Existing Groups

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, leaders@sacredtext.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: info@greyhavensgroup.org, greyhavensgroup.org, facebook.com/greyhavensgroup

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter

Weekly, rotating locations around the metroplex

Like the show, we’re rereading these books as sacred text, working together to exhume allegories and greater meaning.

More information: peighton.tyler@gmail.com, facebook group: Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Raleigh, North Carolina

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607 every other Wednesday at 7 pm

We listen to Harry Potter and the Sacred Text episodes and then there's a discussion.

More information: dre@uufr.org, http://www.uufr.org/blog/calendar-2/

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Seattle, Washington

We meet alternating Saturdays of the month at 2pm, generally downtown.

Very similar to the way the podcast runs! We pick a theme, read a chapter, and discuss it. Each month is hosted by a different person, and that person leads discussion and chooses a spiritual practice as well.

More information: mrosegp@gmail.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!

More information: Facebook, maggiecneedham@gmail.com

The Goblet of Hot Chocolate Book Club: Sydney, Australia

Every 3rd Sunday @ Max Brenner, Bondi Junction, Sydney, Australia.

Meet every 3 weeks to discuss lessons from fantasy and sci-fi literature. Focus on Harry Potter with a wider scope on other fantasy novels, related academia and philosophy, including exploring the values and ideologies behind superhero films and graphic novels. Looking to cap at 5-10 people.

More information: yael.e@hotmail.com

The Restricted Section: Bay Area, California

Meetings rotate around the Bay Area in CA (SF, San Jose, Oakland, Fremont, etc). We meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Sundayfrom 10-11:30.

We read a chapter at a time and bring sparklets to the group for discussion. We started with Book 1, Chapter 1 on 2/4/2018. Everyone is welcome!

More information: Email restrictedsectionHPST@gmail.com

Order of the Phoenix: Phoenix, Arizona

We meet at a Starbucks in Tempe at 6:00pm, 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 6:30pm, but the day of the week changes depending on schedules. If you want to join us, we’d love to have you!

More information: arayahlarson@gmail.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: lmripod@gmail.com

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Club of Western Mass

We will meet every other Thursday at a Panera Bread in West Springfield.

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/ , bookoflifepodcast@gmail.com

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Saint Cloud State University, MN

Currently, Mondays at 6pm in the Iris Room in the Atwood Student Center in St. Cloud. Time and place will change after the end of the semester.

We listen to Harry Potter and the Sacred Text separately and then gather to talk about the episode and the theme. Sometimes we do a sacred practice together.

More information: LuMin in St. Cloud Facebook page, pastor@lcminsc.com

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Manchester, NH

Bi-weekly in Manchester, NH on weekend evenings. 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

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Houston, TX

We will meet on the 3rd Saturday @ 9 am at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Southwest Houston during the summer. It's possible we'll meet more frequently in the fall.

We will meet on the 3rd Saturday @ 9 am at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Southwest Houston during the summer. It's possible we'll meet more frequently in the fall.

More information: Facebook, SacredTextHouston@gmail.com

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Daytona Beach, FL

To be determined.

Each week we will read a chapter of the book, practice the sacred text readings, and compare an external text(s). Location and time to be determined. Come join us for some Harry Potter fun!

More information: clinevanmark@gmail.com

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 kendra@fccge.org.

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: hpsacredtextedinburgh@gmail.com

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Los Angeles, CA

Farmer's Market/the Grove at 10:30 am on Saturday mornings, starting September 1, 2018

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

SWLA Harry Potter Book Club: Lake Charles, LA

Last Sunday of the month, 3 pm. Calcasieu Parish Central Library, Thielen Room

Monthly Meetings to discuss each book according to a theme.

More information: Facebook

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Auckland, New Zealand

McDonald's Greenlane, evenings, once a week

Looking to read a chapter a week in a discussion modelled in the same way as the podcast.

More information: hpstauckland@gmail.com

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