Harvard Unitarian Church

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through other’s eyes for an instant?”—-Henry David Thoreau

Why? The Pastoral Listeners team has been created to provide confidential and compassionate emotional support to parishioners who are having a difficult time in life, such as a major life change, the death of a loved one, health concerns, and family or relationship challenges.

What? We can meet with you either by phone or in person for sessions lasting up to an hour. We also provide referrals to professional help if needed. Confidentiality will be kept absolutely within the PC team.

Who? The Pastoral Listeners are congregation members with gifts for caregiving who were carefully selected to serve in this role. We are supported by the minister and have received 50 hours of UUA training in providing emotional, spiritual, compassionate and confidential one-to-one care to fellow members.

How? Contact a member of the team pastoralcareteam@uuharvard.org and one of the team will follow up with you.

Meet the Pastoral Listeners Team

David DunnDavid Dunn:  I have been a member of HUUC since 2018. My religious roots are in the Methodist Church where, as a kid. I learned the importance of family, friendship and community. As a scientist, working in the pharmaceutical industry my entire career, I have come to learn that life is a mystery that can’t be boiled down to atoms and molecules. I believe there is something unexplainable; the power of love that holds us all together through the good and the bad. That is what calls me to pastoral care; encountering life with a humble heart and witnessing the unknowable mystery of life together.
Sharon ConcannonJudith Ockene:  I recently became a member of the HUUC. I was raised in the Jewish tradition as a secular Jew who does not have a strong religious affiliation. I joined the HUUC because I wanted a strong community affiliation. I am a licensed clinical psychologist by training, practicing in the humanist philosophy. In this philosophy the importance of the uniqueness of each living being is noted. Empathy and compassion are also important helping us to listen carefully to each other. I am excited to be part of the pastoral team. Please feel free to call on me, I enjoy being of service.
David TreadwayDavid Treadway:  I am delighted to have the opportunity to be one of the Pastoral Listeners. I recently retired from almost 50 years of being a psychologist and I have always felt that at the core of my work has been a spiritual calling which I still have. And which I hope to bring to being a supportive pastoral care counselor. What most of us need in our difficult times is not so much expert advice, but to feel truly listened to and be seen with care and understanding. I aspire to listen deeply with compassion to you, my fellow parishioners should the need ever arise.