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
9/1 ~ great expectations!
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free" proclaims the poem The New Colossus, written by Emma Lazarus and inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. Does that include all those seeking freedom on our shores? Join us this Labor Day Sunday as Rev. Rost explores the changing expectations of immigration and the work ethic of the United States.
all souls news
At the beginning of this month, our wonderful DRE, Laurie Frydendall, announced she was retiring, effective August 31. She has served as our DRE for five years and has done a wonderful job! Please join me in wishing her the best as she explores this new horizon in her life. We will be honoring her on Sunday, September 22 (since I have a long-planned out of town trip on this coming weekend).
We will be posting a job description soon for this half-time position, but in the meantime, if you think you might be interested, please contact me. And please send positive vibes, thoughts, prayers that we find the right person for this newest iteration of Religious Exploration at All Souls. -- Rev. Nori
Please take caution when driving in the parking lot. The Building and Grounds team has recently erected two bollards, pipes filled with concrete, to protect the stone stairs that belong to the choir porch. Over the past years the stairs have been hit 4 or 5 times resulting in costly repairs. Due to the increased parking in the lot the stairs have been damaged three times in just the past year. The team felt it was time to protect the stairs. The bollards will do considerable damage to your car if you accidentally hit them. Please exercise great care when pulling in or away from the parking stalls. Thank you for your careful driving!
We are excited to announce a new project which will promote our faith and enhance the aesthetics of the Great Hall. The entire church community is invited to help design and create seven banners which will represent the basic ideas for each of our seven principles.
Everyone is encouraged to help if they would like. There will be a series of short (30-60 minutes) meetings after services starting on September 8. Each meeting will focus on developing specific details of the creative process. We will need people who are confident in their ability to:
1.create concise words or phrases,
2.visualize the best placement and proportions for the banners, and
3.select a palette of colors to use in the design.
Once these three groups have completed their tasks then our volunteers who have skill in sewing will be able to proceed with the selection of materials and details of the sewing process. The sewing volunteers will require more time to address their project. We will also need 1 or 2 people who have good administrative and organizational skills to assist Becky Harrison with the supervision of the entire process.
This is a great opportunity to share time with other people who have similar interests and get to know more people from our fabulous congregation. Look for more announcements from the pulpit or in the e-letter soon.
obson arena community meeting
on Monday, 9/9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m, t
he City of Colorado Springs will hold an open Community Meeting as part of its official public notification process for the development proposal of the Edward J. Robson Arena, a City for Champions project on the campus of Colorado College. This meeting is the sixth Community Meeting for this project. The meeting will be held at the Cornerstone Arts Center on the Colorado College campus, 825 N Cascade Ave. For ADA-specific accommodations call (719) 488-5908 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Parking is available at Cornerstone Arts Center and Armstrong Hall, as well as on-street (meters are free after 6 p.m.) Bike facilities are available.
During the meeting the City and project team will present designs of the arena and streetscape, architecture, floor plans, project schedule, and will discuss traffic and parking. The public will learn about the applications that have been submitted to the City, the criteria and review process for those applications, and will have an opportunity to comment during the meeting. If you would like to send a written comment for possible discussion, please
email Ryan Tefertiller
sustainable living affinity group-first meeting of the year
Our Sustainable Living Affinity Group will be holding its first meeting on Sunday, 9/8, at 12pm (following service) in the Small Hall. We will be discussing how we would like to run our little crew for the year as well as what topics we will cover in the coming months. If you have a new idea or direction you think would work well, now is the time to bring that idea to the table! We are also looking for folks to help coordinate for the group, so keep that in mind if you're looking for a fun way to volunteer. We look forward to seeing you there! As always, feel free to bring a little snack or brown bag lunch for yourself or to share with the group. If you have any questions, please contact Rosie Love.
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
A heartfelt thank you to Justin Lincoln and Mina Kreidel-Lincoln for presenting the Story for All Ages last week. It was my last Sunday as the DRE so it was lovely to be acknowledged in such a thoughtful way. The book was such a sweet idea and I will enjoy reading the sentiments shared.
It's time for me to retire! I have truly enjoyed being your DRE and appreciate the confidence and trust you have put in me. I have learned and grown as a director, as a UU, and as a person. It has been a pleasure working with you to grow young souls. We have an awesome bunch of kids here and I hope All Souls will continue to support them on their spiritual journey. I plan to remain a member and will continue to call All Souls my religious home although I will distance myself for a period of time to provide space for new people, new directions and also to allow for closure. I leave my position knowing that the RE department is flourishing. Here's to new adventures!
new re registration coming soon
Look for the new 2019-2020 RE Registration for All Souls to come out soon! Please register your kids (babies through
youth group) when the updated form becomes available so we can better plan, be informed, and keep you updated. There is no charge for RE registration. We ask that you complete a registration form EACH year.
Volunteer in RE and grow your faith! Just add your name and email address to the sign-up sheet on the clipboard at the RE Table. 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!
Thank you to Suset Rosario and James Rosario for presenting hula hooping as our final Guest in the Classroom programming for the summer. Everyone had a blast and Suset and James were inspiring! Everyone learned new skills, because the idea of hooping as a mindful and contemplative activity is wonderful.
Today will be an intergenerational service. Children and youth are invited to join us in service. There is no RE or Youth Group but nursery/PreK care is available. Their sign-up sheets will be downstairs. We have purple Doodle Boxes in the Great Hall for those that like to keep their hands busy.
All ages are invited to attend our annual Water Communion and ingathering. Bring in water to represent something meaningful that happened over the past year and share it with our congregation. Virtual water is also welcome. There is no RE but nursery/Pre-K care is available.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming MDD youth events! Peer Pastoral Training (formerly Chaplain Training - 9-12th grade) - 9/27-29 @ First Unitarian Society of Denver, Denver, CO; MDD Fall Con for 9-12th graders - 10/11-13 @ Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, Los Alamos, NM; Although currently not scheduled, there is often a Con for middle school presented around February and in the past it has been in Boulder; MDD Spring Con (9-12th grade) - 4/3 - 4/5/2020 @ Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Lafayette, CO; Quuest (9-12th)/ Spirit Quuest (6-8th) Camps - June / July TBA @ a TBD location.
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.
8/31, 12-6pm, at Bear Creek Regional Park East, "1st Annual Race Against Violence."
Bring awareness to Domestic Violence at this event about education and empowerment. As we provide a platform for survivors to give testimonies throughout the day. Opening with a 5K run/walk to support those who have been affected by Domestic Violence. It is a $25 fee for those entering the race and every registrant will receive a backpack with materials and event t-shirt. Prices for those in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
Activities for the kids, vendors, community partners, food, music and more. The day will end with a candelight vigil. All proceeds from this event will go to our "My Brothers' & Sisters' Domestic Violence Program to provide free services to victims, survivors and those indirectly affected by Domestic Violence.
9/7, 3-5pm, at Penrose Library, "When They See Us." Join this public screening of the first episode of Ava DuVernay's series "When They See Us" which tells the stories of the five wrongly accused Black and Latino male suspects in the 1989 Central Park jogger case. The screening will be followed by a discussion on the criminal justice system, racist mass incarceration and the case of Omar Gent. Hosted by SURJ Colorado Springs. Discussion guided by Color Of Change and Black Lives Matter.
9/8, 4:30-6pm, at All Souls UU Church, "
COS Womxn's March: 2020 Vision
." Want to help make the 2020 COS Womxn's March the best yet? Then please join
Colorado Springs Feminists
for this brainstorming and initial planning meeting! The group has invited community leaders from across Colorado Springs, so feel free to extend the invitation to others who might be interested. Questions? Send a message on the Colorado Springs Feminists
email them here
(Note: this is a rescheduling of a previously posted event!)
, at City Hall, "
Tell City Council We Want Justice For De'Von
." Governor Jared Polis has called upon Mayor John Suthers and District Attorney Dan May to move the investigation of De'Von Bailey's shooting outside of City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County. Mayor Suthers has still refused. Show up to tell City Council that we the people demand an independent investigation for De'Von.
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!
seeking justice for de'von
On 8/3 De'Von Bailey, a black teenager, was killed by CSPD officers responding to a robbery. Witnesses report hearing 7 shots and surveillance video confirms that De'Von was running away and was shot in the back. The investigation into the shooting is currently being conducted by the El Paso County Sheriff's Department. Mayor John Suthers said we need "time" and "patience" in allowing the investigation to go forward. However, the many conflicts of interest in the relationships between the investigating agency (the El Paso County Sheriff's Office); the agency being investigated (CSPD) and the DA's Office (which makes the decision to bring charges) make it imperative that the truth comes out in a timely fashion. Please stand with the family of De'Von Bailey and send an email to Mayor Suthers or phone his office at 719-385-5900 and call for an independent investigation of the officer-involved death of Mr. Bailey. As our community mourns the life of another black youth killed, we are compelled to call for justice on behalf of the family.
volunteers needed for draft boards!
Do you want to be a part of America's "insurance policy" in case of a national emergency? Volunteering for the draft boards isn't quite what you likely think it is.
The United States hasn't had a military draft since 1973. However, the Selective Service System is charged with maintaining the necessary infrastructure for a draft, so if a draft were ever needed again, the system is already in place. Local draft boards are a critical part of that foundation. If a draft were authorized by Congress and the President, draft board members would meet to adjudicate young men's claims for exemption. Those claims might include conscientious objector status, student deferments, and family hardship deferments, among others.
Local board members do not work for the Department of Defense. They do not have any responsibility to authorize a given number of conscripts to the military, (as was the case during the Vietnam War). These volunteer positions normally require about 2 hours of annual training, but this can increase significantly if a draft was ever authorized.
This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to bring a compassionate, progressive voice to our nation's security infrastructure. Please reach out to ASUUC member
or phone him at 317-349-6541, for more information.
if men were angels
What happens when Trump and Hitler meet? Former ACLU attorney Bill Durland follows his call to present his eleventh in a series of original historical and satirical readers theatre plays: "If Men Were Angels"on Saturday, September 14th at 7 pm and Sunday, September 15th at 2 pm, at ASUUC. Other characters include "Connie Ann Kelly," Miss Liberty, and John Locke, with a brief appearance by Putin. Suggested donation $10, limited income $5. Everyone is welcome.
uccs presents "the mountaintop"
Running 8/22-9/8. Katori Hall paints a gripping re-imagination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last night on earth, set in his room at the Lorraine Motel, as a mysterious stranger arrives with surprising news. This incisive play centers on the humanity of Dr. King-played by Theatreworks favorite, Calvin M. Thompson-in the shadow of his monumental legacy.
won an Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010 after performances in London's West End, and premiered on Broadway in 2011.
Buy tickets here
front range passenger rail
CDOT is exploring Front Range Passenger Rail to address the transportation needs of our growing state. Tell them your thoughts here! Hat tip to Marion Ceruzzi for sharing.
joys & concerns
We want to give a big shout out to our daughter, Tessa Marcantoni, who celebrated her birthday on Monday! -A.B. Lugo, Jon Marcantoni, and Suset Rosario.
We are so thankful to everyone who sent well-wishes and gave us gifts for our son, Dani-Phoenix's first birthday earlier last week. -A.B. Lugo, Jon Marcantoni, and Suset Rosario
I just wanted to express my gratitude to the folks at All Souls UUC. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve as the co-editor of the e-letter for the past two years, but it's time for me to move on. Thanks to Beth Green for stepping in and taking over the co-editor position. I know she'll do great! -Shawn Yasutake
My sister, Sandy, has a spot in her breast that is being watched for the next six months. She also needs to have a toe removed.
My dear friend Nicole and her wife, Natalie, are moving to the Springs this week (joy!) In addition to looking for a new church, they are also looking for housing, preferably a two-bedroom dwelling that is cat-friendly. Please contact me at 719-232-8022 (phone or text) with any leads. -Kristy Morman
all souls board of trustees
Wendy Mike, President
Vacant, 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
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