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.
Tejon St. between Cache le Poudre and Kiowa will be closed on
for the Colorado Classic Bike Race, so Kat and Nori will be working from home. Kat will be checking voice mail often, but if you need to reach her in a hurry, call 719-930-8723. The office will reopen
. If you need Nori immediately you can call her cell at 719-963-0242.
world indigenous peoples day
Rev. Rost will talk about the lessons the indigenous people of the world have to teach us and how we can honor the ancestors upon whose land we walk.
Don't forget the Welcome Luncheon for new comers interested in becoming members or just learning more about Unitarian Universalism or All Souls. Current members are also invited to attend. It'll be at 12:30pm in the Small Hall. RSVP by emailing Lyne Hannan.
all souls news
welcome to our new members!
"In high school in the 60's, the Lincoln Nebraska UU church was the only place Jewish & Freethinker friends could meet. When I joined All Souls' in '74, it had split & was a "do it yourself" church -- so fun to be surprised every Sunday by what someone had cooked up for a lively service! I cooked up a few myself and learned a lot from every one.
Unitarian-Universalism has been a good growing place for a Pagan like me. I joined Unity for 5 years to support Ahriana's ministry, then was catapulted back to AS by the election & social justice activism. A Hopi grandmother once told me: "Don't let anyone tell you you're not Native American. It's no accident you were born here-- these are the Animals, Plants, & Peoples to learn from." and so I continue to bring awareness to what we all have in common: living on this precious Blue Marble.
Erika began her journey with ASUUC on New Year's Day of 2017 and fell in love with it's inclusivity and activism. She is a health and relationship coach and a queer polyamorist. She spends her time reading (and attends the ASUUC book club), hiking with her partners, writing, trail running, dancing and doing acro yoga.
"I grew up in a small Southern California town. Following graduation from UCSB, my husband, Jack, and I moved to Santa Monica where we pursued our careers and raised our daughter, Erin. After Erin married and moved to Colorado Springs, we were transferred to Seattle where we lived for 17 years. It is there we discovered the UU faith and became active in a church in Bellevue, WA. Following our retirement, we decided to move to Colorado Springs to be closer to our daughter. As with our move to Seattle, this move has percent to be a good decision. We are happy to be settled here and finding so many new friends."
Betsy Fay-Saxon Hovermale and Robert Hovermale
Betsy and Robert walked into ASUUC last November and immediately found a like-minded community of which they wanted to belong. Robert is a graduate of Indiana University and Betsy a graduate of Regis University. The long-time Coloradoans enjoy being newly retired. Betsy spends her leisure time reading and doing genealogy, along with researching a wide variety of subjects, like religion and philosophy. Robert enjoys walking their dog and playing guitar with friends, focusing on folk, bluegrass and Americana music. At ASUUC, they recently signed on as members of Temple Watch and look forward to being a part of the Care Team.
Karen Kirby Oliver and Andrea Muffly
Kirby: "I recently moved to Colorado Springs from Seoul, South Korea. I play french horn in the Army Band and am currently stationed at Ft Carson. My fiancée Andrea and I are enjoying exploring Colorado and are settling in the area with our dog Shaggy and four backyard chickens."
Andrea: "I am from Washington state and just moved to Colorado in February with Kirby. I am a pediatric Occupational Therapist and work at the Resource Exchange. I also do hippotherapy, where I see my clients on horseback, using the horse's movement to help them achieve their goals. I also love hiking and thrifting!"
Chris (Fannin) Prindle
"I moved to Colorado Springs from the Black Hills of South Dakota in 2015. As a Special Education Teacher, I proceeded to work in the fast paced and challenging world of Elementary & Middle School Moderate Needs. Passionate about literacy and the mountains, this move to the mile-high state was a natural fit. In my free time, I love to go hiking with my dog Morrie and my husband Jon. I also love to knit & philosophize with friends. This Quaker has found a wonderful second home at All Souls and looks forward to getting to know the community."
"I was born in Georgia, raised in California, and relocated to Colorado in 1973. I am the oldest of five children, three of whom have intellectual disabilities. I taught elementary school for 46 years and am now happily retired. I have two adult children, Joel and Maya, that we were blessed to adopt as infants. My husband, David, and I have been married 48 years. Thank you to all of you making me feel so welcome!"
special thank you
The recent flood in the RE area was cleaned up by not only our custodian, Karen, with Kat in the office coordinating efforts, but also members of the B&G Team. Thanks to Becky, Gary, and Kate Harrison, Jim Michali, and Yolanda Fiala. The carpets have been shampooed, and should be ready to tread on shortly.
One among us is creating a new life for herself and needs an apartment or room for her and her well-behaved senior canine companion. Her budget for housing is $500-$600 per month. Please
(719-633-7717) if you know of a place for new beginnings.
It is time once again to show our loving support to our community by supporting the Marion House Soup Kitchen. All Souls and High Plains will be preparing and serving the meal on Saturday 8/19. Meal preparation starts at 7am and the serving line setup starts at 10am. Individuals can choose either shift or work both. We have been a bit short handed on the first shift and could really use some help. No experience needed, as the team leader for that Saturday will teach a volunteer all they need to know.
Also, a volunteer is needed to assume the duties of coordinating the activities at Marion House the 3rd Saturday of even months. This will include placing a notice in the All Souls e-letter, assigning duties to the volunteers at Marion House and overseeing the meal preparation, and purchasing a few items for the meal preparation. Training will be provided for this volunteer during the next volunteer opportunity on 8/19. Please contact Lea or Dan Russell (719-201-9490) for more information or to volunteer for this position.
lost and found
Have you lost an earring recently? We have a small collection of single earrings waiting to be claimed. Call or
so we can reunite you with your jewels.
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
We read a story about "scary" shadows in the night and befriended the shadows by imagining what animal they might be. We then created the animals out of pipe cleaners and beads and shared what we made with each other. Many thanks to the very adaptable Mac Sergeant for leading this "make" and the ever-flexible Justin Lincoln for assisting.
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.
This Sunday our "make" will be edible as we learn how to make no-bake treats - YUM!
join us this saturday!
Come enjoy a family outing at Bear Creek Nature Center as we explore nature with an All About Animals Party, 2-4pm on Saturday, 8/12 from. Learn about local animals, enjoy a puppet show, take a hike, and party in the Bear Den room. There is no charge to attend, just bring a snack to share! Laurie will provide plates, napkins, and drinks. Please RSVP to Laurie with the number in your family attending so she can plan accordingly.
We teach balance and we R-O-C-K! Want to broaden your horizons and see things from a child's perspective? Just add your name and email address to the sign-up sheet on the RE poster or on the clipboard at the RE Table. I will send you a Sign-Up Genius soon 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 we 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
Would you like to see how the mission of Care and Share Food Bank is DIRECTLY impacting the people of our community? Come join Springs Equality on August 10 as they will be donating time and efforts to help work at a local Mobile Food Pantry. This event is the LAST event of the summer so let's help them out and touch the community personally!
If you are interested in volunteering OR would like to pick up FREE FOOD, please email email@example.com (and copy firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are picking up food, please bring your own reusable bags or other means to carry the food home.
8/10, 12:30-1:30pm, at Tim Gill Center for Public Media, "CASA Volunteer Informational Hour." CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is lead by trained volunteers who are voices for abused and neglected children. The courts rely on CASA volunteers to gather information and make recommendations to help judges decide what is best for each child. As a volunteer, you will not only bring positive change to the lives of vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come; and in doing so, you will enrich your life as well. Learn more about the many volunteer opportunities at this informational hour. Bring a friend!
8/12, 10am-4:40pm, at Woodbine Ecology Center, Sedalia, CO, "
Non Violent Direct Action Training
." One way in which people have responded to these turbulent times is by using Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA). The training will offer some tools that allow us to combine community organizing strategies with NVDA tactics. They will also use some simulated NVDA scenarios and situations within the context of community support and examine questions of accountability, decision making, and consequences. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch. If you want to participate, please
contact the Woodbine Ecology Center
First Congregational Church
Colorado Springs Sanctuary Coalition
will be holding a donation drive to collect supplies and equipment to prepare in the event an at-risk family needs to be housed in sanctuary.
Look for the sign that signifies "the dwelling place."
Items needed include, but are not limited to:
Non-perishable food stuffs,
Linens, including bedding and towels,
Toiletries, including hygiene products and feminine supplies,
Toys, art supplies, books and magazines (in English and Spanish), electronic devices.
, at Acacia Park, "
March Against Nuclear Insanity
Send a strong message to our complacent leaders that we WILL NOT STAND for nuclear war.
, at PPLD East Library, "
Live Green: How to Live Sustainably
Join 350 Colorado Springs for a fun and educational event on how you can live a more sustainable life. The event will feature a presentation as well as a number of other speakers with first hand knowledge on sustainable green living.
mobile food pantry (free food)
white rabbit red rabbit
7:30pm on Friday 8/11, s
ee our own Rev. Nori perform WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT.
Acclaimed Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour had his passport revoked when he refused to sign up for compulsory military service. Unable to leave Iran, he responded by writing this play. It requires no set, no director and no rehearsal and can, therefore, travel the world because he cannot.
There's a new actor every night, and they've never seen the script before it's handed to them in a sealed envelope. WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT has been performed over 1,000 times worldwide including by Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Alan Cumming, Martin Short, Sinead Cusack, F. Murray Abraham, Cynthia Nixon, Stephen Rea, and John Hurt. It has been translated into more than 20 languages and performed in dozens of countries.
Purchase tickets by emailing or calling/texting 719-357-5228.
Seats are also available on the day
of the performance at the theatre door.
coffee with a cop
12:30-2:30pm on Saturday 8/12, join the Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff's Office at Amy's Donuts for coffee, conversation and a donut!
If you would like to volunteer and/or also pick up free food, please contact Meredith Burke.
**This is the last mobile food pantry for the summer.
**Product will be distributed first-come, first-served.
**Please bring re-usable bags, laundry baskets, or plastic tubs to carry food.
11am-2pm on 8/13 at Rosco's Coffee House.
Want to help end the fast fashion pandemic and keep CEO's of thift industries from filling their pockets with excessive profits? Swap your gently used unwanted clothes for some "nused" ones of the like. Bring a bag, take a bag. All leftover clothing will be saved for the next clothing swap,
or donated to a local in-need cause.
ice cream social
7-9pm on 8/15 will be the PFLAG Chapter Monthly Meeting. It's a Summer Ice Cream Social and all are invited to chat and enjoy various ice cream treats.
star party at garden of the gods
8:30-10pm, Tuesday, 8/15. Hosted by the
Colorado Springs Astronomical Society
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
. FREE stargazing and astronomy event. The Colorado Springs Astronomical Society will bring telescopes and education about the night sky. All ages welcome. Weather dependent. Outdoor event, held in the parking lot at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. Solar Eclipse viewing glasses for the upcoming eclipse on August 21, 2017 will be available for purchase at this event.
jim in our backyard
6pm on Friday 8/18, Heidi, Marguerite, and Rick are once again hosting composer, guitarist and singer, Jim Scott, for an evening concert in the backyard of our North Colorado Springs home. Jim brings a warmth and authenticity that turns any size audience into an intimate gathering. For many years he's been a consistent and outspoken champion of Ecology and Peace. Jim was the guitarist with the Paul Winter Consort and was co-composer of their celebrated "Missa Gaia/Earth Mass." He sang the song "Common Ground" on the Consort's album of the same name. With lyrical melodies, well-crafted words, guitar mastery and humorous surprises, Jim invites all to get involved with the songs and ideals he raises. His guitar facility and enchanting manner moved folk legend Pete Seeger to call him "Some kind of magician." Suggested donation of $20 includes wine and snacks or BYOB. Seating is limited, so please RSVP by
or calling Marguerite (
introduction to meditation
Rocky Mountain Insight is
offering a two evening Introduction to Meditation Class, 6-7:30pm on Thursday 8/24 & Thursday 8/31. This two session class provides an introduction to Mindfulness of the Breath meditation, or "Anapanasati". This traditional Buddhist concentration technique is one of the foundations for cultivating a meditation practice. Designed for beginners, this class also offers a "refresher" for seasoned meditators. Suggested donation is $10-15 but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Please email Matt Hane to pre-register; if not pre-registered, please arrive 15 minutes early to the first class.
joys & concerns
None to share this week.
For my mom, who is in rehab. And my family in dealing with this. -- Anon
all souls board of trustees
Larry Norfleet, President,
Charles Peterson, 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