Announcements

21 July 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (21 July 2019) at 11:00 AM for “There is Love More Powerful than Differences or Fears in its Claim on Our Hearts” by Judy Cantil and Bishop Shaun Cooper.

While religions may differ in their metaphysical views, religious and secular views converge in the realm of compassion and ethics.

Join Judy and her friend Bishop Shaun for this joyful service full of music and life in celebration of bridging differences in these polarizing times.

Our summer fun activity for this Sunday is water balloon painting with Leigh Anne and Joshua Chambers.

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14 July 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (14 July 2019) at 11:00 AM for “When Lady Liberty Weeps” by Dr. Pamela McPherson.

Dr. Pamela McPherson is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Shreveport, Louisiana.  She has been recognized for her role as a whistle-blower regarding the care and conditions at the immigration detention facilities and has seen firsthand the state of the facilities and people housed there.

We are thrilled to have her at All Souls as our guest speaker this Sunday.

Her presentation is called “When Lady Liberty Weeps” and will include video.

Our summer fun for this Sunday will be “How to Read Music” with Ash McLain and Kevin Henry.  And for the not-as-musically-interested — “Jewelry Making” with Georgia Morgan.

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Adult Religious Education — 14 July 2019

Please join us on Sunday (14 July 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — “Faith Like a River:  Themes in Unitarian Universalist History” with Bennett Upton and Jax Schmidt.

Join Bennett and Jax for this workshop series exploring “the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history-the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage.”

This week we continue — “Ripples in the Water:  The Evangelists”:

We may not think of ourselves as an evangelical faith, but many over the years have worked to intentionally spread the good news of Unitarian and Universalist thought.  This workshop looks at individuals and groups in our faith history that helped our movement to grow.

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Building and Grounds Work Day — 13 July 2019

Please join us on Saturday (13 July 2019) from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM for our monthly building and grounds work day.

The work of maintaining the physical home of our faith community is done primarily by US, the members and friends of the congregation. Join us for the whole time, or just an hour or so if your Saturday is busy.

We have tasks both indoors and out, for all ages and levels of ability.

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7 July 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (7 July 2019) at 11:00 AM for “The Myth of Self-Sufficiency” by Susan Caldwell (All Souls Director of Lifespan Religious Education).

If we all “get by with a little help from our friends,” then why do we set the highest standards of autonomy for those with the fewest resources?

How does the myth distort our reading of history and how do we hurt ourselves and our communities when we attempt to “go it alone” and demand the same of others?

Our summer fun activity for children and youth this Sunday will be “Building an Edible Campfire” with Betty Parent and Kevin Henry (who will teach the basics of fire-building in a novel and non-flammable way),

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Adult Religious Education — 7 July 2019

Please join us on Sunday (7 July 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — “Faith Like a River:  Themes in Unitarian Universalist History” with Bennett Upton and Jax Schmidt.

Join Bennett and Jax for this workshop series exploring “the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history-the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage.”

This week — “Ripples in the Water:  The Evangelists”:

We may not think of ourselves as an evangelical faith, but many over the years have worked to intentionally spread the good news of Unitarian and Universalist thought.  This workshop looks at individuals and groups in our faith history that helped our movement to grow.

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30 June 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (30 June 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Rule-Breakers and Heretics” by Amanda Lawrence with John Allen (Worship Associate).

Ours is one of few traditions in which we teach our children the word “heretic” in a positive light!

The flame in our chalice pays tribute to those heretics who came before us.

Come and learn about some of the founders of our nation who were part of our proud heretical tradition.

Our summer fun activity for children and youth this Sunday will be guided meditation with Kevin Henry and Alicia Lovell.

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Adult Religious Education — 30 June 2019

Please join us on Sunday (30 June 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — “Faith Like a River:  Themes in Unitarian Universalist History” with Bennett Upton and Jax Schmidt.

Join Bennett and Jax for this workshop series exploring “the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history-the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage.”

This week — “Mirages and Oases:  Idealism and Utopianism”:

“A vibrant stream of idealism runs through Unitarian Universalist history.  This workshop introduces Transcendentalism, spiritualism, and Utopianism — three 19th-century movements which perhaps represent a high point of idealism in the United States as well as in both Unitarianism and Universalism.  Participants explore the reasons for these expressions of idealism, examine how these movements shaped our faith, and identify strains of idealism in Unitarian Universalism today.”

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23 June 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (23 June 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Loving Unconditionally in a Conditional Society” by Elias Capello.

Eli spent his undergrad years here at Centenary and All Souls and is a past President of Louisiana Trans Advocates.

He earned his Masters in Anthropology at UMass Amherst and is currently living in Atlanta doing research for his doctoral dissertation on the ways that trans and queer people create community in the Deep South.

He is back with us during this Pride month to talk about that work.

Our summer fun activity for children and youth this Sunday will be origami with Sam First and Noah Wagstaff.

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Adult Religious Education — 23 June 2019

Please join us on Sunday (23 June 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — “Faith Like a River:  Themes in Unitarian Universalist History” with Bennett Upton and Jax Schmidt.

Join Bennett and Jax for this workshop series exploring “the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history-the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage.”

Authored by Alison Cornish and Jackie Clement, the course “invites participants to place themselves into our history and consider its legacies.

What lessons do the stories of our history teach that can help us live more faithfully in the present?

What lessons do they offer to be lived into the future?”

This week — Session 2 –“Orthodoxy and Heresy”

This workshop introduces the terms “orthodoxy” and “heresy” and explores how, throughout history, many of our forebears’ have defined their faith in reaction to prevailing powers and dominant ways of thinking.

Participants learn about times when tension between ideas or groups led one idea to be declared “heresy” in relation to mainstream or orthodox thinking or practices.

Finally, participants consider whether contemporary Unitarian Universalism embraces some “orthodoxies” in theology, in values, or in culture.

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