Thursday, April 5, 2018
The Coming Week
Friday, April 6

Young Souls monthly potlucks , held at members’ homes, are great events for newcomers. Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. April’s potluck hosted by Ali Hard and Mike Weng. RSVP on Facebook here . Questions? Contact Claire (claire.adrian.tucci@gmail.com). 7 pm, check YS listserv for address.

Sunday, April 8

God Matters. Rev. Abhi Janamanchi. God, yes. God, no! God, maybe. One God at most? Does it matter? What’s a Unitarian Universalist to do? The service will explore what God means, or doesn’t mean, for Unitarian Universalists. 9:30 and 11:15 am.

Memorial service for long time member Penny White . 2 pm, sanctuary.

Roots & Wings . This interactive six-session class explores All Souls, Unitarian Universalism, and your own spiritual journey. It introduces members, new and old, to the history of our church and governance as well as the denomination. It’s also a great way to bond with a smaller group of your fellow congregants. Register here . Co-led by Meredith Higgins Hargrave and Gregory Ford. Sundays, 1-3 pm, April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 20, Eatonl.

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/fourth Sundays also at 11 am, Longfellow Room.

Wednesday, April 11

Young Souls Happy Hours are an excellent event for newcomers to meet other Young Souls. Local 16 donates 10% of our checks back to All Souls. For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers after happy hour. RSVP on Facebook here . Questions? Contact Claire ( claire.adrian.tucci@gmail.com ). 5:30 pm, Local 16 (1602 U St. NW).

Vespers . Our monthly service of chant, quiet, and community. 7:30 pm, sanctuary. 
Thursday, April 12

A simple graveside memorial service for Dolores (Dee) Eaton , the wife of former All Souls Senior Minister, the Rev. David Eaton, will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. Those planning to attend should arrive at the Arlington Cemetery visitors center by 9 am. Stop by the Caring Table this Sunday to let us know if you plan to attend, and if you would be willing to share or offer a ride.

Friday, April 13 – Saturday, April 14

Beloved Conversations . All Souls is excited to announce the start of Beloved Conversations, a powerful pathway for spiritual growth and relationship building that advances our dream of beloved community. A transformative curriculum grounded in spiritual practice and our UU faith, Beloved Conversations is a learning laboratory for how to live healthily in a multiracial, multicultural, theologically diverse community, and how to work for a racially just world, both within and beyond our congregation. Led by Dr. Mark Hicks, Meadville Lombard Professor of Religious Education, Beloved Conversations opens with a 1.5-day immersive retreat at All Souls (Fri., Apr. 13, 6:00-9:30 pm & Sat., Apr. 14, 9:00 am-4:45 pm), followed by four 2-hour sessions, on Monday or Wednesday evenings, in small cohorts of 10-15 people. Your participation is invited and encouraged! For more information, contact Minister of Adult Spiritual Development Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker ( rparker@allsouls.ws ). Registration is open .
Saturday, April 14

Souls in the Center have a Game Day! Let’s play a soothing (ha!) game, where we take resources from each other. RSVP here or on facebook . Be sure to bring any games you love - we will have a number of games going depending on numbers. 2-5ish pm, Red Derby (3718 14th St NW, WDC).

All Souls Jubilee Dance. Bring your dancing shoes. Jubilee Singers and the Nightlife Band. Bring your favorite beer or wine. Donation: $5-$20; kids welcome and free. Sat., Apr. 14, 7-9 pm, Pierce Hall.
Adult Spiritual Development
YOU CAN REGISTER FOR ALL CLASSES AT WWW.ALL-SOULS.ORG/ASD .
STARTS THIS SUNDAY Roots & Wings. Co-led by Meredith Higgins Hargrave and Gregory Ford, this interactive six-session class fosters an exploration of All Souls, Unitarian Universalism, and your own spiritual journey. It introduces members, new and old, to the history of our church and governance as well as the denomination. It’s also a great way to bond with a smaller group of your fellow congregants. Sundays, 1-3 pm, April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6 and 20 (skipping Mother’s Day), Eaton Room. Register .
STARTS NEXT WEEK All Souls is excited to announce the start of Beloved Conversations, a powerful pathway for spiritual growth and relationship building that advances our dream of beloved community. A transformative curriculum grounded in spiritual practice and our UU faith, Beloved Conversations is a learning laboratory for how to live healthily in a multiracial, multicultural, theologically diverse community, and how to work for a racially just world, both within and beyond our congregation. Led by Dr. Mark Hicks, Meadville Lombard Professor of Religious Education, Beloved Conversations opens with a 1.5-day immersive retreat at All Souls (Fri., Apr. 13, 6:00-9:30 pm & Sat., Apr. 14, 9:00 am-4:45 pm), followed by four 2-hour sessions, on Monday or Wednesday evenings, in small cohorts of 10-15 people. Your participation is invited and encouraged! For more information, contact Minister of Adult Spiritual Development Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker ( rparker@allsouls.ws ). Registration is open .
UU4Core III: Unitarian Universalist Ethics and Activism . Our spiritual perspective impels us to work for justice, and our justice work demands our ongoing spiritual development. This course will deepen our knowledge of the inspiring heritage of UU activism, the ethical frameworks that have led UUs to work for peace, prison reform, abolition of slavery, women’s rights, LGBTQ liberation, immigration reform, countering white supremacy, eco-justice, and more. We will grapple with struggle points in our own transformation and as well as acquire tools to put our faith into practice. Facilitated by All Souls’ Minister for Social Justice Rev. Rob Keithan. Tuesdays, April 24 – May 29, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Book Discussion: Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough . Naomi Klein is one of the sharpest and most relevant writers of our time focusing on the science of climate change and the politics of environmental destruction. In her latest book, she details why resisting the most recent steps of the corporate takeover under the Trump administration are necessary but not enough to save democracy from fascism or the planet from destructive change. In No Is Not Enough she lays out a visionary strategy for saving democracy and the planet, based on an intersectional moral movement akin to that of Rev. Dr. William Barber II. We’ll also look at the Leap Manifesto (included in the index), which Klein co-wrote with some 60 other environmental leaders. Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Children and Youth Religious Education
This Sunday, April 8th

All Children K through Middle School meet/gather in Room 2. (6th Grade OWL begins in Eaton). They’ll reflect on this month’s All Souls theme, “god”, followed by our “First Sunday Choose Your Own Adventure Day”. Middle School will assist with activities. The groups will be of mixed ages, depending on what they choose. Please talk with your child in advance about what they’d like to do.
Adventures Include:
  • Building Room-Studio (Legos, blocks, K’Nex, Marbleworks, Jenga, wind up mice & puppies, costumes, crafts, tent, Firehouse, books...)
  • Game Room-Rm.1 (Jenga, Apples to Apples, Monopoly, jigsaw puzzles, chess, Operation, Mancala, Twister, Clue, Frog Flipper, Harry Potter Games...)
  • Gym (ping pong, basketball, mini foosball, putt putt golf, badminton, corn hole, flying animals, scooters, frisbee, jump rope, magnetic darts, Simply Fit...)
Nursery (Rm 4): Climbing, Creating, Reading. Headsets available for listening to service.
9:30 2’s/3’s & 11:15 2’s-4’s: (Rm 5) “My World Has Light”. Making “suncatchers”.
9:30 4’s (Rm 3): “Spring Brings Color to Our World”. Taking a “Color Walk”.
Youth Group (Tupper for today): Planning the April 14th “Lock In”.

Opportunities and Events

Sunday, May 6th- Coming of Age Youth service
Sunday, May 13th- Plant Sale
Sunday, May 20th- High Tea
Sunday, May 27th – Begin 1 service and RE at 10:15
Friday, June 1st-Sunday, June 3rd- Weekend on the Bay All Church Retreat
Sunday, June 10th – Teacher Appreciation Brunch and High School Senior Recognition

Contact Dolores Miller, Director of Religious Education for Children & Youth (dmiller@allsouls.ws; 202-517-1469).
Leaders/Helpers needed for Weekend on the Bay 2018
Weekend on the Bay
Mark June 1-3 on your calendars for All Souls’ annual retreat on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Weekend on the Bay is a wonderful All Souls tradition, and this year--more than ever--we could benefit from the opportunity to renew our bonds with one another in a relaxing, beautiful, and fun natural environment. If you are willing to serve our community at this important time by being part of the team that makes Weekend on the Bay a success, please contact our religious education assistant Maxine Hillman ( mhillman@allsouls.ws ). Thank you so much!
Reeb Voting Rights Project
Did you know that democracy is habit forming? The Reeb Voting Rights Project’s partners, Democracy NC and You Can Vote, need our help to turn out the vote for their state’s May 8 primary, because research shows that people who vote in a primary are more likely to vote in the general election. We’ll call infrequent voters who did not vote in 2014, but did in 2016. So, help us increase midterm turnout in NC! You bring your cell phone and charger. We’ll provide fun, food, drink, and the opportunity to make a difference. No experience needed; we’ll have training and materials on site. These events are hosted at the homes of Reeb Project members. Please use the links below to RSVP and find location and other details.
Growing Connections - Mother's Day Plant Sale
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Founded in 1983 by Bob and Molly Freeman, the annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale (Sunday, May 13) will this year mark its 35th anniversary. This festive springtime tradition includes house plants, fruits and vegetables, snacks, baked goods, beverages, and kids’ activities. Plant donations, baked goods, and volunteers are needed. Start your cuttings and plantings now! Please join us in honoring and celebrating the life and legacy of Bob Freeman, who passed this winter. Interesting in volunteering or donating plants or other items? Contact Karen McManus (425-765-0054), Pam Amos (773-294-0696), or ascdcplantsale@gmail.com .
Rev. Newman Moore
Nadine Ramos is coordinating the production of a book that will be presented as a gift to Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore. The book will be a collection of letters of appreciation for Rev. Susan’s ministry at All Souls. If you would like to contribute, go to FromYourBelovedCommunity.fromabirdie.com/contribute and write about how Rev. Susan positively impacted your life. We’d like it to be a surprise, but it’s most important to get the word out and have as many contributions as possible. Let everyone know, and help our less tech savvy friends upload their letters. Contributions to the book will be accepted until April 15. If you have any questions or would like to support the funding of the book, contact Nadine ( nadine.bowden.ramos@gmail.com ).
Opportunities
The All Souls/Beckner Advancement Fund ( www.all-souls.org/beckner ) is recruiting new committee members. Grounded in a commitment to social-change philanthropy, the Beckner Fund distributes external and internal grants each year to support efforts that advance All Souls’ social justice mission. Interested candidates should send an e-mail to ascu.beckner@gmail.com that addresses these three questions: Why do you want to become a member of the Beckner committee? What qualities/background/experience would you bring to the work of the committee? What is your passion for social justice and how does it connect to your faith? The deadline to apply is Sun., Apr. 22. 

Pastoral care beyond All Souls clergy. If you would like to access pastoral care from a Unitarian Universalist minister not connected to All Souls, please contact Rev. Keithan ( rkeithan@allsouls.ws ) or Rev. Parker ( rparker@allsouls.ws ) and they will provide a referral. 

All Souls’ English as a Second Language program seeks new volunteers to help on two Sunday afternoons each month. Duties include welcoming and registering new students, answering questions about the program, and working with the church. We are a 100% volunteer-run program, so we need leaders with initiative who are comfortable problem-solving in the moment. We are interested in developing a more multicultural leadership team, and we especially encourage Spanish speakers and non-native English speakers to volunteer for this administrative role. Email all.souls.esl.dc@gmail.com.

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 (jana_owens@hotmail.com).
  • 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 (markhowardmatthews@gmail.com).
  • 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 (sarahpuro@yahoo.com).
  • 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 (babaloo913@gmail.com).
  • The Lunch Ministry nourishes the congregation with a homemade, healthy meal about once a month. Stretch your culinary skills! Visit all-souls.org/lunch or contact Jerri Husch (ascu.lunch@ gmail.com).
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