Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Coming Week
Thursday, April 13

Feminine Power Book Club. Contact Jennifer Bailey (; 614-571-7052). Drop in; no fee. 7:30 pm, library.

Friday, April 14

Good Friday Tenebrae Service. The Latin word “tenebrae” means “darkness” or “shadow.” Join us for a hauntingly beautiful service of music, poetry, silence and darkness as we remember the crucifixion of Jesus and the brokenness of our world. A simple communion will be served. 7:30 pm, sanctuary.

Saturday, April 15

Building Authentic Diversity with Revs. Rob Keithan and Rebekah Montgomery. We’ll build an analytic framework and concrete skills for effectively developing relationships across differences, focusing on change in a congregational context. Participation is open to everyone regardless of previous experience with this kind of work. 9:00 am, Fairfax UU. Register here.

Sunday, April 16

9:30 and 11:15 am. Worship service: Easter Services. Rev. Hardies. Though weeping endures for the night, joy will come in the morning. Therefore we must live, said Thoreau, with “an infinite expectation of the dawn.” Please join us for two glorious Easter services at 9:30 and 11:15 am, followed by an Easter egg hunt for the children.

Listen to past sermons here, or subscribe to our new podcast.

Mindful Souls. Come meditate with our meditation and mindfulness group. All levels welcome. Every Sunday 12:45-1:30, classroom 2.

Rainbow Souls. LGBQTIA gathering. 12:45 pm, Tupper.

Tickets for the May 21 Silver Souls Tea are now on sale in Pierce Hall.

Fairly traded, organic coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate provide just incomes, let children attend school, and harm neither Earth nor workers. We offer whole-bean and ground coffee, caffeinated and herbal teas, large and small chocolate bars, cocoa mixes, olive oil, and other goodies. Last chance to get your dark chocolate eggs for Easter.

“Songbird Journeys,” a multimedia exhibit developed by All Souls attender Steve Dryden, combines film, posters, and interactive art to demonstrate how the phenomenon of bird migration unites the peoples of the Americas. The bilingual film, in which Latino DC residents speak about birds and nature in their countries of origin, delivers a strong message of inclusion and welcome. More info at Co-sponsored by Green Souls and the Sacred Spaces Committee. After second service, Reeb Lobby (exhibit continues through April 23).

Monday, April 17

Classic Movie Mondays. Watch a critically acclaimed film while enjoying snacks and a movie-inspired cocktail. Co-hosted by Young Souls and Souls in the Center. Contact Reeve ( for more info or check out this blog post! Mondays, show time at 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, April 18

New Testament Discussion Group. Everyone's welcome. For more info, contact José Luis Sánchez ( Every Tuesday, 7-9 pm, library. 

Wednesday, April 19

Souls in the Center Happy Hour. Relax after a long day, at our monthly happy hour. This is the perfect chance for new and old members to mingle! RSVP at Facebook. Contact Pooja ( 6:00 pm, baby wale (1124 9th St NW, DC; Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street Convention Center Metro stop).

Saturday, April 22

Joining All Souls. Three-hour session exploring your spiritual journey and what membership at All Souls means. At the end, you’re invited to sign the official membership book. Register at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Eaton .

Next concert: 7 Last Words of the Unarmed, a premiere work honoring Black lives, presented by the University of Michigan Glee Club. Thursday, May 18, 7:00 pm. Tickets ($20/under 18 free) available at 
Weekend on the Bay

Weekend on the Bay 2017

Online registration for Weekend on the Bay is open at!

Join Rev. Rob and many of the amazing people from this congregation at Weekend on the Bay June 2-4. Whether you are brand new to All Souls and are looking to build your beloved community here, or have been here for years and look forward to connecting with your beloved community, there is no better time to relax, recharge and reconnect with other All Souls congregants.

We will be at Camp Tockwogh, which is about two hours from DC on the Eastern Shore. We have activities for kids from infants through Silver Souls. We have campfires to sing and toast s’mores over, we have workshops, vespers, a talent show, a crystal-clear pool, gorgeous Bay water sports, archery, hiking, gaga ball and plenty of time to relax and enjoy this beautiful setting.

Be sure to register before May 20!

Weekend on the Bay is a 100% volunteer-run event. So we ask each participant to commit to one volunteer activity across the weekend. You can help at the KidsZone, lead a workshop, be an on-call medic, help set tables at one of our five shared meals, welcome attendees; after completing your online registration, please return to the WoB 2017 home page to complete your volunteer commitments form.

Need more information? Email Beth (

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training

The mission of the 8th Principle Task Force is to implement anti-racism tools and practices toward institutional cultural change that best supports “a journey toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse, multicultural ‘Beloved Community’ that accountably dismantles racism and other oppressions.” This work is clearly more important than ever. 

In May, we offer two Jubilee Anti-Racism Trainings: one for people of color, the other for white allies who've already completed the initial training. The 2.5 day trainings will take place Friday, May 19 (6:00-9:00 pm); Saturday, May 20 (8:30 am-9:00 pm); and Sunday, May 21 (12:30-4:00 pm). Membership at All Souls is not required to participate. Register below.

Jubilee People of Color Collaboration and Anti-Racism Training

Do you identify as a person of color? Hope to nurture a multicultural future? Want to challenge our current political and social environment? Wish to deepen your understanding of the experiences of your peers and neighbors?

This Jubilee Anti-Racism Training is a space for diverse communities of color to facilitate conversation and build unity. We gather to discuss our unique perspectives, similar experiences with racism, and work to break down the barriers that divide us from one another. Let us work together to dismantle white supremacy and systemic racism.

We’ll discuss:

  • promoting unity;
  • dialogue and understanding;
  • crossing racial boundaries;
  • systemic racism; and
  • differences in experience.

The cost of the training is $150. This price ensures that we can cover expenses while providing opportunities for all to participate. Your contribution is vital. If the cost of the training is a barrier, we are providing this inaugural training at a discount of $99. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants, so register today!

Jubilee Refresher and Enhancer Training for White Allies

Are you a person who identifies as white? Have you taken Jubilee training before? Have you felt a renewed urgency to act since last Fall? Are you looking to grow in ally-ship with other anti-racist white people and people of color? Do you long for community in the pursuit of racial and social justice?

Building on the success of the Jubilee Anti-Racism Training, All Souls is hosting an advanced, action-focused session for white people who have previously attended a Jubilee training. This training will be done in partnership with a Jubilee for People of Color held the same weekend.

We’ll discuss:

  • ways to work together to build capacity to effectively work with other white people;
  • recognizing the pit-falls we run into when striving to be anti-racist white people;
  • strengthening our community organizing skills and our understanding of our historical circumstances; and
  • growing in ally-ship and the spiritual side of growth.

The cost of the training is $150. This fee includes meals, materials, and trainer fees. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants, so register today!

Spring into Auction!

Time for action, as we “spring into auction” for 2017. All Souls will hold our second annual online silent auction, and we need your help! We are soliciting donations from April 2 through April 29, and bidding will take place April 30 through May 19.

Many of last year’s donations were beautifully designed to strengthen our beloved community. The dinners hosted by community members were the hottest items, and we want to do even more this year. When considering what to donate, be creative! Host a breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Throw a wine, beer, or cider tasting. Teach a group how to cook, play guitar, or take photos. Provide childcare for a parents’ night out. Show off your favorite parts of DC. Donate tickets to a play, a movie, a ballet. Offer to run errands or drive someone to church. Share your talent in tax preparation, financial planning, business start-up consulting, hair styling, editing, tutoring, event planning, life coaching, website design, data entry, programming, pet sitting, pet massage, bulb planting, weeding, tree pruning, tutoring, house cleaning, decluttering, etc. You’re bound only by your imagination.

For more information on donations or to volunteer to help, contact Pooja Jhunjhunwala (, or come see us in Pierce Hall on Sundays in April. You can also access the online donation form here:

Heiwa Peace Pilgrimage 2017

In collaboration with Japanese partners, All Souls will make a second Heiwa Peace Pilgrimage, a multigenerational, multicultural, interfaith peace exchange program to Japan, in November 2017.

All Souls entered into a peace exchange program in 2012 with UUA Buddhist partner Rissho Kosei-kai (RKK). The Heiwa Peace Project and Peace Pilgrimage are rooted in the historic links with Hiroshima, Japan, and the Peace and Reconciliation work of our congregation inspired by the story of the Hiroshima Children’s Drawings. It is our belief is that peace must be nurtured through mutual understanding and common compassion, and we want to continue to build on that realization by directly strengthening relationships between the citizens of the US and Japan. In 2014, 37 All Souls members traveled to Japan for a peace pilgrimage and in 2015, 28 RKK members traveled to Washington, DC. 

The Heiwa Peace Pilgrimage will include up to 30 individuals of different ages and racial and ethnic identities, reflective of All Souls membership. We will visit Hiroshima, Tokyo, and Kyoto. While in Japan, we will meet with a diverse group of interfaith, peace, and educational organizations. Home stays in Hiroshima will be an important part of the relationship building between our two communities.

If interested, stop by this Sunday at our Heiwa Peace Pilgrimage table in Pierce Hall.
Contact: Chuck Wooldridge (; 202-714-7588).

More information at 

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.

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. To register, please complete the participant application (link at by July 15.

New Testament Discussion Group. Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm, through May 3. Drop in.

Feminine Power book club: Regena Thomashauer's Pussy: A Reclamation Story.  Contact Jennifer Bailey (; 614-571-7052). Thursday evenings, 7:30 pm, Tupper Room. Drop in.

Coming soon: resilience discussion, Chomsky's Who Rules the World?, and more.  

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly (GA)

The UUA’s annual GA (June 21-25) will be held in a city dear to this church’s collective heart: New Orleans. In addition to letting those of us who’ve served to help rebuild the city catch up with one another, this justice-focused GA will have opportunities for all to worship, witness, and serve with local partners.

We’ll also elect a woman president! All three candidates to head the UUA are women. You can read about them at and learn more about them at a candidates’ forum at Cedar Lane UU Church on Sat., Apr. 1. Find out more at

GA dates to remember
March 1: Housing reservations open/registration open/financial aid applications available
March 31: Financial aid application deadline
May 1: Registration rates increase

All Souls, by virtue of our size, is allowed a large group of representatives. Some denominational funds are available for scholarships, but you must act early. Let All Souls’ Denominational Connections Chair Justis Tuia ( know if you’re interested in being a representative. Even if you’ve already registered for GA, please let Justis know if you’re interested in being one of our official delegates.


Housing for Asylum Seeker, Kizito. All Souls has committed to helping relocate, Kizito, an asylum seeker from Nigeria. Part of this process is finding a suitable living arrangement for Kizito during his first six or so months in the DC area that will allow him to successfully integrate into life here. Ideally, the housing we locate for him will be free or highly affordable and located in either the NW or NE area of DC in a neighborhood that is walkable and close to public transportation. This is vital so that Kizito can find work and have reliable transportation to his job as well as be independent. In addition, we are most interested in housing that allows Kizito constant interactions with others (examples: extra room in someone’s house, in-law apartment, group house). Kizito is a non-smoker, is fine with animals, is good with children, and likes to cook. He enjoys eating and cooking with others and doesn’t have any specific dietary restrictions. He is not a big drinker, but sometimes drinks socially. If you can offer housing that fits this description or know someone who might be able to do so, please contact Kari Debbink ( with the details.

Could you host a UUer coming into town for the People’s Climate March (April 29)? The organization, Interfaith Power and Light is hosting a website for people to sign up to host out-of-towners or for out-of-town marchers to find home housing. Please sign up here. 

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