Wednesday, May 15
Philosophical Souls: Populism
. Populism rages. What do populists believe? How does populism differ from other forms of majoritarian democracy? Is there value in its notion of empowering “the people” instead of elites, or in its impatience with institutional constraints? What are its dangers, and to whom? What is the appropriate democratic response? Could populists ever become our allies? Join us for a discussion of these questions, and yours! To RSVP and get directions, contact Sara (firstname.lastname@example.org). All are welcome! Snacks available at 6:30 pm; discussion starts at 7:00 pm, John Tambornino’s apartment (16th St, south of All Souls).
Saturday, May 18
It’s a Gardening Day!
Spend the morning sprucing up the flowers, bushes, trees, and other horticulture at All Souls to maintain the beauty of our shared space and inspire all who come to visit. All ages and abilities are welcome; all tools and materials are provided. Sat., May 18, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.
Souls in the Center Have a Game Day
. Bring your favorite board game and join us at our new location in Mount Pleasant. Sat., May 18, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, Marx Cafe (3203 Mt. Pleasant St. NW).
Souls in the Center May Potluck
. Join us on a beautiful rooftop in the heart of Columbia Heights! Bring food and serving spoons, drink and be merry with us. You will have to get buzzed in at the lobby door and check in at the front desk, who will point you in the right direction. RSVP on Facebook. Sat., May 18, 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Katrina and Nabil’s place (email
Sunday, May 19
In a series of Sundays through 2019, ASC’s Transformation Team and its working groups will lead worship services that ask spiritual questions identified in their work.
Transformation Sunday: Vision. When Hope Isn’t Enough.
What vision holds our congregation together and calls us forward? How does the trust and reconciliation process honor this vision? Where are we in understanding and living into our vision? Derek Robinson, Peter Montgomery, and Paula Cole Jones will be in the pulpit. After each service, join us in the Longfellow Room to be in community and reflect on the morning’s themes. 9:30 and 11:15 am, sanctuary.
is a social, lay gathering of the African-descended members/friends of All Souls Church. We gather several times per year to break bread, enjoy one another’s company, and deepen our connections to Unitarian Universalism. To learn more about the May 19 gathering and other events planned for the spring, contact Jenice View (email@example.com).
. We’re building a faith-based network for reproductive justice in DC. Join us! Let’s socialize, network, enjoy light refreshments, and talk about our plans. Sponsored by the Reproductive Justice Initiative. To join our listserve or for additional information, email
. Sun., May 19, 1:00 pm, Longfellow Room.
Young Souls May Brunch
. Brunch is an excellent event to attend if you are new. RSVP on Facebook
. Questions? Contact Cora (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sun., May 19, 1:00 pm, meet in Pierce Hall to walk to a nearby restaurant.
Tuesday, May 21
The Kindred Spirits Men’s Group
invites interested men to join us on third Tuesdays for our monthly salon, where we openly discuss topics from men’s perspectives, let dialogue flow, and deepen our connections as All Souls Unitarian Men. RSVP to Philip Smith (
). Tue., May 21, 7:15 - 9:00 pm, at a member’s home near All Souls.
Wednesday, May 22
Board of Trustees meeting.
Currently scheduled topics are policy governance; reports from the senior minister, executive director, and finance committee; letters from the Committee on Ministry and Truth and Reconciliation Team; June 16 Father’s Day fete and information session; and increasing the size of the Board by seating the secretary and treasurer.
All Souls Leadership Recruitment Social.
RSVP: http://bit.ly/LDNCSocial. Childcare available (please RSVP need). Contact Kerry (email@example.com; 202-422-6104) with questions. Wed., May 22, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, home of Kerry Reichs (3842 Garrison Street NW).
Saturday, May 25
Souls in the Center Have Another Game Day.
Bring your favorite board game and join us at for another game day. 2:00 - 5:00 pm, Jen Bruneau’s house, near church (RSVP for address:
Sunday, May 26
Songs of Ourselves.
The All Souls Choir celebrates the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth and his influence on art in the margins of America. In worship, 10:15 am, sanctuary.
Silver Souls monthly meeting.
Join us in building the Beloved Community, working for service, justice, and spiritual growth. All are welcome! Sun., May 26, after 2nd service, library.
For nearly 200 years, All Souls Church has been a pillar of community, diversity, and social justice reform. And each of you have contributed to the rich fabric that makes up the wonderful history of the church. If we are to continue on this journey together to build a Beloved Community, All Souls needs your financial support.
As you are aware, last year All Souls lost its charter school tenant resulting in a nearly $400,000 deficit in this year’s operating budget. Additionally, while our membership has grown, along with the programs and services we offer, contributions have not kept pace with that growth. The Board of Trustees and our entire leadership team is working hard to ensure that all of the great programming the church offers to support and enrich your spiritual walk are not impacted, but we cannot do it alone.
If you have never donated before, now is the time. If you have donated in the past, please consider increasing your pledge. We ask that every member donate $60 or more a week. If we all work together in the effort, the church will be able to continue to serve you, your family and our community.
Donating to All Souls is easy. Choose the option that’s most convenient for you.
- Put checks or cash (in a pew envelope with your name on it) in the basket as it passes each Sunday.
- Ask your bank to automatically send a check to All Souls each month.
- Set up an automatic draw from your credit card or bank account at www.all-souls.org/generosity.
- Text gifts to All Souls by texting “ASCU” to 73256.
- Contact Gary Penn (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202.517.1465) to help you set up gifts.
Traci & Rob
Children and Youth Religious Education
** Final Sunday of 2 services ** Summer schedule begins May 26 w/ single service at 10:15a **
9:30 2’s/3’s & 11:15 2’s-4’s : “I Can Help”- Children cleaning!
9:30 4’s/PreK 5’s : “Differences Are Important”- Creations from unfinished drawings
K-5th: Finding the “Mercy” in folktales around the world. Comparing “The Stolen Smells” and “The Warmth Of A Fire”. After Chapel, each class returns to its room for age appropriate activities.
Middle School: Comparing Creation Stories
Youth Group (HS): Mural Painting & Prop Workshop!
REvents and Opportunities:
Positive Discipline Course - THIS Saturday, May 18th from 10-11:30 a.m. - Move away from punishment and toward using encouragement, consequences, limits, and agreements, for an approach to discipline that stimulates cooperation and self-restraint. Offered in collaboration with PEP (Parent Encouragement Program) . Light fare and Child Care provided. Eaton Room. RSVP to Dolores Miller:
Volunteer or Teach Next Year in RE!! If it’s your turn to step up to teach/volunteer for the RE program, the coming church year offers a wide array of opportunities. Contact
or visit the RE table in Pierce Hall after service to discuss possibilities with one the C/YRE Committee Members.
RE Appreciation Brunch for Teachers & Volunteers - Sunday, June 9th, after (single) service. Celebrate your year with fellow adults in the RE program! Food and childcare (for all ages) provided. Stay tuned for further details.
Weekend on the Bay Registration ends at this Thursday (5/16) at midnight (11:59pm). Please join us for a relaxing weekend on the shores of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. There will be fun for all ages! Day trippers welcome. We are still accepting workshop ideas. Register at
Your favorite fellowship of 30+ ages and above is putting out a call for new leadership! Specifically,
Souls in the Center
is looking for a communications guru and a few social chairs, to help plan and host small events every month starting either in June or September. It’s a low stakes job commitment-wise, but lets you be creative and meet fun people. Any questions? Email us at
The Religious Events Committee
is ready to plan our All Souls 2019 Iftar to celebrate Islam’s sacred month of Ramadan. This meal will bring our community together while we learn about Islam. The Committee wants the Iftar to reflect the culture of those who’ve grown up in the faith, so we seek members of our community who know how we can properly acknowledge Islam in our church. We’ve done that with our ASC Seder; we’ll also seek support from those who understand the Hindu faith when we celebrate Diwali in October. Ramadan is soon: May 6 - June 3. We need you! Contact Delabian L. Rice-Thurston (202-726-1518;
Looking for an opportunity to serve? The
ASC Haiti Committee
is looking for volunteers with all kinds of skills sets. With financing from ASC Beckner Fund and technical support of UMD MIS faculty and students, CEN is creating a Community Development Marketplace online platform for direct networking between the providers and the seekers of project assistance in Haiti. The marketplace, 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. Visit ASC website and CENHaiti.org for more info about the ASC Haiti committee and CEN Haiti Program.” Soft Launch date Fall 2019 at the Haitian Embassy. Please contact Armele Vilceus (
) or Ralph Belton (
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; email@example.com).
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