Sharon Harris began attending People’s in 2018 and joined soon after. She grew up in the Presbyterian Church where her father was a minister in Greencastle and Kokomo, Indiana. After she was married, she raised her children in a Methodist Church and in 2009 joined All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis.

“I then found I was one of those people who are ‘Unitarian but don’t know it.’” Sharon who goes by the name “Shari” said, “There I found the values, liberal religious views and UU principles were exactly what I was looking for.

‘After my husband died in 2018, I moved to Mattawan to be close to my daughter, Stacy Robbins, and her family,” Shari said. “Stacy had attended People’s from time to time, so when I moved to Mattawan, Stacy and her son Gavin and I began to attend regularly.

“I found People’s to be similar to my previous Unitarian Church,” Shari said. “People are very friendly, and I felt right at home and felt that this is where I belong.”

Here she says she finds great services and interesting activities.

Asked about the source of religious wisdom for her, Shari said “I read and study many “new age” spirituality authors which have helped me formulate my current beliefs.  This has been a focus for me most of my adult life and I am still learning.”

Shari said, “I find the worship services inspiring and I find friendship and camaraderie in my Chalice Circle.  I also enjoy participating in the Book Club and getting to know more People’s people.

She said, “From the vision statement, I especially relate to the words ‘freely searches for truth and meaning,’”

Here at People’s, Shari has been active in a Chalice Circle and the Book Club, and last year helped with the Bazaar. She is currently on the Bylaws Task-Force and helps at the visitors’ desk periodically.

Shari taught school in Indiana for 43 years and was a Special Education Behavioral Consultant for the Kokomo Area Special Education Cooperative the last ten years of her career. After retiring in 2010, she taught special education courses at Indiana University Kokomo for three years. She has published two children’s books and said she is slowly working on another. The website for her books is

(Shari, 77, has a son Mark Harris, an engineer and plant manager in Indianapolis, and a daughter Stacy Robbins, an elementary school speech pathologist at Richland Elementary in the Gull Lake Schools. Stacy and her husband Eric have a son, Gavin, 12 years old.)

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