Love In Action
May 4, 2022
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.

Upcoming Service: Sunday at 10:30am
In person service this Sunday!
#BelivingInAllSouls: The Rev. Fuldgence Ndagijamanna has said that, “When strangers meet, endless possibilities emerge…” This concept is a key spiritual call to deepen our relationships with the stranger within and the strangers we meet in life’s journey. This Sunday, amidst Mother’s Day weekend we will meet Ministerial Candidate Rev. Katie Romano Griffin as we encounter ourselves, each other and the “Good News” of Unitarian Universalism as our possibilities emerge for Candidating Week.

  • View past recorded services here.
  • Give to All Souls here.
  • Livestream the service on our homepage. For full instructions click here.
  • To attend our Sunday service, please register online for contact tracing purposes by clicking here.  If you are unable to register online you will need to register at the door when you arrive on Sunday.
Follow Candidating week on Social media by tracking #BelievingInAllSouls on Instagram and Facebook
Be sure to take pictures, post thoughts, share songs that are getting you excited about our candidate and this week by tagging All Souls across social media and using the hashtag when you post to help everyone stay connected to what is happening!
-Rev. Katie
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Candidating Week Update
Candidating Week is almost here! It starts with Rev. Katie being in the pulpit on Mother’s Day, May 8th, and concludes the following Sunday, May 15th.
At this point, many of you have been invited to meetings with Rev. Katie for specific committees and sub-groups within the church. If at this point you’re not in any specific committees, so haven’t been invited to any meetings, never fear – we’re hosting two cottage meetings specifically for you!
Cottage Meetings:
·      Monday May 9th, 6:00pm to 7:30pm, via Zoom
·      Tuesday May 10th, 2:30pm to 4:00pm, at church
Everyone is welcome to the Cottage Meetings. Please RSVP Jenny Yumibe, at jenniferyumibe@yahoo.com if you’d like to attend either one. 

Childcare is available for the Cottage Meetings and all other meetings, just let us know if you need it: if you were invited to a meeting let the MSC member who invited you know, and if you’re coming to a Cottage Meeting please let Jenny Yumibe know.

At the tail-end of the week, on Saturday May 14th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, we’re having a Congregational Pitch-In in Harris Hall with Rev. Katie and her husband Sean. Everyone is welcome. No RSVP necessary.
If you would like to volunteer to help run the pitch-in, please contact Judy Lumbert at  jlumbert@comcast.net.

Then on the last day of Candidating Week, Sunday, May 15th, Rev. Katie will again be in the pulpit, after which will be a congregational meeting where we’ll vote on whether to call Rev. Katie as our next settled minister.

Please plan to attend at least one event over Candidating Week to meet Rev. Katie in person, so that your vote on May 15th can be an informed one. In the meantime, if you have any questions about Candidating Week, please reach out to any of us on the Search Committee – we’re here to help.

Many thanks!
Annie Rayhill
Chair of the Ministerial Search Committee
Congregational Meetings May 15 and May 22, 2022
Immediately after the service - in-person and via Zoom
In May, the Board of Trustees has called congregational meetings 
TWO Sundays in a row - on May 15, at the end of candidating week, to vote to call Rev. Katie Romano Griffin as our new settled minister; and on May 22 for our annual Spring congregational meeting, at which we will approve next year’s budget and board officers and members, among other things. Find the pics and bios for the slate of candidates for officers and trustees here. Please mark your calendars now to save these important dates! The meetings will take place immediately after the church service. A Zoom option will be available for those not able to attend in person. Full Announcement with Zoom links and agenda here.
Registration for General Assembly 2022 is now Open!
General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. For info on this year's gathering in Portland and details about housing etc. please click here.
Humanist Group II. Discussion and Exploration. All Souls Library 7-8:30pm, First and Third Thursdays each month.
If you are interested in exploring ideas about religion, spirituality, humanism, history, psychology, the arts or any other serious topic, please consider giving our group a try. We meet in the library from 7:00-8:30 the first and third Thursdays of each month. All are welcome.
Tickets for the Ark: From Wasps to Whales – How Do We Choose What to Save?" with Rebecca Nesbit . 5 May 2022 7:00 PM /FREE/ Register Here
We can’t save all species from extinction – we simply don’t have the resources. So how do we choose? Do we prioritize the cheapest species to protect, to minimize the number of extinctions? Or are some animals (and plants) more important to save than others? In this talk, Rebecca will invite viewers to consider how we make difficult choices in wildlife conservation. There will be no easy answers to the dilemmas we face, but we need to make our choices wisely. Rebecca Nesbit is an ecologist and author, writing on science and the ethical questions it raises, in particular in relation to conservation. She is the author of Is that Fish in your Tomato?, which explored the benefits and the risks of genetically modified foods. Sponsored by Indiana Humanities.
Rummage Sale. DATE CHANGE**
June 10-11
Due to scheduling conflicts, the dates for the rummage sale have been changed to June 10th and 11th.
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, "If Stone Could Speak, What Would It Say?" 19 May 2022. 7 PM. Register Here. Sponsored by Indiana Humanities.
Stone enables humans to become themselves, but its side of that story is seldom narrated. From the clay of which humans are fashioned to the pebble that brings down the giant Goliath, stone is intimate to the human story. Among the topics touched upon in this presentation and discussion will be the ecological implications of thinking with stone, the ways in which stone is an invitation to both material and spiritual life, and how stone -- as our most constant creative partner -- both yields and resists.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen is the dean of humanities in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. He is widely published in the fields of medieval studies, monster theory, posthumanism and ecocriticism. His book, Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman , received the 2017 Rene Wellek Prize for best book in comparative literature from the American Comparative Literature Association. 
Our time with Rev. Joel is Drawing to a Close
His last Sunday with us will be June 26. We are so grateful for his invaluable help steering our ship through the tumultuous seas of the past two years. We are in a better place because of his wisdom, experience and tender care. 
The Board of Trustees and the Worship Associates are planning a special recognition service for him on Sunday, June 19, and then he will be with us for one more week. We will send him off with a pitch-in luncheon after the service on June 26. 
Please mark these dates on your calendar: 
  • Sunday, June 19 - last sermon, special recognition service
  • Sunday, June 26 - last day at All Souls; pitch-in luncheon

More details will follow as we get closer to June.
If you would like to make a contribution for Rev. Joel’s send-off, please note “Rev. Joel’s Send-off” on the memo line or notes section of your check or online donation. 
In service and with love,

Jean Miller,
President, Board of Trustees
Announcements
Announcing a Change in All Souls’ COVID Safety Policies
As the rate of new infections has dropped into single-digits this April, we believe this low-level of risk can now include occasional musical offerings by the choir during Sunday worship services. This is possible because the choir has an extremely high vaccination rate and will test before singing in services. Several changes in All Souls COVID Safety Policies for the choir reflect this change in the updated COVID Safety Policies of April 8.

Respecting our different needs when it comes to the risks of COVID-19, we will announce in advance when the choir is singing. In the next 4 months the choir will sing three Sundays: April 17, May 8 (Rev. Katie’s first candidating service), and June 19 (Rev. Joel’s last service).
The COVID Safety Team also advised us that we could restart coffee-hour last month. I appreciate and admire the shared care of everyone at All Souls for each other.

Ways to be a Green Volunteer at All Souls!
  • Help Water the All Souls Grove!
The All Souls Grove was planted in September 2020. We have instructions to water the young trees any week that they do not get enough rain. A marvelous group took turns watering the trees when they needed it last year. If you'd like to help with watering, please contact Indra Frank at indfrank@gmail.com.

  • Join All Souls’ Butterfly Garden Team
Would you like to join a fun and chatty group working to benefit pollinators?   Please consider joining All Souls Butterfly Garden Team. If you join the Team, you will get email announcements for work days during the growing season, and you can show up for the ones that fit your schedule. To join, contact Indra Frank at indfrank@gmail.com .
Volunteer with RE
Do you have one Sunday a month to share with our children and youth? Do you know an adult at All Souls who always has a moment to say hi to kids and youth? Are you a youth who would enjoy helping in the nursery (which you can now do WITHOUT missing youth group?!?)
Our nursery is typically in session from 9:30am until 11:30am on Sundays, with occasional hours during the week to make programs and meetings more accessible to parents and guardians. Our high school group meets from noon to 1:30 pm, and adult interest, mentorship, and support is essential to the spiritual development of our youth. We also greatly appreciate adult chaperones for future CONs! Please reach out to Amanda at nursery@allsoulsindy.org and Beth at youth@allsoulsindy.org to volunteer!
A Note From our DCCP
Dear All,

It's an exciting weekend! We get to meet Rev. Katie Romano Griffin in person and begin exploring what life at All Souls could look like if we call her as our next minister. This is special Fifth Principle work: we're using the democratic process in a very special, hopeful way, and participating as a family is one of the most important kinds of religious education parents and grandparents can offer our children and youth. We hope to see you at some of this week's events, and we're providing childcare to smooth the way. This Sunday's service will also be very special, with invitations for our children to participate in visioning, so please join us if you can!
In Spirit Play we'll be learning about the holiday of Passover from our fourth source, Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves. In Soul Matters and On the Road Together, we'll consider what it means to nurture beauty in ourselves and in the world around us. We know it's a hectic time of year, so please make sure you and your family take time for spiritual renewal, and we thank you for affirming our small group leaders' care and preparation with your presence.
Finally, many thanks to the chalice circle and additional volunteers who worked so hard to fill the beds, mulch the paths, and fence in our new community garden site. If you haven't checked it out yet, do! It looks marvelous, thanks to hard work by Richard Atwater, Ellie Bachmann, Jane Gosling, Annalise Kinslow, John Larramore, Babette Miller, Jane Murphy, John Murphy, Janice O'Rourke, Mike O'Rourke, Susie Offen, Teresa Quay, and Phil Soper. If you're interested in adopting a bed this summer, please see me or Nasreen!
In Our Hearts, Thoughts, and Prayers
Congratulations to Sarah Cannon, our DCCP, who was awarded the status as a Credentialed Religious Educator today after her final interview with the Religious Education Credentialing Committee of the UUA. Congratulations, Sarah! This is a significant achievement. The UUA's credentialing program requires years of study and practice and has the rigor of a high-quality graduate school program.

Many thanks to the volunteers who came to fill garden beds and spread mulch last Saturday! If you haven't checked out the garden--go take a peek.

If you have a joy or concern to share with the community, please email office@allsoulsindy.org
Publication Deadlines
For events happening in the next 7-10 days, submit your notice for the Wednesday In the Know E-mail Blast by Sunday 5pm to weekly@allsoulsindy.org

For announcements and events happening in the current month, submit your notice for the Sunday's OOS Insert by Tuesday. 12pm to weekly@allsoulsindy.org