Thursday, September 28, 2017
The Coming Week
Saturday, September 30

Souls in the Center Potluck. Bring your favorite dish - sign up here . Contact Beth Conlin (bconlin@gmail.com) to RSVP and for directions. 5:00 pm.

Blues: The Foundation of American Music. 6:00-7:00 pm: drinks and snacks; 7:00-8:30: performance; 8:30-9:00: desserts and meet the artists. Buy tickets online . River Road UU Congregation (6301 River Road, Bethesda MD).

Sunday, October 1
 
Begin Again in Love: Forgiveness and Resilience. Rev. Hardies. Every year on the Sunday closest to Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, we explore themes of forgiveness and reconciliation and end our service with the words of our Litany of Atonement: “We forgive ourselves. We forgive each other. We begin again in love.” There can be no new beginnings—no resilience of spirit or community—without atonement, forgiveness and reconciliation. 9:30 and 11:15 am.

About All Souls. Casual, one-hour introduction to All Souls and Unitarian Universalism. 11:00 am or 12:45 pm, Longfellow Room (upstairs).

Mindful Souls meet in community regularly at the church for meditation, followed by discussion led by congregants or others from our broader DC community. All are welcome! 1:00 pm, classroom 2.

Souls in the Center general planning meeting to discuss new priorities. We’re looking for folks interested in becoming social chairs. 1:00 pm, library.

Virginia Canvass Expedition. Spend an afternoon together registering voters in Northern Virginia for the upcoming election for Governor and House of Delegates on November 7. Virginia is one of the few states with general elections in 2017 and the deadline to register is October 16. Join us as we partner with New Virginia Majority to seek to expand the rolls of those who can exercise their voice. RSVP at Eventbrite . 1 - 5 pm. meet at All Souls after second service.

Fairly traded coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate provide just incomes to families in developing countries. They enable children to attend school instead of working the fields. And all are organic, so neither the Earth nor the workers are contaminated with chemicals. We offer whole-bean and ground coffee, caffeinated and herbal teas, large and small chocolate bars, cocoa mixes, olive oil, and other goodies! Buy yours in Pierce Hall after both services.

SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice) screens “Accidental Courtesy,” a documentary about an African American musician, Daryl Davis, with the unusual and controversial strategy of meeting and befriending members of the KKK, many of whom had never met a black person before. 6:00 pm: appetizer potluck; 6:30: screening followed by potluck dessert and discussion. River Road UU Congregation (6301 River Road, Bethesda MD).

Monday, October 2

Connecting Souls. Interested in joining the team that welcomes newcomers to church and guides the membership process? Join us for our monthly meeting. 6:30 pm, library.

Peacemaking. This five-week course will cover the theology and practices of peacemaking from both UU and Buddhist perspectives. The course, originally developed for All Souls members traveling to Hiroshima, is open to all interested congregants. Facilitators: Rev. Dr. Rob Hardies and Heiwa Peace Project leadership. Mondays, Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 7:00–9:00 pm. Max: 25; Fee: $25, or pay what you can. Register here .

Tuesday, October 3

UU4Core I: Unitarian Universalist History and Theology (Fall 2017). Unitarians Universalists hold diverse but distinctive views on all the classic topics of theology: the question of God (or no-God), the understanding of what it is to be human, the problem of evil, the struggle for wholeness and liberation, the purpose of life together in sacred community, the place of ritual and spiritual practice, and more. This course will explore these questions, with attention to historical foundations for UU perspectives. We will reflect on our personal theology in the context of UU heritage and our personal history, identity, life-experiences, and engagement with critical issues in our lives and world. The text for the course will be A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the 21st Century, by John Buehrens and Rebecca Ann Parker (Beacon Press, 2011). Facilitators: Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker and Kevin McCulloch, Teaching Associate. Tuesdays, Oct. 3–Nov. 7, 7:00–9:00 pm. Fee: $30, or pay what you can. Register here .

Wednesday, October 4

Voting Rights Restoration Phone Bank. In 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe took the historic action of restoring the right to vote of tens of thousands of Virginia citizens with prior criminal convictions, ending decades of disenfranchisement. The Reeb Project works to ensure that all citizens, especially those in marginalized groups, have the right to choose their leaders. Using lists provided by New Virginia Majority, come help us notify each disenfranchised Virginian that they can get their voting rights back. Bring a phone and a laptop or tablet and charger (if you have them). Instructions and a script will be provided. No experience necessary. RSVP at Eventbrite . 6:30-9:00 pm, home of Francine Raizes (Chevy Chase, MD).

Joining All Souls. This three-hour class introduces you to All Souls Church and Unitarian Universalism. You’ll learn how the church functions and how you can get involved. Along the way, you’ll share a bit of your own story and start forming community with fellow new congregants. At the end of the class, you’ll be invited to sign the Membership Book. 6:30–9:30 pm, Eaton Room. (Also offered Sat., Dec. 16, 9:00 am–12:00 noon.) Register here .

Spiritual Development in Islam. Offered three times this fall, this one-session workshop will introduce the participants to the Five Pillars of Islam and how they inspire the daily lives of Muslims. The presenter will reference the Koran to define and describe each Pillar, then describe how it is incorporated in daily life. For more information call Judy Fisher (202.841.0943). Facilitator: Rahmat Shabazz. Max: 20 (min: 10); Fee: none. 7:00–8:30 pm. (Also offered Wed., Nov. 1 and Wed., Dec. 6). Register here .

Thursday, October 5

Young Souls Book Club. September’s read: Alejandro Zambra’s Multiple Choice. “Written in the form of a standardized test, Multiple Choice invites the reader to respond to virtuoso language exercises and short narrative passages through multiple-choice questions that are thought-provoking, usually unanswerable, and often absurd.” For more information, contact Lauren (webmistresslauren@gmail.com). Every Thursday, 7:30 pm.

Saturday, October 7

Social-Emotional Development Is Fun! Come and learn how to support your child’s social-emotional development through play. Onsite developmental screen available for children under 6 (in English and Español) as well as guided activities you can do with your child. For more information, contact Dolores Miller (dmiller@allsouls.ws) or Maria Fuensalida (202.277.1104; maria.fuensalida@dc.gov). Sponsored by Children’s Religious Education, presented by Early Stages. 10:00–1:00 pm (come anytime), All Souls.
Adult Spiritual Development
Find info and registration links at www.all-souls.org/asd.

Coming up soon:

Peacemaking. This five-week course will cover the theology and practices of peacemaking from both UU and Buddhist perspectives. The course, originally developed for All Souls members traveling to Hiroshima, is open to all interested congregants. Facilitators: Rev. Dr. Rob Hardies and Heiwa Peace Project leadership. Mondays, Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 7:00–9:00 pm. Max: 25; Fee: $25, or pay what you can. Register here .

UU4Core I: Unitarian Universalist History and Theology (Fall 2017). Unitarians Universalists hold diverse but distinctive views on all the classic topics of theology: the question of God (or no-God), the understanding of what it is to be human, the problem of evil, the struggle for wholeness and liberation, the purpose of life together in sacred community, the place of ritual and spiritual practice, and more. This course will explore these questions, with attention to historical foundations for UU perspectives. We will reflect on our personal theology in the context of UU heritage and our personal history, identity, life-experiences, and engagement with critical issues in our lives and world. The text for the course will be A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the 21st Century, by John Buehrens and Rebecca Ann Parker (Beacon Press, 2011). Facilitators: Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker and Kevin McCulloch, Teaching Associate. Tuesdays, Oct. 3–Nov. 7, 7:00–9:00 pm. Fee: $30, or pay what you can. Register here .

Spiritual Development in Islam. Offered three times this fall, this one-session workshop will introduce the participants to the Five Pillars of Islam and how they inspire the daily lives of Muslims. The presenter will reference the Koran to define and describe each Pillar, then describe how it is incorporated in daily life. For more information call Judy Fisher (202.841.0943). Facilitator: Rahmat Shabazz. Max: 20 (min: 10); Fee: none. 7:00–8:30 pm. (Also offered Wed., Nov. 1 and Wed., Dec. 6). Register here .
Children and Youth Religious Education
Books of meditations/prayers/readings for homes and families for sale. Cost $12. See Dolores or Maxine.
Saturday, October 7th 10am-1pm – DCPS “Early Stages” Open House. A collaboration of All Souls, DC Public Schools & our local community. An interactive workshop for young children and parents/caregivers, to learn about stages of child development. Toddlers to 6 years engage in various activities to stimulate growth and learning.
Sunday, October 8th - Pancake Breakfast in Dining Room, after each service. Brought to us by our Middle Schoolers. Parent Orientation during. Get all your RE questions answered.
Sunday, October 29th- Haunted House brought to us by our Middle Schoolers. Lights on & lights off versions.
During our recent Teacher Orientation, I asked the question, “Think of a time you were acting religiously/spiritually. What were you doing?” Some of the responses were: being kind, being in nature, volunteering, reflecting, praying, marching/social justice, pausing, listening, loving, leading/following, sharing family’s Muslim experience, seeking guidance/strength, singing, art, helping, forgiving, cooking, receiving generosity, taking responsibility, grieving, thanking, having faith, being with children.

Contact Dolores Miller, Director of Religious Education for Children & Youth (dmiller@allsouls.ws; 202-517-1469).
Opportunities
All Souls ESL is looking for a few more volunteer teachers and tutors for the fall semester. For more information, contact Sarah (allsouls.esl.dc@gmail.com).

Refugee Support Initiative. The All Souls Refugee Support Initiative has many opportunities to provide direct support to some of our refugee friends who have recently moved to the DC area (including providing transportation support, helping with resumes and job-development, serving as a mentor, etc.) as well as supporting a larger pro-refugee advocacy agenda. We are also specifically looking for a volunteer that can help with data entry and weekly outreach communications to our volunteers. If you are interested, contact Laurie Ensworth (lensworth@verizon.net). Or better yet, stop by our table at the “Find Your Ministry” Fair this Sunday after services.

Nourish the congregation and come cook with the Sunday Lunch Ministry on on certain Sundays, when we gather to share our stories, nourish our bodies, and celebrate the All Souls welcoming mission and spirit of community. All helping hands welcome! Sign up one, two, or all three essential roles.
  • Prep (9:00-11:15): Chopping, measuring, stirring, etc. just show up in the kitchen at 9:00 to help.
  • Serving (12:15-1:15): Serve food, run the cash box, keep the food flowing; meet in the kitchen at 12:15 to get an apron and instructions.
  • Cleanup (1:00-2:30): The most important job is to leave the kitchen ready for the next group!
For more information visit all-souls.org/lunch or contact Jerri Husch ( ascu.lunch@gmail.com ).

All Souls Board and Officer Openings. Want to give back to the church and expand your leadership skills? Apply now for one of three trustee openings or one of several officer positions in 2018. Fill out the form at www.all-souls.org/leadership-application or pick up an application in Pierce Hall on Sundays after service. Deadline: Monday, October 2. Questions? Contact LDNC Chair Mary Topolinski (marytopolinski@gmail.com).

Ushers and Greeters Needed. Now that we’ve returned to two services, All Souls urgently needs more ushers and greeters to welcome congregants and visitors and help each service proceed smoothly and safely. It’s fun, rewarding, and doesn’t take much extra time. To usher, please email Mark Matthews (markhowardmatthews@gmail.com). To greet, email Gary Penn (gpenn@allsouls.ws). 

Social Justice (SJ) Feds is a community of support for federal employees experiencing moral or ethical quandaries as we strive to serve our nation with integrity. Meetings are confidential, supportive, non-partisan, safe spaces where we check-in with one another about how we, our colleagues, and our agencies are faring. We have also conducted informational discussions about federal employees’ oaths, rights, and benefits, and we are open to new areas for discussion. Meetings are held monthly and members have hosted social events as well. To take part, email sjfeds@gmail.com with your name, agency/role, and personal email address.

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 (jana_owens@hotmail.com). 
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