Gather the Spirit for Justice

What is GTSFJ?

Gather the Spirit for Justice (GTSFJ) began as the brainchild of a number of UCH and Shared Ministry members committed to community outreach, social justice, and economic equity in Harrisburg’s Allison Hill neighborhood.

GTSFJ operated within UCH for a number of years but is now formally its own independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Many congregants know of GTSFJ primarily through its community breakfast program, the Common Ground Café, but it also provides other forms of support by forming a partnership with like-minded organizations to establish “common ground” among the religious, community, and service organizations. Having provided the seeds of GTSFJ—with a vision and mission explicitly in harmony with our Unitarian principle to “respect the worth and dignity of all people”—is one of the great success stories of our Church. GTSFJ currently operates out of Christ Lutheran Church, 124 South 13th Street, Harrisburg.

Common Ground Community Center (CGCC) is an open door environment that welcomes members of the community for a light snack, help to obtain food vouchers or a state ID, a safe respite from the stresses of the neighborhood, and access to newspapers and magazines. In the past, CGCC has also offered personal hygiene items, books for adults and children, and clothing donations to help our community.

As business and residents emerge from health and safety protocols established during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gather the Spirit for Justice Community Center is now accepting limited appointments. We are working to return services to the community with the health and safety of our staff, guests, volunteers, and the greater Allison Hill and Harrisburg communities in mind. 

For more information, please visit the GTSFJ website.

POWER TO THE HILL (P2H)

Power to the Hill is a non-partisan voter engagement outreach program of GTSFJ.  The goal of P2H is voter engagement and active citizenship that translates into community action in the Allison Hill community of Harrisburg.  This group is an offshoot of We March. We Act. a lay-led ministry of UCH which was organized after the 2017 Women's March to take non-partisan political action to promote the seven UU principles.  Following the lead of the UUA, the Women’s March, and the Poor People’s Campaign, P2H now focuses solely on voter engagement.  This is tied directly to the Fifth Principle which affirms and promotes the use of the democratic process.  And more widely the work of P2H affirms the inherent worth and dignity of all (1st principle) and the goal of justice for all (6th principle). Please contact Wendy Shaver if you would like to join the team!