Thursday, October 11, 2018
The Coming Week
Wednesday, October 10

The monthly 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 here . For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers afterwards. Questions? Contact Cora ( ). Wed., Oct. 10, 5:30 pm, Local 16 (1602 U St NW).

Vespers is modeled after the traditional Taizé worship service which uses silence, scripture, prayer, and repetitive singing of short chants and rounds to quiet the mind and promote deep meditation. The Taizé Community promotes peace and justice through prayer and meditation. Vespers service mirrors Taizé-style attention to silence, holy words, prayer, and singing, but has also evolved to include other meditative traditions such as yogic singing and Buddhist chanting. 7:30 pm, sanctuary.
Friday, October 12

Monthly Young Souls potlucks , held at members’ homes (this month hosted by Luciana!), are great events for newcomers. Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. RSVP on Facebook here . Questions? Contact Cora ( ). Fri., Oct. 12, 7:00 pm, check YS listserv for address.

Saturday, October 13

Workshop on Nonviolent Communications . The Committee on Right Relations (which helps process conflicts between congregants and between congregants and the church’s staff and Board of Trustees) invites you to a workshop on a way of communicating that lets us lead from the heart, helps us connect empathically with self and others, and leads to more satisfying relationships. The workshop leader, Tarek Farouk Maassarani, has led many trainings in nonviolent communication and helps lead restorative justice efforts as a member of the Restorative DC team ( ) and the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices. Register here . For questions and further details, contact Kyla Dixon, (401-527-1280). A light lunch will be served. 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm, Eaton Room.

The Reeb Voting Rights Project registers voters in Northern Virginia. For info, email

Sunday, October 14

Please join the Reeb Project phone bank with Progressive Maryland! All you need is your cell phone, a charger, and passion for voting rights. The Reeb Project will be phone banking after both services with different community partners every Sunday through Election Day. Email for more information . After each service, dining room.

The deadline for the Reeb trip to North Carolina has passed. If you planned on signing up and have not done so yet, please email as soon as possible.

Angry about the Kavanaugh confirmation? Join us for conversation and an opportunity to learn how you can channel your anger into action on the ground! We will welcome Dr. Sara Imershein , an OB-GYN who closed her private practice in Foggy Bottom and now performs abortions exclusively, for a conversation about faith and abortion care. We will also be using this opportunity to recruit volunteers for the DC Abortion Fund and for clinic escort training. Light refreshments provided. Sponsored by the ASC Reproductive Justice Initiative whose mission is to love, empower, respect and care for people in our church and in our community as they make their own choices about their bodies, their sexuality, and childbearing, and as they strive to raise children in safe, healthy, supportive communities. RSVP at: . 12:30 pm, Eaton Room.

Green Souls meeting to plan this year’s activities. Join us if you’re interested in environmental justice, have ideas to contribute, or just want to learn more about what Green Souls does. Questions? Contact Emily Koester ( 12:45-2:00 pm, Tupper Room.

All Souls Housing Corporation ’s monthly meeting. All are welcome. 1:00 pm, classroom 3.

All Souls Reads “Fascism” by Madeline Albright. Panel with Jose Luis Sanchez, Peter Montgomery, and Liz Kennedy. 1:00 pm, library (discussion sessions: Oct. 15, 22, 19, Nov. 5, 12, 7:00-8:30 pm).

Tuesday, October 16

This is a new monthly Young Souls event - Taco Tuesday ! Bandit Taco recently opened around the corner from our regular happy hour spot, so we thought this is a great opportunity to try their $2 taco Tuesdays! Come talk to some YS board members, hang out, and eat tacos. RSVP on Facebook here . Questions? Contact Cora ( Tue., Oct. 16, 6:00 pm Bandit Taco (1946 New Hampshire Ave NW).

Kindred Spirits Men’s Group meeting. We invite interested men to join us at any time. The tone is of an open salon, letting the dialogue flow and deepening our connections as All Souls Unitarian Men. Contact Philip Smith ( ) to RSVP, get the location, or inquire further. Tue., Oct. 16, 7:15 pm, member’s home near All Souls.

Wednesday, October 17

Nourishing Souls: Community Café. Love trying new foods and moving to new rhythms? Ready to celebrate the unknown? Join us for an evening of music and our own version of “Chopped.” Bring an ingredient or two and watch our improv chefs Jerri Husch (food adventurer) and Ryan Orkus (chef and culinary instructor) whip up a meal. After dinner, bring your instrument or voice to make music. All are welcome! To give us an idea of attendance, please sign up at . Wed., Oct. 17, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, dining room.

Souls in the Center Have a Happy Hour. Souls in the Center is reaching new heights! The second story, that is. Join us upstairs at Grady’s to meet folks in a quieter, small-group setting. RSVP on Facebook.  Souls in the Center is a fellowship of members and friends of All Souls from ages thirty+. To join the listserv, send us an email at . Wed., Oct. 17, 7-9ish pm, Grady’s (2210 14th St NW).

A White Historian Explores Black Voting Rights. Race stands out among the many bases upon which American voting has historically been restricted. Only African Americans’ right to vote has been granted, then taken away. Voting restrictions are just one aspect of a larger system of racist laws and customs, a system backed by violent intimidation. Historian Susan Strasser ( surveys this history, contrasting two moments of possibility—Reconstruction and the early 1960s—and the recent attacks on the right to vote. Co-sponsored by ADORE, the 8th Principle Committee, Adult Spiritual Development Committee, and the Reeb Voting Rights Project. Wed., Oct. 17, 7:00 pm, Eaton Room.

Saturday, October 20

Souls in the Center have a Game Day! Let’s play a soothing (ha!) game, where we take resources from each other. RSVP on facebook . Be sure to bring any games you love; we’ll have several games going depending on numbers. Souls in the Center is a fellowship of members and friends of All Souls from ages thirty+. To join the listserv, send us an email at . Sat., Oct. 20, 2-5ish pm, Red Derby (3718 14th St NW).

Sunday, October 21

Young Souls October Brunch . Join Young Souls after second service for a potluck-style brunch at the church. Stay tuned for more information on what you can bring. RSVP on Facebook here . Questions? Contact Cora ( Sun., Oct. 21, 1:00 pm, room TBD.

The Sunday Lunch Ministry is looking for help preparing lunch for the congregation! We need help in shifts between 9 am and 1 pm to prepare, cook, serve, and cleanup. Please sign up to help at
Covenant Groups
When someone deeply listens to you, it is like holding out a dented cup you have had since childhood and watching it fill up with cold fresh water.
John Fox

Ways to connect with a covenant group

  1. Fill out an interest form at
  2. Contact the group facilitator to express your interest and inquire about openings, meeting times, and places.
  3. Come to a group’s open meeting.
  4. Watch the Sunday bulletin and weekly e-mail for openings as they arise.
  5. Help start a new group! Mentor/coaches are available to get you started. For further info on starting a group, contact Wendy Carter ( or Rev. Rebecca Parker (

Openings October 2018

(New group forming) Being the Change will focus on the rewards and frustrations of justice-seeking and working for social change. Whether social change is part of one’s job, personal life, or future aspirations, and whether one’s focus is the international, national, local, or individual level, attention to social justice inevitably affects one’s outlook on the world. This group provides the opportunity to explore the themes in the church’s monthly discussion guides with other people sharing a commitment to making this world a better place through any number of different paths and areas of concern.
Schedule: one Monday evening per month (first meeting on Mon., Oct. 22)
Place: initially at organizer’s home near Union Station, then possibly rotating among members’ homes
Facilitator: David Super ( ).
Openings: 7

(Open meeting) Poetry and Journaling is for people who love words. We use a portion of our time together to share poems or journal entries that we have written on the month’s theme. If writing is part of your spiritual practice or you would like it to be, we would love to welcome you to our meetings.
Schedule: One Saturday morning each month
Place: Columbia Heights
Facilitator: Mary Beth Hatem ( )
Openings: open to all comers, any time!

(New group forming) Sage Age is for persons (of all genders) who, finding themselves at the cusp of retirement, seeking clarity about this stage of life. We’ll journal and discuss such topics as tending to body, mind, and spirit; embracing and replacing old losses and disappointments; getting unstuck; pursuing new vocations; and enjoying a vibrant social or solitary life.
Schedule: monthly on a day to be determined (leaning toward late Sunday afternoon)
Place: Mary Swanson’s home, one mile north of All Souls
Facilitator: Mary Swanson ( )
Openings: 7

Parenting with Spirit examines the monthly church themes and other spiritual texts from the vantage point of single parents of children of all ages. The group will focus on the spiritual deepening most parents have so little time to participate in. Childcare will be provided for full participation of parents, and all members are expected to contribute to childcare costs.
Schedule: Saturdays (varies, but usually 4-6 pm)
Place: Takoma Park
Facilitators: Martha Ertman and Dana Martin ( )
Openings: 2-3

Stopping to Think is dedicated to thoughtful reflection on the monthly spiritual themes and on the themes of our individual lives, providing a refuge, a sanctuary, a much-needed pause in our hurried lives. We gather as seekers and thinkers, questioners and listeners, reflecting on these themes in a spirit of curiosity, focus, compassion and acceptance. We hope to grow in understanding and wisdom, in presence and love, often through exploration of short texts and always through participants’ own stories.
Schedule: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm (optional socializing 6:30-7:00)
Place: Members’ homes in DC
Facilitator: John Tambornino ( ; 202-294-4677)
Openings: 2-3

TNG looks at the church’s monthly theme at the first meeting of the month; at the second meeting, someone volunteers to lead a discussion on a topic of their choosing, using such resources as meditations, poetry, journaling, prayer practices, movement, and music. We are open to different spiritual perspectives ranging from agnostic to Christian to earth religions to Ultimate Frisbee. We are respectful listeners and have created a supportive environment for one another.
Schedule: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm
Place: Adams Morgan
Facilitator: Anne Hopewell ( )
Openings: 3
OPEN MEETING: 1st Tuesdays

Second Monday Group is starting our third year together. Based on suggestions from all group members, we have agreed on a broad range of topics for the coming year, such as exploring what we’d do if we were not afraid or discussing what it means to live intentionally. We start and end the evening with plentiful snacks, as many group members come directly from work. Group members rotate facilitation.
Schedule: 2nd Mondays, 6:45 pm
Place: generally, Columbia Heights and Petworth
Facilitator: Kathy Taylor Gaubatz ( ; 202-253-4547)
Openings: 1

Being and Becoming is a welcoming group of All Souls folk who want to make new friends and grow spiritually. We explore the church’s monthly spiritual themes together. We will also share our life experiences and how to make the most of our lives as we grow and learn.
Schedule: 3rd Wednesdays
Place: Mt Pleasant/Adams Morgan/Columbia Heights
Facilitators: Amanda Rohn, Sara Bracken, Zoila Hinson ( )
Openings: 2-3

Outliers on a Journey is a group for people to dialogue and reflect on the events of the day.
Schedule: Monthly meeting, no fixed date
Place: Takoma Park/Silver Spring/College Park
Facilitators: Armele Vilceus and Larry Bauer ( )
Openings: 1
Adult Spiritual Development
Madeleine Albright’s book Fascism: A Warning posits that “Fascism should perhaps be viewed less as a political ideology than as a means for seizing and holding power.” In her view, “what makes a movement Fascist is not ideology, but the willingness to do whatever is necessary to achieve victory and command obedience.” Albright highlights the tactics of fascist leadership in their pathways to power in the cases of Italy, Germany, North Korea, Russia, Venezuela, Hungary, Turkey, and the United States, as well as the political and socio-economic conditions that foster fascist responses that erode democratic institutions and active citizen participation.

Albright states that Fascist leaders often outperform democrats in generating popular fervor with fast moves that make them seem more decisive and apt to restore order and security through authoritarian measures which undermine, postpone, or deny democracy. She distinguishes populist movements from fascist movements, and points to covert signs that should alert us to threats to democracy. Albright’s warning is against the degradation of political conversation. She encourages readers “to be mindful of our own bad habit – which is to look for and expect easy answers.”

The panel on Oct. 14, with Jose Luis Sanchez, Peter Montgomery, and Liz Kennedy, is open to all. Please register at if you’d like to continue with the discussion sessions (Oct. 15, 22, 19, Nov 5, 12, 7:00-8:30 pm). The facilitators will enrich the discussion series with notes from Jason Stanley’s How Fascism Works; The Politics of Us and Them .
Deepen Your Grounding in Unitarian Universalist Heritage and Hope

Now is the time to register for classes beginning in October! Register at

Classic Readings in Liberal Religion —Convened by Kevin McCulloch

These short, two-session courses are an opportunity to learn more about the development of our religious traditions by reading and discussing a selection from a significant religious writer.

Margaret Fuller: Mystical Feminist, October 2 & 24, 7-9 pm
Hosea Ballou “A Treatise on Atonement”, Nov 7 & 28, 7-9 pm
Theodore Parker “The Transient and Permanent in Christianity”, Dec 5 & 19, 7-9 pm

More Adult Spiritual Development offerings this fall

  • All Souls Reads “Fascism” by Madeline Albright. Panel Oct. 14, with Jose Luis Sanchez, Peter Montgomery, and Liz Kennedy. Discussion sessions: Oct. 15, 22, 19, Nov 5, 12, 7:00-8:30 pm.
  • Special Lecture: “A White Historian Looks at The History of Black Voting Rights” with Dr. Susan Strasser, Oct. 17, 7-9 pm.
  • All Souls Reads “Justice on Earth”. Discussion Sessions: Oct. 22, Nov. 5, 19, 7:00 pm. Facilitator: Emily Koester.
  • Spiritual Life Writing - with Rev. Dr. Joanne Braxton. Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 29, 7-9 pm.
  • Diwali Contemplative Practices Retreat- with Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, Rev. Braxton and friends. Nov 10, 10-1.
  • Option to Age in Place until the End, with Dr. Robert L. Jayes, Nov. 11.

Register for all classes at
Children and Youth Religious Education
The Unburied Lede

Workshop rotation, here we come! This weekend, the elementary school classes start their workshop rotations. For the next three weeks, K-5 will rotate through three different workshops: art, social justice (with the 8th Principle and Reeb Voting Rights groups), and service (making bag lunches and distributing them to people in the neighborhood around All Souls). Please be sure to take note of where your child will be at the end of each service. It might not be the room that they started in!

Kindergarten and 1st graders will be the first ones heading out into the wide world to provide the neighborhood with lunch. This being the case, parents should be prepared to sign a permission slip when they drop off their child. If parents choose not to do so, their child can either go to the class that is closest to theirs in age (Pre-K or 2nd/3rd, depending) or go to the service with their parents.

Exploring different facets of our ministry and faith has never been so tasty.

Whaddaya Need to Know?

PK 2-3 (9:30), PK 2-4 (11:15):
People Know Me
PK 4 (9:30 Service):
The Lion and The Mouse
K/1st: Making bag lunches and distributing them on the streets
2nd/3rd: Art - Making class banners
4th/5th: Social Justice - 8th Principle and Reeb Voting Rights
Middle School: Power - who has it and why do we care?
Youth Group: Explore Power and Privilege and will also make preparations for the YouUUth CON the weekend of October 19th-21st

Last Week(end) Tonight – October 7, 2018

This past Sunday was the Story for All Ages and our performers shone with their hands, feet, and other various body parts.
Then, despite Middle School’s sadness to miss Choose Your Own Adventure, both services hero-ed their way to victory, providing hungry congregants with pancakes (both gluten having and gluten free/vegan!) and fruit galore.
Reeb Voting Rights Project
Please join the Reeb Project phone bank with Progressive Maryland! All you need is your cell phone, a charger, and passion for voting rights. The Reeb Project will be phone banking after both services with different community partners every Sunday through Election Day. Email for more information. After each service, dining room.

The deadline for the Reeb trip to North Carolina has passed. If you planned on signing up and have not done so yet, please email as soon as possible.
Beckner Fund
Reproductive Justice
A Soulful Afternoon with Rochelle Rice
The Sunday Lunch Ministry is looking for help preparing lunch for the congregation on Sunday, October 21! We need help in shifts between 9am and 1pm to prepare, cook, serve, and cleanup. Please sign up to help at

Do you have a conflict with an All Souls board member, staff member, or fellow congregant? Conflict is part of being in relationship and is an expected part of being in community. Our Covenant of Right Relations calls us to resolve conflict directly with openness and compassion. If you want support in how to address a current conflict you are experiencing, please contact the Committee on Right Relations ( ) or Kathy Ferger (202-723-6320).

The ASC Haiti committee is looking for two ASC members with skills in affordable housing and in agriculture to help support the CENHaiti program. True to its mission to “Connect people who want to develop Haiti together,” CEN-Haiti has been securing very generous donations for local organizations. We are now seeking two or more volunteer leaders who possess the technical skills required to help improve the performance of these local organizations, so they can attract future funding locally or internationally. If you are interested, please send an email to . Visit for more info about the program.

Believe in radical hospitality? Act on those beliefs! Worship services can be magical, but they don’t happen magically. In addition to the ministers and staff, we depend on the time, effort, and good will of volunteer congregants. Interested in helping? You have a choice of roles to play, and each is important.
  • Worship Associates speak from the pulpit five or six times a year to welcome the congregation and introduce the offering collection. Worship Buddies help setup before services. Training occurs once or twice a year. Contact Jana Owens (
  • Ushers welcome congregants and visitors, hand out the orders of service, and help everything run smoothly and safely. The commitment is only one service each month, so it’s a great way to get involved. Contact Mark Matthews (
  • Greeters welcome visitors and answer their questions, both before and after services. Really important, but easy—once a month commitment and no meetings! Great way to meet people, and you’re already qualified! Contact Gary Penn (
  • Counters receive the offering plates, tally the numbers, and lock everything away in the safe. You’ll serve once a month after the second service and meet a nice group of folks. Contact John Crowe (
  • The Lunch Ministry nourishes the congregation with a homemade, healthy meal about once a month. Stretch your culinary skills! Visit or contact Jerri Husch (ascu.lunch@
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