All Souls Unitarian Universalist E-Letter
Administration office hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm.
Minister's office hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-3pm and evenings and weekends by appointment.
service this week
This Sunday guest speaker, Rev. Ruth Rhinehart, will share about her newly minted ministry, JUUst Living, a sober living community/congregation based on Unitarian Universalist values. In this service, Rev. Ruth will share her vision for how we can walk each other home on the road to recovery through practical actions. You will love her passion for this work!
Rev. Ruth Rhinehart is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister in Golden, CO. Her dream is a new congregational model that brings the saving message of Unitarian Universalism to more people. We all struggle with cravings and addictions-some folk more than others-and almost every family is hurt by it. Ruth wants the JUUST Living congregation to offer spiritual healing and recovery from addictions.
next week ~
Come, come, whoever you are and join our youth-led service on Sunday, 5/5. Legend has it that when novelist Ernest Hemingway was asked to write a full story in six words, he responded: "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn." What would be your "six-word memoir" regarding Unitarian Universalism? What six words can we use to share how our faith and our values guide our lives? What six word story can we tell about who we hope to be?
all souls news
nori is on vacation!
Rev. Nori Rost will be out of the country on vacation from April 25-May 8.
If you have any needs or questions during that time, please contact our office administrator,
. Let's wish Nori a fabulous vacation!
announcement: annual congregational meeting
Mark your calendars for Sunday, 5/19. All Souls' annual congregational meeting will be held at noon that day. We will adopt our operating budget for 2019-20, elect members to positions on the Board and standing teams, and consider several motions for strategic enhancements to our church. All are welcome to attend. To be eligible to vote, you must have 1) signed the Membership Book; 2) made a financial contribution of record since May 20, 2018; and 3) made a pledge for the upcoming fiscal year (2019-20). If you want to vote but won't be able to attend the meeting, you can assign your vote to another member by completing a proxy form. For more info, or to get help with pledging or proxy forms, contact Rick Schwarz or the church office (email or phone, 719-633-7717).
cc arena update
We are still keeping an eye on the Robson Arena project. The next community meeting is listed on the
CC's project website
as 10:30am-12pm on 6/1, with a focus on the "revised site plan, architecture, landscape, traffic and parking. "Also, keep an eye on the Near North End Neighborhood
for updates as well.
mother earth spirituality group
The newly formed Mother Earth Spirituality Group will kick off with a Reincarnation Class on Friday, May 10th at 6:30pm in the Assembly Area downstairs. Class leader is Chrissy Dunham. For more info, contact
annual asuuc spring project day
women survivors' support group
Join us on Saturday, 5/4, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM for the Annual Spring Work Day at All Souls. We will be spiffing up the church after our long season of colder weather.
Chores will be chosen by you to address your skills, available time and interests. Both interior and exterior projects will be available. Choose your activity from the list and join in the fun. You may even wish to deal with your own pet peeve that distracts you during Sunday services. If you wish to work in the garden you may want to bring your own favorite tools and gloves. There will be coffee, juice and homemade coffee cake to entice you even more.
Come and share an hour or two with your fellow members and friends. You will be helping to create an inviting and warm atmosphere at All Souls. The church belongs to the congregation. It is up to us to keep it in good working order. Contact Kate Harrison by
or call her at 719-540-9072 for more information. See you-and May the Fourth be with you!
Connecting with fellow survivors and having a safe place to release emotion and share our stories can be an essential part of healing from domestic and/or sexual violence. All Souls is providing a safe space for a secular women's survivor support group 6-7pm next Thursday, 3/21, in the small hall. If you are interested in attending, please email
or call her at (507) 320-5066.
This survivor support group meets every third Thursday of the month from 6-7pm.
All male UU members and friends are invited to attend the UU Monthly Men's Discussion Group. Come and meet old, new and future friends to enjoy an evening with a supportive group of like-minded individuals.In May, we will meet on the second Thursday, May 9th, at 7:00 pm at the All Soul's UU Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Reservations are not required.
For those who wish, join a few of us for Happy Hour and dinner, starting at 5:30 pm. This month we will meet at the new restaurant, Fat Sully's Pizza, 528 S. Tejon. Their 26" pizzas are a sight to behold. Order a slice or two.
If you plan to come to dinner, please rsvp by email to
so he can make arrangments, or call him at 719-548-1982.
deeksha for all souls
Ancient wisdom from many spiritual traditions tells us that what we experience in our external world is a direct reflection of our internal world. We have the option of living in a suffering state or a beautiful state; both are attainable, the choice is ours. Living in a beautiful state requires living in a higher state of consciousness; moving from I-consciousness to One-consciousness. Deeksha is a transference of energy that facilitates transformation into these higher states of consciousness. Please join us 7-8:30pm, every 1st and 3rd Monday, in the gathering space in the basement at ASUUC. From the founders of O&O Academy: "It doesn't matter what the reasons are, all suffering is stupid."
for more information.
art club 4/25
Fellow artists, come join our group. This gathering is meant to be friendly, relaxed, fun, and of course... creative!! Bring in your favorite art supplies and a brown bag lunch. 2nd & 4th Thursdays at ASUUC. Creative time will be 10-11:30am, followed by a social lunch. Please email
with your contact information (name and phone number) if you are interested.
our affinity groups are open to all! There is no enrollment period and no fee required. Friends are welcome! These groups share a common interest and provide opportunities to connect and deepen our fellowship outside of Sunday Service. Perhaps one is for you? For more information, please
Enjoy working with babies and toddlers? Then come join the fun in the Nursery/PreK room at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. We are looking for a part-time caregiver for two or more Sundays a month from 10 am - noon. Reliability is essential. Schedule flexibility is available. Perfect for college students, parents with young kids, or retirees. Position offers the possibility of bringing your own kids along if desired. We are looking for someone 18 years of age or older. Starting wage is $10.50/hr. You must submit to a background check and we will pay for you to get your CPR certification. We have books that need reading, crafts to assist with and open play time to supervise! We are a liberal religious voice located in the heart of beautiful downtown Colorado Springs and we can't wait to meet you!
for more information.
Thank you to Sherri Bristol, Rosie Love, and Cory Faris for signing up for our Guest in the Classroom RE summer programming.
New sign-ups have included Zentangle Art and Science Sunday. What is your passion or hobby? Do you have a new interest or discovery? Come share it with RE as we offer "Guest in the Classroom" this summer. Come be our guest and present your passion to our RE kids and we will figure out how it relates to one of our principles or sources.
with any questions.
It is never too late to register for Religious Exploration (RE) at All Souls. Just check out our
. We ask that you fill out a new registration form EACH year. Please register your kids (babies through youth group) now so we can better plan, be informed, and keep you updated. There is no charge to register.
We had an absolutely lovely RE service in the park followed by an egg hunt and games. The weather was sunny, the service was meaningful and the hunt and games were fun! Many thanks to Julie Brady, Lisa Kreidel and Patrick Frydendall as well as Luke Brobin, Lily Frydendall, Mina Kriedel-Lincoln, Lola Frydendall, and Gabbi Starker for being our "village" and helping make it happen! And thank you to the Easter Squirrel who made his annual appearance!
This will be our next to last class in our Being UU unit. The Air and Fire Element classes will join together as we release our worms into our All Souls gardens. There will be dirt involved so dress accordingly. We will then make our own chalices out of clay pots, complete with a battery operated votive that kids can take home as a remembrance of this curriculum.
This is an intergenerational service that will be presented by our youth. I encourage all ages to attend so they can see what our youth have to say!
This Sunday, 4/28, we will have a rehearsal for our upcoming youth led service entitled "Six Words" which we will present on 5/5
to the congregation. We will not start off in service but will instead meet downstairs at 10:30 am. We will finish the rehearsal upstairs in the Great Hall after service lets out and should be done before noon.
registration ends 5/31!
QUUest Camp (rising 9th graders-12th grade graduates) and Spirit QUUest (rising 6th-rising 8th graders) is back! QUUest and Spirit QUUest are Unitarian Universalist summer camp immersion experiences for youth. Youth learn about community, spirituality, justice, equality, and also have a ton of fun! The camp will be held at La Foret, 6/30-7/6, 2019. Registration cost is $650. $50 sibling discount for each additional child from the same family. Payment plans available, $100 deposit required. If you need financial assistance to attend, please complete Youth Scholarship Application by 4/30 (link available on registration page). For more information or to register for QUUest, click here or for Spirit QUUest, click here.
gay-straight alliance leadership council
The One Colorado GSA Leadership Council is composed of middle school, high school, and college students from across Colorado. The Council is made to facilitate the growth and development of members as advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth, and further support the Colorado GSA Network. As members of the Council, youth will serve as representatives for their area and will provide feedback, training, and support to GSAs in Colorado. The Leadership Council will also advise on program priorities within the Safe Schools work of One Colorado. Young people know better than anyone the problems they face in school today... and they know better than anyone just what it will take to solve them. Apply today. For further questions, please email Jordan Anthony.
local activism & awareness
Editors' note: Occasionally, changes are made to these events after publication. Please click on the links provided if you are interested in attending something, to make sure the details have not changed. Thank you!
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Fourth Thursday Film Showing: Newtown
Twenty months after a horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of 20 elementary school children and six educators, the small New England town is in a complex psychological tangle in the wake of yet another act of mass killing at the hands of a disturbed young gunman. The film provides access into the lives and homes of those who remain, all of whom have been indelibly changed by the events. Doors will open at 6pm and showing will begin at 6:30pm. Panel discussion will follow.
4/30, 6pm-8:30pm, at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media, Beyond Columbine: Colorado Springs - A Community Conversation with RMPBS. Hosted by Rocky Mountain PBS.
RMPBS will host a facilitated conversation, where we seek to humanize and
illuminate the ways in which our community and state have been impacted in the last 20 years. Utilizing video excerpts from our upcoming series "Beyond Columbine," multiple locations in our state will partake in a conversation, sharing our personal stories in the time since Columbine.
Join the online conversation by sharing your own "ripple of Columbine" story with
on Facebook or Twitter.
*Notice of Photo and Video Recording: During this event photos and filming by staff may take place. By entering, you grant RMPBS the right to use these photos and video for internal and/or promotional materials.
5/5, 4-7pm, at the Richard F. Celeste Theatre, "Big Sonia." The story of a courageous 94-year old survivor of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, Sonia Warshawski teaches us about everyday acts of kindness that rise above bigotry, ignorance and bitterness - and that truth telling has the power to heal us all. Sonia's daughter, Regina Kort, and SuEllen Fried, an advisor for the film, will join in a Q&A discussion after the screening, followed by a public reception with light hors d'oeuvres.
Editors' note: Occasionally, changes are made to events after publication. Please click on the links provided if you are interested in attending something, to make sure the details have not changed. Thank you!
Attention all ASUUC Golfers. The Golfers from the High Plains Church would like to invite golfers from All Soul's to join them at their weekly golf outings. Please
email Tom Ward
for more information.
suicide prevention connection group
No cost support group every Monday for adults who have had thoughts or actions towards suicide. No registration needed, just show up at 7pm. Group lasts one hour.
Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention
at their offices.
from the marian house website
"The Marian House Soup Kitchen offers hot, nutritious meals 365 days a year to anyone who comes to our doors, free of charge. Meals are nutritionally balanced as we recognize that for many of those we serve, this is their only meal of the day. Since 1985, the Marian House Soup Kitchen has been serving people who are hungry in downtown Colorado Springs. On average, the Soup Kitchen serves 600 meals per day. Guests include struggling families, seniors on a fixed income, the working poor, veterans, people with disabilities, unsupported teens, and those who are homeless. Only about a third of our guests are homeless."
joys & concerns
all souls board of trustees
Judie McMath, President
Wendy Mike, Vice-President
Gary Harrison, Treasurer
Kate Harrison, Secretary
Rick Schwarz, Past President
Terry Schultz, Member-at-Large
Bruce Leeson, Member-at-Large
Jim Michali, Member-at-Large
Shawn Yasutake, Member-at-Large
The deadline for each week's e-letter is Wednesday at noon, barring something truly unexpected, such as a last-minute cancellation. Other items submitted after deadline will run the following week. Please help us inform you by honoring the deadline. Thank you -- Tamsin & Shawn