Thursday, November 30, 2017
The Coming Week
Thursday, November 30

Topic In-Formation: Liberation Theologies. Today’s social movements and actions advocate for the liberation of all people from violence and oppressive systems. But where can that be found in spirituality and theology? Join us to help build a curriculum to discover the theological side of liberation. Drop in. 6:00 pm, library.

Friday, December 1

Young Souls monthly potlucks , held at members’ homes, are a great event for newcomers. Bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. December’s potluck hosted by Alice G, Kristin Z, Ben W-M, and their housemates. Check YS listserv for address. RSVP on Facebook here . Questions? Contact Claire ( Fri., Dec. 1, 7:00 pm.

Saturday, December 2

Moral Injury and Collective Healing. What is moral injury? The term was first articulated in the language of combat psychology by psychiatrist and leading scholar of post-traumatic stress, Jonathan Shay. His pioneering theory of moral injury was described in numerous publications, including Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character (1994) and Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming (2003). However, in all aspects of our lives, we face situations that imperil our integrity, ask us to compromise our values, urge us to ignore core moral commitments, confront us with profound suffering of others. This half-day retreat will explore moral injury through the complicated experiences of the Manhattan Project scientists who created the atom bomb, offering insights for those who experience moral injury in our own time and contexts. We will learn how spiritual practices and the arts can contribute profoundly to healing. Led by Rev. Joanne Braxton. For more information, contact Rev. Rebecca Parker ( ). 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Fee: $10, or pay what you can. Register

Sunday, December 3

And Grace My Fears Relieved. Rev. Hardies. The popular hymn “Amazing Grace” includes the line, “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved.” How does grace give us the courage to face our fears ? 9:30 and 11:15 am, sanctuary.

About All Souls. Casual one-hour intro to All Souls and Unitarian Universalism. 11:00 am, Longfellow Room.

All Souls Housing Ministry. The Board and officers slate for 2018 will be considered. If interested in serving, come, introduce yourself, and make your interest known. All are welcome. 1:00 pm, dining room.

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.

Meet the candidates! Say hello to the nominees for the Board of Trustees and church officer positions (co-moderators and secretary) and ask them questions you have about their roles. The Leadership Development and Nominating Committee will also have a table set up to answer questions about the process and provide candidate bios. After first 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. Make your Christmas fair! After first service, Pierce Hall.

Hiroshima: An Introspective. See above.

Wednesday, December 6

Imagine if you could help stop a million people from being deported? Well, you can! The All Souls Sanctuary Support Team is joining with Democracy Spring and a broad coalition of progressive organization led by Dreamers for a mass action calling on Congress to renew temporary protective status before the end of the year and pass a “clean” Dream Act that provides permanent legal protection and a path to citizenship. The first generation of Dreamers won Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in 2012 with bold nonviolent direct action, and now we must do the same. Dreamers who protest risk deportation, while allies can support them and risk much less. After mass sit-ins in Congressional offices across the country on Dec. 4 and 5, DC will have our turn on Wed., Dec. 6, with a rally at noon at the US Capitol followed by civil disobedience. Let Denise Woods ( know if you can participate in the rally and/or risk arrest. And learn more about other ways you can take action at the All Souls Sanctuary Team table today during the coffee hour.

Thursday, December 7

Young Souls Book Club ’s December read is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir. “Powerfully evocative, Coates recalls life of struggle on the edge of chaos, and what is was like to be a young black man in desperate times. Ta Nehisi grew up in 1980s Baltimore when the city was on the verge of chaos: drugs, gangs and the constant threat of violence haunted the young black man’s life wherever he went ... An exceptional father-son story from the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain us, and the love that saves us.” YS Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Lauren (

Saturday, December 9

Untangling the White Knot. A Compassion-based Approach for Engaging White Folks in Countering White Supremacy. Have you been feeling the horror and heartbreak from recent expressions of racial hatred and violence? Is your prayer that those of us who are white will join in the work of dismantling the racism that divides our human family and so wounds each heart? Come to this daylong retreat, offered collaboratively by All Souls and the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Sliding scale registration fee. Register at 9 am-5 pm, Pierce Hall.

Souls in the Center Have a Nerd Day. Join us for 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 ( Sat., Dec. 9, 2-6 pm, Franklin Hall (1348 Florida Ave NW). 
Sunday, December 10

Annual Congregational Meeting. Join us after 2nd service and lunch to see church governance in action. We'll review the past year, elect new Board trustees and officers, and pass the church budget.
Committee on Ministry
The All Souls Committee on Ministry is happy to have received an application for congregational sponsorship from All Souls member Elizabeth Murphy , who is now studying at the Claremont School of Theology in California. For anyone preparing to be a Unitarian Universalist minister, one requirement is sponsorship by a congregation where they have relationships and a theological home. Sponsorship is a way for the congregation to indicate support and best wishes for the ministerial candidate, and to show confidence in their potential for UU ministry. Before the Board of Trustees can affirm sponsorship, All Souls’ policy includes a call for congregational input. So, if there’s anything you’d like to share, please contact us ( ).

Thank you!
All Souls Committee on Ministry
Refugee Support Initiative
  • Thanks to All Souls congregants for your contributions in support of our new refugee friends! Your generosity has had enormous impact. From donating items to preparing new homes, from helping orient them to our city to advocating in support of all refugees, we so appreciate your time and dedication.
  • Honduran exile in need of clothing and housing. A recent arrival urgently needs warm clothes (size large). You can leave donations at All Souls’ front desk. He also seeks affordable housing and volunteer work. He speaks some English. Please contact Vicki Gass ( or Chloe Schwabe (
  • RSI information table on Sundays after All Souls services. Stop by for information on the latest volunteer needs to support our local refugee friends and upcoming advocacy opportunities.
  • Volunteers needed. Earlier this year, All Souls provided generous financial support to secure legal assistance for Kizito. We now need a few committed volunteers to help us raise funds to reimburse the church for Kizito’s legal fees and possibly expand our activities to support other refugees in the DMV area in the future. If interested, please contact Laurie Ensworth (
  • Looking for William Chester. A generous individual named William Chester recently contributed a gift card to our friends Haiza and Faissan. THANK YOU! The card requires additional information to be activated, but we can’t locate Mr. Chester. If you are William Chester, or know where to find him, please contact Laurie Ensworth ( 
Children and Youth Religious Education
  • Would your child(ren) like to act in stories or help with Baby Dedications? Contact me.
  • Let me know if your child will be taking the Our Whole Lives Sexuality (OWL) class for 7th-9th graders. Begins in Jan. Meets Sunday afternoons.
  • Just a few more copies left of the $12 books of meditations and readings. Contact Dolores or Maxine
  • Dec. 10th-17th- Bring an unwrapped gift for a child/teen at La Clinica.
  • Sunday, Dec. 10th- Annual meeting 1pm. Lunch & Childcare provided.
  • Sunday, Dec. 17th – Pageants during both services. Rehearsal Sat. the 16th 9:30-noon
  • Please contact me if you haven’t yet signed your child(ren) up & still want to.
  • Monday, Dec. 18th- All church caroling in Columbia Heights. Meet in Pierce Hall @ 6PM
  • Sunday, Dec. 24th- 7 PM Reenactment of “The Night Before Christmas”.

Contact Dolores Miller, Director of Religious Education for Children & Youth (; 202-517-1469).
The DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area has high concentrations of both Federal employees and UUs, with significant overlap between the two. UUs from across the country look to those of us near DC to be an important presence on the ground, to stand for UU values at national rallies and in the halls of Congress. Please help us urge UUs in Federal service to designate Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) to receive Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) support under CFC #17271 through January 12, 2018. Spread the word to friends, family, fellow congregants, Facebook networks , and the Twittersphere . With a lean staff and the help of many volunteers, the UUSJ accomplishes much with slim resources. Your word-of-mouth support goes a long way in helping them continue their work. Those that aren’t Federal employees are always encouraged to donate directly to UUSJ.

The All Souls ESL program provides English language instruction, conversation, and community-building for adults Sundays 1:00-2:45 pm. This fall, we have 43 registered students originally from Central and South America, Africa, and South/South Central Asia. Like us on Facebook and spread the word! If you are interested in joining our amazing team of volunteers, contact Sarah ( ). Thinking about teaching or tutoring? Please save the date for our mandatory training on the afternoon of Jan. 21, 2018. Spring semester classes run Sundays from January 28 through April 23, 2018.

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 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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