Love In Action
November 4, 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, November 8
Democracy is a characteristic of UU communities. May we come together as one unified congregation no matter what the election results. During this post-election Sunday let us take some time to examine how civic advocacy, justice-making, and yes voting are part of our heritage.

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Thursday Election-Processing Zoom Gathering
Nov 5, 2020. 7pm
This election has been an emotional and difficult experience for many. Rev. Miller will be holding a Zoom gathering to process the election on Thursday November 5. We will hold space for grief, anxiety, celebration, or any other complex emotions you as valued individuals, and we as a community might be going through. Zoom info below.
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All Souls to the Woods
Saturday, November 7. Noon
If you are interested in participating in a distanced outdoor hike at Skiles Test park please contact Nasreen at, to get more info and to receive a consent form about covid protocols. The hike is open to anyone but minors must be accompanied by an adult. We would do a short loop starting at the parking lot.
(Mostly) Virtual Spirit and Place Festival
November 5-15, 2020
This years Festival theme is Origins. Spirit & Place invites you to examine how origin stories and myths help us wrestle with morality. How cultural and social biases influence the formation, interpretation, and impact of origin stories and how these stories have collectively shaped us. Whether exploring the founding of a faith, city, or favorite superhero, we invite you to share (maybe even re-imagine!) the origin stories that matter to you. Which stories of genesis, birth, and transformation fuel your soul and provide spiritual growth? How might the arts connect us more deeply to our origin stories? How did our emergence as a species, and a nation, shape our understanding of race, class, and gender? Check out the whole lineup of events here (
Racial Justice; I'm not a Racist
1-2:30pm Thursday, November 12
It’s difficult and uncomfortable, but it’s time to talk about racism. Join us for the Race to Justice. Session five in this series will help you understand what racial justice means and how your congregation can be part of supporting equity for all. This event is part of the Learn and Lead Series: Race to Justice, led by subject matter expert on race and racism Dr. Michael R. Twyman. To see the whole series, click here
Supporting and Healing After Infant Loss Workshop
Part 2 is 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Learn ways to respond, comfort and support those in your congregation who have experienced stillbirth, miscarriage and infant loss. It is statistically likely that this has happened recently in your congregation, but the silence is often deafening as you and others struggle to know how to help. In this live online workshop, Kristen and Patrick Riecke, authors of No Matter How Small: Understanding Miscarriage and Stillbirth, will help you learn how to openly address this topic and support healing.

This is a two-part workshop. It is beneficial for you to attend both events, but it is not necessary to attend them both to benefit from the information.

Topics Covered
  • Ways to respond with compassion and resources when your congregants experience miscarriage or stillbirth.
  • How to identify more completely with the feelings of bereaved parents.
  • Ways to articulate some of the specific experiences parents face immediately after a baby dies. Register here.
Stock the Pantry with Habitat and Thrivent
November 6-7. Meridian St. UMC, 5500 N Meridian St, Indianapolis
Habitat for Humanity is putting the finishing touches on a home for Doris Belton and her two grandsons. She is looking forward to planting a vegetable garden and getting the boys a cat. Read their story here. Help Doris and others like her stock their pantries by donating necessities like condiments, canned goods, or spices. View the full list of items and RSVP for a drop-off slot here.
Go on a Virtual Coffee Date with--CIC’s Interfaith Digital Dialogue.
Meet someone from another faith. Experience a virtual conversation turning into a real learning experience. Let an initial meeting become a meaningful relationship and expand your spiritual horizons. Sign up here.

This program pairs interested participants with peers from another faith tradition in order to have one virtual “coffee date” and get to learn about one another’s faith traditions. By signing up, you are indicating your interest in being paired with a peer for conversations about your religious traditions. Anyone is welcome to participate in this dialogue, but minors require parental permission. 
Once you sign up, you will be sent contact information for a dialogue partner from a different faith tradition. It will be up to you and your partner to set up a time to talk for 30-60 minutes. You can speak by Zoom, Google Meet, WhatsApp, phone, etc.  Click here for full description of the program and convo prompts.
Words from our DCCP
As we navigate this complex week in a social media environment that's sometimes lacking in nuance, I am overflowing with gratitude for those who've turned their hands to more mundane tasks to make sure that the world of All Souls Faith Formation keeps spinning. Many thanks to Susie Offen, who porch-dropped components for three different winter Makerspace activities this week! Bless Phil Soper, who created kits for a woodworking activity I predict our children and youth are going to love! He wrapped the kits individually, too, which will make them so much easier to pick up and deliver. Thank you to Cathy Tanner, who is working on some Spirit Play baskets. And lastly, bless the "anonymous donor" who fully funded Phil's project. You made me happy-cry on Election Day, and that is no mean feat. It is incredibly affirming to do the work of fostering young UUs as they nurture one more bird, plant one more native species, engage in one more civic action, and enter into one more intergenerational relationship. Thank you, all of you, for extending me this privilege.
Love is Love; Love in Action
In light of the changing judicial landscape and because legal marriage affects queer families in many ways such as: health insurance, medical rights, and parenthood many queer couples are choosing to get married sooner than expected because the right to marriage has not historically been extended to non cis-het couples, and many fear that right may be revoked.

If you, or anyone you know, are a queer person looking for guidance or an affirming place to be married more quickly than you anticipated please contact We are an affirming community that seeks to be true allies. Your whole self is welcome here.
UUA Seeking Nominations for the MidAmerica Region!
We have open positions for the Board of Trustees, Camp Unistar Our region needs energetic people with diverse perspectives to fill these leadership positions. We are working to dismantle the legacy of white supremacy in our faith in order to create a collaborative environment with people from historically marginalized communities. If you or someone you know may be interested, please send your suggestions to one of our co-chairs: Co-Chair Helen Dwyer, All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, IN: Co-Chair Mel Priese, Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood, MO:  
In Our Hearts, Thoughts, and Prayers
Joan Basson is suffering with shingles on her face, plus has to have a root canal. Her daughter, Emily, is with her now.  If you would like to send Joan a note or card, her mailing address is:
Joan Basson
5349 Hedgerow Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46226
If you have a joy or concern to share with the community, please email
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