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Vol. 21, No. 11 • November 2010 The Spirit of All Souls Creating a diverse, spirit-growing, justice-seeking community Transience and Change: An Invitation to Acculturation This month we explore the theme of Transience and Change, Inside This Issue acknowledging that life moves and unfolds in both predictable Worship Services 2 and surprising ways. A workshop on Sat., Nov. 6 will be a pilot program in forging what Juana Bordas calls a New Social Ministerial Search 2 Covenant. We’ll repeat this in 2011, as a way for small groups to converse about difference and to keep building the vision of Membership/Welcome 3 being a Beloved Community. History Corner 3 This new covenant, or promise among equals, involves exploring and embracing the diversity we hold, while seeking a unity of the whole. If the old assimilation model was a Letter from BOT 4 “melting pot” into the dominant culture, the new social covenant is a patchwork quilt. The idea itself isn’t brand new, of course, yet the need remains to declare this over and Generosity Campaign 4 over again. Nominees for Trustees When we declare our 5 and Officers Unlike assimilation, whereby one’s culture, congregation an intentionally language and background are discarded, multicultural, multiracial space, Caring Network 6 acculturation is an add-on, expanding process. we are concurrently responsible Acculturation requires proactively engaging in cross for developing the leadership T’giving Collection 6 -cultural experiences, which begins with listening skills needed to navigate such Happenings 7 and being open to learning. One must be willing to space. We need ongoing step out of one’s cultural conditioning, gain opportunities to observe Vision Statement 8 knowledge of and adapt to diverse perspectives. difference, and the chance to Acculturation increase’s one’s cultural repertoire, explore our individual creativity, adaptability, and flexibility, and assumptions and internalized promotes cross-cultural competency. When people cultural rules. At All Souls, we are All Souls Church, Unitarian learn to acculturate, they can thrive in different on a continuing journey of cultural environments. acculturation, responding 1500 Harvard Street NW from Salsa, Soul and Spirit: Leadership for a proactively to a city and nation Washington DC 20009 Multicultural Age, by Juana Bordas already shifting into increasing 202-332-5266 diversity. 202-332-8968 (fax) (continued on page 2) Transience November Worship Services (continued from front page) Here are a few of the ways we’ve worked to build a 7 A Certain Slant of Light. Rev. Hardies. The light of Beloved Community over the last five years. autumn doesn’t shine as brightly as that of spring or Jubilee II training weekends, with curricula by summer, but it is beautiful nonetheless. Similarly, our the UUA and sponsored by A Dialogue on Race Inner Light—our Spirit—changes with time and with loss. and Ethnicity (ADORE), sensitize participants to What are the lessons of a soul seasoned by loss? systemic power and racism. The year-long UUA curriculum, Building the 14 Change and Spiritual Impasse. Rev. Hardies. Change is a World We Dream About, was pilot-tested by given in life, yet it can often provoke a spiritual crisis. two groups here at All Souls. How do our souls make sense of the changes in our Ongoing discussions on diversity find platforms lives? How does our spirituality remain relevant to new in worship themes and sermons, Adult Spiritual experience? Development classes, and ADORE gatherings. 21 More Than Turkey and Tofu. Rev. Newman. Traditionally, For four years, congregants of all ages have Thanksgiving is when we gather with family and friends joined service/learning trips to New Orleans, and the focus of the day is the “feast.” Isn’t there more where, in addition to helping rebuild a great to Thanksgiving than turkey and tofu? American city, we look at institutional structures of race, class, and educational privilege. 28 Gift, Grace, and Letting Go. Rev. Green. The illusion of The church has been a member for six years of control, and the desire to maintain it, sometimes blocks the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), the gifts we might receive. The paradox of letting go organizing work on public urban issues with a completely is that we often get back from others what wide cross-section of DC congregations. we could not have designed or imagined. An exploration For a third year now, we teach and tutor English of grace, and how it may arrive in spite of ourselves. as a Second Language, working with immigrants from Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Each of us can practice acculturation in the neighborhood, workplace, school, and congregation. Find a way to intentionally expand your cultural repertoire! Blessings, Louise—Minister of Pastoral Care and Lay Leadership Ministerial Search Committee As the Spirit goes to press, the Associate Ministerial Search Committee is working hard to finalize the Congregational Record and Congregational Packet. The Unitarian Universalist Association uses these documents in the process of matching churches and ministers. Our Congregational Record, which will be posted on a UUA website page accessible to UU ministers searching for positions, will be more than just a standard job description of the associate minister position the church seeks to fill. It will also include qualities we seek in an applicant and descriptions of our congregational life. The Committee wrote these sections guided by what they heard during the numerous small-group listening sessions in September and in interviews with key staff and leaders. The Congregational Packet, sent directly to applicants, will expand the record, including other information about All Souls, such as our congregational history, our budget, our bylaws, and about the housing market in this region. The Committee is also designing a strategy to recruit applicants from outside the UUA. To reach good candidates, especially persons of color, who might not otherwise hear of the job opening, All Souls will ask other progressive religious institutions to suggest good matches and to circulate the job description. The Committee hopes to post the job by early November. Then begins the sorting through the applicants to find that special someone who will best complete our ministerial team. If you have questions, contact any member of the Committee. The co- chairs are Kathy Ferger (202-723-6320; firstname.lastname@example.org) and Marian Urquilla (202-391-5739; Marian.Urquilla@gmail.com). 2 Skills and Interests of the Congregation Membership and welcoming Last spring, we began collecting information from congregants on what skills and interests they had that they might want to share with All Souls Church. I am excited to announce that to date over 600 congregants did this by filling out a Congregant Profile. The vast majority indicated multiple ways they might be interested in getting more involved at All Souls. If you filled out a Congregant Profile, thank you! If you have not, you still can – please go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/allsoulscongregantprofile2010 or stop by the front office and ask for one. What next? If you are a lay leader and are looking for volunteers or have an event to promote, please be in touch with me (AMulryWesolek@allsouls.ws or 202- 332-5266). I can provide you with a list of folks who are more likely to be interested so you can reach out to them. If you filled out a Congregant Profile, be on the look-out for requests to get involved. Know that some of these are coming because of what you have indi- cated you are interested in or might be good at. This doesn’t mean you have to say yes to anything sent your way, but know that All Souls is following-up on the information you shared. Overall we hope these efforts will make it easier for folks to get involved in ways that are most meaningful to them. Again, thank you to all who have par- ticipated in this effort! Amy Mulry Wesolek, Director of Membership and Welcoming There are three steps to membership: Want to join All Souls? At an introduction session, you learn about Unitarian Universalism and All Deciding to join All Souls is a commitment – one Souls Church. Next session: Nov. 14, 10:45 am and 12:30 pm. that we hope will enrich your life. All Souls At an orientation, you learn more about UUism, ASC, and the meaning of encourages all its members to membership. You can (but are not obliged to) sign the Membership Book. worship regularly at Sunday services; Next session: Sat., Nov. 20, 9:30 am–12:30 pm. RSVP to Amy serve the church; (AMulryWesolek@allsouls.ws; 202-332-5266). connect with other All Souls congregants; and At a New Member Welcome, new members are introduced and formally support All Souls with generous financial welcomed to the community through an ingathering ceremony during a contributions. Sunday service. Next welcome: Dec. 5. All Souls History Corner From the Files of Paul Pfeiffer. Have you ever seen the bust of Rev. A. Powell Davies in the Reception Room, next to the Harvard St. entrance of All Souls? This sculpture by Jimilu Mason, who grew up in the ASC Church School, was unveiled in 1957 during a memorial concert by the All Souls Choir. Mason also did sculptures in front of the Festival Center and Christ House on Columbia Road, and at the Kennedy Center, the Supreme Court building, and of Shanti the elephant at the National Zoo. For photographs and more information, see the historical panel in Pierce Hallway. 3 What moves us at All Souls church? To share in our many ministries? To be eager and therefore work hard to make the church a place that helps us fulfill our goals to grow spiritually and build stronger community ties among us even as we Letter are supported to take action beyond our walls to benefit the world? This was the question posed as we lit the chalice and opened the October Board meeting. A joint reading of #594 (adapted from the UUA Principles and Purposes) in our from hymnal helped provide some answers. the We affirm and promote acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth. We believe that all people should have a voice and a vote about things which concern them. BOT We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. As we move towards the end of the church’s business year, here are several actions taken or pending before the Board. In October we approved: 1) the contract with an architectural and engineering firm to do a thorough assessment in the next three months, leading to congregational work in the spring on what we want to do to fix up our building; 2) an annual monitoring calendar for 2011 that spells out when the board will monitor progress on the new goals emerging from the visioning process and when we’ll monitor church policies concerning our assets, finances, treatment of staff and volunteers, etc.; and 3) a small Beckner grant to help the Silver Souls restore the Minister’s Exhibition, particularly as we approach the church’s 190th anniversary on September 11, 2011. In the next month we will be taking action on: 1) by-laws changes that are being recommended by the Governance Review Team established in 2009; 2) the draft contract that is part of the information packet that gets us started on recruiting associate minister candidates; 3) the measurable results and milestones accompanying the visioning goals approved by the congregation in 2009; 4) the 2011 budget we will recommend to the congregation for consideration and approval at the December 5 Annual Meetingl; and 5) the 2010 Beckner grants to local community organizations. Dates to note Sun., Nov. 7 at 1:00 pm – special information on the church's auditing process and plans Sun., Dec. 5 at 1:00 pm – 2011 Annual Meeting And a reminder to some of us to take two actions regarding our pledges to our church: 1) fulfill the pledge we made for 2010, and 2) turn in as generous a pledge as possible for 2011. Thanks to everyone as we continue to share in making the ministries of All Souls Church vibrant, joyfully successful, and of service inside and outside of the church. Erika Landberg, President, Board of Trustees The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live. —Ethel Percy Andrus Many thanks to all members and friends of All Souls who have shown their commitment with a financial pledge for 2011. This historic church could not run—and this blessed community would not exist—without your contributions. We urge all who have put off pledging to please step up to the plate! Everyone who attends is asked to contribute generously and consider pledging 10 percent more than last year. We at All Souls celebrate diversity, including diversity in economic status; we recognize that everyone cannot give equally. Please look on the financial commitment form for the UUA formula for suggested giving levels based on your adjusted annual income. Know that the act of giving deepens your connection to this spiritual community and is an expression of your life circumstances, aspirations, and ideals. This year, in keeping with our social justice tradition, All Souls helped lead the successful campaign for marriage equality in DC. We continue to make connections beyond our walls, befriending formerly homeless men living nearby at Christ House, assisting residents of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, and meeting with survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima. Your financial commitment helps sustain these connections, along with All Souls’ moving and thought-provoking worship services, spirit-lifting music, and religious education program. As you consider your pledge, please remember that it costs about $2,000 annually per member to run the church. Our goal this year is $1.3 million. Pledges are used in preparing the budget, which will be voted on by the congregation at our annual meeting in early December. So please fill out a financial pledge commitment form, available at www.all-souls.org, in the office, and at the Sunday Pledge table (through November). If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please stop by our table after church or contact co-chairs Mark Chambers (email@example.com) or Sharon Groves (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you again for helping to expand All Souls’ connections and build our community. 4 Nominees for Trustees and Officers The 2010 Nominating Committee is proud to Nominees for Officer Positions present the Congregation with a slate of highly Moderator: Kelly Young. After joining All Souls two years ago, Kelly very qualified nominees for the three open three- quickly assumed a major responsibility, leading our successful, months-long year terms on the Board of Trustees. New visioning process and explaining the results at last year’s congregational meeting. Kelly brings extensive experience in building and running successful trustees and officers will be elected at the nonprofits and working collaboratively and productively with a broad range Congregational Meeting on December 5. of progressive political organizations. Other candidates may compete either by Membership Secretary: Grant W. Smith. Raised as a Unitarian Universalist, gathering the necessary 20 signatures on a Grant has attended All Souls since 2002, served as an usher, Jubilee Singer, petition or by being nominated from the floor. and member of the church retreat planning committee, and belonged to a couples’ covenant group. Long involved in UU social justice and anti-racism activities, he also brings experience in public policy, persuasion, and work Nominees for the Board of Trustees with grass-roots and nongovernmental organizations. Kathy Mulvey. A lifelong Unitarian, Kathy has worked Secretary: Taryn Wilgus Null. A life-long Unitarian, Taryn is a Jubilee Singer on the Generosity Committee and the archives since and has been involved in All Souls’ New Orleans Connection. Professionally, joining All Souls in 2009. As a nonprofit executive, she she is an attorney who litigates on behalf of individuals advocating for the brings experience in strategic planning and fundraising, separation of church and state and has previously worked in the areas of civil a grasp of nonprofit organization finances, and an rights, women’s rights, and child and family welfare. She has served on understanding of the relationship between a staff and a nonprofit boards both as board member and secretary and so is well versed board. She is also proficient in Spanish. in policy governance and recording secretary responsibilities. Sterling M. Lloyd, Jr. Sterling brings exceptional Assistant Secretary: Christina Lohs. New this year to All Souls, Christina experience in administration and strategic planning volunteered with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and now works from his 38 years at the Howard University College of for the US Dep’t of Agriculture as chief of staff for a senior administrator. She Medicine, having just retired as associate dean for is skilled at writing, organizing, and managing sensitive tasks for a full administration and planning. He has also acquired some spectrum of stakeholders. She is also trained as an organizational facilitator. expertise in building renovations, grant-writing, budget proposals, and strategic planning, which is valuable to All Treasurer: Barry Johnson (incumbent). This will be Barry’s third and last year Souls as it plans a capital campaign and building as treasurer. He has developed an effective relationship with All Souls’ renovation. He has served on both the regional and executive director both as monitor of church finances (policy governance) national boards of the National Association of Medical and as advisor to the Board. As treasurer, he has led the development of a Minority Educators. plan for yearly internal financial reviews to complement the triennial external audit. A CPA, he is chief financial officer of ACON Investments, a DC-based Victor Branham. Members of the Nominating private equity investment firm that manages over $1 billion in capital . Committee encouraged Victor to run for the board because he had proven to be such a capable chairman. Assistant Treasurer: Andrew Miller (incumbent). Andrew has served as He has also co-facilitated four Root and Wings classes, assistant treasurer for a year and a half. He is also active with the KUUMBA belonged to a covenant group for two years, and has Players and Green Souls. Professionally, he is a human rights campaigner volunteered in the lunch ministry. He is a project with Amazon Watch and has organizational and financial skills from working systems manager for the American College of with nonprofit organizations. He has used his experience working with Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a position requiring grassroots movements to recruit and energize the volunteers needed to both IT ability and collaboration. count the weekly collections. 5 Caring Network Congregational Concerns from October The Joy of New Children Nicholas Hyunsoo, grandson of Goldia Hodgdon Jackson Jeffery Beasley, grandson of Janet Randolph and Herb Lowrey Rosemary Page, child of Deva Kyle and Dan Pereira Zafir Townsend, grandson of Shirley Thompson Margery Alice Whiteman Belling, daughter of Bailey Whiteman and Doug Belling Wedding Congratulations Denyse Sabagh and Roger St. Vincent Tony Maida and Tony Volpe Jay Hariani and Amy Stanley Brenda Neubert and Jane Huelle Alex Wilson and Alan Abramson, and son Ben Life Milestones Rev. Bill Sinkford, installed as senior minister at First Unitarian of Portland, Oregon Kathy Schmidt, Andy Shallal: both recipients of the DC Vote 2010 Champion of Democracy Marlene Valdez, leaving DC for work with the Qatar University College of Law Rev. Don Robinson, DC athletic field named in his honor, for Beacon House sports ministry Healing Thoughts and Prayers for Recovery Anastassia Zinke, recovering from broken ankle after being hit by car Mary Taylor’s brother, Charlie, diagnosed with lymphoma Linda Button’s mother, Kay Bartley, who is very ill Carolyn Fowler Smith’s son, Reggie, recovering from surgery Nadine Dutcher, recovering from a fall Alex Zanolli, recovering from surgery Courtenay Dunn, in the Burn Unit at Washington Hospital, and partner Moses Rojas Dawud As-Salam, in Veteran’s Administration Hospital Ndidi Okwumabua, in Georgetown Hospital Wesley Hanes, in Washington Hospital Jim Albright, in Johns Hopkins Hospital Condolences for Mourning and Loss To Rev. Susan Newman on the death of her close friend, John Wallace To Sara Hudgins, on the death of her father, Howard To Phyllis Utter, on the death of her father, Phillip Once again we’ll collect T’giving food for families in Last name: Please bring need. This tradition, begun by Rev. Davies in the late A,B: Corn muffin mix, low-fat Bisquick, low 40s, has grown over the years and is now green. Six sodium, canned vegetables/beans, apples organizations will benefit as they distribute food to C, D, E: Stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, canned neighbors and clients during the week. Last year we fruits in juice, fresh carrots or celery fed 530 families! Thanksgiving We need volunteers and food. Contact Rev. F, G, H: Dried fruit, fresh apples & oranges, low- Collection Newman (email@example.com) to sign-up for any sodium chicken & vegetable broth 2-hour shift. See the list for what food to bring. I, J, K, L: Nuts, low sodium canned soups/low- We welcome monetary donations. Make checks to sodium chicken & vegetable broth, brown "All Souls Church" with "Thanksgiving Collection" on rice, fresh onions the note line. Place cash in an envelope with M, N, O: Dried beans, fresh carrots/onions, stuffing "Thanksgiving Collection" on it. mix, whole wheat/whole grain pasta Bring food directly to Pierce Hall stage before services on Sun., Nov. 21. Food must be in recycled P, Q, R: Cookies, sweet & white potatoes, corn materials grocery bags, which most grocery store muffin mix, low-fat Bisquick chains sell for about $1. NO plastic, paper, or small S, T, U: Teas, coffees, hot chocolate, 100% juices, canvas tote bags, please. Extra recycled grocery sweet & white potatoes bags are welcome, so buy more and donate them. V, W, X, Y, Z: Whole wheat/whole grain pasta, cookies, If possible, please choose items that are organic, fresh oranges, low-sodium canned low sodium/sugar, and locally grown. vegetables & beans 6 Sun. Nov. 7, 1:00 pm. Learn more about citywide social justice action and ongoing campaigns, meet All Happenings and Opportunities Souls leaders in the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), and plan for the future at the next ASC/WIN meeting. Contact Allison Forbes (firstname.lastname@example.org; 203-856-2381) . The All Souls Action Team of WIN will schedule individual meetings with congregants to learn more about what issues our community feels passionate about. They hope to create deeper connections while building the power to create systemic change in our community and beyond. If you’re interested in meeting with a WIN leader or in learning more about this campaign, contact Rob Mealey (email@example.com; 860-558-3405) or Alexandra Rosenblatt (firstname.lastname@example.org; 860-214-9211). Tue., Nov. 16, 10:00–11:30 am, Sanctuary. The Washington DC chapter of Muslims for Progressive Values will host an inclusive and welcoming woman-led Muslim prayer service in celebration of the holiday of Eid al Adha, which commemorates the hajj, the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. For more information or to RSVP, send an email to email@example.com. Sun., Nov. 21 (after second service) and Sun., Nov. 28 (after first service), Library. Join the Hiroshima Children’s Drawing Committee for an awesome slideshow of the historic trip to Hiroshima and for more feedback from the ASC travelers who made the journey. Jan. 28-30, 2011. Mid-Winter Silent Retreat at Dayspring. In January, when our monthly theme will be spiritual practice, All Souls will offer a silent retreat led by ASC member, Rev. Alida DeCoster. Participants will gather for a time of deepening and shared silence during which they’ll slow down to become mindfully present to the winter season in a natural setting at Dayspring (www.dayspringretreat.org), in Germantown, Maryland. Some experience in or reading about mindfulness meditation will be a good preparation. The weekend retreat, from late Friday afternoon through Sunday noon, will cost approximately $200 for members, $225 for non-members (final rates are pending). The cost will cover two nights in a private room and six vegetarian meals. To reserve a space, contact Bill Bridges at the front desk (202-332-5266 ext. 101). Congratulations On October 20, two All Souls–Beckner Fund grantees won highly prestigious awards from the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Mentors of Minorities in Education Inc. (M.O.M.I.E.) runs the Great Persons Series, a curriculum that encourage school children to aim high by introducing them to a variety of historical and contemporary leaders who’ve influenced the world. Young Playwrights’ Theater gets kids to explore issues of concern in their lives through playwriting. Find information on all the awardees at www.nahyp.org/awardees/2010-awardees. 7 STAFF Robert Hardies, Senior Minister (firstname.lastname@example.org) Louise Green, Minister of Pastoral Care and Lay Leadership (email@example.com) Susan Newman, Interim Assoc. Minister of Congregational Life and Social Justice (firstname.lastname@example.org) All Souls Church Unitarian’s Gabrielle Farrell, Life Span and Family Ministries (email@example.com) Nikevia Thomas, Director of RE (firstname.lastname@example.org) Vision Statements Katie Loughary, Executive Director (email@example.com) Thomas Colohan, Music Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) Lenard Starks, Assoc. Music Director (email@example.com) Scot Hanna-Weir, All Souls Choir Director and Pianist Amy Mulry Wesolek, Director of Membership and Welcoming To build the Beloved Community, All (firstname.lastname@example.org) Alicia Dixon, Space and Database Manager (email@example.com) Souls Church cultivates and celebrates… Bill Bridges, Office Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) Gary Penn, Communications Manager (email@example.com) …spiritual growth and transformation BOARD OF TRUSTEES Erika Landberg, President (firstname.lastname@example.org) as we question, learn from others, and Mary Hill Rojas, Vice President (email@example.com) Fred Samuels, Vice President (firstname.lastname@example.org) seek lives of meaning and reverence. 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