Thursday, November 9, 2017
The Coming Week
Wednesday, November 8

The Young Souls Happy Hour is an excellent event for newcomers to attend and meet other Young Souls. Local 16 donates 10% of our checks back to All Souls. For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers after the happy hour. RSVP on Facebook. Questions? Contact Claire ( 5:30 pm, Local 16 (1602 U St. NW).

Vespers is modeled after the traditional Taizé worship service which uses silence, scripture, prayer, and repetitive singing of short chants and rounds to quiet the mind and promote deep meditation. The Taizé Community promotes peace and justice through prayer and meditation. Vespers service mirrors Taizé-style attention to silence, holy words, prayer, and singing, but has also evolved to include other meditative traditions such as yogic singing and Buddhist chanting. Second Wednesdays, 7:30 pm, sanctuary.

Thursday, November 9

Young Souls Book Club . November’s read is Martin Ford’s Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future . “What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer people will be necessary... Rise of the Robots is essential reading to understand what accelerating technology means for our economic prospects-not to mention those of our children-as well as for society as a whole.” YS Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Lauren (

Friday, November 10

All Souls is closed for Veterans Day (Fri., Nov. 10, and Sat., Nov. 11).

Y oung Souls monthly potlucks are held at members’ homes and are great events for newcomers. Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. RSVP on Facebook. This month, hosted by Alice G, Kristin Z, Ben W-M, and their housemates. Questions? Contact Claire ( 7 pm, check YS listserv for address.

Saturday, November 11

Souls in the Center’s game day! Let’s play some nerd games and get to know each other over a soothing (ha!) game, where we take resources from each other. Feel free to bring any games you love - we can have a number of games going depending on numbers. RSVP to Pooja Jhunjhunwala ( 2:00-6:00 pm, Franklin Hall (1348 Florida Ave NW, DC).

Sunday, November 12

Dying Before You Die. Rev. Parker. Sufi mystics teach that one must learn to “die before you die.” What might this spiritual tradition teach us about embracing the reality of death as a pathway to living with greater freedom and deeper love? 9:30 and 11:15 am.

Annual Budget Review meeting. Your chance to make your opinions and concerns about the church’s budget known before the December annual congregational meeting. Sun., Nov. 12, after second service.

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 and fourth Sundays also at 11 am, Longfellow Room.
Tuesday, November 14

Philosophical Souls this month considers the universal human experience of suffering, and how Unitarian Universalism understands and responds to it. Can suffering be fully overcome? Would such a life be meaningful? How does our suffering, and the suffering of others, impact our views of ethics, compassion, and the good life? All are welcome! To RSVP and get directions, contact Sara ( Tue., Nov. 14, snacks at 6:30, discussion at 7 pm, John Tambornino’s apartment between church and Dupont Circle.

Wednesday, November 15

All Souls Board of Trustees meetings are always open to members and friends. Come see how our church is governed. 7:00 pm, library.

Young Souls 7 Principles discussion . Have you ever wanted to know more about the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism? Every third Wednesday of the month, Young Souls gather to discuss these basic tenants of the Unitarian Universalist faith.

Thursday, November 16

Young Souls Social Justice Task Force monthly meeting . Feel free to bring some food/drinks. We’ll go over social justice initiatives locally and how we want to be involved using the tools/passions we have. Sign up here . Questions? Contact Alice Kurima Newberry (alicekurimanewberry Thu., Nov. 16, 6:30 pm, location TBD.

Saturday, November 18

Fair Maps Phone Bank . Join the Reeb Project as we ensure everyone’s vote counts in NC! We are partnering with Democracy NC and you can be foot soldiers to the dream to make sure that maps are drawn by a non-partisan committee. Our calls will create a cadre of citizens who will challenge the gerrymandering status quo and assure voting rights for all. Let’s work to ensure that as many citizens as possible make their voices heard! Breakfast and training will be provided; please bring your cell phone and a charger. Sign up here . Sat., Nov. 18, 9:30 am - 1 pm, dining room.

Sunday, November 19

All Souls Annual Food Collection for our neighbors in need is coming up. We assembled and created 400 bags last year, and are hoping to do 450 this year to meet the increasing demand from the social service organizations in our neighborhood. Please check in next week’s e-news and Sunday bulletin for items to bring. The list will be a little different than in previous years. Also, many volunteers are needed to help that morning. Youth and children are welcome; children 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Visit the church homepage to see what to bring. Sign up to volunteer here . Sun., Nov. 19, all morning.

Young Souls November brunch . There will be bagels, cream cheese (including vegan options), juice, and fruit. Please bring $5 cash or Venmo to Claire. RSVP on Facebook and let us know what food you’ll bring on this Google Doc . Questions? Contact Claire ( Sun., Nov. 19, 1 pm, dining room.

Green Souls meeting . Interested in planning events in 2018 to address environmental justice and education, Earth Day, and the church’s future installation of solar and a rooftop garden? Join us to advance our church’s green agenda! Sun., Nov. 19, 1:00 pm.
Rev. Susan Newman Moore was honored this week at the 101st convocation of Howard University Divinity School, her alma mater. Congratulations, Rev. Susan!
Pastoral Care
How do I receive pastoral care during Rev. Susan Newman Moore’s leave?

The church has granted Rev. Susan a personal leave of absence through the end of the calendar year to tend to and take care of herself during the United Church of Christ’s “fitness review” investigation. During this time, Rev. Rebecca Parker ( ; 202.796.0779) will serve as your primary contact for pastoral care. All ministers—Rev. Rob Hardies, Rev. Rob Keithan, Rev. Rebecca Parker, and Rev. Joanne Braxton—are available to provide pastoral care. Rev. Parker can link you with the care you need.
Refugee Support Initiative
RSI Informational Table on Sundays after All Souls Services. Please stop by our table after either service for information on the latest volunteer needs to support our local refugee friends and upcoming advocacy opportunities. We are also looking for All Souls RSI volunteers to manage the table and pass out information/educational materials on Sundays after both services. It’s a short commitment, and a great way to meet other attendees and All Souls members. If interested in volunteering after an upcoming service, please contact Pat Nyhan ( ).

Refugee Needs

If you are able to help with any of these time-sensitive needs, please contact Laurie Ensworth ( ).

  • In Nigeria, it rarely falls below 60°, so Kizito doesn’t own cold-weather clothing. Consider donating gift cards or gently used jackets, sweaters, gloves (all medium size), and boots (size 8 to 8 ½). We’ll donate extra items to Lutheran Social Services or Human Rights First to help other asylum seekers and refugees. You can drop donations at the front desk.

Hassan and Faiza
  • The floor in their living room is cold and drafty where it is not already covered. They are concerned about letting Sara, their 3-month-old, crawl on it. More small rugs and mats would help.
  • It’s difficult to explore with two small children, so an organized excursion or two would give the family a better sense of their new city. Faiza may enjoy outings with the children (to the park, the Mall, the zoo) during the week while Hassan is working. Sign up with Laurie Ensworth (lensworth@ NOTE: We are looking for volunteers who have already completed their background check with Lutheran Social Services. If you haven't, we can help arrange this before you spend time with the family.
Children and Youth Religious Education
  • If you are interested in a screening of the documentary, “Screenagers”, click here
  • Sunday, Nov. 19th – All Souls Food Drive. Go to for a list of what to bring.
  • Sunday, Dec. 10th- Annual meeting 1pm. Lunch provided. Would you stay with children if we had a “Moonbounce”? Let me know.
  • Sunday, Dec. 17th – Pageants during both services. Rehearsal Sat. the 16th 9:30-noon
  • See sign ups in next week’s RE weekly e-mail

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

All Souls ESL is looking for a few more volunteer teachers and tutors for the fall semester. For more information, contact Sarah (

All Souls Cookbook. Have recipes to share? We would love to receive more vegetarian and vegan recipes, especially in the following categories: soups, entrees, and side dishes. Contact Maria Lee (; 202-234-3273). Sponsored by the Young Souls and the Silver Souls.
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