Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Harvard Divinity School (75 Francis Ave, Cambridge), Andover Hall Room 103
Wednesdays from 7-8:30
We meet weekly from September-May to read the entire Harry Potter series, from book one chapter one through the book seven epilogue, with assigned reading each week and a weekly theme.
More Information: our FB page, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contemplative Reading Group: Longmont, Colorado
3rd Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., Firehouse Art Center, 4th and Coffman in Longmont, Colorado
Grey Havens Group, Inc. Is a nonprofit that teaches philosophy to children, teens, and adults through literature and popular culture. Since 2010, we have incorporated sacred reading practices into our book discussions, including our six Harry Potter groups for kids, teens, and adults. (We also regard philosophy as a contemplative practice.) Harry Potter and the Sacred Text inspired us to create an additional group devoted explicitly to sacred reading practices. Our Contemplative Reading Group explores contemporary fiction and poetry.
More Information: email@example.com, greyhavensgroup.org, facebook.com/greyhavensgroup
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Raleigh, North Carolina
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607, first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.
We’ll be reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and treating it as a sacred text together. This group is starting in April 2019 and we’d love you to join!
Soda City HPST: Columbia, SC
For more information, email Emily Barber at firstname.lastname@example.org and join our Facebook group here.
Every other Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Richland Library Sandhills
McGonagall’s Army: Seattle, Washington
We meet alternating Saturdays at 2pm, at Bedlam Coffee in downtown Seattle.
Very similar to the way the podcast runs! We read a chapter per meeting, through a theme (usually chosen at the previous meeting). We discuss the chapter and do a sacred practice together as a group.
For Google calendar & Facebook links, contact email@example.com.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Chicago, Illinois
Open Books, 651 W. Lake Street, Chicago IL 60661, Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
We're reading through the Harry Potter books and using sacred traditions to discuss the text and our lives. We love eating snacks, building community, and laughing together. We also have fellowship pot lucks once a month! Join us!
The Goblet of Hot Chocolate Book Club: Sydney, Australia
Max Brenner, Sydney, every fortnight
We meet every 2 weeks and read a chapter per week. We cycle through different spiritual practices, and we decide as a group what theme we'll read through each week.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Richmond, VA
For more information, join the Facebook group or email Lauren Dickerson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every other Thursday at Whisk in Richmond
The Restricted Section: Bay Area, California
We meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Sunday, in San Jose from 10-11:30 and in Berkeley from 2-3:30.
Order of the Phoenix: Phoenix, Arizona
We meet at a Starbucks in Tempe at 6 p.m., but the day of the week changes depending on schedules.
We take turns choosing our theme for the chapter of the week and get together to discuss the chapter and any social-consciousness issues raised by the text, as well as doing a sacred practice and considering an extra text along with the theme each week. We meet at a Starbucks in Tempe at 6 p.m., but the day of the week changes depending on schedules. If you want to join us, we’d love to have you!
More information: email@example.com
Sunday Assembly: San Diego, California
Saturdays, generally near Clairemont Mesa in San Diego, CA
Engage in sacred reading practices with the wonderful text and vivid characters of Harry Potter to find connection, fun, and even self-awareness. This is an inclusive group that co-creates with the spiritual- or religious-minded while maintaining secular foundations. We meet a few times a month after reading a chapter of the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) with a theme in mind. This is associated with the Sunday Assembly San Diego community.
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Club of Western Mass
We will meet every other Thursday at a Panera Bread in Hadley, MA.
This is a study group modeled on the podcast, Harry Potter & the Sacred Text. We will use the podcast's example to closely examine themes in Harry Potter through discussion and through traditional forms of sacred reading. The group is aimed at adult Potter fans, but we also welcome young fans who want to engage in serious discussion of the books.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HPWesternMass/ , email Angela at email@example.com
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Manchester, NH
2nd and 4th Saturdays, exact location and times vary.
This group parallels the podcast, reading a chapter from the Harry Potter books toward a chosen theme and implementing sacred reading practices to open the text.
More information: sacredtextNH@gmail.com
The Pensieve: A Harry Potter Contemplative Reading Group: Houston, TX
We will meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Southwest Houston.
Each meeting is about an hour and we discuss the assigned reading through a theme. We always have snacks (including some from the unofficial HP cookbook)! Please contact us if you would like more information or if you plan to join us.
More information: Facebook, SacredTextHouston@gmail.com
If you’re a fan of the books or the popular podcast, please come to the Dallas meeting of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text! We follow the format of the podcast. Each meeting we recap a single chapter, analyze the text through our chosen theme, and deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world using sacred reading practices. Quick note: long time HP fans and first time readers alike are welcome, although these discussions will not be spoiler free 😊
HPST: Dallas, TX
For more information, email Ari Lazarow at firstname.lastname@example.org or join theFacebook group.
Flagship Half Price Books, Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
We have taken a liturgical approach to the books, reading similar seasons across all of the books. For example, one week we read all of the chapters about Harry's birthday.
HPST: Austin, TX
You can find more info in our Facebook group
Every other Monday at 7:30, location varies
Muggle Struggle: Glen Ellyn, IL
First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00
We are following the format set up by you all but in a format that meets the church program calendar. We are going to start with fall with doing book one in 6 weeks- recapping 6 chapters (one a week for 6 weeks)- looking at 6 different themes- discussing the chapter in relation to the theme and then also adding a story from the Hebrew Bible or New Testament that also ties in with the theme.
More information: Go to our church website fccge.org and under "Community", there is a Harry Potter and Sacred text tab or e-mail Pastor Kendra at email@example.com.
We’ll be having our first meeting soon! There will be fun Hogwarts themed icebreaker games, getting familiar with discussion techniques, eating cookies.
HPST in Toledo, OH
For more information, join our Meetup group.
May 14, 2019, in the auditorium of the Maumee Library
Join Harry Potter and the Sacred Text St. Louis for our first meeting!
HPST: St. Louis, MO
Email Lydia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and RSVP to the Facebook event.
First meeting: Gelateria Del Leone, July 13, 3 p.m.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Edinburgh, UK
Edinburgh, once a month
Very similar to the format on the podcast: we pick a theme, read a chapter, and discuss it using traditional forms of sacred reading.
More information: email@example.com
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Los Angeles, CA
Farmer's Market/the Grove at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings
We are a weekly meeting group that follows the format of the podcast, discussing one chapter a week through the lens of our chosen theme. We will engage in sacred reading practices, critical discussions, and unapologetic Potter nerdiness.
More information: Facebook, SacredPotterLA@gmail.com
We will be reading one chapter of the book every two weeks and discuss it in the same format of the podcast: picking a theme and discussing it using traditional forms of sacred reading.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Vancouver, Canada
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch, every other Sunday at 1 p.m.
Harry Potter and Hot Coffee: New York, NY
11:30 a.m. Sundays, we take turn hosting in our homes, but we’ll be moving to Washington Square Park once the weather gets warm
The structure of our meetings starts is a brunch/potluck! We start with checking in with everyone about their week and talking about the chapter. Then we listen to that weeks episode and have a discussion, followed by sacred practices, and we end with blessings.
More information: email@example.com
This is a local group inspired by the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast. We will aim to have a similar format and will attempt to do similar spiritual readings of the Harry Potter series. Our meetups will likely be in the Somerville/Bridgewater, NJ area or the Somerset/New Brunswick, NJ area. We hope to meet every other week.
HPST: Central New Jersey
First meeting will be July 22, location TBD
We discuss 2 chapters at a time and follow one of HPST outlined practices to better understand the text and what it means for us.
Harry Potter at First U: Providence, RI
Email Erin Newell at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on upcoming topics and dates
First Unitarian Church of Providence, every other Monday, September-June, 7:15 p.m.
We pick a chapter and a theme from a book each month, working through the whole series one or two chapters per book. We follow the format of the podcast with a sacred practice and blessings. There's usually sweets and wine.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Portland, OR
More information: Alyss Broderick, AlyssBroderick@gmail.com
Third Tuesday (usually) at a house in SW Portland
A spiritual exploration of our beloved Harry Potter, one chapter at a time. We explore ways in which the text helps deepen our connection to the world and to ourselves.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: PDX: A Weekly Study
Wednesdays, 7 p.m., a home in NE Portland, OR
More information: Email Diana Hall at email@example.com or join the Facebook group
Following the format of the podcast, each meeting we recap a chapter (or two if they’re short), analyze the text through our chosen theme, and deepen our understanding of ourselves and our world using sacred reading practices. We enjoy snacks, tea, and having meaningful conversations. :) We started with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in May of 2019. All are welcome!
The Order of the Sacred Readers: Southern Oregon
Medford Oregon Public Library, Community Meeting Rooms. Fortnightly meetings, Friday evenings from 6-7:30 pm, later if the conversation is really good! ;)
We're following the model of the podcast, starting at Book 1 Chapter 1 and reading one chapter a week through a chosen theme. We meet and discuss our thoughts and practice the sacred reading practices.
The Sleeping Dragons: Fort Collins, CO
More information: Email Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org
We meet on the weekends (usually Sunday) at a time determined at the previous meeting.
A group of nursing students that meets every other week to discuss this amazing series. Non-nursing people are welcome as well!
Luther College Student Nurses' Association (LSNA) Harry Potter Book Club: Decorah, IA
More information: email@example.com
Luther College, Sunday afternoons.
We follow a combination of the methods used in both the podcast and the original Cambridge group to get closer to the text and ourselves. Beginning with a quick debrief on our lasts weeks (Towers and Dungeons) and a 30 second recap, we move into a discussion of each week's chapter through the same theme as the podcast. After this, we do a sacred practice led by a volunteer and finish by blessing a character from the chapter.
Contact Caroline: Caroline.Wierzejska@gmail.com, or join our Meetup group: https://www.meetup.com/Harry-Potter-Reading-Group/
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: London, UK
Picturehouse Central cafe in Picadilly, every Sunday at 4 p.m.
NHHPST is a new group that will aim to analyze the series in the same way Vanessa and Casper do in the podcast, one chapter at a time, with a pre-agreed upon theme and sacred textual analysis method.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: New Haven, CT
More information: Visit our Meetup Page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bimonthly Monday evenings in New Haven, CT: see our Meetup page for more info
This community is invited gather to connect with the Harry Potter books, Psalms, and Songs. Meetings will include summary, discussion, and sacred practices. Chapter themes will be chosen by the group for upcoming meetings. Suggested age: 16 & older.
CHURCH22 - A Sacred Practice Space: Pittsburg, KS
The 22nd of the month, 7:30-9 p.m. at Pittsburg Presbyterian Church
More information: email email@example.com or Facebook
We meetly bi-weekly to discuss each chapter of Harry Potter through a theme. We base our structure on the HPST podcast but are open to suggestions on how to engage with the text from week to week.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Savannah, GA
every two weeks at a local coffee shop in Savannah, GA
Join our Facebook group or email Ella at firstname.lastname@example.org
We're starting in April 2019 on Book 1 Chapter 1. We open our meetings with a story and then a quick recap of the chapter. We then discuss the week's theme and chapter, then close with a blessing for a character within the chapter.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Salt Lake City, UT
For more information: Email Shayla Archer at email@example.com
We meet at the University of Utah Marriott library on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 1-2:30 p.m.
We will introduce ourselves and get to know each other.
We will give a quick summary of the day's reading.
We will discuss the theme of the day and where we saw that theme in the text.
We will try and understand that theme better in our own lives.
We will do sacred reading practices with the text.
We will each pick a character that we empathized with to "bless."
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: St. George, UT
For more information, contact Nancy Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fridays at 1 p.m. (for the summer), St. George Library, St. George, Utah
Each meeting we will be reading a Harry Potter chapter through a theme chosen by a group member, who will moderate the conversation. Another group member will then lead a sacred practice. All members present will have the opportunity to bless a character from the chapter, and then we will have dinner, because food is, in our not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic ;)
The Berlin Burrow: Berlin, Germany
Bimonthly on Friday evenings in Schöneberg
Come join our Facebook group!
We discuss one non-sequential chapter through a theme, do a sacred practice, discuss a short non-HP text, bless characters and eat snacks.
HPST Vienna, Austria
For more information, contact Emma at email@example.com
Usually every other week, we agree on a location spontaneously
We meet twice a month and read two chapters at a time. Right now we are reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. We meet up, check in with each other, do a one-minute recap, discuss the theme, and do a spiritual practice. Our meetings are 90 minutes long.
Taipei x Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
For more information, contact Ella Csarnó at firstname.lastname@example.org and like their Facebook page.
We meet twice a month at Another Brick, near Taipower Building MRT Station. Meeting times vary.
We get together every few weeks and discuss the books, following the structure of the podcast.
For more information, email HPSTAuckland@gmail.com
We meet at various locations around the central suburbs of Auckland on dates which are agreed by the group.
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