All Souls Unitarian Universalist E-Letter
Administration office hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm.
Minister's office hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-3pm and evenings and weekends by appointment.
service this week
4/15 ~ the poetry of pilgrimage
Today, Rev. Rost will use the poetry of David Whyte to explore how poetry calls us along on our journeys of self-discovery, love, and grief. Whyte, a native of Yorkshire, England who lives in Washington state now uses poetry to show us how we belong to a wider vision than our hearts sometimes can conceive.
all souls news
Congratulations to Rick Schwarz who has been hired for the one year position of Congregational Administrator. This position is funded by a grant from the Endowment that was approved at the May, 2016 congregational meeting. That meeting funded an overall grant to explore ways to achieve healthy growth and remain relevant as a congregation in the coming years. You can email Rick at
Now that we have hired Rick Schwarz to be our Congregational Administrator for the next year, we are looking for a Church Office Administrator to take Rick's place in the office. To view/download the job description, click here.To apply for this position, email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com.Deadline to receive applications is 4/24.
walk like an unitarian
There are still an intrepid group of walkers that stuck it out through the winter. Now that spring has arrived we are hoping more people would like to join us. Everyone is welcome!
For now this is our schedule:
Mondays we meet at Prospect Lake and walk around it once or twice.
- Wednesdays we meet at Good Neighbors Meeting House on Corona and Columbia and walk long Shooks Run.
- Fridays we meet at All Souls and walk along Monument Valley or wherever we want.
If it's too cold we notify people via email and walk at the Citadel. We walk from
10 to 11A.M.
each time at a comfortable pace. We sometimes stop at a coffee house to chat and refuel. Its fun and oh so good for us! Ginny Rodriguez -
, Betty Mitchell -
The Nomination Team is working on nominating people to the ASUUC Board, the Team on Ministry, and the Endowment Team for the 2017/2018 term. Please let team members know if you are interested in being considered for any of these positions. There are some requirements for members to be considered for these positions. You can contact Evony McKenna by email with questions or to put your name in for consideration.
facilities task force update
Shall we stay or shall we go? The facilities task force has been gathering information for the past 10 months about the status of our current building and options related to remaining at our current location or moving with all the options we could imagine. We were tasked with presenting our information to the congregation at this year's annual congregational meeting on 5/20. To help you understand the options, the task force will be holding a series of presentations after Sunday services to share the information. Please plan to attend at least one of these presentations so that we can be better prepared to make the best decision about our lovely 126-year-old building. Members of the task force are Jim Michali, Laurie Frydendall, Josh Cahill and Larry Norfleet. Dates of the remaining presentations are 4/15, and 5/6.
Our affinity groups are open to all! There is no enrollment period and no fee required. Friends are welcome! These groups share a common interest and provide opportunities to connect and deepen our fellowship outside of Sunday Service. Perhaps one is for you? For more information, please click here.
If you think All Souls is a fit for you and your children, please register your kids! Look for the light blue registration form at the RE Table. By doing so we get a chance to better know you and your children, be made aware of any concerns or allergies and it helps to better plan and keep you
updated. There is no charge to register!
Thank you to Justin Lincoln and Mina Kreidel Lincoln for presenting the Story for All Ages - great job you two!
Thank you Julie Brady for teaching and Jenny George for assisting the Air Element class as they explored peaceful choices. They learned about Dorothea Dix and role played how our choices can help make the world more peaceful and fair. Thanks to Janele Johnson and Justin Lincoln for leading the Fire Element class as they explored love. They tried their hand at games that explored the strength of cooperation and discussed how various forms of the Golden Rule appear in many religions.
Contemplate This! meets Team Game Day as we learn the art of juggling from a guest presenter. We will each make our own custom sized juggling balls (also good as stress relieve balls) and practice the mindfulness and fun of focusing on juggling. Don't worry, I am assured that everyone can juggle! This class is designed for kindergarteners on up. Youth are encouraged to attend as we will build on this in the future.
Our Air Element class will take a look at how love surrounds us in nature while the Fire Element class explores justice as represented by the tool of the day, a flashlight.
Have you seen the new international baby dolls or tried out the magic blocks? Come check out the many new kinds of enrichment we have in this classroom.
Last Sunday our youth joined with our Fire Element class and tried out various games exploring the strength of cooperation. See everyone next Sunday, April 15th, for juggling!
mark your calendars
The end of the year is fast approaching so please mark your calendars with the following: 4/15 - juggling; 4/22 - prepare for Youth Service; 4/29 - complete and rehearse for Youth Service; 5/6 - present Youth Service; 5/13 - Flower Communion, no Youth Group; 5/20 - Teacher Recognition during Story for All Ages and Congregational Meeting after church; 5/27 - end of the year party at Trampoline World!
9th grade trip
Trippers are on the 54th annual 9th Grade Trip 4/20-4/29. Enjoy and safe travels everyone!
quuest and spirit quuest summer camps
Registration is now open for our MDDUU Summer Camps! Camps are held 7/1-7/7 at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center in Colorado Springs. Camp fees are $650. Sibling discount available. No one should be stopped from attending PWR events because of finances. This is a team effort. If you need assistance to attend, please complete the Youth Scholarship Fund here by 4/30.
For more information or to register click here for Quest (
rising 9th graders) and click here for Spirit Quest (rising 6th-8th graders).
local activism & awareness
Occasionally, changes are made to these events after publication. Please click on the links provided if you are interested in attending something, to make sure the details have not changed. Thank you!
3/6-4/30, Tuesdays-Fridays, 9am-3pm
, at One Nation Walking Together, "
Annual Spring Food Drive 2018
Assist One Nation Walking Together in the collection of 10,000 lbs of non-perishable food items to address pervasive hunger and food insecurity in the Native reservation communities they serve. Your non-perishable food items and/or cash donations (which aide in the delivery of food items) are greatly appreciated, and help to advance both our hunger-relief and food sustainability programs. With your help, they can certainly reach our 10,000 lb goal and provide hope to thousands living in poverty.
4/14, 12-6pm, at Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability, "Sustain-a-Fest
This is an annual community celebration of
Earth Month, and an opportunity to learn about sustainable practices through various demonstrations and activities. Sustainable demonstration booths, live music, local food trucks and family friendly activities such as crafts, face painting, bouncy house and more!
4/18, 6:30-8pm, at Jack Quinn's Irish Pub, "Clean Air Happy Hour." Join Sierra Club and 350 Colorado Springs for drinks, apps, and everything you need to know about the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC)
and Martin Drake's Title V permit, where they see the coal plant is violating air quality standards, and how to testify at the upcoming hearing!
4/18, 7-10pm, at UCCS University Center (room 303), "Film Screening: Whose Streets?" Join the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, Pikes Peak Womxn for Liberation, and the Empowerment Solidarity Network for a free screening of the documentary "Whose Streets?" followed by facilitated community discussion lead by Dr. Stephany Rose, Department Chair of Women's and Ethnic Studies at UCCS.
4/21, various times, at various locations, "The Great American CleanUp." Select from over 20 sites throughout the Pikes Peak Region to help keep our community beautiful. In 2017, 900+ volunteers collected over 1,700 bags of trash from area parks, trails, and open spaces. Take action to create positive change and lasting impact; register to volunteer today!
Editors' note: Occasionally, changes are made to events after publication. Please click on the links provided if you are interested in attending something, to make sure the details have not changed. Thank you!
household hazardous waste disposal
For El Paso and Teller County, CO residents; 9am-2pm on 4/14, 6/9, 8/11, 10/13.
El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 3255 Akers Dr., Colorado Springs, 80922
Enter by driving north on Akers Drive from Constitution. Exit by driving north on Akers to North Carefree.
The event is free; donations (cash, check, or credit card) will be accepted for the Colorado Institute for Social Impact, the education social enterprise of BBB of Southern Colorado which provides resources to deserving students. Please click here for a list of accepted items.
free food mobile food pantry
All are welcome to come pick up free food 11am-12pm on 4/27 at Deerfield Hills Community Center. Past food options have included bread, peppers, apricots, potatoes, and watermelon.
**Product will be distributed first-come, first-served.
**Please bring re-usable bags, laundry baskets, or plastic tubs to carry food.
If you would like to volunteer to help package food into
bags, distribute, etc., please email them.
marion house free legal clinic
11am-1pm on 4/28, The Justice Center hosts this free clinic at the Marion House Soup Kitchen. Speak with a volunteer attorney from the Pikes Peak region who - for free - will answer questions you may have about a legal issue and provide basic legal advice and guidance. Next dates are 5/26 & 6/23.
joys & concerns
My joy is my daughter Frances Heiss is becoming a member of All Souls. -- Jennifer Heiss
This started as a concern, but I have decided to change my perspective. Earlier this week Eleu received a diagnosis of a mild intellectual disability. Whilst our hearts broke at the news, mostly at the thought of how much harder this would make her life, we now realize that knowledge is power. This new diagnosis allows us to better help her to live her best life, but has otherwise changed nothing. -- Tamsin
None to share this week.
all souls board of trustees
Larry Norfleet, President,
(Vacant), Vice President
Gary Harrison, Treasurer
Judie McMath, Secretary
Kate Harrison, Member-at-Large
Bruce Leeson, Member-at-Large
Jan Otto, Member-at-Large
Terry Schultz, Member-at-Large
Rick Schwarz, Past President
The deadline for each week's e-letter is
noon, barring something truly unexpected, such as a last-minute cancellation. Other items submitted after deadline will run the following week. Please help us inform you by honoring the deadline. Thank you -- Tamsin & Shawn