All Souls Unitarian Universalist E-Letter
June 25, 2020
Sunday Service Time: 10:30am

This week's editor:
Tamsin Cowdery
office hours
Currently All Souls has no office hours, in keeping with the best health and safety practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Links to email our minister or office admin are provided above. 

in this week's issue
Serviceservice this week
06/28 ~  
wouldn't take nothing for my journey now
Join us via Zoom: 51 years ago, a riot broke out in a queer bar in New York City. Led by people of color, trans folk and dykes, this riot caused an eruption of Queer Pride and Power and gave voice to a liberation movement. Join us as we celebrate the rights gained, the lessons learned, and what we need to be aware of going forward.
Click here  to see upcoming service themes. 
news all souls news

socially-distanced soirees 
Beginning 7/2, Nori will be holding socially distanced soirees in the front garden of the church at 10am on Thursdays. And by soirees she means bring your own lawn chair and come sit a spell, 6 feet apart, with a mask on! Just because we can't go inside our beautiful building, doesn't mean we can't enjoy the beautiful garden that our B&G Team has been keeping up so faithfully this summer. We will begin with an hour together and see how it goes! Hope to see you soon! 
affinity and covenant group update
It's been a while since our small groups have met!  If your affinity or covenant group is interested
in resuming meetings on Zoom, we currently have a church account that can be shared by multiple groups; meetings just need to be one at a time. If your group is interested in meeting on Zoom, please contact A.B. to receive instructions on proceeding further with our Zoom account.  
little free library
Our little free library in front of the church is running low on books. If you have books to donate, you can put them through the mail slot in the front door of the church, and A.B. will make them available to whichever book club member is tending the LFL this month.
reflections from the frontline
Contemplative Light asked Rev. Roger Butts, Staff Chaplain at Penrose St. Francis Health Services and Affiliated Community Minister for All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Colorado Springs, to write about how he is coping these days.  
REreligious exploration
This summer, e-RE will meet before service, 9:45-10:15am! This will be the e-RE time for June, July, and August. Join us this summer for some fun days in June and Summer Story-Time beginning in July. Click here to access e-RE, or click the link from our website.
Zoom links have been updated on the website and emailed to registered parents. Please contact Beth Green with any questions. 
monthly calendar
To keep track of what's going on in e-RE, a monthly calendar that will be emailed to parents, and available here to reference or to print from home.
children children
This Sunday will be a day of movement and mindfulness as we practice some yoga. Our theme today is summer and rainbows! Join us before service to wake up your bodies and minds.
monthly calendar
To keep track of what's going on in e-RE, there is a monthly calendar that will be emailed to parents, and available here, to reference or to print from home.  

summer hiatus  
Youth Group is officially on summer hiatus from meeting. Please stay tuned for exciting new things coming to Youth Group in the fall. Enjoy your summer!

summer FUUsion  
This year, PWR is holding a virtual week-long multi-faceted event for Middle and High School Youth (rising 6th - class of 2020). This event will be held July 5-12 and registration opens this week!  Fees are starting at $115 with small increases for additional tracking and programming.  Scholarships are available and can be found here. No interested youth will be turned away! Join FUUsion this summer: 4 districts, 1 region, virtUUally together! Please contact Beth at if you have a youth interested in attending.
movie night 
We have PSWD Sr High Youth Movie Night at 8:30pm MT on Thursday 6/25 and MDD Jackbox Game Night at 8pm MT on Sunday 6/28. Both are free!  
Detailed info, including the link to sign up is here
If you've already signed up, you are good to go and already signed up for future Hangouts.  
joysjoys & concerns

Editor's note: Please email any Joys or Concerns you wish to be included in the e-letter.

Join Rev. Nori EVERY Tuesday at 5:30pm for "Tuesdays with Nori." This remains an informal time to check in with one another, share our joys and concerns, and enjoy the beverage and snacks of our choice from our homes. This is the Zoom link, and it can also be found at the top of our homepage on our website.

None to share this week.
None to share this week.
 activism 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!
***new event*** 
7/3, 5:30-7:30pm, at City Hall, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" The 3rd community read-through of Frederick Douglass' "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" will be held on the steps of City Hall. Readers from the community will voice this powerful text. Come hear Douglass through the voices of A.B. Lugo, Rachel Corman, Ovadoze Lemuel, Jerima King, Ashley Cornelius, Nico Alvarado, Jonathan Andujar, Jennifer K Yancey, Michael Ferguson, and more. Masks on and give each soul a wide berth if you're not reading. 
If you have survived the COVID-19 virus, you may be eligible to help other patients by donating plasma as part of a statewide project. For more information, visit, or contact Kate Crow at or Will Crow at
To donate to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, click here.
COVID Mask Crafters, an international collective of stitchers making home-sewn masks for healthcare workers, needs your help.  Needed:  sewers, donations of material (sheets, pillowcases, etc), drivers to pick up and deliver masks, and financial support.  If you are interested in helping, please visit 
or email
community community news

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!
virtual choir
Isabel Alvarado is starting a Colorado Springs chapter of the Resistance Revival Chorus, which is a collective of womxn/women identifying/gender non-conforming/non-binary peoples who are passionate about singing and social justice. Click here for more information.  
grief & justice
Thanks to Karla Crescenta for this comprehensive list of resources regarding Grief and Justice. She got them from Carolyn Baker's Daily News Digest. Please take a look at them. There are resources for people of color as well as people who identify as white or have white skin privilege. 
lady liberty
No-one can actually visit Lady Liberty at the moment, but thanks to the National Park Service you can visit virtually and explore the interior, exterior, and museum. Happy 4th July! 
food distribution 
El Paso County has compiled a lengthy list of local food distribution locations here. The webpage also includes a link to a website where you can see student meal pick-up locations throughout the city.
In addition, D11 is partnering with the USDA for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, which will allow them to distribute FREE fruits and vegetables to families in our community.
This program will run 11am-12:30pm each Wednesday in June. Check out this Facebook post for location details.
Plus, Care and Share will be holding a Mobile Food Pantry Distribution in The Independence Center parking lot starting at 9am on Thursday, 6/25. Participants typically can expect to receive fresh produce, dairy, meats, canned and dry goods ALL at NO COST so please spread the word! Although this is FREE, you will be asked to provide your basic information (i.e., name, number of people in house etc.) at the time of pick-up. Click here for more details. 

free medical care & prescriptions
People sometimes face the stark choice between food and medicine. As costs of prescription drugs continue to rise and the numbers of uninsured continue to rise, providing a source for life-saving prescription drugs becomes critical. In Colorado's El Paso & Teller Counties, Open Bible Medical Clinic & Pharmacy also serves as a  Community Pharmacy dispensing free prescription medication to our neighbors who are uninsured. Residents of the county can qualify for our services if they are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. 10am-2pm every Thursday and 9am-1pm every Saturday.
all souls board of trustees

Wendy Mike, President
Justin Lincoln, Vice President
Jim Michali, Treasurer
Kathleen Brannan, Secretary
Judie McMath, Past President
Terry Schultz, Member-at-Large 
Sarah Bethke, Member-at-Large
 Evony McKenna, Member-at-Large
Jay Hatfield, Member-at-Large
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