All Souls Unitarian Universalist E-Letter
September 7, 2017

office hours
Administration office hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm.

Minister's office hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-3pm and evenings and weekends by appointment.
in this week's issue
9/10 ~ it's in the water 
Join us for our annual Ingathering/Water Communion service. The message on this special day will focus on the ebb and flow of life, the way many streams come together to form a mighty river of justice, community and love. Be sure to bring a small sample of water from your travels over the past year. 
Click here to see upcoming service themes.
asnewsall souls news

adult re
It is time to start planning what we would like to offer, and what we would like to participate in this year in terms of adult religious exploration. So far, we have decided to have:
  • Building Your Own Theology class, beginning in October 
  • Newcomers Covenant Group, beginning late September or early October
  • Radical Self Acceptance Covenant Group, beginning September 11
  • as well as groups continuing from last year
Look for sign-up sheets in the Small Hall. These will be the people we contact to choose times and dates for new groups. If you have an idea for a group you would like to facilitate please contact  Jo Winn  or  Nori Rost.

it's auction time!
Auction Night is Saturday, 10/21, and we're now accepting donations for the fundraising event of the year! For more info or to donate, go to our How to Donate page.

affinity groups
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.
religious exploration
children children 
last sunday
This was an intergenerational service where Milo rang the bell and we learned a bit about Labor Day from our guest speaker Steve Brooks.

Everyone is invited to attend our annual Water Communion.  Bring in water to represent something meaningful that happened over the past year and share it with our congregation. Virtual water is also welcome. There is no RE but nursery/Pre-K care is available. We have Purple Doodle boxes in the Great Hall for those that like to keep their hands busy.

This intergenerational joint service with High Plains will be held at Monument Valley Park followed by a potluck picnic. Families will be able to enjoy this outdoor service together. Sure to be a fun morning for all ages!

shout out  
Thank you to Justin Lincoln and Lindsay Teplesky for signing up to volunteer in RE in our upcoming semester! 

come on, do it!
There is no try, there is only do. Any size commitment is welcome. Experience not required. Everything provided. Various positions available. Make a difference and join in the fun! Sign up  using our Sign-Up Genius or contact Laurie.

r e registration 
With the start of a new school year comes our annual registration time. We ask that you fill out a new registration form each year. Please register your kids (babies through youth group) now so we can better plan, be informed, and keep you update. There is no charge to register! Look for the new light blue registration form at the RE Table.
yruu youth group 
Our Youth Group summer hiatus will be wrapping up soon. 
Please plan on joining us Sunday, 9/24, at 10:30am for the start of a very exciting new year - new youth advisors, new activities and of course plenty of snacks!  

9th grade trip orientation
We will have the region's orientation after church at noon in the RE Assembly area at All Souls on 9/24. Check out their website and see if you want to be a tripper. Bring your questions to orientation. This trip can also be available to our 10th graders that did not previously make the trip.
activism local activism & awareness

9/9, 9am-1pm, at The Margarita at Pine Creek, " Give Back Day 2 at the Margarita Market! " Colorado Farm and Art Market (CFAM) will have community organizations at the market, along with the vendors, live music, kids activities and free face painting, food trucks, and Booth Bingo with prizes. This is an opportunity to meet representatives from Big Brothers Big Sisters-Pikes Peak , Senior Resource Council , The Arc Pikes Peak Region , and many more community organizations. Don't forget, CFAM doubles SNAP dollars at every market! 

9/9, 2-4pm, at the Carnegie Room, Penrose Library, PIkes  Peak Library  District, " Community Meeting ." Hosted by Unite Colorado Springs . Join Unite Colorado Springs as they welcome  Carol Folsom with Colorado End of Life Options and Kevin Vick with the Colorado Springs Education  Association for D11. After the speakers are finished with their presentations Unite Colorado Springs will give a brief presentation on the upcoming school board elections followed by a Q/A session. After the Q/A, the group will split into small groups to discuss ideas for upcoming actions.

***new event***
9/10, 12pm, at Dorchester Park, "Food for a Friend." Bring food and necessities to your friends and neighbors in the area without homes. It's time to stop the negative mentality against helping and remember these are people who need us just as much as we need them. We as a community are only as strong as those of us with the least. If one of us suffers, we all suffer. So grab a friend and let's take a stand to better this community!

***new event***
9/11, 6-9pm, at Ivywild School, "Postcard Huddle: Ending White Supremacy." This huddle will be focused on writing our city council members asking them to fight along side all of us as we push hate groups out of our city. Come to Ivywild School, eat some good food, have some drinks, build community, and most importantly combat hate! As always this event is free and COS CAN, SURJ COS and others will provide all supplies for you. Bring some money for food and drink if you so choose. If you are able, stamp donations are greatly appreciated but by no means required.

***new event***
9/15, 5-9pm, at The Gallery Below, "Hear Here Poetry: Colorado Black Voices Matter Poetry Night." another installment of Black Voices Matter! Come on out on a Friday night to hear an all black artist showcase, followed by a black-only open mic! 
Hear me
Hear you
Hear us
Hear Here!
$5 suggested donation $3 for students

***new event***
9/18, 7-9pm, at Bristol Brewing Company, " Before the Flood."  If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change - would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. Full bar and popcorn will be available. Free admission and donations are appreciated. All donations during this film go to the Planet of AWE.

***new event***
9/16, 3-5pm, at Dorchester Park, " Dignity for
 Dorchester." When we work together, we can make a difference. Your voice is needed at this meeting! Join with a representative from CSPD Homeless Outreach Team, the Parks and Recreation Dept., outreach organizations and most importantly, our homeless neighbors to express concerns, suggest solutions, and offer support. All are welcome. Sack lunches will be provided for anyone in need. If you can contribute necessities such as, socks, personal hygiene items, cold weather clothing, dog food etc., please feel free to bring them for distribution after the meeting.

***new event***
9/18, 5pm, at the Richard F. Celeste Theatre, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, "Refugee 101 Training/CC Refugee Alliance." This is the required first-step training towards volunteering with refugees and asylum seekers in Colorado Springs through the CC Refugee Alliance. This lecture is free to the public.

***new event***
9/21, 11:30am-1pm, at The Pinery, "Women United Luncheon." Almost $60 million could be gone from our community. Join Pikes Peak United Way for their quarterly luncheon and learn more about the significant impact of federal budget cuts to our local nonprofits! Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

**new event***
9/23, 9:30am-3pm, at America The Beautiful Park, "Walk With Compassion on the Dream Centers Team." Dream Centers will kick off the celebrations with a moving opening ceremony that will help put your fundraising impact into context. Be inspired as you walk together as a community and see what your fundraising means to a child living in extreme poverty. The full walk is 3 miles long and there is a smaller walk of 1.5 miles long. After the walk, enjoy games, activities, food, and music as we continue celebrating the fundraising impact you have made.

***new event***
9/23, 7-10pm, at The Gallery Below, "Poets Against the Patriarchy." Planned Parenthood, Hear/Here! & The Colorado Springs Feminists present an open mic.
communitycommunity news

chris williamson new songs salon concert
With 30-some recordings to her credit, 
Cris Williamson is best know for her classic album, The Changer And The Changed. Released in 1975 on Olivia Records, this music became the soundtrack of a movement, and was key in the launch of what would become known as Women's Music, music which was created, performed, and marketed specifically by and for women. Come hear Chris at All Souls, 7:30-10pm on Friday 9/8, where she will be sharing the funds raised with the Colorado Springs Sanctuary Coalition. For a link to tickets and more information, click here.

no child left inside
No Child Left Inside is a national initiative to encourage children to go out into our parks and natural areas to enjoy the outdoors. Participate in activities such as archery, fishing, and birding, together with crafts and other fun activities all of which will take place at the Limekiln Trailhead area of Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Event and activities are free but a State Park's pass is required on all vehicles entering the park (Daily $7, Annual $70). Click here, for more information.

2017 what if festival of innovation and imagination
The FREE What If...Festival of Innovation and Imagination brings thousands of people of all ages together to celebrate innovation and imagination! Personally interact with inventions and innovations in robotics, cycling, phone apps, art, broadcasting, 3D printing, ping pong physics, urban farming, fire prevention, water management, musical instruments, sports, and much more. Enjoy the beer garden and multiple stages of live music and performance throughout the festival grounds! For more information, click here.

pagan pride
Whether you're Pagan, Pagan-curious, or simply enjoy a great fall festival with food, music, shopping, and lots of shiny happy people, the Colorado Springs Pagan Pride Day, 10am-6pm on 9/17, is not to be missed. Everyone is WELCOME at this fun and free community event to be held at Thorndale Park. Donations of non perishable food or animal care items for local causes are welcome.
joys joys & concerns

Thanks for Steve Brooks and his message on the dignity and importance of labor during last Sunday's service. -- Mark Heinrich

The Kriner family has officially been in Colorado for one month. Rosalyn has not had any hemiplegic migraine attacks since they got here from Orlando, Florida.

For the Colorado Springs Sanctuary Coalition and our wonderful congregation for providing Elmer with sanctuary. -- Tamsin Cowdery

None to share this week.
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
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