All Souls Unitarian Universalist E-Letter
November 9, 2017
Sunday Service Time: 10:30am

This week's editor:
Shawn Yasutake

office hours
Administration office hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm. 
Note: The office will be closed this Thursday and Friday, November 9-10.

Minister's office hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-3pm and evenings and weekends by appointment.
in this week's issue
service  service this week

11/12 ~  #metoo  
Recent stories in the news regarding sexual misconduct by high profile leaders in Hollywood have brought to the forefront of our conscience the trauma of sexual abuse in our world. Join Rev.Rost as she discusses sexual abuse, sexual shame, and how to find healing.

Click here to see upcoming service themes.
asnewsall souls news

parking issues?
Please note that due to the Rocky Mt. Women's Film Festival, which is scheduled for Nov. 10-12, the parking lot at the church may be full on those days. Please plan accordingly.

call to action!
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) In partnership with the UUA, UUSJ, the UU voice in DC, is reaching out to UUSJ members, friends and UU congregational leaders in states that do not have UU State Action Networks, and asking you to join in speaking up for Dreamers by contacting your members of Congress. Please click here for more details and to see how you can help.

solstice party!

The 2017 Winter Solstice Party is coming up! Join us on Saturday, December 16, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. There will be music by the Celtic band The Rare Ould Times and All Souls choir members, juggling, dancing, ritual, fortune telling, food (potluck!), and drink (provided). Suggested donation $15

book group
November's book of the month is "Blood and Thunder," by Hampton Sides. In its review, the New York Times describes the book as " the story of the quest for, and conquest of, the American West." The Times notes that when reading Sides' tome, "we see a panorama and a whole history, intricately laced with wonder and meaning, coalesce into a story of epic proportions, a story full of authority and color, truth and prophecy, a story that is uniquely ours." Join the book group on November 29 at 6:30 to discuss this fascinating tale. 

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.
REreligious exploration

See if any of these available slots are of interest to you. 
Want to play a game?  Then sign up for November 19th or January 28th.  
Want to go ice skating?  Then sign up for December for January 7th.  
Want to be a part of Being UU and learning our 7 principles?   Then sign up for January 14th or January 21st.  

Sign up using our Sign-Up Genius  or email Laurie.
re registration
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!

owl facilitator training
Our Whole Lives is an award-winning, comprehensive, values-based sexuality education curriculum which helps individuals make informed and responsible decisions about their relationships, health, and behavior in the context of their faith. The OWL curriculum was created to meet a need for positive sexuality education materials for all ages.
Who: Adults interested in becoming certified  facilitators for Our Whole Lives workshops.
What: A weekend-long training on facilitating Our Whole Lives for youth in grades 7-9 and 10-12 .
Where: First Universalist Church of Denver    
When: Friday, 1/19/18 thru Sunday, 1/21/18. Training will be 4-10pm Friday night, 8am-10pm on Saturday, and 8am-3pm on Sunday.
Participants must be registered by 12/15. If you are interested in being interviewed to be considered for facilitator training in this program, please contact laurie.
children children 

last week
Our Air Element class explored forgiveness as part of our 2nd principle. We practiced making a  four part apology: 1. I'm sorry for.... 2. This is wrong because... 3. In the future I will... 4. Will you forgive me? We tried a forgiveness meditation and played The Forgiveness Game based on Red Light, Green Light. In our Fire Element class The tool of the day was duct tape which represented flexibility. We explored the idea of developing an open mind and a flexible faith. We made duct tape lunch sacks,
concocted stories about objects to stretch our imaginations, and
took the Flex Challenge. Many thanks to Michelle  Freddolino, 
Julie Brady, and  Janele Johnson for demonstrating flexibility in presenting these classes! 

This week our Air Element class will explore how love surrounds us without boundaries and our Fire Element class will examine   reflection.

Check out our Gratitude Chart!  What smell are you grateful for?  What technology?  What color?  This are great talking points with kids of any age!

yruu youth group 
We discussed the #MeToo hashtag.  What constitutes sexual harassment?  Who does this affect and what can we do?  Be sure to attend Youth Group next Sunday as a Food Fest Day
has been requested!  FOOD FEST, FOOD FEST, FOOD FEST!

r oots, reflections, relationships; an environmental justice journey
Led by retired DRE, Katie Covey, this is a weeklong UU "mission" style trip to Pasadena, CA where a group of 25 youth and adults will partner with Throop Unitarian Church and other community leaders to explore the theme of environmental justice, all the while focusing on developing ongoing relationships, learning skills, and engaging in hands on justice work in solidarity with local experts and advocates.  This event will be Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 6:00 pm to Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 1:00 pm.  The cost is $550 per participant. Scholarships are available. Deposit is due by November 20th. For more information or to register, go here .

trippers update
The next 9th Grade Trip meeting is December 3rd at First Unitarian in Denver.
activism 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!

Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm, & Sat, 9am-2pm, from now until 12/4 , at All Things Real Estate, " Covering Colorado ." Collecting blankets and coats for homeless veterans and their pets.

***new event***
Ongoing: now through 11/30, Bear Automotive, 1310 Valley St, Fill the Car, Fill the CommunityBear Automotive is filling a car with donations to be given to The Marion House and Springs Rescue Mission. They are in need of clothes, warm clothes, blankets, hygiene items, non-perishable food, etc.

***new event***
11/9, 3:00-5:00 pm , at Colorado Springs City Hall,  Springs for the DREAM Act Rally. Join Springs Dream Team in support of the DREAM Act. There is less than a month left for Congress to vote for or against the DREAM Act of 2017. A clean DREAM Act would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who arrived to the U.S. as children without further terrorizing our undocumented families. In Colorado Springs, at least 1,300 undocumented youth would benefit from a clean DREAM Act. And in all of Colorado, at least 17,300 undocumented people would benefit. 

11/12, 3-5pm, at Rocky Mountain Cavalry, "Exposing and Responding to Human Trafficking." Hosted by Bridgehope, Exposing and Responding to Human Trafficking is built around training community members, educators, service providers, and professionals with the vital information needed to not only understand trafficking here in the U.S., but also know how to identify victims in your neighborhood and spheres of influence. Through learning what trafficking looks like in North America and talking about the hope of recovery, you will leave this session with tangible ways you can respond to this epidemic and be a bridge of hope to survivors of this crime.
  11/17, 6-9pm, 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 open mic!
$5 suggested donation; $3 for students.

***new event***
11/18, 10am-2pm, at Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. Foster Parent Recruitment Fair. Please join A New World Child Placement Agency at the Foster Parent Recruitment Fair, on November 18th at the Hillside Community Center. In conjunction with November's Natonal Adoption Month, this event will provide information regarding how to become a foster parent and will feature some current and former foster and adoptive parents. There will be food served, raffles, and activities for the children.

11/18, 10am-3pm, at Antler's Park, "Thanks for Giving Hand Up." Hosted by Because We Chose To, this is an opportunity to volunteers to load up and/or unload the donation truck. Any donations are greatly appreciated. The most needed items right now are socks, coats, blankets, shoes, and men's clothes.
communitycommunity news

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!

texas roadhouse fundraiser
Bring a copy of this flyer to Texas Roadhouse at 3120 N. Powers Blvd on Tuesday, 11/14, from 4pm to 10pm and Texas Roadhouse will donate 15% of your tab to the Assistance League of Colorado Springs. Last year ALCS helped over 4000 individuals and their families by giving new beds and linens to teens leaving foster care, new clothes to school children (K-12), new clothing to assault survivors, and by screening the hearing of preschoolers.

Come out and have a great dinner and support a worthy cause at the same time!

flu shot clinic
The annual Flu Shot Clinic, sponsored by Penrose-St. Francis Neighborhood Nurse Centers and Walgreen's, will be held at Catholic Charities Marian House on November 15th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Client Services at the Marian House.

joysjoys & concerns

Beth Heinrich's parents, Tom and Ruth, celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary last weekend. Ruth has been Parliamentarian for our congregational meetings for many years.

Joy for the reprise performance of "Ragnarok," the original composition set on the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble. It will be performed at 10:50am on November 11th in the Great Hallway of the Fine Arts Center. It is a museum free day, so check out the installation of "Ragnarok" upstairs right after the performance!

The memorial service for Billl Toth will be at 12 noon on November 15th at All Souls.
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
e-letter deadline

The deadline for each week's e-letter is Wednesday at 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
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church | 719-633-7717 |  |
click here to subscribe to the e-letter