Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Coming Week
Saturday, April 29

UUs worship and march together for climate, jobs, and justice.

  • Gather for breakfast and fellowship, pick up signs, coordinate, and get ready to march. 9:00-12:00, Café Fifty-nine (409 3rd St SW; Metro: Federal Center).
  • March. 11:00-4:00, National Mall.
  • After-party on All Souls’ terrace with High Energy (live Caribbean music) and food trucks. Connect with other UU climate justice advocates. 4:00-8:00, All Souls.
Sunday, April 30

9:30 and 11:15 am. Worship service: Social and Environmental Justice: Faith, Belief, Hope, and Beyond. Johnnie Aseron. Guest preacher Johnnie Aseron, executive director for the Inter-National Initiative for Transformative Collaboration and former coordinator of wellness and inter-faith events at Oceti Sakowin camp on the Standing Rock Reservation, will talk about experiences and insights through an Oceti Sakowin Camp lens.

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

Souls in the Center organizational meeting. What are the Souls in the Center up to this summer and beyond? All ideas on the table. Feel free to bring snacks to share during the discussion! Souls in the Center is All Souls’ community-building group for 30-somethings though 50-somethings. Interested? Email souls-in-the-center-leadership@googlegroups.com or contact Pooja Jhunjhunwala (poojaj@gmail.com). 10:30 am (between services), library.

Climate Justice Movement Building

  • Join other Green Souls for a vegetarian lunch ($12) and fellowship. 12:30-1:30, terrace. 
  • Then come to a panel discussion with leaders from frontline communities: Johnnie Aseron, Robin Lewis (Energy Justice Network), Rev. Karen Brammer (UUA Multicultural Growth & Witness), and Jan Dash (Climate Portal/UU-UNO Climate Action). 1:30-3:30, Pierce Hall.

Denominational Connections. Interested in learning more about how All Souls fits into the larger UU community, in partnering with other UU bodies, and/or looking to magnify your impact in the world around you? If so, the Denominational Connections Committee invites you to this meeting. 12:45-2:00 pm, library.

Mindful Souls potluck. 12:45 pm, courtyard.

National Portrait Gallery tour with Souls in the Center. If you’d like to catch a ride, meet in the Reeb lobby right after second service (we have two cars that can each take three people) or meet us downtown. We’ll gather at &Pizza (H and 7th) to grab a quick lunch (if we have time) and then meet the docent at the entrance to the Portrait Gallery at 1:30 sharp. Questions? Contact Nicole Wharton (nicolewharton@yahoo.com)
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Tickets for the May 21 Silver Souls Tea are now on sale in Pierce Hall and online.

Monday, May 1

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 (reeve.tyndall@gmail.com) for more info or check out this blog post! Mondays, show time at 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, May 2

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

Wednesday, May 3

The Grief Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from October to June in the Spirit Room from 7 to 8:30. During the summer, the group will meet on the first Thursday of each month, from July to September. Pre-registration requested: email Will Hayes (wchayes142@gmail.com).

Thursday, May 4

Bystander Intervention Trainin. Have you ever seen someone being harassed on the metro--and weren’t sure what to do? Have you seen videos of public harassment or bullying, and wondered how you would react if you were there? Join the Sanctuary Movement Support Committee for an interactive Bystander Intervention training to learn and practice techniques as a bystander to interrupt and de-escalate harassment. RSVP here. Questions? Contact Maya Hermann (hermann.maya@icloud.com). 6:30-8:30 pm, All Souls .

Saturday, May 6

America, the Dream. Combined choirs from 14 local UU churches gather to sing for social justice and premiere a work by Rollo Dilworth. Free-will offerings gladly accepted to support the work of Black Lives Matter DC. 4:00 pm, sanctuary.

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 www.all-souls.org. 
Weekend on the Bay

Weekend on the Bay 2017

Online registration for Weekend on the Bay is open at www.all-souls.org/wob-2017!

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 (beth.jewell910@gmail.com).

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!

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 (cwooldridge108@comcast.net; 202-714-7588).

More information at www.all-souls.org/heiwa. 

Adult Spiritual Development
Find info and registration links at www.all-souls.org/asd.

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 and Wings. Dive deep into Unitarian Universalism and your faith journey. This six-week class touches on history, theology, personal experience, and much more. Thursdays, June 1 through July 6. Register here.

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 www.all-souls.org/asd). Expressions of interest are requested by June 1.

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

Feminine Power book club is on hiatus for the summer.  Contact Jennifer Bailey (jennifer_bailey009@hotmail.com; 614-571-7052) for more info. 

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 www.uuworld.org/topics/uua-elections. and learn more about them at a candidates’ forum at Cedar Lane UU Church on Sat., Apr. 1. Find out more at www.uua.org/central-east/programs/better-together-central-east-region-leadership-day-and-uua-presidential.


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 (justis_tuia@hotmail.com) 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.

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