Thursday, July 13, 2017
The Coming Week
Thursday, July 13

Young Souls Book Club. July’s read: Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing. “. . . the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and 300 years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.” Contact Reeve ( for info and location. Every Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Friday-Sunday, July 14-16

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training: Learning Together About Systemic Racism. See Adult Spiritual Development box below.

Saturday, July 15

Gardening Day. Come for a morning of joyful weeding, pruning, planting, and tending the flowers and greenery at All Souls Church. RSVP to Meg Staines (; 202-238-0044). Sat., Jul. 15, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, meet in the courtyard.

Sunday, July 16

Worship with guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Wile y , Senior Pastor at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ. 10:15 am.

Mindful Souls. Meditation and discussion. 11:45 am, classroom 2.

Young Souls July brunch. Meet in Pierce Hall after the service to walk over as a group. RSVP on Facebook. Questions? Contact Claire ( Sun., Jul. 16, 12 noon, Lou’s City Bar (1400 Irving St NW).

Tower of Song: Wonderings & Wanderings. $10 at the door. 1:00 pm, sanctuary.
Tuesday, July 18

The Kindred Spirits Men's Group meets monthly to more deeply connect and provoke thought around member-chosen topics. Interested men are welcome any time. RSVP to Phil ( 7:00 pm, at a home in Columbia Heights.

Wednesday, July 19

Join Reeb Voting Rights Project to call NC voters about redistricting reform on behalf of Democracy North Carolina and the Fair Maps campaign. Courts have ruled some NC districts illegally racially gerrymandered, and the state must draw new districts. The Fair Maps campaign wants 50,000 NC voters to support an independent commission that will avoid racial or partisan gerrymandering, so voters can pick their representatives, not the other way around. Dinner and drinks provided. (Activism and food! How much better does it get?) Please RSVP so we know how many to feed. RSVP at Eventbrite. Questions? Contact 6:00 pm, All Souls.

Sunday, July 23

Come learn about the work of DC Abortion Fund, whose vision is to make reproductive choice a reality despite a multitude of state and national restrictions that are designed to deny access to abortion care and disproportionately affect low-income people. Sponsored by the Reproductive Justice Initiative. After worship, Eaton Room.
Adult Spiritual Development
Find info and registration links at

The ASD Committee is looking for people with ideas about classes, workshops, field trips, and other ways to fulfill the church’s goal of “spiritual growth and transformation.” Meet and work with other members to support ASC’s adult programs. All are welcome.

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training: Learning Together About Systemic Racism. Do you wish to nurture your congregation’s multicultural future in the face of opposing cultural currents? Do you wish to deepen your understanding of how race and ethnicity play out in our institutions and our daily lives? Jubilee Anti-Racism Training helps participants understand what is involved in nurturing a multicultural community and working against racism in all its forms. The workshop requires a weekend commitment; and it is worth every minute of that commitment. This 2 ½ day workshop is open to members of any congregation in the Joseph Priestley District. Church leaders are especially encouraged to attend.


  • To develop a shared analysis of racism and its individual, institutional, and cultural manifestations
  • To begin to apply this common understanding to the history, culture, and institutional structure of our congregation, and to envision next steps
  • The training includes presentations, discussions, videos, exercises, small group work, worship services, and shared meals.

Agenda topics Include:

  • The history of racism and resistance to racism in the Americas
  • Defining racism
  • The effects of racism on people of color and on white people
  • Dismantling racism
  • Claiming and shaping an anti-racist identity
  • Racism in the UUA

Friday-Sunday, July 14-16, 2017, Paint Branch UU Church (3215 Powder Mill Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20783). Sunday morning worship and the final sessions will be at All Souls Church DC.
Fee: $160 (includes cost for trainers, meals, and materials). Register here.

Weekend Retreat: Philosophy as a Way of Life? The ancients believed that philosophy was not a specialized academic pursuit but rather a way of living, of thinking, and being, in daily pursuit of truth, virtue, and the good life. What would it mean to live philosophically today? Please join us for a weekend retreat--devoted to reflection, dialogue, fellowship, solitude, and silence--to explore your philosophical questions, how our lives might become philosophical, and how this may offer a distinct spiritual path. We will retreat to a quiet, beautiful, natural setting, from 5:00 pm Friday to 2:00 pm Sunday, September 29-October 1, at Dayspring Retreat Center in Germantown, Maryland. To make the most of the retreat, we will meet at church on Sunday, September 17, 1:00-3:00 pm, to begin our discussion, and on Sunday, October 15, 1:00-3:00 pm, to reflect on our new experiences and insights. Our main text will be Robert Nozick’s The Examined Life: Philosophical Meditations, which should be purchased in advance. No prior study in philosophy is necessary to participate! All Souls member John Tambornino will lead the retreat, which is limited to 11 participants. The cost of $220 includes registration, Dayspring single-occupancy lodging, and meals; the book is available for about $10. Please register and complete the participant application (link at 

Children and Youth Religious Education
Teacher recruitment for the next church year continues. Help still needed in almost all age groups, and at both services.

Adult help still needed in Summer RE on July 30, August 6, September 3 & 10.

Contact Dolores Miller, Director of Religious Education for Children & Youth (; 202-517-1469).

Direct Support for our Asylum-Seeker. If you would like to provide direct support (in the form of gift cards or cash) to Kizito, the asylum-seeker under the care of the All Souls Church Refugee Support Initiative, please drop it off at the front desk. Giant and Safeway are the closest grocery stores to his home. If you would like to write a check, please email Rev. Rob Keithan ( for more instructions. Thanks!

Are you a lawyer or other legal professional? Are you concerned about increasing threats to the safety of immigrants in our region? The Sanctuary Movement Support Committee is looking for legal professionals who might be interested in volunteering to assist immigrants in our area keep themselves and their families safe. If that might be you, please fill out this form or contact Maya Hermann ( Maya will follow up with more information on specific training and volunteer opportunities.

The Refugee Support Initiative is seeking a graphic artist or designer who can volunteer to design some flyers for events sponsored by the Refugee Alliance Network. The Refugee Alliance Network was founded by our own Beni Luzau and will be providing classes in computer skills to newly resettled refugees and asylum seekers. Please contact Beni ( to volunteer.
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