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
6/23 ~ something inside so strong
This day marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City, when a crowd of mainly dykes, drag queens and transgender womxn fought back against police who had raided the gay bar, The Stonewall. Thus the queer liberation moment exploded into life. In this service, Rev. Rost will explore how these marginalized communities transcended the oppressive narrative they had been taught and found freedom. There will be a picnic following service to celebrate this major anniversary.
all souls news
All Souls is proud to be participating in this year's
Colorado Springs Pridefest
! In preparation for this joyous event, we will be having a sign and button making evening at the church, 5:30-7:30pm on Friday 6/28. Bring your poster board, your markers and your positivity and we'll create together in preparation for the parade and festival in July! Watch this space for more information regarding Pridefest in the near future.
robson arena meeting
The final community meeting will be held 10:30am-12pm on 6/29. For more information,
calling all techies
We're looking for help to run our newly upgraded A/V system on Sundays. If you'd like to use state-of-the-art equipment to help make our services sound fantastic, please join our team. We'll bring you up to speed on our system, and you can schedule one Sunday morning a month at our A/V controls. Interested? Contact
Hey, plant lovers! If you are looking for some reasonably priced, Colorado-grown plants to spruce up your yard, be sure to reserve 6/30 for our plant sale. The sale will run from 11:30 am to 1 pm and will hopefully feature ground cover, annuals, perennials, shrubs, house plants, vegetables, and more. Prices will be reasonable since we don't want to lug everything home. If you can donate some plants, please
and let us know what kind of plants you can bring. You can also sign up to help with the sale, which may include some set-up and tear-down time. You can volunteer for as little as a half hour, stay the entire time, or help with anything in between.
We hope to have a great assortment of plants and a big turnout of buyers. All proceeds from the sale will go to repairing the sprinkler system which was damaged twice this spring-first by the city while replacing the sidewalk on the corner, and then when the winter storm felled the spruce tree. Help us get the sprinklers up and running and help yourself with some new plants!
water softener salt available!
If you have a home water softener system and you are in need of some salt pellets, the Building and Grounds team has a nearly-full bag of pellets that needs to be taken away. It is located in the downstairs shower/bathroom adjacent to the Pine Room (not the one in the downstairs hallway). It's against the wall just to the right as you enter the furnace room and is free to the first person willing to go down and haul it off. Thanks!
art club meeting, 6/27
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. This month's meeting is on 6/27. Creative time will be from 10am-11:30am, followed by a social lunch. Please email Pam Brown with your contact information (name and phone number) if you are interested. Please note that the Art club will only meet on the 4th Thursday of the month during the summer.
king soopers rewards
The format for the use of King Soopers gift cards to donate money to All Souls has changed. You no longer need to have a physical gift card to designate funds for ASUUC. Go to the King Soopers website and sign in with your account or make a new account to go with your SooperCard. Once you do that, go the CommunityRewards website and search for "All Souls Unitarian." Click the "Enroll" button, and you're all set! Every time you shop at King Soopers, a portion of your purchase amount will be donated to ASUUC. There is no cost to you and the money is automatically donated to All Souls.
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
Be a superhero and volunteer in RE for in the fall! Just add your name and email address to the sign-up sheet on the clipboard at the RE Table and I will send you a Sign-Up Genius in August so you can pick the topic and dates that work best for you. Any size commitment is welcome. Experience not required. Everything provided. Various positions available. Join us, won't you, and help grow souls while having fun!
Laurie will be off 6/16-7/31. The RE summer programming schedule is posted on her office door and the RE bulletin board. Please contact Rev. Nori or A.B. if questions arise during her absence.
Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. This fascinating art form is fun and relaxing while increasing your focus and creativity. Come enjoy this process with our guest Sherri Bristol.
This week our guests in the classroom will be Dan & Kristy Morman. Come join in the fun as they lead the group in the fine art of guacamole making. Class will finish with the opportunity to eat your work!
Our Youth Group is on summer hiatus. Many of our youth have plans for the summer and I wish you safe and fun adventures. We hope that you will join us in RE for our Guest in the Classroom summer programming as others share their passion. Come to participate or to assist - your choice!
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.
, at 702 E Boulder St., "
Come learn the art and science of composting with Soil Cycle - a social enterprise of Colorado Springs Food Rescue that makes composting convenient. Whether you just heard about composting, you're not sure what went wrong with your backyard pile or maybe you're curious about "the other side" of Soil Cycle's pick-up service - there's something for everyone to gain by getting together for a day in the dirt.
, at 506 E Moreno Ave., "
Mental Health is Wealth-Community Forum
Another Life Foundation is presenting a FREE mental health event where you will hear from mental health providers, policy makers, and mental health advocates who will provide ideas that will help increase access to mental health resources across Colorado. In addition, they will offer strategies to achieving mental wellness, thus promoting "Mental Health is Wealth." Audio and Music support will be provided by DJShield.
at ASUUC, "
Fourth Thursday Film Showing: Stonewall Uprising
." Join your Social Justice Action Team and the El Paso County Democratic Party for this month's Fourth Thursday documentary. "
When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on June 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world."
Doors open at 6pm, showing begins at 6:30pm, followed by a panel discussion about the gay rights movement and how it has impacted our community.
7/11, 6-7:30 pm, at Poor Richard's Downtown, "
SURJ COS Book Club: White Fragility.
" White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people' (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
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!
heart of praise
On Wednesday, 6/29, the Center for Spiritual Living, Colorado Springs, is hosting a night of "singing in the heart of praise" with Denise Rosier and the CSLCS community. Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7. Come as you are. Bring a friend! No registration required. Love offering will be taken.
Peace Camp is an exciting alternative day camp running Monday through Friday 7/29-8/2, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Children ages 7-13 take on different crafts and projects each day to focus on Peace with Self, Peace with Neighbors, Peace with the Earth, Peace with the World, and Becoming Peace Builders. The cost is $125. Scholarships available. Contact the
Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Center
for further information. Accepting applications for teens to serve as Counselors in Training. Contact us if you would like to help sponsor someone.
carolyn baker lecture and workshop
On 6/28 and 6/29, Pikes Peak Permaculture is hosting a lecture and workshop with Carolyn Baker,
who offers life and leadership coaching for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future. On Friday, 6/28, at 7pm, Dr. Baker will give a talk titled "Placing Climate and Other Catastrophic Events Within a Larger Story," and will hold a workshop, "Living Resiliently in the Dark Night of the Globe," 9am-4:30pm on Saturday, 6/28. Both events will be at the Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies. This event is designed to offer us an alternative to being engulfed in emotions like fear, anger, sorrow, and despair. These alternatives include strategies such as inviting us to re-frame the questions and face our predicament honestly and courageously, supporting us in finding sources of meaning and purpose in a time of extinction, and offering a safe container for finding our way back to each other. Friday's lecture will cost $10-$20, while Saturday's workshop will run $80-$100. Advance registration is required. Please email Brian Fritz or call/text him at 719-645-5752.
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
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