Wednesday, February 6
Classic Readings. Thomas Wentworth Higginson: “The Sympathy of Religions” and the Dawn of Religious Pluralism
. A celebrated writer and lecturer, Higginson was a Unitarian minister, abolitionist and women’s rights activist. His 1856 essay on the “sympathy”--similarity--of the world’s major religions went through many printings as a pamphlet, including a special edition for the 1893 “Parliament of Religions” at the world exposition in Chicago, the first ever gathering of its kind. We’ll explore the Unitarian influence on one of the 19th century’s most original and transformative ideas: religious pluralism. Facilitator: Kevin McCulloch. Register at
. Feb. 6 and 20, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Friday – Saturday, February 8 – 9
Reeb 6th Annual NC Moral March Trip!
Let justice roll down the highways to NC! Join Reeb Voting Rights for our 6th annual pilgrimage to NC to buttress the prophetic resistance leader Rev. Barber and join the Moral March! Our participation in the march began when Rev. Barber made a national call for support after the 2013 NC gutting of the voting rights act and Reeb Voting Rights answered. The moral march is fusion politics at its finest with a coalition of progressive organizations fighting for racial justice, human rights and voting rights. This year we will also join a statewide gathering of UUs after the Rally and worship, sing, network, eat and address the new photo ID law, ramifications of election fraud and the 9th congressional district elections. And for those able to leave early Friday there may be a fellowship opportunity in the evening. How can you resist? Leave Friday mid-afternoon (best time for majority) and return Saturday evening around 9:00 pm. Contact Reeb at
. Sign up at
Saturday, February 9
Poetry and Journaling Covenant Group.
This covenant group is always open to new members. Come check us out. 10:30 am, library.
Memorial service to celebrate the life of church congregant Deborah Crouch
, mother of Victoria and Natalia Guill. Please contact Tracy Zorpette (
) for more information or to help with the service. Sat., Feb. 9 at 2:00 pm.
Sunday, February 10
Called to the Border.
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies and Borderlink participants. As the President threatens to build his “border wall,” Rev. Hardies and All Souls members will share their reflections on a recent journey to the US-Mexico border. Come learn more about the humanitarian crisis taking place there, as well as the remarkable efforts for justice and compassion led by directly-impacted communities. In the midst of our national debate about “The Wall,” we hope to share with you both the possibilities and the perils of the border. 9:30 and 11:15 am, sanctuary.
. Stay after second service for a homemade lunch prepared for the congregation. Pierce Hall.
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.
Green Souls meeting
. Interested in getting involved in environmental activism or community engagement across DC? We’ll discuss upcoming activities, including an interfaith panel on climate and an Earth Day volunteer opportunity! 1:00 – 2:00 pm, classroom 5.
Post-service Reflection Circle
. Do you find yourself wanting to talk about how the Sunday sermon resonates with you? Do you long to engage while creating community? Join us after second service for a reflection and sharing circle where all voices matter and are heard. 1:00 – 2:30, Longfellow Room.
All Souls Housing Ministry monthly meeting
. Join us! 1:00 pm, classroom 3.
Washington Performing Arts presents
Promised Lands? Of Leaving and Longing
, a journey across continents and languages in a wide-ranging and powerful exploration of migration. A complement to Washington Performing Arts’ Dreamers special production and 2018/19 Latinx in D.C. programming, this afternoon of song and spoken word contemplates notions of home, yearning, displacement, and hope. Works by Alvarez, Bernstein, Friedman, Guastavino, Lecuona, Rorem, Sierra, Wolf, and more. This event is free and open to all ages. Registration required. Sun., Feb. 10, 2:00 pm.
Wednesday, February 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. RSVP on Facebook
. For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers after the happy hour. Questions? Contact Cora (
). 5:30 pm, Local 16 (1602 U St. NW).
. Our monthly service of chant, silence, and community. 7:30 pm, sanctuary.
Sunday, February 17
From Issues to Values: A New Approach for the Beckner Fund
. Over the past year, the Beckner Advancement Fund Committee has been developing a new vision for funding priorities driven by values rather than issues. The social justice ministry has been engaged in a similar (though less formal) process as well. Come hear about these new values-driven approaches, with emphasis on the Beckner Committee’s strategic direction and funding priorities going forward! Note: the 2019 internal Beckner Fund Grant Cycle opens the following day, with a deadline of March 27.
Sign-up to attend
. RSVP appreciated but not required. 1:00-2:30 PM in the Longfellow Room
Welcome Lisa Grayson
All Souls is thrilled to welcome Lisa Grayson to the staff as our new finance controller! An expert in systems improvement, she will help us build our capacity as she oversees the day-to-day and over-arching management of our finances, comprehensively and efficiently working with our database, finance reports, and budgeting. Welcome Lisa!
I am so excited to join your community. My formative years were spent between Oklahoma and New Orleans, so I have a Midwestern-Southern flair. I am the third generation to have graduated from Langston University, with a degree in Organizational Management. My experience as an accountant spans the course of 30 years, with various nonprofits, governmental, and educational organizations. I am grateful to be able to use this expertise to enhance your faith-based organization, which has a rich history in civil and human rights.
Please Join Us as All Souls Ordains Norman Allen, March 3 at 7 pm
We hope you will join us on Sunday, March 3, at 7 pm in the sanctuary for a contemplative, candlelit service marking Norman Allen’s ordination. As members of All Souls, as Norman’s friends, and as members of his ordination committee, we are so proud of the hard work and commitment that has brought him this far. We look forward to his ministry at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Camp Springs, MD.
Norman’s choice to model this event on a Vespers service is unique. It speaks to his values and his personality by emphasizing the communal nature of our tradition even as we celebrate his individual accomplishment. We hope you will join us as we celebrate both Norman and our shared community.
Judith Bauer, Gregory Ford, Kirk Freeman, Sharon Groves, Peter Montgomery
Norman’s Ordination Committee
General Assembly 2019
Spokane, here we come! The UUA’s annual GA (June 19-23) will take place in Spokane, WA. GA is the annual meeting of the UUA. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through the democratic process. Anyone may attend.
Important Dates to Remember
- January 31: Booth space reservation deadline
- February 1: Hotels and rate information made available
- February 28: Poster session proposals deadline
- March 1: Hotel reservations open/registration opens/financial aid applications available
- March 31: Financial aid application deadline
- May 1: Registration rates increase
All Souls, by virtue of our size, is allowed a large group of delegates. Some funds are available for scholarships, but you must act early. Let the All Souls’ Denominational Connections Committee know if you’re interested in being a delegate by emailing Justis Tuia (
). Even if you plan to simply attend as a participant, please let us know so that we can keep you informed of all the latest GA developments!
Invitation from the Trust & Reconciliation Work Group.
The Transformation Team is an ad hoc committee created by the Board of Trustees last year to advise and assist the Board on changes that could help align the institutional framework of the church with the Eighth Principle adopted by the congregation: “journeying towards spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” Our congregation’s sense of beloved community has been challenged over the past year, with the departure of Rev. Susan Newman Moore under circumstances that left some congregants confused, hurting, and angry. The Transformation Team’s Trust & Reconciliation Work Group is seeking to identify work that remains to be done to repair relationships and rebuild trust between church members and leaders and among members of the congregation. Members of the Trust & Reconciliation Work Group have begun having conversations with All Souls members who may have had their feelings about, or confidence in, the church community challenged over the past year. If you would be like to have a conversation with a member of the work group, please contact Peter Montgomery (
; please include “All Souls” in the subject line).
Reeb 6th Annual NC Moral March Trip!
All Souls participation in the Moral March began when Rev. William Barber made a national call for support after the 2013 gutting of the voting rights act and our Reeb Voting Rights project answered. This year, after the rally, we will join a statewide gathering of UUs to worship, sing, network, eat, and address the new photo ID law, ramifications of voter fraud, and the 9th congressional district elections.
Sign up here and join us in Raleigh!
We’ll leave on Fri., Feb. 8 from All Souls at approximately 3:00 pm and return Saturday evening. For those able to leave earlier on Friday, there may be an opportunity for fellowship with NC UUs Friday evening. We’ll stay in a hotel near the march. The cost of the trip is $55 (requested but not required) to help cover the bus. Hotel and meals are not included. However, if cost is an obstacle, please still sign up. We welcome all, regardless of ability to contribute. For any questions about the trip contact the Reeb Voting Rights Project Team (
) or come find us at coffee hour.
Beloved Conversations Retreat.
Beloved Conversations: Teaching Hearts and Minds to Open for Multicultural Change. “Thank you for telling me something I didn’t want to hear. You’re helping me return to the real intentions of my heart.” - Beloved Conversations participant. Beloved Conversations is a multi-dimensional learning process that brings people together for deepening conversation, relationship building, reflection and learning that strengthens our collective capacities to dismantle racism and become more whole. If you’ve taken Jubilee Anti-Racism training, this is a great next step. If you’ve been engaged for a long time in resisting white supremacy, this is an opportunity for an approach that integrates spirituality and justice-work. If you are new to anti-racism and multi-cultural community building, you will find a community of learning and support that will encourage your growth. For more information, contact Rev. Rebecca Parker (
). Fee: $40. Retreat: Feb 22 -23 (Friday evening through Saturday) led by Dr. Mark Hicks. Small group sessions:
Choose a Sunday afternoon or Tuesday evening group when you
Advocate for immigrant legal services and more affordable housing
at the Mayor’s Budget Forums
- Forum #1: Thursday, February 21, 2019 6:30pm, Arthur Capper Community Center, 1001 5th St SE (Near Navy Yard/ Ballpark Station)
- Forum #2: Saturday, February 23, 2019 10am, Deanwood Recreation Center, 1350 49th St NE (Deanwood Station)
- Forum #3: Monday, February 25, 2019 6:30pm, Roosevelt High School, 4301 13th St NW (Georgia Ave/ Petworth Station)
Email Rev. Rob Keithan (
) if you are interested in participating in one or more forums!
Adult Spiritual Development
Writing to Heal
. Facilitator: Rev. Joanne Braxton. Wednesdays, Feb. 20, Mar. 6 and 20.
Beloved Conversations: Teaching Hearts and Minds to Open for Multicultural Change.
“Thank you for telling me something I didn’t want to hear. You’re helping me return to the real intentions of my heart.” - Beloved Conversations participant
. Beloved Conversations is a multi-dimensional learning process that brings people together for deepening conversation, relationship building, reflection and learning that strengthens our collective capacities to dismantle racism and become more whole. If you’ve taken Jubilee Anti-Racism training, this is a great next step. If you’ve been engaged for a long time in resisting white supremacy, this is an opportunity for an approach that integrates spirituality and justice-work. If you are new to anti-racism and multi-cultural community building, you will find a community of learning and support that will encourage your growth. For more information, contact Rev. Rebecca Parker (
). Fee: $40. Retreat: Feb 22 -23 (Friday evening through Saturday) led by Dr. Mark Hicks. Small group sessions:
Choose a Sunday afternoon or Tuesday evening group when you
Roots & Wings.
This interactive six-session class fosters an exploration of All Souls, Unitarian Universalism, and your own spiritual journey. It introduces members, new and old, to the history of our church and governance as well as the denomination. It’s also a great way to bond with a smaller group of your fellow congregants. Facilitators: Meredith Higgins Hargrave and Bill Rice. Sundays, Feb. 24 - Mar. 31, 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
Clearness Gathering information sessions
. Lots of us are thinking about our intentions for the new year. Time for a new job? Commitment to a relationship? Retirement plans? This Quaker tradition, which resonates with our core UU belief that the Spark of the Divine is in each of us, gathers a group of friends to ask open questions to help you dialogue with your inner teachers to get clarity. You’ll hear from people who’ve called clearness gatherings and learn how to call one yourself. Sun., Mar. 3. Grab some coffee and join us 10 minutes after each service in the Longfellow Room.
“Vocation”—Do I Have One of Those?
We read so much about following our passions, being in the flow, dramatic calls, etc. What does that even mean? Most of us struggle with the ongoing question: “Am I spending my time and energies in a way aligned with my deepest self?” We’ll discuss “vocation” as Frederick Buechner simply, yet profoundly defined it: “Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” Working in small and close community, we will focus on the challenge of clarifying our deep gladness. Based on the principle that the Spark of the Divine lives within each of us, we’ll support each other’s dialogue with our inner teachers. Each week we will introduce one reflective tool, spend some time reflecting between sessions, and share our reflections the following week. Enrollment limited to 12. Facilitators: Michael Milano, Mary Swanson, and Mary Topolinski. Mondays, Mar. 18 & 25, Apr. 1 & 8, 7:00—9:00 pm, retreat: Sat., Apr. 13, 10:00 am—4:00 pm; $30
Classic Readings Series
(All sessions meet on Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm)
Thomas Wentworth Higginson: “The Sympathy of Religions” and the Dawn of Religious Pluralism
. A celebrated writer and lecturer, Higginson was a Unitarian minister, abolitionist and women’s rights activist. His 1856 essay on the “sympathy”--similarity--of the world’s major religions went through many printings as a pamphlet, including a special edition for the 1893 “Parliament of Religions” at the world exposition in Chicago, the first ever gathering of its kind. We’ll explore the Unitarian influence on one of the 19th century’s most original and transformative ideas: religious pluralism. Facilitator: Kevin McCulloch. Feb. 6 and 20.
. Our post-Newtonian understanding of the nature of reality—as relational process rather than material substance—has led to fascinating re-thinking of many topics in religion. Rev. Dr. Parker, whose doctoral work was in process theology, invites you to explore the final chapter of Alfred North Whitehead’s Process and Reality and the influence of science on religion and new concepts of God. Email Rev. Parker (
) for some advance readings from “Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition” by John Cobb and David Ray Griffin. Facilitator: Rev. Rebecca Parker. Mar. 6 and 20.
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.
. 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.
Children and Youth Religious Education
This Week’s Activities:
PK 2/3’s (930a) & 2/3/4’s (1115a) – I Can Love: Lots of Heart-Making
PK 4’s (930a) – Love Means Saying & Doing. Making big cards for Pierce Hall display
K/1st (OWL) – Week 2!
K/1st - (Non-OWL) – Join another appropriate age group
2nd/3rd – Art: Creating Board Games
4th/5th – Letter From The Birmingham Jail
Middle School – Exploring Hinduism: Prep for Upcoming Temple Visit
Youth Group – More about community Mural-Making
Nursery – Check out the new, storytelling dragon!
Upcoming REvents & Opportunities:
Weekend on the Bay! This year it’ll be May 31st to June 2nd. Early Bird Registration opens February 15!
Intergenerational Game Night – NEW DATE: Friday, March 1st, 6-9p.
Clothing Swap for Kids & Families: Sunday, March 17th, all morning. Setup & drop-off the day prior (3/16). Contact
to help out!
All Hands, All Souls – Intergenerational, community work day from 10a-2p on Saturday, March 23rd. Contact
to join the fun.
UU Regional Happenings and Other Events of Interest
Human Bondage and Abolition: New Histories of Past and Present Slaveries
, tells the story of slavery’s expansion across the globe. Author Elizabeth Swanson will discuss the book with Alison Friedman of the Fund to End Modern Slavery. Cottage Conversations offer a relaxing evening to learn more about literature relating to President Lincoln’s Cottage and the 16th president. The program begins with a cocktail reception, is followed by the conversation, and concludes with a book signing.
Reserve your tickets here
and use the promo code ENDSLAVERY for free admission. Thu., Feb. 7, Lincoln’s Cottage.
WHUT invites you to screen a riveting documentary based on the life of author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader
, an iconic figure within the Black community and beyond. Born on November 8, 1899, he later rose to prestige following his matriculation at Morehouse College while serving as Dean of the Andrew Rankin Chapel at Howard University and later the Marsh Chapel at Boston University, respectively. In 1944, Howard Thurman connected with Alfred Fisk and established the first major interracial and interdenominational church in the United States named the Church for the Fellowship of All People. Join us to learn more about Howard Thurman and engage in thought provoking dialogue.
Please RSVP to secure a seat
; refreshments provided starting at 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Tue., Feb. 19, screening at 7:00 pm, WHUT (2222 4th St NW, Washington DC).
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 (
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
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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