Thursday, March 16, 2017
The Coming Week
Thursday, March 16

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

ADORE (A Dialogue On Race and Ethnicity). 7:00-9:00 pm, Eaton Room.

Saturday, March 18

Help set up Children’s Clothing Swap. Sign up here.

Reeb Project 2017 Voting Rights strategy session. Help the Reeb Project focus its energy. Where we should work, who should we partner with, and what actions should we take? Let’s deepen our commitment to anti-racism and continue to work in solidarity with communities of color impacted by voter suppression. Brunch will be provided. RSVP at Eventbrite. 9:30 am-1:00 pm, Pierce Hall

More for Housing Now rally to urge the Mayor to invest in affordable housing and ending chronic homelessness. RSVP here. 10 am-12:00 noon, Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St NW, DC).

Sunday, March 19

9:30 and 11:15 am. Worship service: Heal the World. Rev. Hardies. The activist Angela Davis once said something that seems to speak to our present moment: “I’m no longer accepting things I cannot change. I’m changing things I cannot accept.” How can our attention and love for the world fuel our efforts to save it?

Last of a three-part series called “See, Savor and Save: A Spiritual Path for Difficult Times.” Listen to parts 1 and 2 here, or subscribe to our new podcast here.

Children's Clothing Swap. Drop gently used clothes at the church this week, and then come for the swap on Sunday. All morning, downstairs in the gym. Help needed to organize on Sat., Mar. 18. Sign up here.

The Big Carbon Footprint Game is back! Today you can earn carbon reduction stickers related to food and water and make the carbon on the footprint disappear. See display in the church lobby and come to the Big Foot table at coffee hour after church to take part. Sponsored by Green Souls.

Photographic Treasures from the All Souls Archives. Join us for an opening reception for an exhibit featuring a panoramic photograph of the construction of All Souls. This amazingly detailed image, shot in the winter of 1922-23, has likely never before been displayed. Along with the panorama, which also shows the surrounding neighborhood, the exhibit includes a contemporaneous map and contextual information. Sponsored by the Archives and Sacred Spaces committees. Library.

Souls in the Center organizational meeting. 12:45 pm, dining room.

Rainbow Souls meeting. 12:45 pm, Longfellow Room.

Mindful Souls. 12:45 pm, classroom 2. 

Young Souls March Brunch. Meet in Pierce Hall after 2nd service to walk over as a group. RSVP on Facebook. Questions? Contact the YS Social Chair Alice Goldberg ( 1:00 pm, Acre 121 (1400 Irving St NW).

Sacred Spaces Committee meeting. Be sure to stop by the exhibit in the library. 1:15 pm, Eaton Room.

Come learn about the April 8 All Souls Seder. What's it all about? What can you bring? Look for the Seder info table 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

Monday, March 20

Let’s Read Orwell’s 1984. “Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller.” It is not 1948 or 1984, but Big Brother and Newspeak are more relevant than ever. Participate in a discussion of 1984: George Orwell’s dark vision of a totalitarian state that falsifies reality to assert power. 7:00 pm. RSVP to

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

Tuesday, March 21

DMV Sanctuary Congregations launch event. After a 20-minute program, we’ll march together down 16th Street to the White House. RSVP here. 11:45 am, Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St NW, DC).

New Testament Discussion Group discusses 2nd Corinthians 10 to Galatians 3. Everyone's welcome. For more info, contact José Luis Sánchez ( Every Tuesday, 7-9 pm, library. 

The Kindred Spirits Men’s Group meets monthly to forge deep, authentic connections and provoke thought around member-chosen topics. Interested men are welcome to join at any time. Contact Phil ( to RSVP or inquire further. 7:15 pm, home in Columbia Heights.

Wednesday, March 21

Young Souls Social Justice Task Force meeting. A mix of new and longtime Young Souls meet to plug and discuss upcoming events. Come educate us about your projects and learn how to get involved in others. RSVP on Facebook. Questions? Contact Annie ( 6:00 pm, All Souls.

Howard Zinn’s A Power Governments Cannot Suppress. Discuss Zinn’s inspiring book on history and activism. Chapters 15-24. 7:00-9:00 pm, Longfellow Room

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.

Howard Zinn's A Power Governments Cannot Suppress . Zinn’s inspiring book is charged with spiritual power and lessons for and benefits of activism for a better world. It is timely for energizing political and social activists, as well as deepening the commitment of the already active. Zinn’s book makes history come alive, connecting his selected essays on the past to our intended future. It is very congenial to our currently enhanced buzz of activism. Reading assignments: Mar. 15 - chapters 1-14; Mar. 22 - chapters 15-24; Mar. 29 - chapters 25-end. Facilitators: Daniel Kornfield ( and José Luis Sánchez ( No fee. Wednesdays, March 15, 22, 29, 7-9pm, Longfellow Room. Register here.

Let's Read Orwell's 1984. “Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller.” It is not 1948 or 1984, but Big Brother and Newspeak are more relevant than ever. Participate in a discussion of 1984, George Orwell's dark vision of a totalitarian state that falsifies reality to assert power. Mon., Mar. 20, 7pm. RSVP to Wendy (

An Actor's Perspective: Antigone. Exploring the rich complexity of Sophocles' Antigone from an actor’s point of view, using Seamus Heaney's contemporary adaptation The Burial at Thebes. Led by award-winning playwright, Norman Allen. Sat., Mar. 25, 10am-3:30pm (with lunch break). Register here.

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?, Philosophy as a Way of Life weekend retreat, and more.  
Social Justice series: Building Solidarity

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. Register here. Sat., Apr. 15, Fairfax UU.

Weekend on the Bay

Weekend on the Bay 2017

June 2-June 4. Mark your calendars for this special inter-generational time to make new friends and deepen your relationships within the All Souls community. Enjoy all the amenities at Camp Tockwogh. Splash in the pool or swim in the Bay. Hit a softball or kick a soccer ball. Practice archery or throw horseshoes. Explore over 300 acres of woods, fields, ponds, and shoreline. Attend workshops led by your fellow All Souls campers or offer your own. Questions? Want to help plan the weekend? Email or or call Beth at 614-209-2936. Online registration opens April 9.

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.


Big Foot is coming! Earn your climate reduction stickers in the Big Carbon Footprint Game starting March 12. Make the carbon on the footprint disappear. See display in the church lobby for more information and come to the Big Foot table at coffee hour after church to take part. Sponsored by Green Souls.

The Haiti Community Empowerment Network seeks a volunteer Development Director (10-15 hours/week). More information at 

The Souls Journey bulletin board needs your news! In our big congregation, it’s sometimes hard to know other congregants. The Souls Journey bulletin boards (in Pierce Hall corridor) have photos of new members, brand new souls, marrying souls, obituaries, and notice of milestone events in the lives of our congregation. Please send photos and accompanying text to, message line: “Souls Journey.”

Your Board of Trustees, Church Council, and Leadership Development and Nominating Committee need YOU to fill two critical openings for church officers: secretary and assistant secretary. The Secretary keeps minutes of the monthly Board of Trustees meetings, preserves the church’s historical records, and ensures the accessibility of church policies, among other tasks. The assistant secretary takes minutes of three Church Council meetings each year, organizes the semi-annual Find Your Ministry Fairs, attends Church Council planning meetings, supports the church moderator, and fills in for the Board secretary as needed. If you’re interested, please contact LDNC Chair Mary Topolinski (

Caring Souls. Rev. Parker would like to thank those of you who’ve responded to her recent calls for volunteers. If you haven’t already signed to receive our emails of needs, but would like to become more involved in serving congregants of the church in times where a little extra support is welcome, see us in Pierce Hall after the service at the Caring Table or email Carrie Davidson (

Dementia caregivers’ covenant group meets first and third Wednesdays of the month at members’ homes. New members are welcome. Contact Kathy Ferger (

Valet parking for older church members. Sunday morning parking is difficult, especially for those who can’t walk many blocks to church. The city will not let us reserve spots close to the church, so the Caring Souls would like to arrange valet parking for members with impaired mobility. Meet a member at church and then park their car for them. Interested or need valet parking? Contact Caring Souls Coordinator Carrie Davidson ( 

The All Souls ESL program is growing! Thirty students from 16 countries attend our Sunday classes, and 21 are also connecting with volunteer tutors. Enrollment and classes continue Sundays from 1- 2:45pm at All Souls Church. New students welcome. Contact for more information.

Do you speak American Sign Language? Have an interest in offering equal access to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing? Want to help make a difference in the church? We are forming a committee that will provide access to church services and programming for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Interested? Contact Office Manager Rose Eaton ( or Rev. Rebecca Parker (

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