10 June 2018 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (10 June 2018) at 11:00 AM for A Celebration of Pride featuring guest speaker Brad Campbell.

We are delighted to welcome Brad Campbell to our pulpit for the first time.

Brad is a retired middle school English teacher now in his second career as Training Coordinator for Volunteers of America.

He has been involved with LGBTQ advocacy as a member of PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality) and as one of the organizers of the North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

A Reminder that “Give Away the Plate Has Changed”  — Rather than selecting one charity or non-profit at the end of the month, we now give half of all of our non-pledge income for the entire month to a selected non-profit.

For the month of June, we have chosen The Philadelphia Center for sponsorship of their annual silent auction in August.

Summer fun activities for children and youth are offered during the 11:00 AM service.  This week’s summer fun is “Tie-Dye Sunday.”

Children and youth attend the first 15-20 minutes of the service and then leave for their summer fun event.

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3 June 2018 All-Ages Worship Service

Please join us on Sunday (3 June 2018) at 11:00 AM for “A Backpack for the Journey” where we will honor the transitions of our children and youth.

We also honor our graduating senior Sam First.

The Affirmation Sunday service is our end of the religious education year where we honor our children and youth — celebrating their transitions as well as the culmination of our pillar on personal spiritual growth and development.

This is a service of joy and hope and a bit of fun, too.

Sam First will give his Senior Sermon, and we will also take time to honor other graduates in our wider church community, as well as the milestones of all the children and youth.

Please join us to be part of a community that honors and celebrates Sam and all the young people who have so much to teach us.

Reminder:  Give Away the Plate has changed –rather than selecting one charity or non-profit at the end of the month, we now give half of all of our non-pledge income for the entire month to a selected non-profit.

For the month of June 2018, we have chosen The Philadelphia Center for sponsorship of their annual auction in August 2018.

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8 April 2018 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (8 April 2018) at 11:00 AM for “The Right to Go to Hell” by James T. McCollum.

Seventy years ago on March 8, 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an 8-1 decision in favor of Vashti McCollum vs. the Board of Education of Champaign IL.

Mrs. McCollum — an atheist — objected to so-called “voluntary” classes in religious instruction in her young son James’s elementary school.

Vashti McCollum and her son James (1948)

She objected on the grounds that they were not only inappropriate for public school but also that they were not voluntary at all (considering that the children who did not wish to participate were ostracized by their peers and even coerced by their teachers to attend).

Justice Hugo Black wrote the majority opinion and the American Unitarian Association was one of several religious groups supporting the decision.

We are honored to welcome Jim McCollum to our pulpit today to talk about this historic decision — still all too timely in many ways — from the eyes of the child at the center of it.

Jim is married to the Rev. Betty Grace McCollum who has spoken several times at All Souls.  This will be his first time in our pulpit.

Please join us to make him welcome and do join us at 9:15 AM for the documentary film about this case — “The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today.”

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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ReZist! — Roy Zimmerman Returns to All Souls (25 March 2018)

Please join us on Sunday (25 March 2018) at 7:00 PM for ReZist! — a Roy Zimmerman concert.

The cost is $20.00 at the door or pay what you can.

ReZist is 90 minutes of Roy’s original songs — a funny and forceful affirmation of peace and justice.

“Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling out the world’s absurdities and laughing in their face, I’m affirming the possibility for real change.”

Find out more about Roy and see videos of his performances here.

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18 March 2018 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (18 March 2018) at 11:00 AM for “Moving Mountains in Shreveport” by Rev. Mack McCarter.

We welcome Rev. Mack McCarter (founder and coordinator of Community Renewal International) back to our pulpit this morning.

CRI works to build safe and caring communities here in Shreveport and across the nation through building relationships.

Mack says:

“We are fulfilled only as we serve others. We are complete only as we give ourselves to others. And we are perfected only as we seek to love others. This is our task: to become other-centered rather than self-centered.”

This Sunday continues our season of focus on peace, social justice, and the interdependent web as we turn our attention to our second and seventh principles along with our second and fifth sources.

Find the principles and sources of Unitarian Universalism here.

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

Please join us on Sunday (11 March 2018) at 11:00 AM for  “The Spirit of Change” by Omari Ho-Sang.

March is Women’s History Month and it also marks a community-wide month-long celebration of women.

For our contribution to that celebration, we are delighted and honored to welcome Ms. Omari Ho-Sang — organizer of ASAP Shreveport (All Streets All People).

ASAP Shreveport is a grass-roots organization whose mission statement is ” to decrease crime and increase the quality of life for all in the city we call home.”

They do this by working in partnership with other groups (including Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith) to address the causes of crime rooted in health, education, poverty, and economics.

This Sunday begins our season of focus on peace, social justice, and the interdependent web as we turn our attention to our second principle, seventh principle, second source, and fifth source.

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.

Find the Principles and Sources of Unitarian Universalism here.

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

Please join us on Sunday (14 January 2018) at 11:00 AM for “Thus Conscience Makes Cowards of Us All” by Henry Walker (retired civil rights lawer and long-time member of All Souls).

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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A Taste of Interfaith (5 November 2017)

A Taste of Interfaith (Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith’s annual fundraiser) will be happening on Sunday (5 November 2017) from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (908 Rutherford Street, Shreveport LA  71104).  Admission is $25.00.

The afternoon will include music and other performances from the various performing groups of our member congregations, food representing all our congregations and cultures, and a silent auction featuring great merchandise and gift certificates (just in time for holiday shopping).

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Economic Development Summit with Governor John Bel Edwards (9 November 2017)

On Thursday (9 November 2017) from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, citizens from across the state of Louisiana will meet with Gov. Edwards and other public officials for a conversation about changing the narrative of economic development in Louisiana to focus on investment in US — schools, jobs, infrastructure, and more.

Governor Edwards has made changes to our state’s economic development policies as significant as any in the last 50 years.

These changes have the potential to represent a historic shift in our state’s philosophy and culture of economic development — from one oriented more toward corporate subsidies to one based on shared prosperity.

For that shift to achieve its full potential, this new direction must be supported, deepened, and institutionalized.

This meeting will be hosted by University Baptist Church (5775 Highland Avenue, Baton Rouge LA  70808).

Lunch included with $5.00 contribution — Register online here.

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22 October 2017 All-Ages Worship Service

Please join us on Sunday (22 October 2017) at 11:00 AM for “Fine and Flawed, Proud and Problematic” presented by the children, youth, and adults of All Souls.

On 15 and 22 October 2017, Unitarian Universalist congregations across North America have been revisiting the #uuwhitesupremacyteachin that began last spring.

Originally spurred by a hiring decision at the denominational level that revealed a pattern of white supremacy in hiring decisions, the original purpose of the teach-in was to take an honest look at the way white supremacy culture has affected not only the world outside our doors but also the more subtle ways it has been present within our faith tradition as well.

Our history of working for justice is a proud one in many ways but part of beginning to heal the wounds of institutional racism is looking honestly at those wounds — seeing them for what they are, and acknowledging our own complicity.

In this service, the children and youth will look at ways we go forward and build a better world for all of us.

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