Thursday, March 7, 2019
The Coming Week
This Week at All Souls
Friday, March 8

The All Souls Jubilee Singers and Peter Hanes will provide music for the 2nd annual Harriet Tubman Day Celebration . The event is sponsored by Ms. Tina Wyatt, a thrice great grand-niece of Harriet Tubman, and free to the public. This year’s theme is Celebrate to Educate. 7:00 pm, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives (1201 17th St NW, Washington DC).

Sunday, March 10

Demanding Love . Rev. Adam Lawrence Dyer. Unitarian Universalists everywhere rally to fight for justice. Ending poverty, transgender rights, racial equity, women’s equality, accessibility and inclusion...all of these continue to need our attention and our dedication in an increasingly authoritarian world. But if we are able to talk about something like “healthcare as a human right” why are we so reluctant to talk about love...the primary and most basic human need...the same way? 9:30 and 11:15 am, sanctuary.

Rev. Adam Lawrence Dyer is the Lead Minister at First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist, Cambridge, MA. He is the author of Love Beyond God a collection of poetry and reflections focused on black identity and liberal religion. His blog, Spirituwellness.org explores the relationship between bodies, faith and politics and has been featured in UU World Magazine, and included in the blogs Believe Out Loud, Equity Blog and The Good Men Project. Adam has also worked with PolicyLink, the PICO Networks and the UU Justice Ministry of California advocating for racial, economic and health equity as well as LGBTQ inclusion. Adam is a graduate of Princeton University and the Pacific School of Religion.

Ministerial Search . Curious about the search for our next minister? Reverends Braxton and Parker will leave us at the end of June, when their contracts expire. We are starting the search for a Minister of Congregational Life. To find out more about the process, please join us. A brief presentation by members of the Board of Trustees will be followed by a chance to ask questions. After 1st (Longfellow Room) and 2nd (Eaton Room) services.

All Souls Housing Ministry planning meeting to plan our 2019 goals and activities. All are welcome. 1:00 pm, classroom 3.

The Young Souls People of Color Caucus is having its second welcoming gathering after a successful first meeting last month. This year, we’re opening the caucus to new members! Come meet other rad young people of color and learn about ways we’re building up our community together. 12:45 pm, Pierce Hall.

Mindful Souls provides an opportunity to meet in community regularly at the church for meditation, followed by discussion led by congregants or others from our broader DC community. We welcome all who wish to attend. Every Sunday, 11:00 am, library; 1:00 pm, classroom 2.

Red Cross Training with Rose Eaton. Register at www.all-souls.org/asd . 1:00-5:00 pm, dining room.

Wednesday, March 13

Young Souls’ Happy Hours are an excellent event for newcomers to meet other Young Souls. Local 16 donates 10% of our checks back to All Souls. For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers after the happy hour. RSVP on Facebook here . Questions? Contact Cora ( coraghenry@gmail.com ). 5:30 pm, Local 16 (1602 U St. NW).

Vespers . 7:30 pm, sanctuary.

Sunday, March 17
 
Children’s Clothing Swap . After each service, gym.

Young Souls March Brunch . RSVP on Facebook here . Questions? Contact Cora ( coraghenry@gmail.com ). 1:00 pm, meet in Pierce Hall and walk to a nearby restaurant.

The River of Life , sponsored by Silver Souls. Enrich your thinking about paths to a full life in later years. Based on Wise Aging, by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal, we will create a brief review of our past, present, and future selves. We will practice reflection as a tool for clarifying our values and priorities. Through presentations, individual exercises, and small-group discussions, each of us will leave with new perspective on our life’s transitions and legacy. Please register for this free course by March 6. You will receive an online link to Chapter 2 of Wise Aging. The paperback is available for $14 at Amazon. Sun., Mar. 17, 1:00-2:45 pm, and follow-up workshop Sun., Mar. 31 ,1:00-2:45 pm.
Weekend on the Bay
Weekend on the Bay
Calling All Souls of All Ages to Weekend on the Bay!

Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2

Early bird (reduced rate) registration is open!

NEW THIS YEAR: Flat-rate pricing, with lodging matched to your party’s needs on a first come, first served basis. Sign up early!

For more info, visit www.all-souls.org/wob or contact WOBAllSouls@gmail.com
Social Justice
All Souls ESL provides English classes for adults every Sunday at the church 1:00-2:45 pm. Help spread the word! If you know someone who would like to improve their English speaking and listening skills, please send them our way. Contact all.souls.esl.dc@gmail.com with questions.

The All Souls ESL program is looking for volunteers to meet one-on-one with adult students to help them practice their English skills. Volunteers meet with students for one hour per week through May. No teaching experience necessary—just friendliness and enthusiasm! For more information, contact Maya Hermann ( asc.esl.tutors@gmail.com ).
Adult Spiritual Development
The River of Life , sponsored by Silver Souls. Enrich your thinking about paths to a full life in later years. Based on Wise Aging, by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal, we will create a brief review of our past, present, and future selves. We will practice reflection as a tool for clarifying our values and priorities. Through presentations, individual exercises, and small-group discussions, each of us will leave with new perspective on our life’s transitions and legacy. Please register for this free course by March 6. You will receive an online link to Chapter 2 of Wise Aging. The paperback is available for $14 at Amazon. Sun., Mar. 17, 1:00-2:45 pm, and follow-up workshop Sun., Mar. 31 ,1:00-2:45 pm.

Boston Pilgrimage for Adults . Immerse yourself in Unitarian Universalist history, theology, and spiritual practice on a pilgrimage to Boston with Rev. Robert Hardies and Rev. Rebecca Parker. We’ll combine visits to Unitarian sacred sites with the study of key texts and exploration of UU spiritual practices. We’ll learn about Thoreau on the shores of Walden Pond, study Emerson in his native Concord, explore the foundations of our faith at the Arlington Street Church (Unitarian Universalism’s “mother church”), and learn more about All Souls’ founder John Quincy Adams at the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, MA. And much more! This five-day trip is from April 24 through 28, 2019. Register

Kumano Pilgrimage Hike and Kyoto Day Pilgrimage option . Spots still available for this fall’s pilgrimage to Japan. Contact Jim Williams (jhwilliams2@gmail.com) with questions. Registration deadline: March 1.

Classic Readings Series (All sessions meet on Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm)

John Dietrich and Curtis Reese: “The Humanist Manifesto” and Religion Without God . “Though we consider the religious forms and ideas of our fathers no longer adequate, the quest of the good life is still the central task for mankind.” So declared the 34 signers of 1933’s “Humanist Manifesto,” 15 of whom were Unitarians. Come discover the origins of religious humanism, the most important development in early 20th century Unitarian thought, through a selection of writings by two of its most influential proponents, the Unitarian ministers John Dietrich and Curtis Reese. Facilitator: Kevin McCulloch. Apr. 3 and 17.

Frederick Douglass . Although a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church for most of his life (and later Metropolitan A.M.E. here in DC), abolitionist and statesman Douglass was drawn to religious liberalism and often attended All Souls. Douglass was himself a preacher and his preacherly style informs his best-known text, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave: Written by Himself). We’ll discuss the life and work of this great leader and consider what message it holds for us today. Facilitator: Rev. Joanne Braxton. May 1 and 15.

Register for classes at www.all-souls.org/asd
Children and Youth Religious Education
This Sunday’s Activities:
K/1st Room 1 Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Class
2nd/3rd Room 2
4th/5th Spirit Room
Then 2nd-5th to Chapel, followed by Workshops:
2nd/3rd Studio Art Adinkra Flags: The Power of Symbols
4th/5th Spirit Room The Power of Passion & Action Part 1:
Hear the story, “The Power of Half”, one family’s story of charitable giving. Choose an ASC cause. Collection project in Part 2 next week.
9:30 2’s/3’s & 11:15 2’s-4’s: (Rm 5) “Swimmy”. Fish print painting and teamwork.
9:30 4’s/PreK 5’s (Rm 3): “My World Has Light”.
Nursery (Rm 4): Climbing, Reading, Bubbles, Talking Dragon, Talking puzzle, Talking farm animals. Headsets for listening to service.
Middle School (Tupper) Visit to Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, MD
All Middle Schoolers, both services, meet in Tupper Room by 9:30. Lv promptly @ 9:40.
Youth Group (Eaton) Service Project 
Our Youth Ministry Coordinator, James Ploeser, suffered a mini stroke last week. He’s feeling fine but tires easily. Per doctor’s orders, he will be taking a break from work for a couple weeks. Youth Group will continue to meet with our devoted advisors.
Sr. High OWL meets in Studio after the 2nd service.

Upcoming REvents & Opportunities:
Saturday, March 16th- Set up for Clothing Swap
Sunday, March 17th- Children and Teens Clothing Swap
Looking for a fun and reasonable location to have a birthday, anniversary, or graduation party? Check out the “Gym at All Souls”. Discounts for ASC members. See Office manager, Rose Eaton. reaton@allsouls.ws
Opportunities
Help us make our music and preaching sound even better, both in the sanctuary and for those who listen at home when they can’t get to church. We’ve just installed a brand-new state-of-the-art sound system, and we want YOU to be a part of the Sound and Tech Team ! We’re looking for a team of enthusiasts to help run sound for Sunday services and other events. You should be a team player, willing to learn, and able to commit to a regular schedule (perhaps one Sunday every month or six weeks). Experience with live or studio sound recording is a bonus, but not required. For more info, contact Director of Music and Arts Jen Hayman ( jhayman@allsouls.ws ).

A Sunday-Morning-Only Volunteer Job with Great Benefits. You’ve seen the Caring Card Table in Pierce Hall every Sunday; many of you come to sign the cards displayed there. Many of you have received the cards – of congratulations, condolence, get well, thinking of you, and more, all signed by All Souls congregants on Sunday morning. The cards are a missive of love to those among us. People who receive a card tell us that they very much appreciated the special outreach to them. We want and need a few more volunteers to give an hour at the Caring Card Table on Sundays whenever your schedule permits. There is no set schedule that you must adhere to. All details will be given to you in advance of your starting. Please help us continue the outreach and connection ministry that people appreciate so much. For details, contact Marianne Anderson (703-582-6811; marianneanderson.1224@yahoo.com).
UU Regional Happenings and Other Events of Interest
Music at Paint Branch presents pianist Jim Olson and the PG Creative Music Ensemble in a tribute to the late, great Cecil Taylor, a genius at creating pianistic soundscapes. Free, but donations happily accepted. For more information, please email ArtsCouncil@pbuuc.org . Sat., Feb. 23, 7:30 pm, Paint Branch UU Church (3215 Powder Mill Rd, Adelphi MD). 20783.

Beyond Mere Tolerance and Toward Mutual Respect. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church is partnering with the Interfaith Council of Suburban Maryland to present an interfaith dialogue with a panel of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist clergy. Admission is free. Ample parking is available. Sun., Feb. 24, 1:30 pm, Davies Memorial UU Church (7400 Temple Hill Road, Camp Springs MD).

Racial Justice Allyship Workshop . As part of the UU Church of Arlington’s (UUCA) Live the Pledge campaign to end racism, it has partnered with Service Never Sleeps to offer a racial justice allyship training for the community. This workshop will teach you about the causes of racial injustice, how to be an effective ally for marginalized communities, and how to actively influence and educate others. Contact Alex Ziehm ( Alexandraziehm92@gmail.com ). More info and registration here . Sat., Mar. 9, 10:00 am-4:30 pm, UUCA (4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington VA).

Thinking About Summer Plans? Don’t know about you but we’ve been dreaming of CERSI (formerly SI) during these dreary days of winter. Sunshine, old and new friends, engaging programming, worship, music. Ahh! This 40th year of magic promises to be especially memorable with our theme speaker, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, a powerful speaker and musician. Join us July 7-13, 2019 at Oberlin College, OH. Registration opens March 15. More info at www.cersiuu.org .

Looking for Videos from New Day Rising? Many have asked the Central East Region for the videos of the congregational sharing at New Day Rising in January. You can find those presentations on the CER website both as one full 2-hour presentation or each presentation separately. Find it here .

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