Thursday, August 10, 2017
The Coming Week
Saturday, August 12

Gardening Day. Join us in a morning of joyful weeding, pruning, planting, and tending All Souls’ flowers and greenery. Contact Meg Staines (; 202-238-0044). 9:00 am-12:00 noon, meet in courtyard.


Young Souls Rock Creek Park meditative walk. Too few of us enjoy this massive green space in the heart of DC. We’ll refocus away from the busy city, walking slowly and intentionally through the woods from the Nature Center and Planetarium to the National Zoo. Expect 2.5 to 3 hours out on the trails. RSVP on Facebook. Questions? Contact Nick Ford ( 10:00 am, meet at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium (5200 Glover Rd NW, WDC; accessible via Metrobus Line E4).

The All Souls Refugee Support Initiative, which is sponsoring a refugee family this fall, needs volunteers to help pack and move donated items and furniture. Depending on number of volunteers, work should take two to four hours; without enough volunteers, we’ll have to pass on some larger pieces of furniture. RSVP to Marianne ( Let us know, too, if you can help pick-up/drive/return a U-Haul. 10:30 am, meet in front of All Souls.


Souls in the Center Nerd Day. Bring games! Let us know what games you'll bring. Planning to make this a monthly event, so mark second Saturdays on your calendar. 2:00-6:00 pm, Franklin Hall (1348 Florida Ave NW, WDC).

Sunday, August 13

Worship at 10:15 am. A New Day. Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore. No matter who you are, where you live, what you do in life – each morning you awaken, you're given another opportunity to chart your life’s course.

Mindful Souls. Mindfulness and meditation. 11:45 am, classroom 2.


Tuesday, August 15


Help the Reeb Voting Rights Project call North Carolina voters about redistricting reform on behalf of Democracy NC and the Fair Maps campaign. Courts have ruled some NC districts illegally racially gerrymandered; the state must now draw new districts. The Fair Maps campaign wants 50,000 voters to support an independent commission that will respect community input, avoid racial and partisan gerrymandering, and let voters pick their representatives, not the other way around. We will be calling potential supporters from lists developed by Democracy NC, Dinner and drinks will be provided. How much better does it get - activism and food! Please RSVP so we can know how many to feed. 6:00-9:00 pm.

Sunday, August 20


Questions of Faith. Rev. Hardies returns to the All Souls pulpit this Sunday for our annual “Questions of Faith” service, when he responds to your questions about faith, spirituality, and current events. We are living through times in which many of the values and people we cherish are threatened, and Rev. Hardies is eager to know what you’re wrestling with during these troubling times. Submit a question to our communications director Gary Penn ( Gary will collect your submissions and send them to our lay worship associates, who will select from among the questions. On Sunday, Rev. Hardies will address as many as time permits.

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.

Roots & Wings is a six-session exploration of All Souls, Unitarian Universalism, and your own spiritual journey. It's also a great way to bond with a smaller group of your fellow congregants. Two classes this fall, one meeting on Sundays after church, the other on Monday evenings. Register at 

Registration deadline: August 15. 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. Please register and complete the participant application (link at

Children and Youth Religious Education
On Sun., Sep. 3, we’ll wrap up our summer RE program on the Interconnected Web with the Scales and Tales Nature Program, brought to us by the Maryland Parks Department. Meet live reptiles and hear their stories! Fun for everyone.

DCPS Early Stages Program open house. An All Souls community collaboration serving families of children 2½-6 years. Sat., Oct. 7, 10am-1pm, Eaton Room.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality program for 7th-9th graders and--for the first time!--OWL for 5th & 6th graders will be offered in early 2018. Let Dolores know if you would like your child(ren) to participate in either of the OWL groups.

RE registration is open on our website ( We no longer charge a registration fee. Instead, when making your annual pledge to All Souls, please consider what our programs for children and youth mean to you and your family. Every family is required to volunteer in RE in some way. Contact Dolores to find the best fit for you.

Teacher recruitment for the next church year continues. We still need help in most age groups and at both services. In Beloved Community, we are all responsible for our children, not just parents .

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


Interested in being a Worship Associate at All Souls? Be a part of serving in the pulpit to welcome the congregation and introduce the offering collection five or six times a year. You would also serve as buddy to a worship associate for setup prior to services. Training occurs once or twice a year. Contact Jana Owens (

Refugee Support Initiative. See volunteer opportunity above in "The Coming Week."

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