30 June 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (30 June 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Rule-Breakers and Heretics” by Amanda Lawrence with John Allen (Worship Associate).

Ours is one of few traditions in which we teach our children the word “heretic” in a positive light!

The flame in our chalice pays tribute to those heretics who came before us.

Come and learn about some of the founders of our nation who were part of our proud heretical tradition.

Our summer fun activity for children and youth this Sunday will be guided meditation with Kevin Henry and Alicia Lovell.

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Adult Religious Education — 30 June 2019

Please join us on Sunday (30 June 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — “Faith Like a River:  Themes in Unitarian Universalist History” with Bennett Upton and Jax Schmidt.

Join Bennett and Jax for this workshop series exploring “the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history-the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage.”

This week — “Mirages and Oases:  Idealism and Utopianism”:

“A vibrant stream of idealism runs through Unitarian Universalist history.  This workshop introduces Transcendentalism, spiritualism, and Utopianism — three 19th-century movements which perhaps represent a high point of idealism in the United States as well as in both Unitarianism and Universalism.  Participants explore the reasons for these expressions of idealism, examine how these movements shaped our faith, and identify strains of idealism in Unitarian Universalism today.”

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23 June 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (23 June 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Loving Unconditionally in a Conditional Society” by Elias Capello.

Eli spent his undergrad years here at Centenary and All Souls and is a past President of Louisiana Trans Advocates.

He earned his Masters in Anthropology at UMass Amherst and is currently living in Atlanta doing research for his doctoral dissertation on the ways that trans and queer people create community in the Deep South.

He is back with us during this Pride month to talk about that work.

Our summer fun activity for children and youth this Sunday will be origami with Sam First and Noah Wagstaff.

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Adult Religious Education — 23 June 2019

Please join us on Sunday (23 June 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — “Faith Like a River:  Themes in Unitarian Universalist History” with Bennett Upton and Jax Schmidt.

Join Bennett and Jax for this workshop series exploring “the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history-the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage.”

Authored by Alison Cornish and Jackie Clement, the course “invites participants to place themselves into our history and consider its legacies.

What lessons do the stories of our history teach that can help us live more faithfully in the present?

What lessons do they offer to be lived into the future?”

This week — Session 2 –“Orthodoxy and Heresy”

This workshop introduces the terms “orthodoxy” and “heresy” and explores how, throughout history, many of our forebears’ have defined their faith in reaction to prevailing powers and dominant ways of thinking.

Participants learn about times when tension between ideas or groups led one idea to be declared “heresy” in relation to mainstream or orthodox thinking or practices.

Finally, participants consider whether contemporary Unitarian Universalism embraces some “orthodoxies” in theology, in values, or in culture.

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16 June 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (16 June 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Carry the Flame” by James Peck.

On this Father’s Day, come and hear All Souls member James Peck — a Unitarian Universalist Dad — reflect on the ways we teach and reinforce Unitarian Universalist principles and values in the home.

Our summer fun activity for children and youth this Sunday will be Rovena and Boogie Windsor guiding the preparation of our Father’s Day Lunch while Kevin Henry and Maggie Molisee guiding the creation of tactile Father’s Day cards and teaching a lesson on God as Father from various traditions.

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Adult Religious Education — 16 June 2019

Please join us on Sunday (16 June 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — “Faith Like a River:  Themes in Unitarian Universalist History” with Bennett Upton and Jax Schmidt.

Join Bennett and Jax for this workshop series exploring “the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history-the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage.”

Authored by Alison Cornish and Jackie Clement, the course “invites participants to place themselves into our history and consider its legacies.

What lessons do the stories of our history teach that can help us live more faithfully in the present?

What lessons do they offer to be lived into the future?”

This week: Session 1: “Wading In”

“This workshop explores Unitarian Universalist history as one current in the stream of human history, with its own themes of thought and action that swirl, eddy, and bubble to prominence at different points in time. A selection of stories from our faith heritage offers not only a grounding of knowledge, but also insights into contemporary issues, practices, challenges, and trends in our faith movement.”
– Alison Cornish and Jackie Clement

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9 June 2019 All-Ages Worship Service

Please join us on Sunday (9 June 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Building Bridges:  Celebrating Our Children and Youth.”

We will be honoring our graduating seniors — Ash McLain, Sarah Allen, Mason Upton, and Sarah Lord.

Our Affirmation Sunday service brings our whole church community together in honor of our children and youth and features the senior sermons and bridging ceremony for our graduates.

A bridging ceremony celebrates the transition of our graduates from youth to adulthood and is most meaningful when all generations of our community are present to witness and support them.

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Adult Religious Education — 9 June 2019

Please join us on Sunday (2 June 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — “The Story of God, Episode 5  — Why Does Evil Exist?”  We will continue our discussion of this topic from last week.

This Sunday, we view the conclusion of an episode that asks yet another question for the ages — “Why does evil exist?”

Once again, our intrepid guide travels the globe examining the question from the perspectives of various faith traditions as well as science.  This sparked some great discussions that we look forward to continuing this week.

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2 June 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (2 June 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Ain’t Got No Home” by Earlene Venable with Barbara Deger (Worship Associate).

All Souls member Earlene Venable will speak on a topic near and dear to her heart — homelessness — as a local and global issue.

Reflecting on her own work with Holy Cross Hope House and the St. Luke’s Mobile Medical Ministry, she will share her own perspectives on the issue and ideas for solutions based on her personal experience.

Our summer fun activity for children and youth this Sunday will be Tie-Dye Sunday.  Our children and youth will be tie-dyeing in the religious education wing.

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Adult Religious Education — 2 June 2019

Please join us on Sunday (2 June 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — “The Story of God, Episode 5  — Why Does Evil Exist?”

Although Morgan Freeman has indeed played the role of God in the past, in this National Geographic documentary series he steps into the role of explorer of the idea of God in all its myriad forms around the world.

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