29 June 2014 Worship and Religious Education

WomenInProfilePlease joins us on Sunday (29 June 2014) at 10:30 AM for “The Gentle Fierceness of a Hard-Won Wisdom” by Carol Graywing.

Carol knows from experience that the personal is political is spiritual. This morning, she shares insights from her forty-six years as a Unitarian Universalist activist; local, regional and national board member; worship, workshop, and ritual leader.

KidsYogaIn the Religious Education Wing, the children and youth will have a yoga class with Robin Drury.

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15 June 2014 Worship and Religious Education

Please joins on Sunday (15 June 2014) for our 10:30 AM Worship and Religious Education activities — “Evolving to Care ” by Rev. Barbara Jarrell With Story for All Ages by Phil Boswell.

Join us for a celebration of Father’s Day and for the installation of our new Board and a thank you to our outgoing Board members.

The All Souls Choir will sing.

PizzaA “Pizza for Pop” lunch for the congregation will follow the service. Children and youth will make flatbread pizzas to share with Dads and other important grown-up caregivers after the worship service.

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8 June 2014 Worship and Summer Religious Education

JimVanderWeelePlease join us at 10:30 AM on Sunday (8 June 2014) for “I’m Feeling Vulnerable” by Rev. Jim VanderWeele (Community Church Unitarian Universalist of New Orleans).

In his sermon, Jim will step into the feeling of vulnerability that lives within many if not all of us.

He will use the first chapter of Jonah — the story of a prophet who lost his respect for being a prophet — to point out the difference between feelings and the facts of the matter.

Our children and youth will join the community for the first 15-20 minutes of the worship before leaving for their exciting activity:

Tie-DyeTie-Dye for Dads and Other Special Grown-up!
Each June (on the Sunday before Father’s Day), our children and youth have the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind wearable art for their Dads and others to wear to church on Father’s Day.

Children and youth are encouraged to wear their grubbies (clothing that can handle stains … and that applies to shoes, too) and to bring a 100% cotton t-shirt or other fabric item to dye (Prewashed is better for holding the dye but we do soak them ahead of time).

We will have bandanas and a few shirts on hand for donation, but bringing your own insures the right size and fit.

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Summer Worship and Religious Education Schedule

Starting next Sunday (8 June 2014) and continuing throughout the summer vacation season, the entire church community (children, youth, and adults) will take a break from our 9:00 AM Religious Education hour.

We will have our worship service at 10:30 AM.

For most Sunday services, the children and youth will leave the worship service after the first 15 to 20 minutes to enjoy their fun and relaxing summer activities.

On very rare occasions, we will have an all-ages worship service where the children and youth stay with us for the entire worship service (this will be announced on our website and on Facebook).

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1 June 2014 Worship for All Ages

Please join us at 10:30 AM for “Love Is Our Doctrine, Service Is Our Prayer ” —  our 2014 Affirmation Sunday worship service.

Increasingly, Unitarian Universalists are realizing that the best question is not “What do you believe?” but rather “How does your faith inform and transform your life, and how do you walk that transformation out into the world?”

If you’ve wondered how it all works, with so many beliefs under this tent, come and learn something about that from some of the children, youth and adults of our congregation.

We’ll honor the transitions of our children and youth, thank our teachers, sing and celebrate, with a few fun surprises for all ages.

Please join us!

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1 June 2014 Brunch for All Ages

BrunchPlease join us this Sunday (1 June 2014) for our 9:15 AM Brunch for All Ages (this brunch will replace our Sunday Religious Education for all ages for this Sunday).

Bring your favorite brunch or breakfast treat to share with your All Souls friends.  Join us in the Social Hall to celebrate Affirmation Sunday and the beginning of summer.

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Summer Religious Education Schedule Changes Begin 8 June 2014

Starting next Sunday (8 June 2014), the 9:00 AM Religious Education hour for children and youth will take a break for the summer.  We will have one service at 10:30 AM.  We will “sing out” the children and youth for their summer activities for most Sunday services.

Continue reading “Summer Religious Education Schedule Changes Begin 8 June 2014”

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25 May 2014 Religious Education for All Ages

Please join us on Sunday (25 May 2014) at 9:00 AM for our all-ages religious education hour.

The adult class will continue a series of Civic Academies from Together Louisiana (Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith belongs to this statewide organization).

The children and youth continue their pillar on personal spiritual growth

  • Pre-K/K-1 — The pillar theme explores our emotions. The lesson theme this week is Laughter, and this will be a fun lesson. They’ll talk about the things that make us laugh, hear a story about a ridiculous family (Make Way for Dumb Bunnies!) and play some fun games.
  • 2nd-5th Grade — Continuing their focus on Prayer, a way of connecting to Source in a way that is meaningful for each of us, the class will explore themes of Insight and Sorrow and continue making their UU Prayer Beads.
  • Middle School/High School — Now planning activities for the end of the year, so we need everybody here.

WorldIncarcerationRatesOur adults will be learning about “Crime and Punishment in Louisiana” — A Civic Academy on Mass Incarceration presented by Lady Carlson

Behind the numbers, which are horrifying enough, lies a tragic story of lives destroyed over youthful mistakes and big money for the Prison Industrial Complex.

And yet, a recent bill to bring some sanity to sentencing reform died in Senate Judiciary Committee C.

Join Lady Carlson to find out more about the problem and possible solutions.

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18 May 2014 Religious Education for All Ages

Please join us on Sunday (18 May 2014) at 9:00 AM for our all-ages religious education hour.

The adult class will continue a series of Civic Academies from Together Louisiana (Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith belongs to this statewide organization).

The children and youth continue their pillar on personal spiritual growth:

  • Pre-K/K-1 — The pillar theme explores our emotions.  The lesson theme is fear.  In a safe, non-threatening environment, the children will have a chance to talk about things that are scary, and how they might ease those fears and feel safe.  They will make “monster puppets” to help bring their fears down to size.
  • 2nd-5th Grade — Continuing their focus on prayer, a way of connecting to source in a way that is meaningful for each of us, the class will explore themes of thankfulness and hope.
  • Middle School/High School — Continuing their discussions of the big questions and planning activities for the end of the year.

PaydayLoansThe adult class will explore “The Fight for Payday Lending Reform in Louisiana.”

Despite widespread support from citizens as well as a majority of clergy and a wealth of civic organizations, meaningful reform of the payday lending industry keeps stalling out in the legislature.

Can you guess why?

Learn how this multi-million dollar industry continues to trap so many of our citizens in an endless spiral of debt, and how we can ultimately reverse that trend, not only legislatively but by educating our population on the alternatives.

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11 May 2014 Religious Education for All Ages

Please join us on Sunday (11 May 2014) at 9:00 AM for our Religious Education for all ages.

Our children and youth continue their pillar on personal spiritual growth.

For the next 3 weeks, the Adult class will continue a series of Civic Academies from Together Louisiana (Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith belongs to this statewide organization).

The presentations will include PowerPoint presentations, discussion on various issues facing our state, and the work Interfaith and other organizations are doing around these issues.

This Sunday’s issue is Human Trafficking in Louisiana.  As we pray for the 200 girls in Nigeria and try to figure out how we put hands and feet to those prayers, we do have the means to help put a stop to a form of modern slavery that is happening much closer to home.

Join us to view and discuss Together Louisiana’s Civic Academy presentation on the topic and to learn about HB 569 (which will be debated on the House floor on Monday, 12 May 2014).

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