Thursday, June 7, 2018
The Coming Week
Thursday, June 7

Come join the All Souls Housing Ministry at the next citywide WIN action as we ask candidates for City Council Chair to support affordable housing initiatives. More information at Gather at 6:30 pm, Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Church (1357 E Capitol St SE).

Saturday, June 9

Rainbow Souls’ first annual Pride Breakfast for All Souls and local UU congregations. Let’s meet for pastries, coffee, tea, juice, + anything you bring to share. We’ll also make signs and banners and then walk in the parade. 10:00 am, dining room.

Ramadan Iftar break-the-fast potluck (no pork, please). Contact Eric Peterson (703.242.6459; for more info. 8:00-10:00 pm, Pierce Hall.
Sunday, June 10

Sharing the Ministry of Pastoral Care. You are warmly invited to offer your experience and insight as we reflect on how pastoral care can be a shared ministry that strengthens All Souls as a “Caring Community.” We will hold two dialogue sessions—come to one or both! We will ask, “What are the characteristics of a caring community?” and “What actions testify to the caring capacity of community?” We will celebrate the good things already happening and imagine what more we might bring into being going forward. Hosted by Michael Milano, Rebecca Parker, and Rob Keithan. Today, 9-10 am, library (also Sun., June 17, 11:45-12:45).

Sanctuary Movement Border Trip information meeting . As thousands stream across the border to escape violence, war, and starvation, we will not be complacent. The All Souls Sanctuary Movement, in conjunction with the UU College of Social Justice, is organizing a week-long trip in November to the border of Mexico and Arizona for All Souls congregants and ministers to learn about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Join us for an info session and learn more about the trip. Attendance expresses curiosity, not commitment. Questions: . Sun., Jun. 10, 11:45 am -12:45 pm.

Teacher Appreciation event . Come celebrate the volunteer congregants who spiritually guide our children, youth, and adults. 12:00 noon, terrace.

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival mass meeting co-led by Rev. Dr. William Barber III and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. At this time of intensifying political, economic, and moral crisis, with the lives of the most vulnerable and the spirits of all under vicious attack, people in growing numbers around the country are fighting back for their lives, communities, and deepest values. The call for a has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations, and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, environmental devastation, and related injustices and to build a just, sustainable, and participatory society. The campaign draws on the history, vision, and unfinished work of the 1967/68 Poor People’s Campaign. 6:00 pm, Cedar Lane UU Church (9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda MD).

Monday, June 11

Going for Freedom: True Accounts of Flight in Verse. All Souls member Marcia Cole, using costume, monologue, and original poetry, recounts dramatic escapes on the Underground Railroad. Jun. 11, 13, and 14, go to for times and locations.

Wednesday, June 13

The Young Souls Monthly Happy Hour is an excellent way for newcomers to meet other Young Souls. Local 16 donates 10% of our checks back to All Souls. Afterwards, we’ll walk to church for the last Vespers service before the summer break. Questions? Contact Claire ( RSVP on Facebook. Wed., June 13, 5:30 pm, Local 16 (1602 U St. NW).

Last Vespers of the church year. Come celebrate with chant, quiet, and community. 7:30 pm, sanctuary.

All Souls Board meeting. All are welcome to attend. 7:00 pm, Eaton Room.

Friday, June 15

Young Souls End-of-the-Year Party! Come celebrate the end of the year and welcome the new Young Souls board members. RSVP on Facebook. For more information, contact outgoing YS Board President Alice ( Fri., June 15, 7:00 pm, Alice’s house (check YS listserv for address).
Senior Minister Evaluation
Giving constructive feedback is one way that we as a congregation can be in right relationship with our senior minister, and so the Board of Trustees is asking for your valuable input. The senior minister was last evaluated in 2014 by the Committee on Ministry; this responsibility has now moved to the Board of Trustees’ Personnel Committee. The Committee invites the church’s members, friends, and staff to complete the Fulfilling the Call ministry performance evaluation tool, developed in 2013 by the UUA and UU Ministers’ Association. Your input is vital, as is everyone’s, so please take the time to complete the evaluation . Fulfilling the Call will be available on our website from this Sunday, May 13, through Friday, June 15. Over the summer, the Personnel Committee and the Board of Trustees, using your feedback, will develop a thorough, thoughtful, and respectful assessment of the many duties of our senior minister. Questions? Contact Esther Strongman (
Board of Trustees
  1. We’re listening! Trustees are available for conversation at our listening post in Pierce Hall, typically the first Sunday of every month, or email
  2. Trustees do their best to post draft monthly meeting agendas on the Board’s page on the Church website. Look for it there in the days before the meeting. Here are the upcoming Board meeting dates: June 13, July 26, Aug. 22, Sep. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Dec. 12.
Children and Youth Religious Education
June’s Theme: “Joy”
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss

This Saturday, June 9th , 7pm- Iftar for all ages. Come join us in this Muslim “breaking of the fast” during the month of Ramadan
This Sunday, June 10th – RE Teacher and Volunteer Appreciation Brunch.  If you didn’t receive an invitation, please contact Maxine ( Also, High School Senior Recognition
Nursery (Rm 4): Babies, Bubbles, Books, Oh My! Headsets for listening to service.
2’s/3’s (Rm 5) “People Love Me”. Making masks/hats.
4’s/PreK 5’s (Rm 3): “We All Belong ToThe Family of Earth” Making people collages and playing games from around the world.
K-2nd - Room 1  
3rd-5th - Room 2
K-5th proceeds to Children’s Chapel in Studio, followed by a lesson (Rms. 1 & 2) on “Inherent Worth”. We’ll explore our 1st UU Principle, share what we value, & play a board game
Middle School(Tupper) Exploring “Transitions”
Youth Group (Eaton) Wrapping up our year together and joining service for Senior High Recognition.

Opportunities and Events
Does your child like to draw? We’re looking for new picture for the RE e-weekly. Looking for teachers for the upcoming church year. It’s a rewarding and non-stressful experience. Talk to Dolores or Maxine to find the fit that’s best for you.
Sunday, June 24th – Summer RE program begins. Explore fairy tales like never before!

Dolores Miller (; 202.517.1469)
Immigrants, Refugees, and Sanctuary Seekers
All Souls Church Sanctuary Movement. Are you undocumented, seeking asylum, or part of an immigrant group targeted by unjust federal policies? The All Souls Sanctuary Movement offers support and solidarity. All Souls is a sanctuary church, which means we can connect you with legal support, accompany you to ICE/court hearings, and train you about your legal and civil rights. Limited short-term direct support related to housing/employment/healthcare is also available in emergency situations. Know that you are safe and have a community ready to support you. Contact Denise Woods (

Carece usted de documentos? Se siente perseguido/a por las injustas políticas que el gobierno federal implementa actualmente contra los grupos de inmigrantes? La iglesia All Souls Church Unitarian participa en el Movimiento de Santuario para Inmigrantes. Como miembros de este movimiento, procuramos ofrecerle apoyo y solidaridad a todas las víctimas del discrimen, perseguidas o afectadas negativamente por las políticas y prácticas ejercidas contra inmigrantes en nuestra comunidad. Este apoyo consiste en ayudarlos a contactar agencias y recursos de asistencia legal, acompañarlos a citas con la Oficina de Inmigración (ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement) o a citas en la Corte de Inmigración. Incluye también sesiones comunitarias de asesoramiento legal, para que usted conozca sus derechos civiles y legales. En situaciones urgentes, existe también la posibilidad de apoyo individual, inmediato y directo a corto plazo, con situaciones pertinentes a la salud, al empleo o la vivienda. Con nosotros estarán ustedes seguros, en una comunidad de apoyo que procura asistirles. Contáctenos, Denise Woods (

Refugee support initiative
  • RSI meeting. Help us develop a process to match congregants with refugees and asylum seekers with specific needs. We also need help with communications and fundraising activities. And let us know if you have specific skills or want to provide a particular type of direct support. Sun., Jun. 17, 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm, dining room.
  • Do you have a room to rent to a refugee or asylum seeker? Center Global, an organization that helps LGBT asylum seekers has three people between the ages of 23 and 35 who need housing assistance.
  1. A male Nigerian writer/poet.
  2. A male Turkish student who has experience managing children’s daycare programs.
  3. A male Bangladeshi who will have employment authorization by mid-summer and is seeking work. He can afford up to $750 per month, needs to relocate by June 15, and must stay in DC, where he receives social services.
  • Spend an hour advising a refugee or asylum seeker about careers. People fleeing their home countries are often accomplished professionals who need help finding jobs in their fields. If you can provide career re-entry advice, sign up for an informational interview at a mutually convenient time and place. No further assistance is expected, unless you would like to do more. The following professional areas are needed most: nonprofit program management, engineering, healthcare, IT, office management/ administration, operations/supply chain management, telecommunications, hospitality, communications/ journalism, accounting, and human resources. If you can help, contact Laurie Ensworth (, Serena Lowe (, or Beni Luzau (
The Community Empowerment Network-Haiti (CEN-Haiti) facilitates collaboration and accountability among Haitian citizens, churches, schools, government entities, NGOs, and private partners. The All Souls congregants who comprise CEN-Haiti’s US support team are committed to helping Haitians rebuild after devastating natural disasters by strategically investing capital in projects that empower communities, optimize self-sufficiency, and sustain long-term progress; projects that include initiatives in housing, education, and energy. At the upcoming General Assembly (GA), grassroots leaders from Haiti and New Orleans will join their All Souls partners to present strategies for individuals and congregations to work with those communities directly impacted by systemic racism during and after natural disasters. We strongly encourage All Souls congregants attending GA to attend the presentation and show your support. We are also seeking housing for Ezechiel, the director of the CEN-Haiti team, from June 25 through July 18, while he is in DC to promote our work. If you can provide guest housing during part or all of Ezechiel’s stay, contact Armele Vilceus ( ). If you’re interested in volunteering with or donating to CEN-Haiti, visit

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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