11 November 2018 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (11 November 2018) at 11:00 AM for “Tribute, Solace, Challenge:  Some Thoughts on  Veteran’s Day” with Steve Caldwell, Jennifer Russell, and Susan Caldwell.

Capt. Cassandra Bates, USAF — first woman serving in the 435th Contingency Response Group Airborne Team

On this Sunday morning at 11:00 AM in every time zone, bells of peace will ring from churches, universities, cemeteries, ships at sea, and war memorials around the world in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the Great War (ostensibly the “war to end all wars” which sadly would later come to be called “World War I”).

On this day, we will pay tribute to those who serve and have served, exploring what “tribute” may and may not mean.

We’ll also take some time to lift up the values on which our nation was ostensibly founded and how we grow a nation that ultimately upholds those values for all — bending the arc always toward justice even when it’s heartbreaking, even when it’s easy to believe we are moving backward.

A newcomer’s class will follow the service — child care provided.

Our “Give Away the Plate” recipient for November 2019 is The Philadelphia Center.

Religious education classes for children and youth are offered during the 11:00 AM service.  Children and youth attend the first 15-20 minutes of the service and then are dismissed to class.

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Adult Religious Education — 11 November 2018

Please join us on Sunday (11 November 2018) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — “From Jesus to Nicea:  A Flash History of the Early, Early Christian Church.”

Archeological find in a Turkish lake may be the church that hosted the Council of Nicea.

Although the Unitarianism and Universalism that form the two streams of our faith largely evolved on this continent, we do look back to the theologians considered heretics of the early Church as the earliest forerunners of our faith.

The journey to what came to be orthodox Christianity was a long one — full of many often cacophonous voices.

Come take a whirlwind tour.

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4 November 2018 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (4 November 2018) at 11:00 AM for “Loving the Hell Out of the World:  The Universalist Belief of Hosea Ballou” by Rev. Jacqueline Anne Luck.

Please be here to welcome our guest minister – Rev. Jacqueline Anne Luck.

Many of you may remember her as a member here years ago.

Rev. Jacqueline left Shreveport to attend Starr King School of the Ministry followed by serving three churches in Jackson MS, Laurel MS, and Gray TN before retiring to New Orleans LA.

As we focus this season on our Jewish and Christian heritage, it’s appropriate that we look to the Christian roots of our Universalist history.

Music will be provided by our guest pianist, Ms. Gulya Chandler.

Our “Give Away the Plate” recipient for November 2019 is The Philadelphia Center.

Religious education classes for children and youth are offered during the 11:00 AM service.  Children and youth attend the first 15-20 minutes of the service and then are dismissed to class.

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28 October 2018 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (28 October 2018) at 11:00 AM for  “Dia de los Muertos” with Lee Spruell, Virginia Villarreal, and Susan Caldwell

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration honoring those who have gone before.

At this turning of the year when many traditions follow the cycles of the earth and turn their thoughts to those who have departed this life, we will learn from Lee Spruell and Virginia Villarreal about this unique tradition celebrated in Mexico and among Mexican communities around the world.

If you want to do so, please bring a photograph or possession of a departed loved one.

More akin to All Souls day, the holiday is not “Mexican Halloween.”

A Mexican-themed potluck will follow the service.  If you can make authentic Mexican dishes, that is wonderful and please do.  If your talents run more toward Tex-Mex, that is fine also.  If you’d rather make or pick up something all together different, no one will complain and that’s OK too.

Our “Give Away the Plate” recipient for October 2019 is Noel United Methodist Church Food Pantry.

Religious education classes for children and youth are offered during the 11:00 AM service.  Children and youth attend the first 15-20 minutes of the service and then are dismissed to class.

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No Adult Religious Education Class Today — 28 October 2018

Due to our media sale fundraiser and potluck lunch today, we are not having our 9:15 AM adult religious education class today.

Sleep in a little longer today and then come at 10:00 AM to shop the media sale before the service.

Please pass the word along to any regulars who may not always check their email.

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21 October 2018 All-Ages Worship Service

Please join us on Sunday (21 October 2018) at 11:00 AM for “Good News in Difficult Times” presented by the children, youth, and adults of All Souls.

The 20th Century Unitarian Universalist theologian James Luther Adams said:

Religious liberalism holds that the resources (divine and human) that are available for the achievement of meaningful change justify an attitude of ultimate optimism.

Do we truly have right and reason to be hopeful?

Our children and youth will present some reasons.

This service will also include a brief memorial tribute to Carol Graywing (former member of All Souls who had moved to Seattle several years ago to be closer to her daughter and grandson, and who also passed away in September 2018).

Carol was very active in the women’s movement of the 1970’s and 1980’s along with the women’s movement within our own denomination as well.

Throughout her life, she remained a powerful voice for women, a thoughtful poet, and a seasoned leader of worship with a wonderful sense of reverence and drama. Carol’s obituary can be found here.

This Sunday is her daughter and Carol’s daughter Lauren Gaddy has bought flowers to be placed on the altar of every Unitarian Universalist church where Carol held membership — San Francisco, Little Rock, Shreveport, and Seattle.  She has also has asked that we remember her in the service.  Knowing the depth of this loss to our national faith community, we are honored to honor her.

A newcomer session will follow the service — all interested persons are welcome to attend

We will see a video about our faith and hear your stories as you are comfortable sharing them along with answering any questions you may have about Unitarian Universalism and about membership in our congregation.

Our “Give Away the Plate” recipient for October 2019 is Noel United Methodist Church Food Pantry.

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Adult Religious Education — 21 October 2018

Please join us on Sunday (21 October 2018) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class.

This fall, we’re excited to introduce Faith Forward — a multi-part adult religious education series that will not only introduce visitors and new members to our faith but will also help those who’ve been here awhile to deepen their faith journeys.

This morning, we continue with Session 6 of UU History 101 — “A Question of Calling.”

We’ll look at the roles of two figures in our recent history:

  • Lucile Schuck Longview — responsible for many of the corrections of sexist language in our principles and hymnals along with other steps forward for feminists in our movement
  • Rev. Bill Sinkford — former President of the UUA, who called us to find and embrace our own “language of reverence” as we create a faith to sustain us through the harsher realities of life.

Child care will be provided — See you then.

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14 October 2018 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (14 October 2018) at 11:00 AM for “This I Believe” with Rebecca Tuggle, Kevin Henry, and Tena Hines.  John Allen will be our worship associate.

Three All Souls members will speak about the foundational principles that guide their lives today and the continuing journey that has brought them here thus far.

#RONFEST2018 continues in this service and in a brief celebration afterward.  We celebrate the service that Ron Thurston has provided to All Souls as we bid him farewell.

Our “Give Away the Plate” recipient for October 2019 is Noel United Methodist Church Food Pantry.

Religious education classes for children and youth are offered during the 11:00 AM service.  Children and youth attend the first 15-20 minutes of the service and then are dismissed to class.

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Adult Religious Education — 14 October 2018

Please join us on Sunday (14 October 2018) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class.

This fall, we’re excited to introduce Faith Forward — a multi-part adult religious education series that will not only introduce visitors and new members to our faith but will also help those who’ve been here awhile to deepen their faith journeys.

We continue with Session 5 of UU History 101 — “A Question of Identity.”

We will explore the century-long process that eventually led to the merger of Unitarianism and Universalism on this continent.

Child care will be provided — See you then.

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