Thursday, September 5, 2019
When we experience life transitions, be they joyful or devastating, we need community to support us. Welcoming a new baby into the world, grieving the loss of a loved one, grappling with a surprising health challenge – whatever the case may be, All Souls’ ministers and members are here for you. Contact Minister of Congregational Care Tony Coleman ( tcoleman@allsouls.ws ) to learn about the ways our community can support you.
The Coming Week
Friday, September 6

Young Souls Potlucks , held at members’ homes, are great events for newcomers. This month, Annmarie Dinan hosts. Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. Questions? Contact Matt ( mattkriegervii@gmail.com ). 7:00 pm, check the listserv for the address.

Sunday, September 8

Homecoming Sunday! We return to two services ( 9:30 and 11:15 am ).

Love Always . Rev. Hardies. At the heart of the beloved community is love, always love. Love isn’t a feeling, it’s a practice: a shared practice of affection and care. On Homecoming Sunday we return to our regular Sunday worship schedule with two services at 9:30 and 11:15, and celebrate and recommit to the center of our church community.

Congregational Lunch. Gather round the tables in Pierce Hall and welcome each other back over a meal. Following second service.

The Black Men’s Group at All Souls will have its inaugural meeting(s) on September 8 and 15 between services (10:30-11:45) in the staff lounge on the lower level. Attend one or both sessions. The focus of this group is to decrease isolation among Black men at the church. The group is being convened by Gregory Ford and Bill Rice. Questions? Contact Gregory (gregory.j.ford@gmail.com; 202-210-3270).

Migrant Solidarity Team Weekly Impacted Community Canvass. Many of our neighbors live in terror of deportation. We must act! Every Sunday after church, we’ll go into impacted neighborhoods to share info on ICE’s operations, educate folks on how to prevent arrests, distribute a hotline number to call if ICE is spotted, and hand out “Know Your Rights” cards. We’ll work in teams of two. Spanish, French, Hindi, or Arabic are helpful but not required. Bring a water bottle and comfy shoes; we’ll provide the rest. Text or email questions to Denise Woods (202.415.9757; woodsassoc@gmail.com) or Jessica Salute (917.855.6993; jsalute@gmail.com). Every Sunday, 12:30 am, meet in the Reeb Lobby.
 
Special concert. Windborne presents Song on the Times: Social Struggle over the last 200 Years . Internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Windborne is a group of vocal chameleons who specialize in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music within the same concert. Their musical knowledge spans many continents and cultures, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions. Song on the Times is an illustrated songbook and album that brings together music from working class movements for peoples’ rights in the US and UK over 400 years, and sings them for today’s struggles. Enjoy Windborne’s richly harmonized arrangements, a book of beautifully illustrated lyrics and music, alongside historical context from activists, singers, and scholars. 50% of profits are donated to social causes. This event is free and open to the public. Suggested donation: $10. 2:00-3:30 pm.

Monday-Friday, September 9-13

The All Souls Migrant Solidarity Team partners with the Asylum Seekers Assistance project to support ASAP’s programs for immigrants who are seeking asylum. Economic survival is imperative to a person’s ability to maintain hope and personal dignity during the asylum legal process. Come volunteer at ASAP’s job readiness training for asylum seekers and help these new community members understand the job-seeking process in the U.S. Sessions cover Small Talk and Networking Practice, Resume Editing and Mock Informational Interviews, Job Interview Questions, Mock Interviews, and Workplace Scenarios. Volunteer training will be provided as part of each session, and you can volunteer for one afternoon or multiple afternoons. RSVP required at bit.ly/ASAPTraining . Email hailey@asylumprojectdc.org with any questions. 11:45 am-3:00 pm each day.

Wednesday, September 11

Join the Beckner Advancement Fund committee as we welcome and celebrate our latest grantees including: Green Souls, Justice for Muslim’s Collective, Black Lives Matter DC, Fair Budget Coalition, Kindred, Dreaming Out Loud, Trans Women of Collective Collective, Bread for the City, Empower DC, Healthy Babies Project, Platform of Hope and Collective Action for Safe Spaces. Attendees will have an opportunity to mingle and learn more about our partners’ work and ways you can get involved throughout the year. RSVP at bit.ly/BecknerMeetandGreet. 6:30 pm, Pierce Hall.

Friday, September 13

All Souls Homecoming Terrace Concert featuring live band karaoke with Northeast Corridor! Join us as we kick off another great church year at All Souls by singing and dancing with the area’s #1 live karaoke band, Northeast Corridor! This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic and your dancing shoes and start practicing the lyrics for your favorite pop tunes. We’ll have beer and wine for sale. Music program participants: join us at intermission for a special announcement and champagne toast! 5:30-8:00 pm, terrace.
Sunday, September 15

Women of Color Preaching Series . In this year of transition for our ministry team, we are bringing the voices of women of color to our pulpit. Throughout the church year, All Souls will host prominent women of color preachers from within Unitarian Universalism and beyond. The series kicks off next Sunday, as we welcome the Rev. Dr. Rosemary Bray McNatt, president and professor of ministry at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA. Other confirmed preachers in the series include the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis of Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan and the Rev. Sofia Betancourt, professor of theology at Starr King School. If you have suggestions for folks you’d like us to consider inviting, please send them to Rev. Hardies ( rhardies@allsouls.ws ).

UU Climate Justice Conference. All Souls, along with other Unitarian Universalist organizations, will host an afternoon conference on climate justice and building a movement for a Green New Deal. It will feature a combination of national and local speakers, with emphasis on people from frontline communities and youth. This session is part of a larger conference happening Sep. 15-17, which includes more fantastic speakers (including at least one Member of Congress) and lobbying. Speakers for the Sunday session (12:30 – 5:30 pm at All Souls) include:
  • Basav Sen, Climate Justice Project Director at the Institute for Policy Studies, one the leading organizations working on climate solutions that address racial, economic, gender and other forms of inequality;
  • Chris Bradshaw, Founder and Executive Director of Dreaming Out Loud, which creates economic opportunities for the DC metro region’s marginalized community members through building a healthy, equitable food system;
  • Levi Draheim, UU from Brevard Country, FL, and—at 12-years-old—the youngest plaintiff in the Juliana v United States climate lawsuit; and
  • Julian Brave Noisecat, Director of Green New Deal Strategy, Data for Progress, US policy lead for the global grassroots climate campaign, 350.org and a proud member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen (First Nations).
Find more information and links to register at www.all-souls.org .

Young Souls Brunch . Brunch is an excellent event to attend if you are new. Questions? Contact Matt ( mattkriegervii@gmail.com ). 1:00 pm; meet in Pierce Hall to walk to nearby restaurant.

All Souls ESL (English as a Second Language) is gearing up for the fall semester. If you are interested in teaching or tutoring, you must attend volunteer training. No teaching experience is necessary. We are also looking for a volunteer to coordinate student outreach efforts. Email all.souls.esl.dc@gmail.com. Fall classes will meet Sundays, 9/22-12/15, 1:00-2:45pm at the church. Interested adult students can register in person any Sunday during class. Training: 11am - 2pm (after the first service), Longfellow Room.
Religious Education for Children and Youth
This Sunday in RE:

Homecoming Sunday in RE:

Intergenerational Worship
**Students K & Up attend entire service w/ families**

K & Up - Attend Homecoming Sunday services with families at 9:30a or 11:15a. Students will remain in the Sanctuary for the entire service, and intergenerational program including the combined Festival Choir, Akoma Drummers, and a Story For All Ages.

Childcare for 4’s & younger (Rm 5) - Optional for 4’s - We’ll have lots of fun activities and plenty of adult supervision all morning.

Nursery (Room 4) - For souls aged 0-23 months.

Upcoming REvents & Opportunities:

Children & Youth Roles for Homecoming!! We’re still seeking children and youth to assist with Sunday’s intergenerational worship - both as ushers and as actors in the Story for All Ages. If you’re interested in helping out - at either service - contact dmiller@allsouls.ws .

RE Registration is Open for 2019-20 - A new year of RE begins next Sunday, September 15th. Now’s the time to sign your students up! Remember, registration mandatory yet free of cost, and requires a volunteer commitment for each participating family. Click here to register!

RE Teacher Orientation - Saturday, September 14th, 9:30am to 12:30pm. New elements this year include 1hr devoted to Positive Discipline Classroom Management led by the Parent Encouragement Program, expedited review of policy & procedures and a full hour allotted to meeting with your teaching teams. Teachers should RSVP (Y or N) to their team Liaison, or to jploeser@allsouls.ws or dmiller@allsouls.ws .
(link for “Parent Encouragement Program”: https://www.parentencouragement.org )

Volunteer or Teach This Year in RE!! - Regular teachers (x2/mo.) are still needed, especially during 2nd service. Or, you can fulfill your volunteer commitment by as a substitute teacher (1x/mo.), workshop facilitator (2 services/mo. during 2 months), first Sunday CYOA facilitator (1x/mo.), as a weekday volunteer (by arrangement) or by joining the CYRE Committee. Contact dmiller@allsouls.ws or jploeser@allsouls.ws for more info.
Meet the Beckner Advancement Fund Grantees
Join the Beckner Advancement Fund committee as we welcome and celebrate our latest grantees including: Green Souls, Justice for Muslim’s Collective, Black Lives Matter DC, Fair Budget Coalition, Kindred, Dreaming Out Loud, Trans Women of Collective Collective, Bread for the City, Empower DC, Healthy Babies Project, Platform of Hope and Collective Action for Safe Spaces. Attendees will have an opportunity to mingle and learn more about our partners’ work and ways you can get involved throughout the year. RSVP at bit.ly/BecknerMeetandGreet . Wed., Sep. 11, 6:30 pm, Pierce Hall.
Creating Climate Justice
How Unitarian Universalists can organize accountably + effectively + sustainably to create climate justice

Sunday, September 15, 12:30 – 5:30 pm, All Souls Church

The Framework for Just Transition : Moving from an Extractive Economy to a Regenerative Economy
  • Basav Sen, Climate Justice Project Director at the Institute for Policy Studies, which focuses on climate solutions at the national, state, and local level that address racial, economic, gender and other forms of inequality

Spirit and Values: It Matters How We Show Up

Values in Action at the Local Level
  • Chris Bradshaw, Founder and Executive Director of Dreaming Out Loud, which creates economic opportunities for the DC metro region’s marginalized community members through building a healthy, equitable food system
  • Doris Marlin on the Strengthen Local Climate Commitments (SLCC) campaign, a collaboration between the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Green Sanctuary Program and the UU Ministry for Earth

Joining and Building the Movement: What’s Happening and How to Connect
  • Aly Tharp, Program Director at UU Ministry for Earth, on the UUA-UUMFE Create Climate Justice campaign and Just Transition priority focus
  • Levi Draheim, UU from Brevard Country, FL, and—at 12-years-old—the youngest plaintiff in the Juliana v United States climate lawsuit
  • Julian Brave Noisecat, Director of Green New Deal Strategy, Data for Progress, US policy lead for the global grassroots climate campaign, 350.org and a proud member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen (First Nations)
  • TBA: A Speaker from the Sunrise Movement on the youth-led Global Climate Strike happening in the United States on Friday, September 20

Individuals from All Souls can register online for the Sunday program ($0-$20 sliding scale, lunch included)

Register here by Sep. 5 for the full conference (Sep. 15—17)
All Souls Crab Fest
$40.00/adults, $10.00/ages 6-12, free/ages 0-5.  Click on image to buy tickets online. Tickets also available from the Silver Souls tables in Pierce Hall and the Reeb Lobby on Sundays.
Volunteer Opportunities
Serve on Sundays! As we enter the new church year, we need volunteers to help make Sundays happen. Ushers hand out programs and perform some safety functions. Contact Mark (markhowardmatthews@gmail.com). Greeters welcome newcomers and provide information about the church. Contact Gary (gpenn@allsouls.ws). Counters count the collection plate. Contact Ingrid Frey (ingafrey@gmail.com).

All Souls ESL (English as a Second Language) is gearing up for the fall semester. If you are interested teaching or tutoring with the program, please plan to attend mandatory volunteer training on Sunday, September 15th, from 11am - 2pm (after the first service) in the Longfellow Room. No teaching experience is necessary. We are also looking for a volunteer to coordinate our student outreach efforts. Please email all.souls.esl.dc@gmail.com . Fall classes will meet Sundays from 1-2:45pm at the church 9/22-12/15. Interested adult students can register in person at All Souls any Sunday during class. 

The Leadership Development and Nominating Committee is recruiting candidates to serve as trustees or officers in 2020. The LDNC will interview candidates this fall and present a slate of candidates for the congregation to vote on at the annual Congregational Meeting in December. In addition to four members of the board of trustees, we are also looking for candidates for treasurer, secretary, and membership secretary. We are especially seeking candidates with strong communications, legal, finance and budgeting experience. Interested in serving? Info and application at www.all-souls.org/ldnc . Application deadline: September 29. Questions? Contact co-chairs Maya Hermann ( hermann.maya@icloud.com ) or Chuck Wooldridge ( cwooldridge108@comcast.net ). 

Are you passionate about reproductive justice and a regular poster on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? Do you have a way with words (or 280 characters)? The All Souls RJ Initiative is looking to grow our movement by adding a volunteer social media coordinator to our awesome leadership team. Check us out at www.all-souls.org/repro-justice and contact us with your interest at ASCU.reprojustice@gmail.com .
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