UUCH has many activities including:

Book Discussion Group    

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

Upcoming books:

January 11, 2017: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Henrietta Lacks, an African American mother of five, was undergoing treatment for cancer at Johns Hopkins University in 1951 when tissue samples were removed without her knowledge or permission and used to create HeLa, the first “immortal” cell line. This book puts a human face on the bioethical questions surrounding the HeLa cell line. (Library Journal Review)

February 8, 2017: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. The 2016 One Maryland One Book selections is told from two points of view. The authors link two teenage boys, one black and one white, as they and their community deal with police brutality and race relations.

March 8, 2017: The Things They Carried: a Work of Fiction by Tim O’Brien. Weapons and good-luck charms carried by U.S. soldiers in Vietnam here represent survival, lost innocence and the war’s interminable legacy. O’Brien’s meditations–on war and memory, on darkness and light–suffuse the entire work with a kind of poetic form, making for a highly original, fully realized novel. (Publishers Weekly Review)

April 12, 2017: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; illustrated by Jules Feiffer. Milo finds himself in a world of comical chaos after he drives through a mysterious tollbooth that appears in his room. This children’s classic is filled with wise and humorous wordplay.


Previous Book Group selections:

       January 13, 2016: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.    Feb. 10: Poetry That Touches Us.  Cancelled because of weather.   March 9:  Cane River by Lalita Tademy.   April 13: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.   May 11: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  June 8: Mansfield Park by Jane Austin.   July 13: Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph Ellis.     August 10: Poems That Touch Us  (rescheduled from February)   September 13:  Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen.     October 12: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.   November 9, 2016: At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier.     December 14, 2016: Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.



Crafting & Chatting Circle

meets on the fourth Monday of each month 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. in the Martin House (brick building next to the sanctuary).

Knitters, crocheters, needle pointers, crafters of any type are invited to socialize while they work. Don’t craft? Then bring other table activities (correspondence, organizing photos, scrap booking, etc) or just come to chat. Feel free to stay the entire two hours or come and go to fit your schedule. For more information, contact Tamela Brocious


UUCH Labyrinths

Public Labyrinth Walks begin on April 9, 2017.  

Labyrinth Walks are held on the second Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. from spring through fall. 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.

The men’s group is discussing

March 13: Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve: How the World Became Modern  chapters 4-11

April 10: Paul Rasor’s Faith Without Certainty. chapters 1-4


Previous Men’s Group selections:


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

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



Jan.  Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.

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

June – July: Colin Woodard’sAmerican 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.

The current theme is 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.

March 1: UU Women: Florence Nightingale & Clara Barton

April 5: Selecting topics for future meetings  (Bring suggestions.)


Previous topics:
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
January: UU Women: Elizabeth Perkins Gilman & Maria Cook
February: UU Women: Fanny Farmer and Lydia Pinkham

 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. NOTE CHANGE: April Booktable changed to April 23 

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. Check out our current stock of books at the UUCH Book Table Goodreads Group:  https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/174783-uuch-book-table

Bookstore managers Karen and Max Poston also order books related to upcoming Sunday services. You can request additional titles by contacting Max Poston.

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

NOTE CHANGE: April Potluck changed to April 23 

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.

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).

April 24: Ellouise Schoettler tells Ready to Serve, the little known story of Johns Hopkins University Hospital nurses who volunteered for war duty on the French battle front during WWI, saving thousands of lives in the process.

Maryland storyteller Ellouise is a North Carolina native who grew up listening to her family spin stories over endless cups of coffee.  Ellouise’s tales awaken multi-generational audiences to the importanceof their personal and family stories.

Past performances include her one woman show, Pushing Boundaries based on her experiences in the 1970’s woman’s movement, and the long suppressed story of the skilled female telephone operators secretly shipped to France by General Pershing during WWI to rescue war communications and help America win the war.

Ellouise has performed at DC Capital Fringe (2010, 2011, 2012), Rogue Festival, Fresno, CA (2008, 2009 2011). 2009 Exchange Place Stage, NSF, Jonesborough, TN, Toe River Storytelling Festival, NC, UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC, Telling Moments Theater, MD, Speakeasy DC, Better Said Than Done, VA, Williamsburg Storytelling Festival, VA among others.

Ellouise produces Tales in the Village, a monthly storytelling series in Chevy Chase, MD, and two local access cable TV shows for Montgomery Municipal Television: Stories in Time and Stories in Focus.


2016 storytellers:

April 25: Susanna Holstein 

MAY 23: Fanny Crawford 

JUNE 27: Charlotte Blake Alston

JULY 25:  Jessica Piscitelli Robinson

AUGUST 22:  Darlene Colon

SEPTEMBER 26:  Dovie Thomason

OCTOBER 24: Sheila Arnold Robinson

NOVEMBER 28: Adam Booth 

DECEMBER 19:  Geraldine Buckley


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, WAYZ104.7
* 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 and when possible, also use the methods above.  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.