Thursday, February 1, 2018
The Coming Week
Wednesday, January 31

Congregational Town Hall meeting to discuss Rev. Susan Newman Moore’s separation from All Souls. Childcare will be provided. 7:00-9:00 pm, sanctuary.

Thursday, February 1

The Young Souls Book Club ’s February read is Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime , the “compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime bestseller about Trevor Noah’s coming-of-age (as the son of a black mother and a white father) during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.” For info, contact Lauren ( webmistresslauren@gmail.com ). Every Thursday, 7:30 pm.

Friday, February 2

Young Souls Potlucks , held at members’ homes, are a great event for newcomers. Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. RSVP on Facebook here . Hosted by Erika and Tom Loke. Location: Takoma Park, MD. Check the YS listserv for address. Visit the Young Souls Blog to see photos of previous potlucks. Questions? Contact Claire ( claire.adrian.tucci@gmail.com ). Fri., Feb. 2, 7:00 pm.

Saturday, February 3

Sunday Summit canceled. 

Sunday, February 4

All Souls ESL Spring Semester 2018 Registration Day and Class Party for Volunteers and Students . 1:00-2:30 pm, dining room.

About All Souls. A one-hour, casual introduction to All Souls Church and Unitarian Universalism. Every first Sunday of the month. 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, Longfellow Room.

The Sanctuary Movement Support Committee hosts staff from the Latin American Youth Center of DC (LAYC-DC) . Come learn about LAYC-DC’s Foster Care & Host Home program, which finds safe and loving homes for DC’s most vulnerable youth—those from unsafe family environments and those who find themselves alone in the US without family to care for them. Host homes and other volunteers are in high demand. What can each of us do to help support LAYC-DC? After each service, Pierce Hall.

Fairly traded organic coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate provide just incomes, let children attend school, and harm neither the Earth nor the workers. We offer whole-bean and ground coffee, caffeinated and herbal teas, large and small chocolate bars, cocoa mixes, olive oil, and other goodies. Place an order this week for delivery in two weeks.

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.

Monday, February 5

Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. See below. 6:00 pm, sanctuary.

Feminism in Islam: An Oxymoron? Islam is often assumed to be a religion that suppresses women’s rights and treats them as second-class citizens. Is it possible for a Muslim to be a feminist? Dr. Miles Davis, a self-proclaimed male Muslim feminist, offers his perspective on the relationship between feminism and Islam. Suggested donation of $10. Advance registration requested by Feb. 2. More info at UUReston.org or 703-956-9155. Mon., Feb. 5, 7:00-8:30 pm, UU Church in Reston (1625 Wiehle Ave, Reston VA).

Wednesday, February 7

Philosophical Souls: Vitality. We begin this new year in life by thinking about life itself: vitality. What is it to be truly alive? What makes us come alive, and what deadens us to life? Does achieving vitality involve embodying certain values? How do we reconcile our pursuit of vitality, and challenging the forces that diminish it, with acceptance of the stages of life marked by its loss? Join us for these and your questions! We’ll meet at John Tambornino’s apartment near Dupont Circle. Snacks start at 6:30 p.m., discussion starts at 7. Contact Sara ( sarafrueh@gmail.com ) to RSVP and get directions. All are welcome!

Friday-Saturday, February 9-10

Reeb 5th Annual NC Moral March Trip. Let justice roll down the highways to NC! Join Reeb Voting Rights for our 5th annual pilgrimage to NC to support prophetic resistance leader Rev. Barber and the Moral March. Our tradition of participating in the march began after Rev. Barber delivered a national call for support - coinciding with heavy voter suppression in NC after the gutting of the Voting Rights Act. This year we are also invited directly by the President of the NC NAACP, Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, to participate in a rousing service Friday night as well, a wonderful opportunity to deepen our partnerships in NC and show that our work is having an impact. We will leave on February 9 directly from All Souls, attend the service and then wake up to ready to march! Then we will buttress a gerrymandering-focused phone bank led by our long-time partner Democracy NC, replete with warm food and drink. After that, we turn back around & sleep in our own beds Saturday night, sated by justice. How much better does it get? Come join the justice train! Sign up in Pierce hall today or at this link: www.eventbrite.com/e/moral-march-trip-to-north-carolina-tickets-41911693002 .

Saturday, February 10

Souls in the Center Game Day. Let’s play a soothing (ha!) game, where we take resources from each other. RSVP here . Be sure to bring any games you love; we can have several games going. Sat., Feb. 10, 2-5ish pm, Red Derby (3718 14th St NW, WDC).
Rainbow Souls highlights Black History Month
Bayard Rustin (1910-1987). Working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bayard Rustin was the primary coordinator of the 1963 March on Washington. Arrested 23 times, he influenced the direction of the civil rights movement through his expertise in nonviolent direct action and his keen abilities as a strategist. Despite being essential to the movement, Bayard was marginalized due to his sexual orientation and political views, remaining largely a background figure. “We are all one. And if we don’t know it, we will learn it the hard way.”
Adult Spiritual Development
Philosophical Souls: Vitality. The Philosophical Souls begin this new year in life by thinking about life itself: vitality. What is it to be truly alive? What makes us come alive, and what deadens us to life? Does achieving vitality involve embodying certain values? How do we reconcile our pursuit of vitality and challenge the forces that diminish it, with acceptance of the stages of life marked by its loss? Join us for these and your questions! Contact Sara (sarafrueh@gmail.com) to RSVP and get location details. All are welcome! Wed., Feb. 7, 6:30 pm.
All Souls is excited to announce the start of Beloved Conversations, a powerful pathway for spiritual growth and relationship building that advances our dream of beloved community. A transformative curriculum grounded in spiritual practice and our UU faith, Beloved Conversations is a learning laboratory for how to live healthily in a multiracial, multicultural, theologically diverse community, and how to work for a racially just world, both within and beyond our congregation. Led by Dr. Mark Hicks, Meadville Lombard Professor of Religious Education, Beloved Conversations opens with a 1.5-day immersive retreat at All Souls (Fri.-Sat., Feb. 16-17), followed by eight 2-hour sessions, every other week, in small cohorts of 10-15 people. Your participation is invited and encouraged! For more information, contact Minister of Adult Spiritual Development Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker ( rparker@allsouls.ws ). REGISTER .
Children and Youth Religious Education
OPPORTUNITIES and EVENTS

  • POSTPONED Saturday, Feb 3rd – Teacher/Parent Refresher POSTPONED
  • Saturday, Feb. 10th 9:30-noon - 6th Grade OWL Parent/Child Orientation
  • Friday, Feb 23rd- Intergenerational Games Night- Back by popular demand. Bring favorite games or enjoy our multitude of games. Bring friends, family, neighbors… A great time for toddlers through centenarians!
  • Sunday, March 18th- Children’s Clothing Swap
  • Saturday, March 24th- Annual Seder for All Ages. Let Dolores know if your child or youth would like a speaking role

Contact Dolores Miller, Director of Religious Education for Children & Youth (dmiller@allsouls.ws; 202-517-1469).
Opportunities
The Board of Trustees is seeking applicants for an open position on its Finance Committee for a three-year term beginning this year. We are looking for a member with a strong background in financial planning and budgeting. Please submit a resume and statement of interest to John Strongman (jestrongman@gmail.com).

UUs for Social Justice seek an administrative assistant. Do you have a passion for social justice but administration and communications is really your forte? Are you looking to work with an advocacy organization doing mission and values driven work? UUSJ, a faith-based non-profit seeks an Administrative Assistant for part-time position in the Washington DC area. Deadline 2/19. Target start date 3/12. See our position description posted on Idealist and our website .

Reeb 5th Annual NC Moral March Trip. Let justice roll down the highways to NC! Join Reeb Voting Rights for our 5th annual pilgrimage to NC to support prophetic resistance leader Rev. Barber and the Moral March. Our tradition of participating in the march began after Rev. Barber delivered a national call for support - coinciding with heavy voter suppression in NC after the gutting of the Voting Rights Act. This year we are also invited directly by the President of the NC NAACP, Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, to participate in a rousing service Friday night as well, a wonderful opportunity to deepen our partnerships in NC and show that our work is having an impact. We will leave on February 9 directly from All Souls, attend the service and then wake up to ready to march! Then we will buttress a gerrymandering-focused phone bank led by our long-time partner Democracy NC, replete with warm food and drink. After that, we turn back around & sleep in our own beds Saturday night, sated by justice. How much better does it get? Come join the justice train! Register online .

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 (jana_owens@hotmail.com).
  • 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 (markhowardmatthews@gmail.com).
  • 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 (sarahpuro@yahoo.com).
  • 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 (babaloo913@gmail.com).
  • The Lunch Ministry nourishes the congregation with a homemade, healthy meal about once a month. Stretch your culinary skills! Visit all-souls.org/lunch or contact Jerri Husch (ascu.lunch@ gmail.com).
All Souls Church Unitarian | 1500 Harvard St NW, Washington DC 20009
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