28 August 2011 Worship

11:00 AM Sunday, 28 August 2011 — Water Communion is a Unitarian Universalist tradition.  At summer’s end, we gather together bringing water from our various summer travels and experiences, briefly sharing our stories as we combine the water in a common bowl.  The water is then boiled, filtered and frozen for use in child dedications and other rituals throughout the coming year.  Bring water in a small container, or if you forgot or couldn’t bring it back with you, we will have “symbolic water” on hand.

Bring along a swim suit that day and join us afterward for the Swim Party and Cookout at the home of Laurie Lyons and Henry Walker in Shreveport.


21 August 2011 Worship

11:00 AM Sunday, 21 August 2011 — Rev. Barbara Jarrell is back in the pulpit.  Her sermon is “Unfamiliar Alliances.”

During the worship service, the children and youth will have a car wash to raise money for the playground fun.  Drop off your car before church, and have it washed by very conscientious and thorough young people supervised by very conscientious and thorough supportive adults.

Steve Caldwell and Abbas Moussaoui will be coordinating this car wash, so talk to them or contact Susan Caldwell if you can help.


Artist Sunday — 14 August 2011 Worship

11:00 AM Sunday, 14 August 2011 — Our annual Artist Sunday worship service.

This is one of our most beloved services of the year.  The service is an annual celebration of the arts in which each element of the worship service is an artistic performance of some kind —  song, dance, poetry, drama, instrumental music or something else entirely.

We will also have a visual arts show and sale in the Religious Education Wing after the service, and a special art project for the children and youth. Expect the unexpected, and don’t miss this service that never fails to amaze!


We Are a Welcoming Congregation!!

Rainbow ChaliceOn 26 July 2011, the Unitarian Universalist Association responded to our Welcoming Congregation Report:

Dear Minister, Welcoming Congregation Committee, Members and Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I inform you that your congregation has been recognized officially as a Welcoming Congregation.

Our history shows that the liberal religious tradition is affirmed every time another congregation commits itself to being a human place that affirms, welcomes and celebrates the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. Though there remains a great deal of work to do in the Association before homophobia and transphobia become things of the past, it is congregations like yours that serve as an inspiration for those who have yet to begin the work of greater inclusion and understanding.

We are also sending you two posters, suitable for framing, that read:

“We are a Welcoming Congregation: This Unitarian Universalist Community welcomes and celebrates the presence and participation of bisexual, gay, lesbian and/or transgender people.”

Congratulations, and thanks for your important work!

Alex Kapitan

LGBT Ministries
Multicultural Growth and Witness
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations



Welcoming Congregation Report

Welcoming CongregationThe Welcoming Congregation Program is a completely volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that see a need to become more inclusive towards bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender people.

The program consists of a series of workshops developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association. The goal of the workshops is to reduce prejudice by increasing understanding and acceptance among people of different sexual orientations.

On 22 May 2011 — after completing the required actions to become a Welcoming Congregation — we affirmed our desire to be a Welcoming Congregation through an overwhelming congregational vote.

Our report describing our Welcoming Congregation efforts and results can be found in an Adobe Acrobat PDF document here.


31 July 2011 Worship

You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know11:00 AM Sunday, 31 July 2011 — “You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know” by Susan Caldwell (All Souls Director of Religious Education). Susan’s sermon is based on Heather Sellers book of the same name that explores the rare and fascinating disorder of prosopagnosia (face blindness) and the spiritual insights that one women’s journey may offer the rest of us.