In the Know
May 15, 2019
All Souls honors Martin Luther King Jr’s vision of Beloved Community by being an inclusive, justice-seeking community, where we support each other, nurture spiritual growth and encourage the active search for meaning. You are welcome to bring the fullness of your ethnic heritage, gender identity, sexual orientation, lived experiences, and faith beliefs into our space, as we know that we are richer together than apart.
Sunday, May 19
"Youth Bridging Service"

On this Sunday, we celebrate being a community of many generations. We remember when we were youth, we honor those who are caretakers of our children, and we bridge and bless our graduating high school seniors as they move into adulthood. Come let us sing and celebrate together. All ages are welcome in the sanctuary. Special music performed by Alex Milligan.


Check out our past sermons here .
Adult Forum, 9:30am

"Addiction Affects Us All: A Conversation with our Experts"
facilitated by Ann and Andy Skinner


We know that most of our lives are affected by addiction, through our own experiences or those of our families and friends. We know too that cycles of addictions affect all groups and communities, including our own congregation. Come learn more about addiction, and how our experiences with it might bring us all into deeper health and accountability.

Andrew and Ann Skinner host this informational session and conversation. Andy is a physician specializing in psychiatry and addiction medicine. Ann is working as a forensic peer recovery specialist. Both Ann and Andy are personally in long-term recovery from addiction.
Congregational Meeting
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 12pm
All Souls is an independent congregation that is governed by its membership, and guided by the principles of inclusive participation and a respect for the democratic process. This assertion finds it fullest manifestation during our semi-annual congregational meetings. At this May 19 congregational meeting, we will elect and commission our leadership to direct the undertakings of the congregation, and specifically to lead us towards the fulfillment of our shared vision and mission.
 
A congregation's decision by vote is the highest expression of its authority; therefore we thank you in advance for attending and voting on the items on our agenda. Though all are welcome to attend, voting is limited to the members of our congregation. 
 
  • Vote to accept new Board Members and Board Officers. You can read their vision statements by clicking on their name. (Nilesh Shringarpure)
- Tom Mulcahy - President
- Diane Kennedy - Vice President
- Pat Fisher - Secretary
- Mike Middleton - Treasurer
- Cathy Tanner - Member for a 3 year term
- Helen Dwyer - Member for a 3 year term
 
   
 
  • Minister's Messages (Rev. Anastassia Zinke)
 
  • Capital Campaign Implementation Progress Report (Rich Atwater)
 
  • Adjourn
Events
Faith in Indiana Leadership Assembly
Thursday, May 16, 7-8:30pm,
North United Methodist Church (3808 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, 46208)

Join Faith in Indiana as we make plans to move our city toward our big goal; cut gun homicides and incarceration in half! For more information, click here .
Older Adults Gatherings,
First and Third Tuesdays, 12:30-2pm
Location Varies (Information Below)

We have regular gatherings for our seniors! The topic for our May 21 meeting at Westminster Village North will is "Ferenc David, Minister and Founder of Unitarianism in Transylvania" facilitated by Virginia Defourneaux. Meet in the lobby by 12:30, and we will head up to the meeting room together. Contact Virginia Defourneaux for questions about our Westminster meetings.

We come together for community and sharing twice a month, alternating between All Souls and Westminster Village North. You are welcome to come to one or both groups. Drop-ins are welcome! The topic for our June 4 meeting at All Souls will be "Dealing with Outlining Others" facilitated by Alan Schmidt. Contact Aileen Cloonan with questions about our All Souls meetings.
Breaking Bread for Humanity: An Interfaith Iftar
Saturday, May 25, 7-10pm, JCC Indianapolis Laikin Auditorium (6705 Hoover Rd, 46260)

Join Rev. Anastassia at the interfaith Iftar being held to raise awareness and funds for Rohingya refugees. These refugees, who after having fled persecution, violence and genocide in Myanmar, are now settled in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh. OBAT Helpers, an Indianapolis based nonprofit, addressed this humanitarian crisis by providing initial relief to the refugees through distribution of meals and essential items of daily living, followed with expansive efforts to rebuild their lives through provision of shelters, education, empowerment opportunities and health care.

Iftar or breaking of the Ramadan fast will take place at 9:01 pm. This evening meal will be preceded by an hour long program in which you will hear from representatives of the sponsoring organizations and learn about the impact of the Rohingya crisis. Cost is $10 per person.
Trans 201—Action Meeting!
Sunday, June 2, 12pm, Beattie Room

Have you been to a Trans 101 session? Are you ready to take action here at All Souls? Join us at our next-step actions meeting! Trans voices are also welcomed and centered in this conversation. If you are not trans and have not attended any sessions, but would like to listen in, you are welcome to join us as an observer.
Indy SURJ Allyship Training
Sunday, June 2, 12:30-5pm, Noblesville First UMC (2051 Monument St.)

This is a half-day workshop for white folks who are engaged or aspiring to be engaged in anti-racist work. The event is free. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Register here .Topics will include understanding basics of the power dynamics of racism, showing up as a white ally in ways that de-center whiteness, and how to build momentum for a sustained movement.
Roots and Wings
Five Mondays beginning June 3, 6:30-8pm, Library

This five-week discussion and inquiry group is a way to develop connections and understand how All Souls “does church” to deepen your experience at All Souls. Using an inquiry model, you will learn about All Souls’ worship, history, governance, spiritual practice offerings, and social justice efforts, as well as the people who make all of this happen. 

Participants will undertake a service project crafted by the group at the conclusion of the program.Sessions are led by Board Member Diane Kennedy and Membership Coordinator Allison Zafiratos. Interested? Have questions? RSVP to Allison ( join@allsoulsindy.org ) or on your Connection Card during Sunday service.
Indy Pride Parade 2019!
Saturday, June 8, in the morning
Downtown Indy – Mass Ave

We have a reserved spot again this year to march in the Indy Pride Parade, one of the biggest parades in Indiana. We are joining together with other UU congregations as the Central Indiana Unitarian Universalists in support of and as a part of the LGBTQ community.

We encourage everyone to wear a gold “Standing on the Side of Love” or the newer “Side with Love” logo t-shirt. “Side with Love” is the on-going UUA public witness campaign. The All Souls Bookshop now has a good stock of the t-shirts for sale or you can order one here . Alternatively, if the spirit moves you to explore some gender-bending expressions, feel free to live that out in your attire! Maybe you want to be high femme or very masculine or more androgynous today? Or just express something deep within you or drastically different than what you normally do? Dress up, and let that joy and creativity out!

More details such as time and place to meet will be shared as the info becomes available from the Indy Pride organizers. Please contact Betty Lynch or Karen Downing to get on the email list for all of the updates and last minute info.
Important Announcements and Events
Detour Avoided!

After further conversations with our contractors, we will not be leaving our space on Sunday. Be prepared for another wonderful summer at All Souls!
Are you an artist? Do you know an artist?

The Fine Arts/Decor committee would like to display your artworks or those of a friend for several weeks this spring, summer, or fall. The artists need not be church members and they may sell their works at All Souls. If you're eager for a chance to show your work, contact Jim Schrementi .

Also, the committee is looking for people who'd like to help us in our work of maintaining the beauty of our church and bringing art to All Souls. Sound like a fit? Please contact Jim!
Library Pick of the Week

Check out American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer, available now in the All Souls Library! A blistering indictment of the private prison system and the powerful force that drives it, American Prison is a necessary document about the true face of justice in America. Named one of New York Times Book Review's Top 10 Best Books of 2018, and one Former President Obama's favorite books of 2018.
In Our Hearts, Thoughts, and Prayers
Rev. Bruce Clear has been placed on hospice care, though his family reports that there is a good chance he will be with us for a while. The hospice designation was a result of health problems he has long been living with that have not posed problems until recently. Bruce is at his nursing home, Hooverwood, is not in pain, is able to get around, and can interact with visitors. Because he can get tired easily, the family has set-up a page to help coordinate visits, to ensure he only gets one a day. If you would like to see him, they ask that you sign up here . Click on “ways to help” in the purple bar towards the top of the site. If a 7am slot is “unassigned” you can sign up for it - you need not go at 7am. Rev. Clear’s birthday is on June 9, and we know he would love to receive birthday cards.

One of our youth Livy Salvo has been having medical issues due to Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome. Her family asks we send positive thoughts her way, and we ask you send some love around to the whole family.

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 Rev. Kayla .
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 NUUSWEEK Insert by Tuesday. 12pm to weekly@allsoulsindy.org