8 December 2019 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (8 December 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Two Notions of God and Their Effect on Movements” by Rev. Barbara Jarrell.

We continue our season of focus on the Jewish and Christian roots of Unitarian Universalism.

Look for the Mitten Tree this Sunday as well as an opportunity to pay tribute to loved ones by purchasing poinsettias for the sanctuary.

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 — 8 December 2019

Please join us on Sunday (8 December 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education classes.  For this Sunday, you have choices:

  • The New UU –Bennett Upton, Facilitator
    New and not-so-new Unitarian Universalists will benefit from this comprehensive introduction to our faith tradition and our congregation. Hear stories from our history, and learn more about our covenantal Living Tradition in the here and now.  This Sunday — Session 5 — “How Are Decisions Made?  Governance and Polity.”  This workshop explores the workings of a free congregation and the history of our movement behind it.
  • Understanding the Bible — Susan Caldwell, Facilitator
    Understanding the Bible provides an opportunity to engage with the scriptures and read them “against the grain.”  As our very tradition was born because our forebears took the initiative to do exactly that, often at the risk of their reputations and even their lives, it’s only right that we take on for ourselves the right and privilege of doing so.  This week — Session 3 — “Generations” — The story of Abraham (including the Akedah, The Binding of Isaac).  This is a story that horrifies many of us but what value did the story have to the people who told and heard it?
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Notice of Congregational Meeting (22 December 2019)

From:  Board of Directors (All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana)

To:  All Members, Inactive Members, and Friends

In accordance with the Bylaws of our church and the Fifth Principle of Unitarian Universalism, we hereby announce that All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church will hold a Congregational Meeting on Sunday (22 December 2019) immediately following the 11:00 AM worship service.

On the Agenda:

  • The 2020 Budget
  • A change to the bylaws regarding membership categories

Please make every effort to attend.

All active members should attend this meeting or give their proxies to those who can.

Inactive members and friends of the church are invited and encouraged to participate but bylaws stipulate that only those members who have been active 30 days or longer may vote.

We must have a quorum — childcare provided.

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1 December 2019 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (1 December 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Be Holy” by Rabbi Dr. Jana de Benedetti.

We are delighted to welcome Rabbi Jana back to our pulpit.  She is the spiritual leader of B’nai Zion Congregation and a great friend 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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Green Bag Sunday for Noel Food Pantry (1 December 2019)

It’s Green Bag Sunday for the Noel Food Pantry.

Bring the requested foods (or any foods) in your green bag (or any bag) to the church and place in the hatch of JoDel Adkins’ Green Kia Soul. out in front of the church.

Foods requested this week:

  • Canned soup or chili (15 oz.)
  • Jiffy cornbread mix (8.5 oz.)
  • Individual packets of hot cocoa mix
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Adult Religious Education — 1 December 2019

Please join us on Sunday (1 December 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education classes.  For this Sunday, you have choices:

  • The New UU –Bennett Upton, Facilitator
    New and not-so-new Unitarian Universalists will benefit from this comprehensive introduction to our faith tradition and our congregation. Hear stories from our history, and learn more about our covenantal Living Tradition in the here and now.  For this Sunday — Session 4 –“Social Justice Philosophy and Practice.”  This workshop explores the philosophy and practice of social justice in a Unitarian Universalist context, and will include a panel of youth and adults who are active on various fronts of the quest for “peace, liberty, and justice for all.”
  • Understanding the Bible — Susan Caldwell, Facilitator
    Understanding the Bible provides an opportunity to engage with the scriptures and read them “against the grain.”  As our very tradition was born because our forebears took the initiative to do exactly that, often at the risk of their reputations and even their lives, it’s only right that we take on for ourselves the right and privilege of doing so.  This week — Session 2 — “Creations and Generations – Genesis.”
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24 November 2019 All-Ages Worship Service and Thanksgiving Feast

Please join us on Sunday (24 November 2019) at 11:00 AM for our annual Thanksgiving ritual and feast with Rev. Barbara Jarrell.

This is a holiday with a tortured history that needs recognition and reckoning.  At the same time, we need time and space to recognize those people, events, and everyday gifts in our lives that cause us to feel gratitude.  It is another part of the great paradox in which we live our lives.  Join us as we celebrate this gratitude and sit down to a meal together.

We begin with a shorter service in the sanctuary and end with a procession to the social hall for a ritual of gratitude and our potluck feast.

If you are unable to prepare or pick up anything, please come anyway.  There will be plenty.  And we need people to help with set-up and clean-up which is just as good as bringing food.

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Adult Religious Education — 24 November 2019

Please join us on Sunday (24 November 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — “The New UU” with facilitator Bennett Upton.

New and not-so-new Unitarian Universalists will benefit from this comprehensive introduction to our faith tradition and our congregation.

Hear stories from our history, and learn more about our covenantal Living Tradition in the here and now.

For this Sunday — Session 3 – “Philosophy of Religious Education.”
This workshop introduces the philosophy of Unitarian Universalist religious education, especially the concept of lifespan faith development as the search for truth and meaning that goes on throughout our lives. Activities emphasize the role of narrative and the need for religious education to provide ways to respond to all that life presents. This session will feature a guest panel including  Susan Caldwell (Director of Lifespan Religious Education) as well as a longtime teacher in our religious education program (Eric First) and a teacher who has also grown up in the program (Noah Wagstaff).

The “Understanding the Bible” class is on a one-week break and will return next week (1 December 2019) at 9:15 AM with facilitator Susan Caldwell.

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17 November 2019 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (17 November 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” by Rev. Barbara Jarrell.

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 — 17 November 2019

Please join us on Sunday (17 November 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education classes.  For this Sunday, you have choices:

  • The New UU –Bennett Upton, Facilitator
    New and not-so-new Unitarian Universalists will benefit from this comprehensive introduction to our faith tradition and our congregation. Hear stories from our history, and learn more about our covenantal Living Tradition in the here and now.  For this Sunday — Session 2 –“Where Do We Come From?  Unitarian Universalist Roots.”
  • Understanding the Bible — Susan Caldwell, Facilitator
    Centuries ago, those we consider our Unitarian and Universalist forebears read the Hebrew and Christian scriptures for themselves and found there markedly different messages from those of the established Church. Several years ago, the Rev. Megan Dalby-Jones said in our pulpit “If you want to know who the Unitarian Universalists are, look at the history of the early Christian church, follow the heretics all the way down, and you find us.”  Indeed, we are proud to teach our children the words “heresy” and “heretic,” in a positive light, as they come from the Greek “hairetikos,” meaning “to choose.”  However, we dishonor our history if we don’t continue to read the Bible for ourselves and to consider the meaning the stories might hold for us.  To quote the Rev. Aaron White, “We take the Bible seriously, not literally.”  We will be using a curriculum based on the book Understanding the Bible by former UUA President John Buehrens.  I am happy to order copies for anyone who would like one. However, our group time will largely be spent engaging directly with the scriptures themselves, and buying the book is optional for the course.  If you have a Bible at home, bring it.  We’re interested in looking at multiple versions and translations.
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