Thursday,May 3, 2018
The Coming Week
Wednesday, May 2

Classic Readings: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Divinity School Address.” Already embarked on his career as a writer, Emerson left the Unitarian Church behind with his 1838 address to the graduating class of Harvard Divinity School. Enormously controversial, the lecture marked the beginning of the Unitarian shift from biblical evidentialism to transcendentalist intuition. Come learn more about this theological transformation and its impact on the nascent Unitarian church. Kevin McColluch. Wednesdays, May 2 and 16, 7-9 pm, Spirit Room.  Register here .

Friday, May 4
Young Souls’ monthly potlucks , held at members’ homes, are great events for newcomers. Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. RSVP on Facebook. May potluck hosted by Andrew Adrian and Claire Adrian-Tucci and their two purrrrfect cats. Questions? Contact Claire ( Fri., May 4, 7:00 pm, check YS listserv for address

Sunday, May 6
Coming of Age Sunday. All Souls Youth share their statements of belief. 9:30 and 11:15 am, sanctuary

Board of Trustees Listening Post . Come meet your trustees and let them know what's on your mind. Between services, Pierce Hall.

About All Souls . Casual, one-hour introduction to All Souls and Unitarian Universalism. After each service, Longfellow Room.

Lunch . After 2nd service, Pierce Hall.

ASC Sanctuary Movement Border Trip information meeting. Today, as thousands stream this direction to escape violence, war, and starvation, we will not be complacent. At this historic point we will journey to the middle and humanize the other. This November the All Souls Sanctuary Movement, in conjunction with the UU College of Social Justice, is organizing a week-long trip to the border of Mexico and AZ. Join us for an info session and learn more about the November trip. Your attendance expresses curiosity, not commitment. Questions: Snacks and thanks provided. 1:00-2:00 pm, library.

Rainbow Souls invites all All Souls to join us for Gay Day at the National Zoo. Feel free to meander over earlier after church and enjoy some exhibits, then meet us at the appointed time and place. Take a leisurely, afternoon walk to the Zoo with the family (the entrance is only 12 minutes away from All Souls). See you there! 2:30 pm, meet at the south entrance (near Harvard Street bridge and Lot D).
Mindful Souls provides an opportunity to meet in community regularly at the church for meditation, followed by discussion led by congregants or others from our broader DC community. We welcome all who wish to attend. Every Sunday, 1 pm, classroom 2; second/fourth Sundays also at 11 am, Longfellow Room.
Wednesday, May 9
Young Souls’ monthly happy hours are excellent for meeting other Young Souls. Local 16 donates 10% of our checks back to All Souls. RSVP on Facebook. For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers afterwards. Questions? Contact Claire ( Wed., May 9, 5:30 pm, Local 16 (1602 U St NW).
Vespers . Our monthly evening service of quiet, chant, and community. 7:30 pm, sanctuary.
Growing Connections - Mother's Day Plant Sale
Founded in 1983 by Bob and Molly Freeman, the annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale (Sun May 13) marks its 35th anniversary. This festive springtime tradition includes house plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables; baked goods, beverages and kids’ activities. We hope you will be joining us in honoring and celebrating the life and legacy of Bob Freeman, who passed this winter.

Gardeners. We need your donations of plants: house plants, cuttings, terrariums, flower and vegetable seedlings, perennials, etc. Drop off instructions: After labeling each plant with its name and any special care instructions, bring your plants to All Souls starting Sunday May 6th and place them in the courtyard between Sundays, May 6 and 13 (church hours: M-Th 10 am-8 pm, Fri. 10 am-6 pm, Sat. 9 am-4 pm). If you bring plants on Sun., May 13, you can park on Harvard St. and unload them directly on the terrace.

Bakers. Everyone loves homemade baked goods. Cookies, bars, sweet breads, cupcakes, pies, whatever your favorite recipe is, please share it with us. If you can’t be at church on Mother’s Day, you can drop baked goods off on May 11 or 12. Please make sure they are well wrapped to keep them fresh.

Worker Bees. On Sat., May 12, 2-4 pm, we’ll have a work party to organize and price the plants that have already arrived and making lots of signs.

The Event. Sun., May 13, 8-9:30 am (set up: moving tables, plants, and signs onto the terrace); 9:30 am - 1:00 pm (help with the sale).

Contact Karen McManus (425-765-0054) or Pam Amos (773-294-0696) or if you have questions or would like to help on Saturday or Sunday.
Adult Spiritual Development
Jubilee Anti-Racism Training. 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 (including All Souls Church) 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 (2.5 days); it is worth every minute of that commitment. The workshop is open to members of any Unitarian Universalist congregation, although All Souls members are particularly encouraged to participate. $160 per participant (includes cost for trainers, meals and materials). Contributions in support of this work are welcome. Register here. Fri., Jun. 8 (6–10 pm); Sat., Jun. 9 (9 am – 9 pm); Sun., Jun. 10 (8:30 am – 5 pm), All Souls Church. Register .
Classic Readings

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Divinity School Address.” Already embarked on his career as a writer, Emerson left the Unitarian Church behind with his 1838 address to the graduating class of Harvard Divinity School. Enormously controversial, the lecture marked the beginning of the Unitarian shift from biblical evidentialism to transcendentalist intuition. Come learn more about this theological transformation and its impact on the nascent Unitarian church. Kevin McColluch. Wednesdays, May 2 and 16, 7-9 pm, Spirit Room. Register .

Selections from Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. Novelist and poet Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911) was the most prominent African-American woman writer of her generation. Raised in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, she joined the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia in 1870, after which she maintained a dual commitment to Unitarianism and the AME. Come learn more about this remarkable writer and activist. Rev. Dr. Joanne Braxton. Wednesdays, June 6 and 20, 7-9 pm, Eaton Room. Register .

Selections from Margaret Fuller. Margaret Fuller’s writing is overshadowed by the extraordinary events of her life, which saw her move from editorship of the Transcendentalist journal The Dial to becoming the first female book reviewer and foreign correspondent for the New York Tribune and, eventually, a direct participant in the Italian revolutions of 1848. We will consider her life and influence through a sampling of her work. Kevin McColluch. Wednesdays, July 11 and 25, 7-9 pm, Eaton Room. Register .
Children and Youth Religious Education
May's Theme: “Doubt”
“Humpf!” humpfed a voice. Twas a sour kangaroo. And the young kangaroo in her pouch said “Humpf!” too. “Why, that speck is as small as the head of a pin. A person on that?... Why, there never has been!”
“Believe me,” said Horton. “I tell you sincerely, my ears are quite keen and I heard him quite clearly. I know there’s a person down there. And what’s more, quite likely there’s two. Even three. Even four.”
“I think you’re a fool!” laughed the sour kangaroo. And the young kangaroo in her pouch said, “Me too!”
From “Horton Hears a Who” by Dr. Seuss
This Sunday, May 6th
All Children K and Up begin in the service to hear the Children’s Choir, and the” Story For All Ages” presented by our teens. Following that, K-3rd grade will proceed to the Dining Room.
4th grade and up will remain for the entire Coming of Age Youth service.
In the Dining Room K-3rd will prepare for “Choose Your Own Adventure Day”.
Adventures Include:
• Building & Games Room-Studio (Legos, blocks, K’Nex, Marbleworks, Jenga, wind up critters, costumes, tent, Firehouse, Apples To Apples, Twister, chess, Clue, Operation, puzzles, books...)
• Gym (ping pong, basketball, mini foosball, putt putt golf, badminton, corn hole, flying animals, scooters, frisbee, jump rope, magnetic darts, Simply Fit...)
Nursery (Rm 4):Babies, Bubbles, Books, Oh My! Headsets for listening to service.
9:30 2’s/3’s & 11:15 2’s-4’s: (Rm 5) “My World Has Birds”. Making toy bird’s nests.
9:30 4’s (Rm 3):”We Give Flowers To Friends: Hawaiian Lei Day”. Lei making, of course!

Opportunities and Events
Ongoing: Teacher and Workshop Leader Recruitment for 2018-2019
Saturday, May 12th- Plant Sale set up-All ages welcome to help
Sunday, May 13th- Plant Sale
Sunday, May 20th- High Tea sponsored by Silver Souls
Sunday, May 27th – Begin 1 service and RE at 10:15
Friday, June 1st-Sunday, June 3rd- Weekend On The Bay All Church Retreat
Sunday, June 10th – Teacher Appreciation Brunch and High School Senior Recognition

Dolores Miller (; 202.517.1469)
Silver Souls Spring Tea Celebration
Enjoy this reminder of yesteryear, highlighted by gracious edibles, lovely china and place settings, and the general atmosphere of a very civilized era gone by. Fine teas, delicate finger sandwiches, and scrumptious desserts. Tickets, available at the Silver Souls table after services and online . Adults $25/students and children $10. Sponsored by the Silver Souls. Sun., May 20, 1-3 pm.
Weekend on the Bay 2018
Weekend on the Bay
Mark June 1-3 on your calendars for All Souls’ annual retreat on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Registration will open up Monday morning at midnight. More info at, or contact Religious Education Assistant Maxine Hillman ( ).
PRIDE season
Rainbow Souls invites all All Souls to help celebrate All LGBTQIA+ during the PRIDE season. Stop by our table in Pierce Hall after both services to find out more and to sign up. Check us out of Facebook .

Gay Day at the Zoo . At this an annual DC favorite, LGBTQ folks, families, and allies come together to show their pride and enjoy the animals and sights at the National Zoological Park. Sun., May 6, meet at 2:30 at south entrance, near Harvard Street bridge.

All Souls’ Weekend on the Bay . To volunteer for the WoB Rainbow Souls’ Coordinating Committee, which will also work on the LGBTQIA+ 101 Workshop/Discussion, stop by the Rainbow Souls table Sunday or email Andre. June 1 - 3.

Capital PRIDE Parade Day. All Souls’ Rainbow Souls will host a Pastries and Coffee breakfast for all UU congregations and friends participating in the PRIDE festivities. Then, we will show our spirit by walking in the Parade and welcoming folks to the UU festival booth (on Sunday). Sat., Jun. 9, Pierce Hall.

Other PRIDE activities you and your family, friends and loved ones may wish to check out:
  • Capital PRIDE events include, Women’s Spoken Word; Night Out at the Nationals; Rooftop Rally; PRIDE RUN 5K; Opening Party; PRIDE Brunch; PRIDE Block Party; PRIDE Parade; PRIDE Concert; PRIDE Festival
  • DC Black PRIDE events include, Genesis Chapter X, Pregame Happy Hour, Main Event with Keysha Cole, and more…
  • Alan Sharpe’s short plays place queer Black folks squarely in the center of Black communities. All Souls congregant Gregory Ford will perform in “But Not Forgotten,” in which older gay survivors of the AIDS holocaust explore what it means to carry on. Sun., May 27, 3:00 pm, First Congregational Church (corner of 10th & G Streets NW).
Seeking Church Treasurer. Do you have financial expertise and experience? All Souls seeks a treasurer to serve until December’s annual meeting, with the possibility of then being elected to a full term in 2019. The treasurer, one of six church officers, monitors church funds, keeps the books and records of financial transactions, and performs other duties customary to the office, including attending monthly Board meetings. The Leadership Development and Nominating Committee will recommend, and the Board of Trustees will appoint, a congregant to serve the remainder of this one-year term. If you’re interested in serving our community in this critical role, or if you have any questions, please contact Chuck Wooldridge ( or Kathy Mulvey ( by May 6. We thank John Strongman for his dedicated service as treasurer these last few years. We also thank Peg Barratt, who is serving as interim treasurer until a new treasurer is found.. 

Believe in radical hospitality? Act on those beliefs! Worship services can be magical, but they don’t happen magically. In addition to the ministers and staff, we depend on the time, effort, and good will of volunteer congregants. Interested in helping? You have a choice of roles to play, and each is important.
  • Worship Associates speak from the pulpit five or six times a year to welcome the congregation and introduce the offering collection. Worship Buddies help setup before services. Training occurs once or twice a year. Contact Jana Owens (
  • Ushers welcome congregants and visitors, hand out the orders of service, and help everything run smoothly and safely. The commitment is only one service each month, so it’s a great way to get involved. Contact Mark Matthews (
  • Greeters welcome visitors and answer their questions, both before and after services. Really important, but easy—once a month commitment and no meetings! Great way to meet people, and you’re already qualified! Contact Sarah Puro (
  • Counters receive the offering plates, tally the numbers, and lock everything away in the safe. You’ll serve once a month after the second service and meet a nice group of folks. Contact John Crowe (
  • The Lunch Ministry nourishes the congregation with a homemade, healthy meal about once a month. Stretch your culinary skills! Visit or contact Jerri Husch (ascu.lunch@
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