Love In Action
July 29, 2020
All events are open and drop-ins are welcome, unless otherwise stated. If no contact person is listed, call or email the office with questions.
Sunday, August 2
The Beloved Community: Martin Luther King wrote, “The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community.” The Beloved Community is one way we envision a different world than we have. How do communities experiencing oppression dream into the future as a means to counter that oppression?

Join via Zoom  here . Meeting ID: 835 1871 5320 One tap mobile +19294362866,,83518715320.
Check out our past services on our YouTube channel  here .
Our Guest Speaker: Rev. Forrest Gilmore is the Executive Director of Shalom Community Center, Inc, a shelter, resource center, and housing provider for people experiencing extreme poverty in Bloomington, IN. Forrest is also the Community Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington. Prior to nonprofit work, Forrest served as a parish minister in Unitarian Universalist congregations in Carmel, CA and Princeton, NJ. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Starr King School for the Ministry.
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Join a Summer Chalice Circle
Small groups are the heart of what we do at All Souls. Being in safe spaces where we can deeply connect is the lifeblood of our community. Chalice circles are a wonderful way to deepen your faith practice, connect more intimately with your community and set aside sacred time to focus and breathe. Joining a circle is a commitment. We ask that you join only if you are able to attend without missing (we understand that emergencies happen). Our summer circles will run for about 6 weeks, so that when they end you will have the opportunity to join a circle starting in the Fall.
We have 2 summer circles starting in late July:

The young (or Young at Heart) Chalice Circle: Co facilitated by Gargi Sundaram and Leah Berti. This will be a socially distanced, in-person group meeting at the home of the facilitators on the East side of Indianapolis.This group's focus is to provide a place for younger congregants to make connections, but is open to older congregants wishing to engage in inter-generational community building. RSVP to Gargi or Leah to sign up.

Direct any general questions to Nasreen Khan at
Messy ChUUrch. Sunday August 2, 9:30am
Join us on Sunday to make “Grace Meals” to share with others! Zoom link .
Youth Group. August 9, 12:30pm
Middle and High School youth: let’s get together for some fun! Zoom link .
“The Freedom to Be” book discussion. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2 PM (EST). FB live on the page of Diana Ensign (Author)
This is for anyone who might be interested in learning more about ways our communities can better support transgender and non-binary individuals and their families. (Teachers, counselors, doctors, parents, clergy, neighbors, friends, and so on). The author will be speaking with Kimberly Acoff and Ryan Smith from Indiana Youth Group (IYG)
The Science of Conflicts: Why They Happen and How to Avoid Them
Wednesday, August 5, 11:30am-1pm.
There’s no question: a global pandemic is a challenging time for everyone. But even in the best of times, our sacred spaces often become hotbeds of conflict. Congregants' competing needs and wants can boil over into conflicts that can impair the health of our communities. This live online event from the Center for Congregations explores the psychology and neurobiology behind that cycle. Writer, speaker and podcaster Mike McHargue offers actionable strategies to de-escalate conflicts and invite people into empathy and reconciliation. Register here .
CommUUnity Creek. August 3-7.
Did you know that high school youth across the country have created an awesome summer camp for UU middle schoolers? Registration is live now for CommUUnity Creek Online Middle School Adventure! This virtual camp experience is open to any UU youth, across the country, who were in grades 6-8 in the 2019/2020 school year (note that the schedule will be based in EST) . You can find out more and register here!
Living Legacy Project. 7:30pm.
August 25, 2020
The night her home was firebombed by the Klan, Ellie Dahmer got her children to safety while her husband stood in the burning doorway holding off the attackers.
When 14-year-old Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi in 1955, 12-year-old Joyce Ladner felt “powerless and frightened.” She felt the murder was a “call for (her) generation to do something.”
Arekia Bennett mentors young organizers dedicated to making change. She works with them to address issues of voter disenfranchisement, voter ID laws, rural voter turnout, and increasing voter participation in Mississippi with a particular focus on young people.
These amazing women represent three different generations of activists. Their passion for equity and the right to vote has been a guiding force throughout their lives and work. In light of what is happening in our country today, their voices are even more important.
Meet them, hear their stories, and learn about their work today in the second program of the Living Legacy Project’s online series, Voting Rights, The Struggle Continues .”
Join us for a conversation with three generations of voting rights activists: Dr. Ellie Dahmer, Dr. Joyce Ladner, and Ms. Arekia Bennett.
VIrtual Leadership School: Midwest Leadership School **DATES CHANGED**
September-November 2020
Because of the novel coronavirus, we’ve had to reschedule our in-person MidWest Leadership School until 2021. But the need for learning how to be a leader doesn’t take a year off, so we’re moving Leadership Experience training online. 
  • Session 1, September 12: Identity: Creating the Beloved Community, focusing on questions such as who is “us,” what covenants bind us together, widening our circle of inclusion
  • Session 2, October 3: Mission Vision: Why Do We Bother, exploring the reasons your congregation exists, what your purpose in the world is
  • Session 3, October 24: Systems: How Does It All Fit Together, focusing on congregational DNA, how things work, how to lead from a systemic position
  • Session 4, November 14: Conflict: Being Together Across Differences, exploring how congregations resolve issues, and how to be together while disagreeing

Registration will be $150 per person, and registration will be up by the middle of August.  We will be offering scholarships of up to 50% off for people from historically marginalized communities. We will be asking for a written recommendation from the leadership of your congregation agreeing to your participation, so start talking with your board leadership about this now. All students will need to agree to a covenant about attendance and behavioral expectations. This school is open to those above the age of 18.
If you have questions, please direct them to Lisa Presley ( ).
Pledge Reminder
Pledge Statements for the end of our fiscal year of June 30, will be sent out via email. If you have any questions, contact Nancy Baney at  or at the church office phone (317-54-6005 ext 0) and leave a message.
Volunteers Wanted!
Have you been curious about what’s going on in our Faith Formation programs? Do you enjoy spending time with children and youth? Do you have a healthy sense of curiosity, and maybe even some gaps in your own theological knowledge base that you’d like to fill in? Then you might be a terrific Faith Formation volunteer! To express interest and receive more information, fill out this brief Google form , and DCCP Sarah Cannon will be in touch with you soon!
An Update from the Board of Trustees
Interim Minister Start Date
We are eager to welcome our new interim minister, Rev. Joel Miller, who will begin working at All Souls in early August. We will plan to officially welcome him at our August 9 service, and he will be in the pulpit for the first time on August 16. Stay tuned for more details. You can learn more about Rev. Miller at his  website .
Settled Minister Search process
Several Board members and congregants recently attended a UUA training on the settled minister search process. What we learned is that having a two-year interim period, as we have chosen to do, is a best practice that is proven to allow ample time to reflect, plan and conduct an effective search – with successful results. We have already completed the first phase of the process, which is concluding a ministry well. Being able to give Rev. Anastassia a “good good-bye” was an important part of the process. Our new interim minister, Rev. Miller, has  extensive experience  in this area and will help guide us through the rest of the process, which will begin in early 2021 (education and preparation as the first step). If you are curious about what the process looks like, you can find resources on the  Ministerial Transitions  section of the UUA website.

All Souls Feedback Procedure
All Souls Unitarian Church is guided by the seven UU principles, including our beliefs in mutual respect and democratic process. Thus, we strive to respond to serious concerns with an interest in resolving them as well as possible to the satisfaction of all parties. Concerns should be communicated to the senior minister or the president of the Board of Trustees. Feedback and suggestions can also be submitted on the connection cards.
A concern usually falls into one of three categories: 1.Preference/ 2.Performance/ 3.Policy

All Souls will provide regular reminders of the way to submit a concern or suggestion. Confidentiality will be respected, especially concerning personnel issues or possible criminal behavior. The full procedure can be found on our website here .
Words from Our DCCP
Many of our children and youth have expressed excitement about the muffin mixes that were included in their summer Messy ChUUrch kits! They’re already dreaming of eating muffins, which is a very good dream. Now is a great time to look over the “Grace Meal” lesson and chat with your kids about what to expect, because we won’t just be eating muffins, we’ll also be sharing them! To do this safely, we’ll use safety precautions like masks, handwashing, and socially distant porch drops. Look for a Facebook Live video about this later this week! This is also the only session of Messy ChUUrch that requires a few items from your fridge and pantry...two eggs, ⅔ cup of vegetable oil, and water. We’ll make it our goal to get our muffins in the oven before church, and have them cooling on the stove before worship is over!    

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