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
6/11 ~ that which matters most
Intellectually, we know that living our faith values in public is important. However, it's often frightening, and takes great bravery. Join Kenny Wiley, a UU World magazine senior editor and Black Lives Matter activist, and the Rev. Amanda Henderson, executive director of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, as we explore together why it's so essential to live aloud the faith values that matter most to us.
Kenny Wiley is a UU World senior editor and director of faith formation at Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church in Parker, Colorado. His writing has also appeared in the Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle, and Skyd Magazine.
Amanda is the Executive Director of The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and an Ordained Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Her passion is creating space for diverse individuals and groups to grow in vibrancy and justice.
after church forum
Think politics and religion can't mix? After the service, we will hold a forum hosted by members of the CO Interfaith Alliance on the intersection of politics and religion in the public sphere.
panel discussion, 4-6pm: the intersection of faith and politics: voicing your values without losing your soul
We will have a panel of faith and civic leaders to share their experiences of bringing progressive faith values to political and civic engagement, followed by listening and sharing about the needs of the community and how The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado can better support progressive movements in Colorado Springs.
all souls news
Save a spot in
your garden so you can buy a plant or two on Sunday June 18th after service in the front garden. Lots of variety and great prices.
take a little all souls home with you
A HUGE thank you to Jo Winn for filling in for Tamsin Cowdery and editing the e-letter whilst she was out of the country visiting family.
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
Last Sunday in our Mission: Make It summer programming, we learned how to cut PVC pipe with a hacksaw. Then we used various fittings to see what we could create. We finished by reassembling our PVC into a marshmallow shooter and then had a few contests for distance and accuracy. Everyone got to go home with their own shooter they created and a bag of mini-marshmallows! Many thanks to Patrick Frydendall who lead this awesome and fun make.
Today we will unite art and science in our Mission: Make It programming. Children will be invited to learn a bit about the fascinating lives of ants and will create an ant inspired art piece.
This will be an intergenerational service as we enjoy our time together in worship. Purple Doodle boxes will be at the ready for those that like to keep their hands busy. Nursery/PreK care will be available.
Our youngest are enjoying their own version of Mission: Make It this summer. Last Sunday they made puzzles out of Popsicle sticks.
want to help make something?
We still have two assistant slots open. If you are new to RE, this is the perfect place to start! Just pick your date and join in the fun. Help Mac Sergeant present a mystery make on August 6th or assist Julie Brady with her no-bake goodies on August 20th. To sign up go to our Sign-Up Genius. ContactLaurie if you need help or with any questions.
RE is looking to collect Folgers coffee containers in any size for a future project in our Mission: Make It summer programming. These containers are round, green or red plastic with a black lid that fits tightly and an easy to peel label. If you have any you would like to share, they can be placed under the RE Table in the Small Hall. Thanks for helping to reduce, reuse and recycle!
Thank you to Lola Frydendall for donating new prize box gifts and new crayons and markers.
peace, love & bananaaaaas!
Go bananas with us and volunteer in RE! Our summer schedule is almost complete, but we need you in the fall! Just add your name and email address to the sign-up sheet on the RE poster or on the clipboard at the RE Table and Laurie will send you a Sign-Up Genius in August so you can pick the topic and dates that work best for you. Any size commitment is welcome. Experience not required. Everything provided. Various positions available. Join us, won't you? And help grow souls while having fun!
Our Youth Group is on summer hiatus. Many of our youth have plans for the summer and I wish you safe and fun adventures. We hope that you will join us in RE for our summer programming as we learn different "makes." Come to participate or to assist - your choice!
local activism & awareness
Friday 6/9, 6-9pm,
First Congregational Church,
"Colorado Springs Rapid Response Training.
Incredible partner organizations came together to form this ICE incident hotline starting in 2017. In order to activate the Rapid Response line, we need to train up local teams who will be the hotline dispatchers and first responders to confirm reports of raids. These trainings will focus on training 1st Responders how to confirm an ICE raid or interaction is occurring and how to be legal observers. We will also be training those who want to be hotline dispatchers on how to receive calls, how to refer them out to 1st responders to confirm the raid, and how to activate the rapid response supports once the raid has been confirmed.
These trainings are open to anyone who would like to join the Statewide Raid Rapid Response team but we ask that you only attend if you are committed to be a part of the team moving forward. Thanks and we hope to see you there! Interpretation will be provided. Please fill out this form if you are interested in participating!
Saturday 6/10, 11am-1pm,
at Chapel Hills Mall, "
oin a passionate group of animal lovers and animal welfare advocates educate people about pet stores that sell dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens, and their connection to the puppy mill industry.
Sunday 6/11, 2-3:30pm,
at City Hall, "
Equality March for Unity and Pride
." Join Springs Equality, Colorado Action Network - Colorado Springs, & Unite Colorado Springs as they march in solidarity with thousands
across the country to affirm their commitment to building a safe and inclusive
community for LGBTQ+ folks of all
backgrounds. This will be an all-inclusive and peaceful
event open to all ages. We are mobilizing LGBTQ+ communities, our loved ones and our allies - with particular focus on those who have been actively silenced and neglected - in the fight to affirm and protect their rights, their safety and their full humanity.
This is a local satellite march for the D.C. Equality March for Unity and Pride happening worldwide on 6/11. They will be rallying in front of Colorado Springs City Hall; after hearing from speakers they will march around downtown Colorado Springs.
Monday 6/12, 6-9pm
, at The Principle's Office, the IvyWild School, "
Join COS CAN and 350 Colorado Springs at the Ivywild School to write postcards to your representatives! The focus will be the most important one there is, the environment! Write to everyone from Trump to Gardner to Mayor Suthers; no one is off limits in the fight for mother earth. There will also be a petition for everyone to sign demanding Mayor Suthers commit to lowering emissions in our city. There will be plenty of postcards thanks to the many people that have been donating, all you need to bring is yourself and some money for food if you desire! Postcard stamp donations are always appreciated but not required.
Wednesday 6/14, 12:10-12:50pm, at the City of Colorado Springs Administration Building, "Sustain-a-series: Smart Cities & Energy Rebates." Hear from Deborah Mathis with Colorado Springs Utilities on current rebate programs, and Ryan Trujillo on an introduction to "Smart Cities."
Tuesday 6/27, 6-7:30pm, at Poor Richard's Downtown, "SURJ COS Book Club." Join SURJ COS in discussing Moustafa Bayoumi's "How Does It Feel to be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America". They will cover roughly the first half of the book in this session, and the second half in July. Come with questions, thoughts, and/or discussion points! They'll be outside in the back garden if it's nice.
Saturday 7/1, 1-4pm, at Library 21c,
"America's Drone War: "National Bird" Screening & Panel." Join the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission and Unite Colorado Springs for a screening and panel discussion of National Bird. National Bird is an emotional and thought-provoking documentary which chronicles the lives and struggles of 3 veterans who served in various roles in the military's drone program. Watch the film and then engage in a community panel/discussion with former military personnel and foreign policy experts who will offer their insight into many of the issues addressed by the film.
coffee with a cop
Please join the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado Springs Police Department for Coffee With a Cop. This is an opportunity for informal, friendly conversation, to answer your questions, offer tips and share information. 10am-12pm on Saturday 6/10 at Starbucks Coffee, 5710 Palmer Park Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80915.
pollinator festival at bear creek nature center
Join Bear Creek Nature Center for a day of learning about and celebrating the many beneficial pollinators that share our planet! Festivities will include crafts, hikes, pollinator-themed art show, puppet shows, games and activities and a plant sale sponsored by Rick's Garden Center. $5 per member, $6 per nonmember; all ages welcome. Click here for more information.
intertribal native american powwow
One Nation Walking Together is sponsoring a one-day Native American Traditional Powwow, 10am-6pm on Saturday 6/10 at Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center. Last year over 2,000 people attended this family-friendly event. Celebrate Native history and culture and enjoy Native drums and dancers, Native art and artisans, Navajo Code Talkers, live wolf and birds of prey exhibits, Aztec Dancers, Native vendors and Native food, such as Navajo tacos and fry bread. Click here for more information.
summer of resistance kick-off
Join with fellow progressives at Bear Creek Regional Park on Sunday 6/25 at 1pm for a Resistance Summer Community Cookout. Enjoy some food, spend time with friends old and new, and celebrate all we've accomplished so far. Sign up to bring a dish or drink to share (the PIN is 1234). For more information, click here.
rocky mountain cuups rainbow full moon ceremony
A public ceremony hosted by the Rocky Mountain CUUPS Chapter of the High Plains UU Church and sponsored by the CS Pagan Pride. The event will happen by the fountain at America the Beautiful Park, after Gay Pride, 7-8pm on Saturday 7/8. It is an LGBTQ Rainbow full moon ceremony. For more information, click here.
chalice of fire - a hogwarts inspired summer day camp
Looking for witches and wizards entering K-8th grades to learn about the magical world. Join us for a week filled with fun and fantastic journeys - from Herbology (gardening) and Potions (chemistry) to Transfiguration (crafts) and Quidditch, we've got something for everyone! Students will be placed in houses and compete for the House Cup. High Plains Church is hosting this program which runs 9am-3pm, 7/17-7/21 with before and after-care available for an additional charge. Counselor positions available for those entering 9th-12th grades. Registration and additional information here.
joys & concerns
Giving a shout out to Charles Peterson, who turned 70 on June 4. Happy Birthday, Charles!!
My 40 year old daughter and hubby are dealing with infertility, miscarriage, and the huge, expensive, drawn-out, invasive roller-coaster ride down the path of adoption. BUT, I had two fawns born on my porch!!
all souls board of trustees
Dorrie Stewart, President,
Gay Harrison, Vice President
Gary Harrison, Treasurer
Becky Harrison, Secretary
Judie McMath, Member-at-Large
Jan Otto, Member-at-Large
Terry Schultz, Member-at-Large
Larry Norfleet, Past President
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