Wednesday, January 9
Young Souls Happy Hour
is an excellent event for newcomers to meet other Young Souls. Local 16 donates 10% of our checks back to All Souls. RSVP on Facebook
. For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers after the happy hour. Questions? Contact Cora (firstname.lastname@example.org). 5:30 pm, Local 16 (1602 U St. NW).
Reeb Voting Rights Project planning meeting.
Open to anyone interested. 7:00 pm, library.
. Our monthly service of chant, quiet, and community. 7:30 pm, sanctuary.
Friday, January 11
Young Souls Monthly Potlucks
, held at members’ homes of one of our, are great events for newcomers. Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. RSVP on Facebook
. January’s potluck hosted by Claire Adrian-Tucci and Andrew Adrian, who have two friendly cats. Questions? Contact Cora (email@example.com). 7:00 pm, check YS listserv for address.
Sunday, January 13
Clearness Gathering information sessions.
It’s the new year and lots of us are thinking about our intentions for the year. Time for a new job? Should I commit to this relationship? What do I want to do in my retirement? Clearness gatherings are a Quaker tradition in which a small group of friends gather to ask questions to help you get clearer about something important in your life. We’ve brought this tradition to All Souls because it supports our core belief that the Spark of the Divine is in each of us. When you gather a small group to ask open questions, you invite them to support you in your dialogue with your inner teachers. Come hear from people who’ve called clearness gatherings and learn how to call one yourself. Grab some coffee and join us 10 minutes after each service in the Longfellow Room.
Kumano Kodō Pilgrimage information session
. In 2014, seven All Souls Heiwa Peace pilgrims extended their trip to hike Japan’s Kumano Kodō trails, one of two UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage sites. Jim Williams is organizing a return trip just before Thanksgiving 2019. The hike, through beautiful and holy countryside, is fairly rigorous, but there will be some easier options, and some may spend time on their own in Kyoto. Contact Jim (firstname.lastname@example.org). 12:45 pm, library.
. All Souls’ treasurer and interim executive director invite experienced fundraisers for a brainstorming session around developing a fund development plan. New business plan for a tenant? Grant writing plans with new nonprofits? Creating a sustainable, socially responsible church economy? For more information, contact email@example.com. Please stop by. 1:00-2:00 pm, Tupper Room.
All Souls Housing Corporation presents “Why Is the Rent So High ... And What Can We Do About It?”
Many long-time DC residents are being priced out of their homes. A panel of speakers with experience in affordable housing development and asset management will talk about why rents are going so high, so quickly? in DC and elsewhere.
RSVP on EventBrite
. 1:00 pm in the Eaton Room.
Green Souls meeting.
Interested in getting involved in environmental activism or community engagement across DC? We’ll discuss upcoming plans, including an interfaith panel on climate, selecting an Earth Day speaker, volunteering on urban farms, and composting at All Souls. Stop by to get engaged or just learn a little more about what Green Souls does. 1:00-2:00 pm, Classroom 5.
National Symphony Orchestra’s
In Your Neighborhood
presents a FREE chamber music concert for all ages, featuring musicians James Nickel and Robert Rearden (horn), Julianna Nickel (flute), and Sophia Kim Cook (piano). Reception to follow. Sun., Jan. 13, 2 pm, Pierce Hall.
Monday, January 14
Unitarian Heritage Pilgrimage to Boston info meeting.
Immerse yourself in Unitarian Universalist history, theology, and spiritual practice on a five-day pilgrimage to Boston with Rev. Robert Hardies and Rev. Rebecca Parker. Our pilgrimage will 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 scheduled for April 24 through 28, 2019, and is open to all adults. Please email Bill Rice (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know you’re interested, and plan to attend a required informational meeting on Mon., Jan. 14, 7:00 pm, at All Souls.
Tuesday, January 15
Is joining a covenant group on your list for 2019? If so, please consider join the newish Creek Covenant Group! We are a welcoming space for all who want to take time to connect with others and explore spirituality and community. We’ll meet twice each month on Tuesday evenings to explore the monthly themes provided by the church. Contact Kristina Solum (
) for address and details. Tue., Jan 15. 6:30 pm.
Kindred Spirits Men’s Group
invites interested men to join us at any time at our open salon, where the dialogue flows and we deepen our connections as All Souls Unitarian Men. Contact Philip Smith (email@example.com) to RSVP, get the location, or inquire further. Tue., Jan. 15, 7:15 pm, member’s home near All Souls.
Wednesday, January 16
Support DACA Dreamers during their trip to Washington.
All Souls will host a potluck dinner for 25 Dreamers from California and their professor, who will be in town to educate policymakers and stakeholders about the accomplishments and contributions of Dreamers in our country. After the meal, volunteers are welcome to join the Dreamers to watch a documentary next door at the Mexican Multicultural Center. We need people to help us with food prep, serving the meal, and clean up. For more information, contact Serena Lowe (firstname.lastname@example.org). 5:00-7:00 pm, dining room.
Board of Trustees meeting
agenda includes the election of the president and one or two vice presidents, ministerial vacancies, and the senior minister’s and executive director’s reports. Meeting will end at 8:30.
Friday, January 18 – Monday, January 21
Jubilee Anti-Racism Training
helps participants nurture multicultural community and work against racism. The weekend commitment is worth every minute. $160/participant (includes cost for trainers, meals, and materials). Enrollment is limited to 40 participants, so sign up today! Registration deadline: Jan. 15, 2019. Workshop: January 18-21 (Fri., Jan. 18, 6:00 - 10:00 pm; Sat., Jan. 19, recessed for Women’s March; Sun., Jan. 20, 8:30 am - 8:00 pm; Mon., Jan. 21, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm), All Souls.
Jubilee Kids!: Learning Together About Race, Racism, and Racial Identity
. Do you wish to nurture your child(ren)’s understanding of race, ethnicity, and identity? Deepen their understanding of how our UU values call us to practice inclusion and act against racism? This 1.25-day program is open to children in grades 2-5 whose parents/guardians are attending the Jubilee Anti-Racism Training. $40/child (includes cost for leaders, meals, and materials). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants, so sign up today! Registration deadline: Jan. 15, 2019. Workshop: January 20-21 (Sun., Jan. 20, 9:00 - 11:00 am; Mon., Jan. 21, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; lunch with parents), All Souls.
Saturday, January 19
Joining All Souls.
Ready to join the church? At the end of this informative, three-hour class, you’ll be invited to sign the book and make it official. Register at
Sunday, January 20
Jubilee Singers and the Children’s and Junior choirs will join forces for our annual collaboration with the
Bokamoso Youth Foundation of South Africa
for music, storytelling and dancing. This is a Sunday you won’t want to miss! A portion of the offering will go to the work of the foundation. Sun., Jan. 20, in worship (9:30 and 11:15).
Looking for an opportunity to serve? The
ASC Haiti Committee
will share its key accomplishments. With financing from ASC Beckner Fund and technical support of UMD MIS faculty and students, CEN is currently creating a community needs and resources inventory for the Municipality of Petion-Ville (in collaboration with the mayor’s office and local leaders). The inventory, an online searchable database, is meant to educate donors, primarily Haitians living abroad, about priorities and facilitate direct fundraising around the world, as well as facilitating information sharing, and network building. RSVP to
. Visit ASC website for more info about the ASC Haiti committee and CENHaiti.org. Sun., Jan. 20, after second service.
Red Cross Training by Rose Eaton
. Sun., Jan. 20, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Eaton Room.
Job Opportunity at All Souls
All Souls is looking for a full-time
. Click through for more information. Please spread the word and forward the links to people who may be interested. Thanks!
This Sunday’s RE Activities
2/3’s (9:30a) & 2/3/4’s (11:15a) – “Olivia” (the pig) has a purpose: to be herself, even if it wears out everyone else!
4’s/Pre-K 5’s (9:30a) – “Make Way For Ducklings”. A community finds a new purpose in caring for a family of ducklings.
K-5th – Creating booklets of reflections about themselves.
Middle School – World Religions: Hinduism
Youth Group (11:15a only) – Engaging community for upcoming activist art projects
Nursery – Check out the new storytelling dragon!
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
K/1st OWL Parent & Student Orientation – Saturday, January 12th, 2019, 9:30a – 12p. Overview for BOTH K/1st students and their parents/guardians ahead of the K/1st Our Whole Lives (OWL) comprehensive sexuality education sessions in Feb/March.
*K/1st students should also attend – child care available for siblings*
January 20th – The Bokamoso Youth Choir from South Africa joins us for intergenerational worship. Students Kindergarten through High School attend service.
Jubilee Anti-Racism Training
helps participants nurture multicultural community and work against racism. The weekend commitment is worth every minute. $160/participant (includes cost for trainers, meals, and materials). Enrollment is limited to 40 participants, so sign up today! Registration deadline: Jan. 15, 2019. Workshop: January 18-21 (Fri., Jan. 18, 6:00-10:00 pm; Sat., Jan. 19, recessed for Women’s March; Sun., Jan. 20, 8:30 am - 8:00 pm; Mon., Jan. 21, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm), All Souls.
Jubilee Kids!: Learning Together About Race, Racism, and Racial Identity.
Do you wish to nurture your child(ren)’s understanding of race, ethnicity, and identity? Deepen their understanding of how our UU values call us to practice inclusion and act against racism? This 1.25 day program is open to children in grades 2-5 whose parents/guardians are attending the Jubilee Anti-Racism Training. $40/child (includes cost for leaders, meals, and materials). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants, so sign up today! Registration deadline: Jan. 15, 2019. Workshop: January 20-21 (Sun., Jan. 20, 9:00 - 11:00 am; Mon., Jan. 21, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; lunch with parents), All Souls.
New Day Rising Conference: Identifying Your Congregation’s Next Steps in the Struggle with White Supremacy Culture
. Join with Central East Region staff and UU congregational leaders for this day of learning, growing, and rising. Hear from each other about what has worked and why, assess your congregation’s next fruitful and faithful step, and see some of the great resource options available. Sliding scale fee of $20-$30-$40. You may request a waiver for a $10 fee as needed on the registration form. Lunch in included. Childcare available at $5/child, but must be requested in advance. Sat. Jan. 26, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.
All Souls Reads:
. What might whites need to understand better about themselves to effectively engage in countering white supremacy? How does the challenge of countering white supremacy differ for People of Color? Come listen to experienced activists discuss the themes in Robin D’Angelo’s NYTimes’ bestseller,
. Panelists will include Jenice View and Rebecca Parker. A three-week reading group will be formed following the panel discussion for those who wish to read and discuss the book with others. Sun., Feb. 3, 1:00-2:00 pm.
Discourse in the Time of Discord.
Learn how to identify straw men, red herrings, the bandwagon, and other logical fallacies. Equipped with the “hard” tools of logic, rhetoric, and critical thinking, we’ll also look at the “soft” skills of discourse so often missing in our politics and personal interactions. Led by Stacy Gilbert. Sundays, Feb. 10 & 17 (dates to be confirmed), 1:00-2:30 pm.
- Class 1: Ethos and Logos - the Elements of Critical Thinking; Identifying Logical Fallacies
- Class 2: Pathos - Empathy and Discourse; the Art and Science of Dialogue
Beloved Conversations Retreat.
Description coming. Feb. 22-23.
All Souls ESL (English as a Second Language)
will start classes again on Feb. 10. Spring classes will meet Sundays 1:00-2:45 pm at the church through May 5. Interested adult students can register in person at All Souls any Sunday during class. If you are interested in volunteering to teach or tutor with the program, you must attend this mandatory volunteer training. Sun., Feb. 3, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (after first service), Dining Room. In addition to welcoming new volunteer teachers, All Souls ESL is also looking for new volunteers to help run the program on Sunday afternoons and assist with outreach to students. We are a 100% volunteer-run program, so we need leaders with initiative who are comfortable problem-solving in the moment. Duties may include welcoming and registering new students, answering student questions about the program, coordinating flyer distribution, and working with the church. Leaders must commit to being on hand two Sundays per month. We are interested in developing a more multicultural leadership team, and we especially encourage Spanish speakers and non-native English speakers to volunteer for this administrative role. Please email
Sign up now for the
6th Annual All Souls Leadership Course
. This course is designed for people interested in developing their leadership capacity at All Souls and beyond. Participants will be exposed to new perspectives and innovative ideas in leadership; engage in reflective and collaborative exercises; and forge and strengthen relationships with other participants and members of the congregation. 2019 course dates: Saturdays, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, and 4/13. Find out more online at
All Souls Sanctuary Movement Support Committee
welcome migrants into our community. The Migrant Transit Support Initiative, a collaboration with local partners and the DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network, needs volunteers to distribute hospitality kits, direct individuals to community resources, and provide medical and legal information to migrants passing through Greyhound bus stops at Union Station and Silver Spring. Those interested in volunteering can contact the Migrant Transit Support Initiative (
) or Serena Lowe (
Support immigrants in detention, one phone call at a time!
The All Souls Sanctuary Committee, in partnership with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, seeks volunteers to answer CAIR Coalition’s detention center hotline. CAIR Coalition provides legal services to more than 1,000 immigrant men, women, and children held in local detention centers. Volunteers connect detainees with in-house legal support or pro bono attorneys and otherwise help them navigate the labyrinth of immigration law. Volunteers needed for two-hour shifts, Mondays through Fridays. Spanish is helpful but not required. Sign up at www.caircoalition.org/how-to-help/volunteering.
Support upcoming workforce development training for asylum seekers. Join the Refugee Support Initiative in supporting the quarterly workforce development training organized by the Asylum Seekers Assistance Project. Volunteers are needed daily to participate in a mid-day potluck lunch and then work with participants on practicing networking conversations, reviewing resumes, and conducting mock interviews. For more information, contact Serena Lowe (email@example.com) or ASAP Employment Program Manager Noah Halpern (firstname.lastname@example.org). January 14-18, UDC Law School (one block from UDC/Vanness metro).
Support DACA Dreamers during their trip to Washington.
All Souls will host a potluck dinner for 25 Dreamers from California and their professor, who will be in town to educate policymakers and stakeholders about the accomplishments and contributions of Dreamers in our country. After the meal, volunteers are welcome to join the Dreamers to watch a documentary next door at the Mexican Multicultural Center. We need people to help us with food prep, serving the meal, and clean up. For more information, contact Serena Lowe (email@example.com). Wed., Jan. 16, 5:00-7:00 pm, dining room.
Housing assistance needed for immigrant family.
A mother and five children who fled Honduras and are seeking asylum recently arrived in DC and need housing assistance. If you have space or suggestions on potential housing, please contact Sonya Posmentier (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Help support Rosa in sanctuary at Cedar Lane.
Our friends at Cedar Lane UU Church have been providing physical sanctuary for Rosa Guitierrez Lopez since December 10. They are recruiting volunteers to engage in the 24/7 accompaniment support required. For more information, contact Denise Woods (email@example.com) or Charlene (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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