Betty Gorey Parent Drive-In Memorial Service (23 May 2020)

On Saturday (23 May 2020) at 10:00 AM CDT (Shreveport local time), we will have a drive-in memorial service to honor the life of Betty Gorey Parent.

The memorial service will happen in the parking lot of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (9449 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport LA)

The service will be broadcast locally in the parking lot to the FM radio into your car (87.9 MHz).

The memorial service will also be a livestream video on the All Souls Facebook page.

We will gather — in physical and virtual space — to celebrate the life of Betty Gorey Parent.

In our efforts to do our best to honor her wishes in an event that is safe for all concerned, we are asking attendees to observe these essential COVID-19 safety precautions: Continue reading “Betty Gorey Parent Drive-In Memorial Service (23 May 2020)”


Hazel Martin Memorial Service — Saturday, 27 April 2019

Friends and family of Hazel Martin will gather on Saturday (27 April 2019) at 3:30 PM in the sanctuary to celebrate her life (Hazel passed away on 10 March 2019 in Raleigh NC).

Hazel was a longtime active member of All Souls and a dedicated Unitarian Universalist at the district and national level as well.

A tribute to Hazel and her many contributions to church life is on page 2 of the April 2019 newsletter.

We will have a reception in the social hall for those in attendance immediately following the service.

We would appreciate more help with set-up and clean-up for that event and — if anyone can bring some nice cookies, pastries, or a fruit or veggie tray to go with the food we already have coming, that would be lovely.

Join us to welcome Hazel’s family and to celebrate a great life well lived!


21 October 2018 All-Ages Worship Service

Please join us on Sunday (21 October 2018) at 11:00 AM for “Good News in Difficult Times” presented by the children, youth, and adults of All Souls.

The 20th Century Unitarian Universalist theologian James Luther Adams said:

Religious liberalism holds that the resources (divine and human) that are available for the achievement of meaningful change justify an attitude of ultimate optimism.

Do we truly have right and reason to be hopeful?

Our children and youth will present some reasons.

This service will also include a brief memorial tribute to Carol Graywing (former member of All Souls who had moved to Seattle several years ago to be closer to her daughter and grandson, and who also passed away in September 2018).

Carol was very active in the women’s movement of the 1970’s and 1980’s along with the women’s movement within our own denomination as well.

Throughout her life, she remained a powerful voice for women, a thoughtful poet, and a seasoned leader of worship with a wonderful sense of reverence and drama. Carol’s obituary can be found here.

This Sunday is her daughter and Carol’s daughter Lauren Gaddy has bought flowers to be placed on the altar of every Unitarian Universalist church where Carol held membership — San Francisco, Little Rock, Shreveport, and Seattle.  She has also has asked that we remember her in the service.  Knowing the depth of this loss to our national faith community, we are honored to honor her.

A newcomer session will follow the service — all interested persons are welcome to attend

We will see a video about our faith and hear your stories as you are comfortable sharing them along with answering any questions you may have about Unitarian Universalism and about membership in our congregation.

Our “Give Away the Plate” recipient for October 2019 is Noel United Methodist Church Food Pantry.


Gale Gucker Honored for 50 Years of Membership

During our September 2017 Homecoming Service (when we honored our 25-year members) we made a horrendous mistake and forgot to honor Gale Gucker (our 50-year member).

We plan to correct that oversight at our 11:00 AM Sunday service on 29 October 2017.

Gale has served the church in numerous positions over the years — President of the Board, Chair of the Building Committee for our current location in the beautiful woods of South Shreveport, and in many other roles.

She has also served in leadership roles with the former Southwest District of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Please join us to honor Gale and to hear her speak about the early years of our congregation.


19 March 2017 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (19 March 2017) at 11:00 AM for our presentation of the 2017 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award to Lois Scheib.

All Souls presents its yearly Ralph Waldo Emerson Award to an individual or organization from the wider community who best embodies the values and Principles of liberal religion.

This year, we have chosen Lois Scheib.

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Betty Parent — April 2014 Volunteer of the Month

We are proud to honor Betty Parent as our April 2014 Volunteer of the Month.

Always ready to tackle any problem with only the tools at hand, Betty whipped the church grounds into shape.

Betty improvised brilliant solutions to the church’s building and grounds problems.  She was always present at Building and Grounds Work Days.

Not content to just deal with the physical needs of the church,
Betty is also serves as a nursery volunteer and organizes All Souls potlucks.

For all that she does, Betty is the April 2014 Volunteer of the Month — she gets our deepest respect and a parking place.


March 2014 Volunteers of the Month

Our BOLTs (Bearers of Light and Tradition) are our March 2014 Volunteers of the Month.

Each Sunday, All Souls is reminded of our sources and principles through the work of five dedicated children and youth — Sam First, Gretchen Upton, Eleanora Lawrence, and Andrew Lawrence.

They make up our current team of Bearers of Light and Tradition more affectionately known as BOLTs.

In addition to public speaking and playing with fire, the children and youth pass the offering plates and many of them also perform in the All Souls theatrical productions.  Most recently, these junior members along with John Allen and Amanda Lawrence put on a most excellent production of Dr. Suess’s The Sneetches.

We appreciate the work all these young people do for All Souls each Sunday.


John Ratcliff and Tamila Allen — February 2014 Volunteers of the Month

If you are a regular with our congregation, you have seen John and Tamila actively supporting our church.

John is always there engaging members — new and old alike — in meaningful conversation.  Tamila balances work and parenting along with her service to All Souls.  John and Tamila constitute the team that mentors the middle and high school youth.

For their weekly work with our youth and more, we award them jointly the title of February 2014 Volunteers of the Month.