christ for UUs: a New Dialogue with Traditional Christianity. 

 

Women’s Spirituality Group 

meets on the first Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Martin House (brick building next to the sanctuary)

The mission of the Women’s Spirituality Group is to broaden and deepen friendship among UUCH women, encourage each other’s spiritual and intellectual growth, and provide comfort, aid, and support for life’s challenges and choices.  All  UUCH women are welcome. For more information, contact Dodie Ruskie.

Upcoming Women’s Spirituality Group topics:

Discussions are currently based on essays in Erik Walker Wilstrom’s Faithful Practices: Everyday Ways to Feed Your Soul.  

September 5: “Learning to Pray”

October 3: “Meditation on Friendship”  

Previous topics:
2018
January: Discussion of last section of Simple Abundance
February: Cancelled because of snow
March (cancelled because of snow)
April: Laughter, Good for the Soul.
May 2: Planning for 2018.
June 6: “Labyrinths” in Erik Walker Wilstrom’s Faithful Practices: Everyday Ways to Feed Your Soul.
July 4: “Making Magic Moments & Letting Them Go”
August 1: “On the Days I Eat”
2017
January: UU Women: Elizabeth Perkins Gilman & Maria Cook
February: UU Women: Fanny Farmer and Lydia Pinkham
March – December: Discussion of Simple Abundance: a Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
2016: Women’s Wisdom, discussion, based on topics developed by the group, exploring the many aspects of our individual life journeys and sharing the insights gained from those experiences.
April: Spiritual Foremothers
May: Courage and Fear
June: Confidence
July: Confidence (rescheduled from June)
August: Feminine Spirituality and Nature
Sept.: Advice for Our Younger Selves
October: Feminism
November. : UU Women: Frances Moore Lappé, Beatrix Potter, Margaret Sanger
December: UU Women: Susan B. Anthony, Dorthea Dix, Elizabeth Cady Stanton

 Tri-State Drum Circle 

Second Sunday of each month,  6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary or outside.

The Tri-State Drum Circle welcomes all ages and skill levels. Bring your drums, flutes, tambourines, bells and other percussion instruments. A  few extra drums are available for new drummers to use. For more information about the drum circle, contact Ed Poling.

UUCH Book Store

Open on the third Sunday of each month  in the sanctuary after the service.

Discover the many excellent books published by the UU publishing houses, Beacon Press and Skinner House, at our UUCH bookstore. You pay list price but no postage. Credit cards, cash or checks accepted.

A variety of popular titles for all ages on both UU and general interest topics are available.

Bookstore managers also order books related to upcoming Sunday services and you can request additional titles.

UUCH Choir Practice 

every Sunday (except potlucks)  after service in the Martin House (brick building next to the sanctuary) from noon to 12:15 p.m.

Additional singers of all ages and all musical levels are invited to join the choir. Practices are brief and the choir leader is encouraging and enthusiastic. For more information, contact our church musician Patti Worsley at church.

 

Munch & Gab Potluck 

on the third Sunday of each month after the service  in the sanctuary

Bring food to share and stay after the service to discuss the sermon, explore the topic of the day, or just socialize. To help those with allergies and special diets, please label your food, especially if it contains animal products, shellfish, nuts, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, or eggplant.

 Stories in the Round 

On the Fourth Monday (April – December), 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Professional storytellers share their tales.

September 24: ZSun-nee Miller-Matema is a cultural activist, artist, lecturer, author, historical colonial & Civil War portrayer, storyteller, and playwright.  

October 22: To Be Announced

Doors open at 6:30 a.m.  

Admission: $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Note: These are not children’s stories but children 12 years and older accompanied by parent are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Fanny Crawford (301-730-1638 fanitsk@hotmail.com).

Final Fridays for the Arts

Last Friday of each month, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

October 26 Homemade Costume Contest for kids of all ages.

An opportunity to showcase your artistic, musical or literary talents or just come and enjoy the creativity of other UUCH members and friends. All ages are welcome.

Please sign up at church on the list in the back of the sanctuary if you are interested in presenting. For more information, contact talk to our musician Patti Worsley after church.

 

UUCH Sunday services and other activities may be cancelled because of inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions.

Please check that UUCH events have not been cancelled before you drive to an activity. 
• For Sunday services & activities
the board will decide about canceling as early as possible and inform people through
      • email to UUCH UPDATES list*
      • website: www.uuhagerstownmd.org
          • also area radio stations:  MIX95.1, BigDawg95.9
* to join the UUCH Updates list, contact Tara Petite (tara@petite.net)  If you receive a weekly email about upcoming Sunday services, you are already on the UUCH Updates list.  

• For non-Sunday church activities

the group’s leader will decide and contact regular attendees directly.  Please be sure that the membership chair and the leaders of any activities you attend regularly (women’s group, etc.) have the phone number and email address you use most.