Love In Action
April 15, 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, April 19
Sunday, April 12, 10:30am
" Dropping the Colonized Mindset": One trait of Western colonialism that shows up strongly within Unitarianism is individualism. In contrast, non-colonized groups, such as indigenous cultures, emphasize a communal mindset, demonstrated by a willingness to live for one another. Come hear Rev. Anastassia share her personal stories and other findings. How can we we embody such communalism at All Souls, and why would that be a gain?Join us  online   or by dialing (301) 715-8592; Meeting ID: 412 806 814.

Check out our past services on our YouTube channel here.
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Virtual Programming
All Souls Indy is on Social Media!
Follow our Facebook page here and our Instagram @allsoulsindy. Read our Blogs here, and keep up on events at our homepage .
Regional Assembly 2020, April 18, Rockford, IL.
Regional Assembly has gone virtual . Info and registration here. All Souls congregants who would like to attend the conference via Zoom and need scholarships; contact Helen Dwyer at . The fee for virtual online attendance is $50.
Multi-Faith Earth Day Service
Sunday, April 19, 2:00pm
Washington National Cathedral and Interfaith Power & Light co-host this online service focused on our shared call to climate action. Join us in prayer and song in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.Our traditions are beautiful in their diversity. Each offers a unique gift to our collective effort to protect our Earth with all her living communities. Leaders from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Latter-Day Saints, Muslim, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist and other spiritual communities share their traditions' gifts through sacred text, commentary, and song, and call us to collective action. No registration necessary. Watch online at CATHEDRAL.ORG/EARTHDAY or on Facebook live stream here.
Join the All Souls #nightwithoutabed team! Support Family Promise. May 2
All Souls Indy has historically supported Family Promise through our involvement with the Interfaith Hospitality (IHN) program. Through the efforts of our IHN team we used to be able to host and provide meals for families in our church facility; however, during this time of pandemic we are unable to provide that type of brick and mortar support. This campaign is taking the place of Family Promise's biggest annual fundraiser that cannot run this year because of Covid-19. Here is a way we can still help: 

1) Spend a night without a bed on May 2—in your car, on your sofa, on your floor, in a tree house, in your tent in your yard--to remember those without a bed of their own.
2) Donate to Family Promise the financial equivalent of the food and any donations that you would have made at the annual fundraising dinner. Donation link below.
3) Share on on social media and ask for donations to support our participation.

Share this link and tell donors to click "Become a Participant" and choose All Souls Unitarian in the team drop-down menu! There will be trophies for -The team with the most raised, the team with the most donors, and the team with the most creative sleep-out post using #NightWithoutABed. 
Twilight Zone Tuesdays! Noon
Explore Unitarian Rod Serling’s classic show by chatting about "Viewer's Choice" episodes of the Twilight Zone! Catch upcoming episodes on Netflix, Hulu, or for $1.99 on Amazon or YouTube, then join us at noon for a lunch break, community, and discussion. Join the call using this Zoom link!  
Next up:
4/21 The Hunt
4/28 Number 12 Looks Just Like You
Introduction to Immigration Law and Policy Live Online Workshop (FREE).
1-2:30pm Thursday, May 7
This workshop is offered by the Center for Congregations. Immigrant Outreach Attorney Laura Pontius will help you learn more about immigration laws and policy and present a “bird’s eye view” of the immigration legal system. Topics covered include how to: facilitate congregational conversations about immigration, accessing local and statewide resources to support immigrants, strengthening your ministries, deciding on policy and discuss or advocate on immigration matters, help your members connect with local and regional immigrant advocacy organizations, equip your congregation to engage and respond in compassion to our immigrant neighbors, partner with local community resources to help local immigrants to know their rights and receive legal assistance, obtain green cards or other benefits. Register here for May 7.
Cereal and Connection during Covid-19, Friday, April 1, 10:00am
We all need points of connection, human relationship, and a place to share laughter and sorrow. Pour a bowl of your favorite breakfast cereal or cozy up with a warm drink, and join us via Zoom for some conversation. Bring a funny joke, a meaningful poem, or simply your whole self to share. You will be able to join us via this link: .
Evening Story Time.
Wednesday, April 15, 7pm
As e-learning begins to dictate our workday schedules, let’s try an evening storytime! Beginning on April 15th, we’ll meet up at 7 pm on Wednesdays for a chapter of Cynthia Rylant’s The Van Gogh Cafe . Bring a half-hour of miracles and community into your family’s lives one evening a week Join using this Zoom link!
Show and Tell Storytime Friday! Friday, April 17, 1pm
Join us on Zoom! Bring something to share. We’ll be reading Mem Fox’s classic Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild!, a story that will be familiar and funny to parents, grandparents, and children who are working from home together. 
Participate in the Dragonfly stUUry Hour
Patterned after the NPR Moth story telling events, this will be a live UU Storytelling event after the quarantine period has passed. Storytelling is one of the most important traditions humans possess. Stories teach us to love, to forgive others, to be just and to strive for better than we have. In a collective storytelling space generational knowledge is passed down, communal laughter is engendered, and community bonds strengthened.

Interested in being a storyteller for this event? Contact . You will work with Nasreen Khan, Coordinator of Programs to develop a narrative form and receive story and stage coaching.
The Blue Boat Home Essay Club
Join our virtual group! Taking its name from the Peter Mayer song, we will be reading various essays over the next several weeks on the idea of home. Quarantine has forced most of us to spend a lot more time in our homes. Let's take this time to consider what various definitions of home are significant--the Earth as our home, our spiritual home, our cultural and ethnic homes.

RSVP to We will decide as a group the best time to meet and discuss.
Diversity and Inclusion Team
Interested in social justice? Consider joining the Diversity and Inclusion Team. This group has historically been involved with benchmark justice projects like winning a transit victory for Indianapolis, and helping to block the expansion of prisons in Indiana. The team will chose areas of justice-making to focus on for the year like immigration, incarceration, or reducing gun violence. We will work in partnership with other organizations like Faith In Indiana and Indy Pride to create real change in the world around us. First Zoom meeting April 22. Email Nasreen to RSVP at .  
Budget for Congregational Vote
A shortened version of the budget is available here . The full version is available on our website here , under the governance section.
Green Sanctuary Accreditation Application
The acceptation application has been submitted! Thanks to all who worked on it, especially Bruce Russell-Jayne. To view the application and learn a little more about All Souls' green journey click her e .
General Assembly Registration Now Open
General Assembly is the annual national gathering of Unitarian Universalists. Please join us Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Providence, Rhode Island for this 5-day immersive experience. The theme is  Rooted, Inspired, & Ready!   Registe r by March 15 for the lowest rates. Congregant scholarships available. Contact Helen Dwyer at . Discount housing registration has opened and goes fast. Click here for information.
Rooftop Solar
Expanding access to clean energy resources is critical to a healthy and sustainable future for Hoosiers around the state. One proven path forward to our clean energy future is by installing rooftop solar. If you're interested in getting a free custom quote for rooftop solar today, Solar United Neighbors and Solarize Indianapolis are here to help! The Indianapolis Solar Co-op brings together neighbors and businesses from around our city to make going solar easy. Joining the co-op is completely free with no commitment to go solar. By joining the group, you'll benefit from free education resources and will be connected with a reputable installer selected by your peers in the group to get a personalized solar quote. You can also join a free information session webinar on Monday, April 27 starting at 6:00 pm. For more details about that event, or to sign up to join the group, visit . Contact Betty Lynch at for more information. 
Poetry in Pandemic
Keep an eye out for Facebook live videos of Rev. Anastassia and Nasreen Khan reading and talking about poetry and the ways that it can nourish us during a difficult time.
Donations and Volunteers Needed
The No Questions Asked Food Pantry needs volunteers to help drop off bags of food to those who cannot get to the pantry. The top needs for donations other than food are: diapers, wipes, trash bags and cleaning products. To volunteer contact Satchuel Cole, 317.527.6426 or .
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: A member wishes for a change in some aspect of congregational life, such as choices of music, decorations, publications, religious education curricula and sermons. Some of these choices are steered by policy governance, but other choices may be influenced by member input. At the least, personal preferences will be acknowledged, and, pending similar input from multiple members, may lead to changes in the indicated aspect of congregational life.

2.Performance: A member provides input about a shortcoming in staff, key volunteer, or ministerial performance of duties, such as not replying to an e-mail in a timely manner, lapsing in attendance at committee meetings, exerting too little initiative in pursuing a social justice project, or not exercising due diligence in studying a problem before making a decision.

3.Policy: A member or group brings to the attention of the appropriate person that they think there has been a violation of board governance policy, non-compliance with government regulations, or failure to report something essential to the Board.

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 Director of Community and Children's Programming
How lovely to be with you all on Easter Sunday! I enjoyed seeing all your flowers, and even some elegant hats! Storytime was also renewing and joyful this week...I think we’ve gotten the hang of sharing the white board so we can have some art time, and we all enjoyed the story of the mama who became an Easter bunny not in spite of, but because of the skills she built as a stay-at-home-mom! Not bad for an eighty-year-old story! I hope you’ll encourage your children and grandchildren to join us for one of our online programs this week. It is so good to be together!
In Our Hearts, Thoughts, and Prayers
We celebrate with the Ellsmore family on the birth of their new baby! Welcome Arthur Sloan Ellsmore, you are much loved. If you would like to support the Ellsmore family by dropping off groceries or supplies to allow the family to stay in quarantine, please contact for details.

Longtime All Souls Choir member Carole Hyneman is slowly recovering from a major stroke. She cannot have visitors but would really like to have mail and phone calls to keep her from feeling so isolated. She can be reached at 317-642-3016. Please send cards and notes to:
Ashford Place Health
2200 N. Riley Hwy. Shellbyville IN 46176

If you would like our community to hold a deep sorrow or joy of yours, or to share with us a significant update in your life, please email Shelley Carver .
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