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                             Thursday, December 11, 2008

                           All Souls Church , Unitarian
                              1500 Harvard Street NW
                               Washington, DC 20009
                      (Phone) 202-332-5266 (Fax) 202-332-8968

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7:00 pm, home of Chuck Wooldridge (1427 Whittier Street NW). Learn about ASC’s
connections to the larger Unitarian Universalist community. The Denominational
Affairs Committee will plan such 2009 activities as a UUA Presidential Candidates
event on January 28; the annual Joseph Priestley District conference in April; the General
Assembly in Salt Lake City; the Baltimore–Washington Growth Committee’s autumn
regional media campaign; and activities to support the UU–United Nations Office. We
especially invite newcomers. Come put your passion for Unitarian Universalism into
action. Email or call Chuck (, 202-723-4069) for more information or


The KUUMBA Players holds auditions for its 2009 spring production, Once on This
Island. Rehearsals will begin in January, and performance will take place on March 13–
15 and 20–22, 2009. Contact Anna Hargrave ( or 301-996-1533) to
learn more about the production and schedule an audition.

Sermon: Slowing Down. Rev. Shana Lynngood. In the midst of the hectic holiday rush,
we will use this Sunday to reflect on the merits of a slower pace. Many spiritual sages
emphasize that a deeply grounded life (like many of the things we value) requires
devoting significant time.

11:00 am to 12:00 noon, Library. Conversations in the Spirit. Every Sunday,
congregants gather in small groups to discuss the themes, music, texts, and sermon from
the 9:30 worship service. The Rev. Louise Green and occasional guests facilitate. No
need to sign up; drop in whenever you want. A place to comment, question, reflect, and
get to know your neighbors in the pews.

Between and after services, Tupper Room. Information session for the third annual
service and learning trips to New Orleans. Help rebuild the Gulf Coast. Trip 1, for
adults 18 and over, will be February 14–21. Trip 2, for adults and children 12 and over,
will be April 4–11. Registration for both trips is now open; it closes on December 22 for
the adult trip and on February 2 for the multigenerational trip. To sign up, submit the
registration form plus the $100/person fee. Space is limited, so be sure to register early.
Scholarships to offset trip costs are available. For more information, contact Karen
Armagost ( or M.A. Sheehan (

2:30–4:00 pm, Sanctuary. Mumbai! Interfaith Unity Against Hate is a response to the
terrorist attacks in Mumbai from US-based Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish
communities, along with members of all faiths and secular supporters. The gathering will
begin with an Interactive Candlelight Vigil, where we will pass a candle in a display of
hope, interreligious collaboration, and unity, providing a safe and inclusive space for
South Asians and others to mourn the victims in Mumbai and stand together against
interreligious hatred. Opening prayers will be led by faith leaders. Then, at a Talk Back
To Hate Forum, attendees will share personal accounts of their response to hateful speech
and actions, giving practical and powerful guidance on how to counter extremism in our
daily lives and communities. The event is free and open to the general public. RSVP
required to For more information, contact Sarah Rosenberg
Scotch (

Add to your holiday list for our neighbors! Please bring WRAPPED gifts to the Pierce
Hall stage, marked by age (between infant and age 14) and, if applicable, gender. We
also need cookies or candy for the party on Wednesday (see below), so consider this gift
as well. Please be sure all food is in closed containers.
All Souls B&B program is still looking for host families! Doubtless you've seen the
many stories about demand for sleeping space in the nation's capital over the MLK
Birthday/Inaugural Weekend. We are still looking for host families–your place doesn't
have to be fancy. This is a wonderful, easy way to augment what you give to All Souls,
as the guests’ lodging fees go to support the church’s operating budget. Sign up even if
you can’t offer space during the inauguration weekend; the program will continue
indefinitely. Over 30 All Souls families have volunteered their homes for this endeavor.
Can you help? We will have a table in Pierce Hall between services today and next
Sunday, and would be happy to answer questions and sign you up. You can also sign up
on line at (you’ll also find a direct link on the All
Souls website ( Questions? Contact Marion Connell
( or Laurie Lester (


7:00 pm, Pierce Hall. “Revolution Rewind: A Social Justice History of Your
Neighborhood” is a multi-media documentary brought to you by People’s Production
House and Youth Education Alliance. Youth will tell the powerful story behind the
youth-led movements of the past 40 years that influenced and sculpted your
neighborhood into what it is today. This powerful and fun documentary will be followed
by a discussion with the Washington DC teenagers who made it. Light refreshments and
snacks will be served. Cosponsored by ASC Social Justice Ministries. To learn more:


Annual La Posada Christmas Party with La Clinica Del Pueblo. Volunteer to help out
as La Clinica, All Souls, and Santa, all celebrate the season with food, drink and the
present giveaway. We will be in both Pierce Hall and Sanctuary this year. Volunteers
needed from 5:30–8:30 pm, and you can come anytime. We also need a tall Santa, as we
own a large suit! RSVP to Pat Hunt (


All Souls Church and ADORE will sponsor a Jubilee II weekend as part of the UUA’s
Journey to Wholeness antiracism initiative. The two outstanding facilitators, Jyaphia
Cristos-Rogers and Leon Spencer, are well known at All Souls having led past Jubilee II
training weekends. Honor Dr. King and President-elect Obama and contribute to your
church’s multicultural, diverse growth by participating in this deep conversation about
race. For information, contact or check the table in Pierce Hall
on Sunday mornings after the second service.


ASC will host an exhibition of beautiful and affordable Weya folk art, which tells, in
paint and fabric, the life stories of the artists, rural women (and a few men) from Weya in
eastern Zimbabwe. The non-profit Zimbabwe Artists Project helps the artists of Weya
achieve economic self-reliance and–believing that art connects humans across boundaries
of race, culture, and privilege–fosters greater understanding within the US of Africa and


7:00 pm, All Souls. SAVE THE DATE! ASC will host an All Souls Inauguration
Celebration for UUs and friends from the metropolitan area and across the nation, so get
out your dancing shoes and your fun and fancy clothes and get ready to party! We'll start
with cocktails and conversation in the early evening and progress to bands, a DJ, and
dancing music from all eras and genres in Pierce Hall and the gym. Proceeds will benefit
All Souls’ annual budget, so bring family and friends to celebrate a new beginning and
the change you worked for!


5:30 pm. HOLD THE DATE. Come enjoy the soulful sounds of our own Gordon Kent at
Evening Vespers. Jazz, gospel, show tunes, and more are on the program. Donation $10;
sponsored by the Silver Souls .

The All Souls Youth Choir is recruiting youth from ages 8 to 18 who love to sing.
Regular rehearsals are Sundays, 10:45 – 11:45 am. Participation in the All Souls Youth
Choir can provide a way for young people to enhance their personal growth as they learn
more about themselves, other people, and the world in which we live. Older choir
members have the opportunity to assist the directors and provide leadership within the
group. The Youth Choir draws upon music from diverse genres to promote artistic
achievement and self-confidence, understanding and respect for other people, as well as
teach appreciation of and concern for our environment. Questions about the Youth Choir
program may be directed to any of the directors: Dawn Pointer McCleskey (202-332-
7501), Nicole Rumeau (202-316-6105), or Lenard Starks (301-633-6559 or
If you have a passion for music, if you believe that music has the power to heal and
promote social change toward a better world, if you enjoy sharing music with others
through singing – consider joining the All Souls Jubilee Singers for the 2008–09 church
year. Our music promotes love, healing, care, and concern for Mother Earth and action
for social justice. The repertoire is drawn from many genres including spirituals, gospel,
blues, jazz, and styles from cultures around the world. We have some exciting
engagements on tap throughout the new season and we are looking for a few more
singers to help make this season our best ever. We rehearse weekly, on Tuesday
evenings, and provide music for services at All Souls Church once a month, usually on
the third Sunday. Contact any member of the Jubilee Singers or Lenard Starks, director,
( or 301-633-6559).

The All Souls Choir is a welcoming community of artistic souls committed to creating
diverse music. This is a great time to join the choir as we begin a special season filled
with musical surprises. We rehearse on Thursday evenings (yes, we have returned to
Thursdays), 7:30–9:30pm in the sanctuary. In general, we will sing the second, fourth,
and fifth Sundays of the month (with a few exceptions). We do not audition, so feel
invited just to show up to rehearsal. Contact Tom Colohan (
with any questions or thoughts.

Social Justice Ministries Direct Service Projects: New Initiatives and Annual
    Christ House Connection moves to fourth Saturdays. Prepare and eat lunch with
       residents of this hospital for our formerly homeless neighbors. Ann Steinecke
    New Orleans Service Trips 2009. February 14–21 for adults over 18, and April
       5–11 for adults and children over 12. Gabrielle Farrell ( or
       Louise Green (

Taped copies of your favorite Sunday services make nice holiday gifts and cost only $2.
Check the book of tapes at the taping table.

First and third Sundays, the Fair Trade and Green Goods tables offer chocolate, coffee,
and other goodies alongside 100% recycled, chlorine-free paper products. Come with tote
bag in hand.

Black Folk Potlucks are held every third Saturday of the month for the African
American and other Black-identified attendees of All Souls Church. These social
gatherings are meant to create deeper connections among African Americans already
attending ASC and to offer a supportive welcome for those considering ASC as their
spiritual home. To be added to our mailing list, contact Waahida Mbatha
( or 202-290-0079).

Young Souls is ASC’s community of young adults. If you’re 18 to 35 (give or take), join
us at one of our social justice, spiritual, or social events. Sign up for our listserv at or e-mail Erin Powers (
with any questions.

Poetry Group. Does poetry speak to you in a way that stirs your soul? Join Words as
Wings: Poetry for the Spirit. We will meet on the first Sunday of the month in the
church reception room. Amy Melrose (202-460-2476 or

Lambda Souls Interweave get-togethers, first Saturday of the month. Members of the
All Souls GLBT community and their friends are invited to join our welcoming
gatherings for fun and fellowship. On the third Sunday of every month, we have lunch
together in Pierce Hall after the second service. Look for the sign on our table. And join
our listserv on yahoo; it's how we communicate all our current events. Contact: Nada
( or 202-615-1658).

Help All Souls by hosting fellow UUs during the inauguration and beyond. All Souls is
reviving its Bed & Breakfast program to provide hospitality for visiting UUs at
affordable prices while augmenting the church's income. Many UU congregations around
the country do the same. Hosts are urgently needed during the January inauguration, but
the program will continue beyond that event. If you have a spare bedroom, please go to
our homepage ( for a direct link to the survey. Marion Connell or
Laurie Lester will be at the B&B table in Pierce Hall after services to answer your
questions; you can also reach them at

From the pulpit on Sunday, November 16, Rev. Robert Hardies referenced Emma
Goldman and her belief that beautiful ideals demand joy as well as work. We agree!
The Inaugural Ball Planning Committee is forming to plan an Inaugural Celebration
Ball at All Souls. The Ball will include not only our own congregation, but the many UUs
in the metropolitan area and from around the country who will be in town and ready to
celebrate. This will be a fundraiser for the church; the first of a series of events to create
new revenues throughout the year. We're hoping to use Pierce Hall and the gym, have a
band and a DJ, music for all age groups, and a rollicking good time for all. Ideas, energy,
and committed workers are wanted and welcome. Our first meeting will take place on
Sunday, Nov. 23, at 1:00 pm in the Reception Room. Questions? Contact Marilynn
Schuyler (, Laurie Lester
(, or Anna Hargrave (

Join All Souls for our third annual service and learning trips to New Orleans, and
enjoy our community and theirs as we help rebuild the Gulf Coast. Information sessions
for those considering the trips will be held on Sunday, December 14, between and after
services in the Tupper Room. Trip 1, for adults 18 and over, will be February 14–21. Trip
2, for adults and children 12 and over, will be April 4–11. Registration for both trips is
now open; it closes on December 22 for the adult trip and on February 2 for the
multigenerational trip. To sign up, submit the registration form plus the $100/person fee.
Space is limited, so be sure to register early. Scholarships to offset trip costs are
available. For more information, contact Karen Armagost ( or
M.A. Sheehan (

Generosity Campaign 2009

To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.
                                Taisen Deshimaru

As we experience the Thanksgiving holiday, we can feel grateful that we are a part of a
community where members generously give food to neighbors in need, where we help feed
people at Christ House, where we are helping to resettle a refugee family, and where we can
gather in fellowship.

Your gift to All Souls creates a place where our spirits can be fed with worship, music, purpose,
and community. In giving thanks, we remember everyone who has already pledged! Through
your commitment, you are helping to keep the doors open to people in need: strangers, visitors,
and friends who cannot contribute themselves.

 If you have forgotten or have not gotten around to pledging as yet – the time has come; it is the
11th hour! You may have already gotten a call from a church volunteer to remind you and offer
assistance. If not, you may get one because we still need a financial commitment from you.
Naturally, pledge cards are available at church but please delay no longer. The time is now!

Please send a message to the campaign co-chairs if you need to discuss your pledge:
Aaron Knight ( or Allison Denny
An alternative giving idea: holiday cards for recovering soldiers. When you are making
out your holiday list this year, please include a few cards addressed as follows: To a
Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia
Avenue NW, Washington DC 20307-5001.

The volunteer office mail boxes are overdue for a cleaning. We will dispose of materials
that look long unused. If you have items in any of the volunteer mailboxes and want to
make sure they’re saved, please contact Katie Loughary ( or 202-

The church is seeking front office volunteers to help a couple of hours each week.
Answer phones, greet visitors, get to know the church staff. What’s not to like? Contact
Katie Loughary ( or 202-332-5266).

The Religious Education program needs your extra shoe boxes, baby-food jars, and
film canisters. Drop them at the church office or in Nikevia Thomas’s office.

KUUMBA Players auditions are coming up on December 13 and 14 for their spring
production of Once on This Island. All congregants and community members aged 8 and
older are encouraged to audition. Volunteers for other production roles are also needed.
Find the KUUMBA table in Pierce Hall after services or contact Anna Hargrave

UUs are an influential presence at the UN and have been officially represented there by
the UU-United Nations Office (UU-UNO) since 1962. This year the UU-UNO is
celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with
special events and an outreach membership campaign. It is the only UU organization
accredited at the UN and is an associate member of the UUA, but relies entirely on the
support of congregations and individual members to remain in business. In September the
UU-UNO organized the first-ever LGBT workshop at the annual conference sponsored
by UNESCO and, as a result, the government of France intends to introduce a draft
declaration to the UN General Assembly aimed at combating homophobia and
decriminalizing homosexuality. (There are 90 countries where homosexuality is
punishable by imprisonment and six, by death.) The UU-UNO is proud of taking this
initiative in 2008 when the world is recognizing advances already made in human rights
but it is focused on expanding those rights in the future. If you are interested in getting
more information about UU-UNO projects, and helping to strengthen UU values at the
UN, pick up a brochure from the literature rack at ASC and become a member. Contact
Marion Connell, UU-UNO Board Member ( or 202-363-2483).
Adopt a Lunch! We are seeking committees/covenant groups/other groups to “adopt a
lunch” on a fourth Sunday. You provide up to 18 volunteers to help prepare, serve, and
clean up lunch. We'll provide the chef (unless you want to cook as well!) and any
additional volunteers needed. Contact Kerry O'Connor (
or 202-375-3126) for more information.

Work in the All Souls archives continues on most Wednesdays from 10:30 am to 2:30
pm (exceptions: Dec. 3 and Wednesdays before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New
Year). We welcome your participation. Or if you prefer to work at home, contact Molly
Freeman ( or 301-656-0948) to collect a file to sort. We
welcome any committee or activity paperwork you may be hoarding at home.

On the fourth Saturday of every month, 11:00 am–2:00 pm, All Souls volunteers prepare
lunch for the residents of Christ House, an in-patient health care facility for homeless
men. After enjoying the meal together, volunteers and residents enjoy card games and
conversation. Contact Ann Steinecke (

Check out ASC’s Ride Share program. Find yourself a rider or driver on the poster
located in the hallway between the Sanctuary and Pierce Hall, near the name tags.

Want to help our Green projects? We have lots of projects going on at church! Join the
Seventh Principle Committee (Green Souls). Two featured projects: Knowledgeable in
green buildings? Want to help our RE Green Sanctuary project? We could use you!
Contact Lina Parikh (

Attention all ministry teams and groups. The church archivists need your internal
documentation, activity notes, event programs, and all other relevant documents. Because
computer files are impermanent, please print the documents, put them in an envelope, and
place them in the archives box in the volunteer office. Don’t worry about significance –
all of it matters! This is an historic period of growth at All Souls. Let’s have it on record
for posterity. Contact Molly Freeman (

If you are interested in climbing the bell tower on any given Sunday morning to toll the
Revere bell in remembrance of all those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, contact
Stacy Jarboe (

Sign up/renew with eScrip now. Free money for All Souls! If you're a Safeway Club
Card holder, you can get the grocery chain to donate to All Souls every time you shop by
registering as a supporter of All Souls Church Unitarian at You can
also register credit or debit cards to generate contributions from other merchants. If you
signed up in past years, you need to renew on the eScrip web site by November 1.
Contact Carol Falk (202-483-5607 or

Looking for Counters. All Souls is looking for Counters after the Sunday service.
Counters work together in teams to count and document the congregation’s contributions
after service on Sundays. The counting lasts about 30 minutes and is a good way to
participate in the church and meet others. Counters normally volunteer to count either
once a month or once every other month. Contact David Reynolds (202-290-2728 or

All Souls Adult Spiritual Development classes are open to all who are interested and are
a great means to explore a wide range of issues, including theology, spiritual practice,
culture, and social justice, while getting to know others at All Souls. This last fall
semester, the ASD committee hosted a dozen classes that encouraged spiritual growth,
pushed social justice, deepened our understanding of religious and spiritual theologies,
and raised our appreciation of the arts and humanities. We would like to thank all of the
class facilitators for their time and a job well done, and hear perspectives on the classes
and the ASD program overall.

To register for classes, visit the All Souls website’s registration page (http://www.all- or contact Matt Costello (202-256-2082 or

Chi Kung. Chi Kung (also spelled Qigong) is an ancient Chinese healing art that
encompasses many eastern traditions. Crafted and honed since the 5th century AD in the
Shaolin Temples of southern China, this form of Lohan Chi Kung combines yoga, Tai
Chi, ballet, and Buddhist chanting. Movements flow from one to the next in a prescribed
series, and leave the practitioner with a great sense of health and well-being. Chi Kung
helps improve breathing, brain function, coordination, balance, and muscle tone. All ages
and level of physical ability are welcome. Dr. Nathan Peabody ( has
studied Chi Kung for 12 years from Chinese and Hawaiian masters. Saturdays, 10:00–
11:00 am and Wednesdays, 7:30–8:30 pm, All Souls gymnasium. Suggested donation:
$10 per class ($5 for dues paying All Souls members).

Sunday, December 14, 10:20 am, River Road Unitarian Universalist Church. The
Resonance of Being II: Experience and Intention. We resonate with the universe at a
myriad of frequencies, ranging from the planetary to the sub-atomic. Resonance causes
amazing coherence in disconnected particles of rice and dust. How might we use
resonance in our own lives? Brock Holmes, a member of RRUUC’s choir and chair of
RRUUC’s music committee, will expand and fill in the definition of resonance,
demonstrate some experiential examples, and discuss how resonance can be used more
fully day to day. Contact Aidan Jones (202 686-0838).

The Center for Inquiry, a science and secular humanism organization, offers Perplexed
Parenthood, a parenting group to discuss raising children outside of religion. The group
meets the third Saturday of the month from 12:00 noon–1:30 pm at 621 Pennsylvania
Ave SE, a half block east of the Eastern Market Metro Station. Contact Anna Holster
( or 202-546-2331).

Keep up with events sponsored by the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, Inc.
of the Baltimore-Washington-Northern Virginia Region. Click on “calendar” at

Travel inexpensively to interesting destinations and stay with friendly people who share
your ideals and are happy to advise you on the local sights. For 29 years, the UU B&B
directory UU’re Home has provided a network of hosts in the US (and a few abroad)
who are happy to open their homes to fellow UUs. The paper edition is published every
April. For a copy of the 2009 directory and a year’s access to the website listings, go to and click on “become a member” to pay by credit card, or send a
check for $25 and your e-mail address to UU’re Home, 43 Vermont Court, Asheville NC

Keep up with all All Souls events at our homepage ( Click on “View
ASC’s Event Calendar”.

You can sign in as a member on All Souls’ webpage. Click on the text in the upper
right-hand corner.

Please use the recycling bins at the 16th Street and Harvard Street doors to recycle your
orders of service and Weekly bulletins.

Cassette tapes you are finished with may be recycled – bring to taping table.
All souls membership directory. Help us keep the information in the All Souls
Membership Directory as accurate as possible. If you have a new address, phone number,
or e-mail, fill out a change-of-information form at the front desk or e-mail Alicia Dixon
( Please type “Change of Information” in the subject line. If you
recently submitted a pledge card, we will get your new information from there.

We now have wireless access throughout the entire church. Ask for the password at
the front desk.

The Welcoming and Membership Committee invites those interested in learning more
about and/or joining ASC to the following sessions. All are welcome to attend these
sessions. Attendance does not constitute a commitment to join All Souls. Contact Joyce
Palmer, Director of Membership and Lay Ministries ( or 202-332-
5266 x 108).

Step 1. Introduction. Join us to learn about UUs and ASC. After both services.

Step 2. Orientation. Those interested in joining ASC are invited to this three-hour
session where you will explore your spirituality, learn about ASC, and tour the church.
Those who wish to join can sign the book of members.

Step 3. New Member Sunday. New members are formally introduced to the
congregation during this special Sunday Service.

All Souls is easy to get to by public transportation.

Bus. Four bus lines stop within one block of All Souls. Visit and use
the Ride Guide to find exact routes and schedules.

Metrorail. The closest metro station is Columbia Heights (Green and Yellow lines).
Take the exit to the left. Walk south two blocks on 14th Street and turn right onto
Harvard Street. The church is one block west on the left-hand side of the street at 15th
and Harvard. We are the only church in the area with a clock on its bell tower.

Bike. We have a bike rack on the patio.

Car. If you must drive, pay attention to the parking regulations. You can also park under
the Target/Best Buy complex on 14th Street.
Check out ASC’s Ride Share program. Sign up on the map/poster located in the
stairwell outside the sanctuary.

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