Short-Term Capital Fund Drive for Collapsed Sidewalk Repair

Last Sunday (26 February 2012), a congregational meeting was held to inform members of the status of the collapsed sidewalk adjacent to the north side of the sanctuary.

Sidewalk Hole

The sidewalk’s collapse due to erosion necessitated meetings with engineers and contractors to determine action needed not only for initial repairs, but also preventive measures.

The engineers recommended repair of the sidewalk, construction of appropriate drainage systems to divert rainfall away from the sidewalk, and replacement of gutters on the sanctuary.  Because erosion is a continuing problem, a topography map and erosion report on the entire church property is necessary.  The engineers assured the building and sanctuary are structurally sound, but warned that the initial repairs begin within 30 to 60 days to prevent more serious problems.  Initial bids indicate the cost will be up to $30,000.

After significant discussion, the congregation voted in favor of allowing the Board of Directors to contract for up to $30,000 for the necessary repairs and reports, that a short-term capital fund drive be held to raise the necessary funds, and that no work begin until all funds needed have been actually received.  It was reported that if each family donate an additional 20% of its annual pledge for 2012, the $30,000 can be raised.

Letters will be sent to members asking that they submit their pledge by 18 March 2012 and that actual payment be made by Easter Sunday (8 April 2012).

[Submitted by Laurie Lyons — All Souls Treasurer and Capital Fund Drive Chair]


17 March 2012 Building and Grounds Work Day (Date Change)

The regular monthly Building and Grounds work day will be Saturday, 17 March 2012, instead of the regular second Saturday date of the month.

The date has been changed to avoid a conflict with the Enneagram Workshop on 9-10 March 2012.


Shreveport City Council to Vote on Habitability Amendment (Tuesday, 28 February 2012)

At Tuesday’s meeting (28 February 2012 starting at 3:00 PM), the Shreveport City Council will vote on the Minimal Living Standards Amendment to the Property Standards Code.  The amendment is expected to pass.

After regular opening proceedings and time for public comment, the vote will most likely take place around 4:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter.

All Souls Interfaith team members and all interested members and friends are encouraged to attend.

The Council meets in the City Council Chamber, 1st Floor of Government Plaza (505 Travis Street, Shreveport, Louisiana).

Let’s pack the room.  See you there.


Enneagram II: Spirituality and Integration (“Now that I have my number, what do I do with it?”)

In learning to observe ourselves, we create the opportunity of consciously choosing our behavior and thereby living more effectively.  The Enneagram can be extremely valuable in learning how not to identify with our personality.  By naming and releasing the contrary forces of our personality, we are able to see ourselves and let go of what is enticing us away from a fuller, more authentic life.  Understanding the levels of Integration and Disintegration for our particular personality type is a valuable tool for growth.  They show us what we will encounter on the way to either health and wholeness or neurosis.

Friday (9 March 2012) — 6:45 PM to 9:15 PM (Registration begins at 6:30 PM)

Saturday (10 March 2012) — 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Spirituality and Integration Enneagram workshop includes:

  • Appropriate and Inappropriate Uses of Energy Centers
  • Paths of Disintegration (Destructive Ways) and Integration (Wholeness)
  • Overcoming Compulsions
  • Traps and Holy Ideas
  • Conversion for Each Enneagram Number

Prerequisite is attendance at a Basic Enneagram Workshop or a fairly good grasp of Enneagram theory from reading and a pretty good idea of what your Enneagram number might be.

About the Presenters

The presenters have many years of experience conducting workshops and seminars.

  • Mickie Cowan, studied at Jung Institute in Switzerland and is Chaplain at Live Oak Retirement Community in Shreveport LA.
  • Maria O’Brien, Jungian-based psychotherapist, certified spiritual director and co-author of Beyond the Castles Doors-A Soul Quest for the Holy Grail in Fredericksburg TX.
  • Matt Woollett, is an Episcopal Priest, Retreat Leader for Men’s Matters and is Chaplain at Hospice Compassus in Alexandria LA.
  • Peggy Hamiter has received training at Enneagram Institute and is Administrator for Enneagram For Life (LLC).

Registration fee is $85.00 per person. The fee includes all workshop materials, refreshments, and lunch on Saturday. To register, send your name, address, email and phone number, along with a check made out to Enneagram for Life, to the following address:

Enneagram for Life, (LLC), Attn: Peggy Hamiter
3427 Beverly Place
Shreveport, LA 71105.

You may also pre-register by phone with a VISA or Mastercard by calling Susan Caldwell at the church office at (318) 868-3313.

Check-in will begin on Friday evening (9 March 2012) at 6:30 PM.


Cursos de Español para la Justicia (Spanish Course for Justice) Resumes 28 February 2012

The Spanish Class will resume this Tuesday (28 February 2012) at 6:00 PM

If you would still like to join the class, please speak to Virginia Villarreal to determine what you will need to do to catch up.  If you’ve been thinking about joining the class, now is the time!!!


Property Standards Task Force Public Hearing — 21 February 2012

The City of Shreveport’s Property Standards Task Force will meet Tuesday, 21 February 2012, at 5:30 PM in the Police Assembly Hall located on the second floor of the Shreveport Police Department (1234 Texas Street, Shreveport LA 71101).

The meeting is a Public Forum to receive public comments concerning the proposed changes to the Housing and Property Standards Code of Ordinances regarding minimum living standards.

Interfaith leaders and interested persons are encouraged to attend.


19 February 2012 Worship Service

The 11:00 AM worship service for Sunday (19 February 2012) is “Inspired by the World.”

Children, youth and adults of the church will present stories, readings and music in a service in celebration of our Third Source:

Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.

Learning the stories and teachings of other traditions is another way of learning more about our own, as we explore the way these stories relate to and reinforce our Unitarian Universalist Principles and values.


Cursos de Español para la Justicia — Spanish Course for Justice!

We are two weeks into the course — our third class meeting is 28 February 2012.

There is no class on 21 February 2012 because of the Board and Council Meeting.  But if you would still like to join us, order your book from Amazon and speak to Virginia Villarreal about what you will need to do to catch up.

If you have not had Spanish before, you may have difficulty joining us after 28 February 2012 and may want to consider waiting until the course is offered again.