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
Join us as we celebrate our Fire Communion Sunday. Rev. Rost will reflect on how we can learn from events of the past year, then let them go in order to be ready to embrace all the possibilities of 2018. As always, we will encourage you to play with fire in this special service. The children will be exploring the theme of Ice as they head to Acacia Park for their annual ice-skating trip.
all souls news
On 12/20, Colorado Springs Independent highlighted the work of Pat Holley and Shirley Miekka for the Assistance League of Colorado Springs in this article, a copy of which is posted on the church bulletin board by the kitchen. Pat and Shirley are very busy donating their time and energy to a number causes in the Springs. Visit with them after a service sometime to catch up!
If you are interested in being on the All Souls Security Team, please contact Bruce Leeson or Larry Norfleet. These are interesting times. We have made huge progress in bringing this process of security to fruition. Would like to be a part of making our congregation safe?
uppity women singalongs
Holly Near sang with us: "We are a gentle angry people, and we are singing, singing for our lives."
Where are the activist singers of the 60-70s ? it's up to
us to be "them" now, so we're gathering 3 times before
Women's March on January 21 (See the "Local Activism" section for details on the Women's March).
Come to All Souls' UU (730 N. Tejon) on January 7, 14, &/or 21, from 12:30 to 1:30. Bring your voices, your water, and easy-to-tote percussion. Contact Karla Crescenta for details and lyrics sheets.
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.
the new signup genius is here!
Check out our new Sign-Up Genius for our 2nd semester here. We also still have a few available slots on our 1st semester Sign-Up Genius here. Please contact Laurie with any questions. Our RE is run as a co-op so we cannot do it without you!
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 for presenting our Story for all Ages last Sunday. Many thanks and much appreciation to Bob Armintor for all he has done to help in our renovation downstairs.
k-2nd grade owl
We will be offering K-2nd grade Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education class starting January 28th. OWL is a positive, comprehensive, and age appropriate education program that promotes sexual health. The curriculum is guided by two principles: parents have primary responsibility for sexuality education with their children; and sexuality education begins at home and continues through open and honest communication between parents and children. The K-2nd grade OWL program is part of series that continues with curriculum offered for 4th-6th grade, 7th-9th grade, 10th-12th grade, young adult and adult. All classes will be 8:20-10:20am in the RE Assembly Room downstairs at All Souls. The dates will be 1/28 (mandatory orientation), 2/4, 2/11, 2/25 and 3/4. The cost for the class will be $50 for those registered for RE at All Souls and $60 for friends. This fee helps cover materials and supports OWL facilitator training. Partial or full scholarships are available. Please consider adding an additional $10 to the class fee to help provide scholarships to those in need. Our certified OWL facilitators will be Michelle Freddolino, Erika Fore, and Shawn Yasutake. Participation by one parent or guardian at each class session is necessary and that adult can change or rotate. Email
if you are interested in registering or if you have any questions.
This was a Contemplate This! Day as we practiced the art of yoga led by our very own certified yoga instructor Justin Lincoln! Everyone set a "sankalpa" for the New Year. It is a yoga version of a resolution framed in a positive statement in the present tense. For example, rather than saying, "I want to be more compassionate," your sankalpa might be, "Compassion is my true nature" or "I am compassion itself." Thank you Justin for leading and to Linda Rossetti and Nate Kanuchok for assisting! My personal sankalpa, "I am thankful for computers."
This is our annual ice skating Team Game Day! Kindergarteners through high school and any adults that prefer ICE to FIRE are invited to take a walking field trip during Sunday School to the Ice Skating Rink in Acacia Park. Be sure to dress warmly and bring hats and gloves. We will leave the church at 10:30 am and will walk to the park. Please pick up your kids by 12:15 at the rink at which time our supervision will end. Parents are welcome to stay longer with their kids as their admission is for the entire day. We will serve hot chocolate and yummy cookies. A suggested donation of $5 will gladly be accepted. Nursery & Pre-K will be available at the church. Any child that prefers fire to ice is welcome to stay and join in the service.
We return to our Being UU curriculum. The Air Element class will explore Love Surrounds us in Ritual and the Fire Element class takes a look at the democratic process with chalk representing the tool of the day.
Please join us for our annual New Year's ice skating at Acacia Park. Meet at the church and we will walk down together at 10:30.
mlk youth con
The last day to register is this Friday January 5th. Register at tinyurl.com/MDDMLK18. You must contact
high school staff application for upcoming middle school con
Check out this opportunity to expand your skills as a leader in a church setting and beyond. Click here to apply.
middle school con
UU to the Core with be the theme for the upcoming middle school con to be held 7pm 2/23 thru 7pm 2/24 at the UU Church of Boulder. Register here through February 13th. This event is for 6th-8th graders and will be led by the high school youth. The cost is $35 for Youth, $20 for Sponsors (scholarships are available). As your DRE, I must also send my "seal of approval" in order for you to attend so please let me know if you plan to register.
The 9th Grade Trippers will be meeting next at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden for a retreat from 1/19-1/21.
local activism & awareness
Editors' note: 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!
, Baha'i Faith of Colorado Springs,
Institute of Unity Support Group
. Hosted by the
Institute of Unity
. If you do not believe racism is a problem in our country today, this group is not for you. We are here to support one another, deal with issues on race, build allies with other oppressed groups and believe only through unity will this be successful. We are not part of a specific political or religious group, however these topics will be open for discussion as they are often connected to race issues. We ask to maintain respect for one another and to remember our overall goal is to heal.
, at Catamount Institute, "
Catamount Institute is seeking dynamic individuals who love theoutdoors and have a passion for education and the environment. Learn about the various volunteer opportunities available at the institute at this upcoming volunteer orientation night! Learn about the Field Trip and Catamount Outdoor Schools program that both depend on the help from volunteers who are excited about sharing their love of the outdoors with a future generation. Click here to find out what Catamount Institute looks for in a volunteer and
or call 719-471-0910.
at First United Methodist Church,
Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado
. This month the featured speaker will be Joey Neefe. Joey is a volunteer at Sak Saum, a ministry dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women and men. Their goal is to create a nurturing, empowering, restorative program which facilitates vocational training in sewing, excellent products, and community development.
These meetings are open to organizations and individuals who are interested in stopping Modern Day Slavery, especially in our community. Please
click here for more information
, Acacia Park,
Me, Too: The Womxn's March on Colorado Springs
. Join locally in solidarity with national and international Women's Marches! Last year The movement made history with the largest march held in the city. This year, local organizers invite you to again show up to affirm our commitment to work together to lift up the individuals and collective identities in our community who continue to be disproportionately marginalized and targeted for acts of violence.
Gathering in Acacia Park will begin at 2p.m., and speakers (check the Facebook page for updates!) will begin at 2:30p.m. We will march to City Hall (107 N. Nevada Avenue) at roughly 3p.m., where there will be opportunities to register to vote and get involved in local activist efforts.
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!
When all of the festivities of Christmas die down, and you've packed away the decorations for another year, you still have to deal with the Christmas tree. Millions of trees become Christmas trees each year, and if they were all to go into the landfill, there would be a huge problem. By recycling, you can make sure that the tree is disposed of properly and used rather than just rotting in a landfill. Boy Scout Troop 78 has partnered with Western Museum of Mining & Industry (WMMI) to provide you with a convenient way to recycle your Christmas tree. 9am-4pm on 1/6 & 1/7, and 12-4pm on 1/1, recycling drop-off will be available at the WMMI. All trees will be mulched to help with erosion control at the USAFA B-52 Scout campsite. Donations are accepted.
In a separate effort, Colorado Springs Youth Sports will be operating a TreeCycle event to reduce tree waste, provide free mulch and support youth sports. For a suggested minimum donation of only $5 per tree, area residents can drop off trees.
This TreeCycle event will have six different drop-off points around the city and will run this weekend, 1/6 &1/7, from 9:00am to 4:30pm.
Click here for drop-off locations and times
Have you ever dreamed of visiting Alaska? If so, WhaleCoast Alaska 2018 is for you! Four Alaska UU fellowships invite you to experience their eco-cultural and spiritual program this summer. See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs, with friendly home-stays and unique tour activities. See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, seals, and otters. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture. Forget the cruise ships - their program is the best way to visit Alaska! Tours led by Dave Frey, member of the Fairbanks UU congregation and Alaska travel expert. Find out more about this Alaskan trip of a lifetime. Discount for groups of 8 or more.
joys & concerns
My son, Jason, and his fiancé, Reale, were married on the Winter Solstice.
I'm so grateful for my church family, especially at this time in my life! :) (Phyllis Barron)
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
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