This ginkgo tree pictured to the left is dedicated to the late Alan Mitchell — All Souls member and friend to many who in a single person, embodied much of the diversity found at All Souls.
In his sixties at the time of his passing, the Viet Nam veteran, Buddhist, gay man who to the end was trying to reconcile his eighty-something conservative Christian parents to those identities. Alan was also a kind person in love with learning and concerned for all generations.
Alan’s tree is still in its glory for at least a few more days, but as you can see, it has joined its many tree companions in the spiritual practice of letting go that is autumn.
Blowing the leaves that blanket the parking lot is just one of many tasks available, indoors and out, to all ages and abilities at Building and Grounds Day at All Souls.
Come and help to take care of something you love about our surroundings here.
Vacuum the sanctuary, straighten the classroom, blow the leaves, clean the gutters, change the light bulbs (the ones we can reach), dust something, sort something, and enjoy being in community with your friends while you do it.
Stay a little while or the whole time. If you can’t stay, consider dropping off snacks for the crew. Hope to see you tomorrow.