North Louisiana Interfaith Regional Assembly of Congregations and Citizen Organizations (14 June 2022)

Mark Your Calendar — the North Louisiana Interfaith Regional Assembly of Congregations and Citizen Organizations will be meeting on Tuesday (14 June 2022) from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (Brown Chapel – Centenary College of Louisiana).

Imagine if all our organizations worked together to build a way for ordinary people to take action to solve our common problems.

We know that we are most effective in creating change in our community and in our state when we work in partnership with others.

Please join us for this relaunch and rededication of North Louisiana Interfaith.

We have committed to bringing at least 20 All Souls members and friends to this event.  Can we do more?  Join us and find out.

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Online Adult Religious Education — 22 May 2022

Please join us on Sunday (22 May 2022) at 9:00 AM for our adult religious education class via Zoom.

This Sunday we continue our work through the book Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad.

As the author says, “This is not a book you read, this is a book you do” and we will be discussing some of the journal prompts throughout the book.

Layla Saad is a black Muslim woman who was raised in the UK but who now lives in Qatar.  She has written, taught, and offered workshops to a global audience.

We will be discussing the journal prompts for days 21, 22, and 23 — beginning with a review of the work so far and continuing with explorations of white feminism and white leadership.

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Children and Youth Religious Education (22 May 2022)

On this Sunday (22 May 2022), children and youth religious education classes will continue to meet in person during our 11:00 AM worship service.

We have resumed our pre-COVID practice where the children and youth will join us in the sanctuary for the first 15-20 minutes and then we will sing them out to their classes.

If your child does not want to go to class, that is also OK — our services are welcoming for all ages.

We will be starting out initially with two classes grouped by age / grade:

Elementary – Pre-K – 5th Grade (Teachers:  Ashford McLain and Kevin Henry) — Our theme is “Peace, Social Justice, and the Interdependent Web.”  This week the group turns its focus to a topic that can be tough at any age — bullying — and some strategies for responding in those situations.

Middle and High School (Teachers:  Ken Peterson and Eric First) — This Sunday Maggie Molisee will be back to start finalizing the mural plans.

We would love for everyone in this age group to have input so it’s a great Sunday to come back to middle school / high school religious education.

With the time remaining and this Sunday being Biodiversity Sunday, the group will also explore the effects of environmental racism on the ecosystem here in Louisiana.

Note — We have not yet brought back nursery care for our littlest members and visitors who cannot yet be vaccinated for COVID.  However, babies and toddlers are welcome to stay with their parents in the sanctuary.  We are very understanding about baby sounds in worship.

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Online Adult Religious Education — 15 May 2022

Please join us on Sunday (15 May 2022) at 9:00 AM for our adult religious education class via Zoom.

This Sunday we continue our work through the book Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad.

As the author says, “This is not a book you read, this is a book you do” and we will be discussing some of the journal prompts throughout the book.

Layla Saad is a black Muslim woman who was raised in the UK but who now lives in Qatar.  She has written, taught, and offered workshops to a global audience.

We’ll be discussing the journal prompts from Days 18, 19, and 20

  • White Saviorism
  • Optical Allyship
  • Processes of Calling Out vs Calling In
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Children and Youth Religious Education (15 May 2022)

On this Sunday (15 May 2022), children and youth religious education classes will continue to meet in person during our 11:00 AM worship service.

We have resumed our pre-COVID practice where the children and youth will join us in the sanctuary for the first 15-20 minutes and then we will sing them out to their classes.

If your child does not want to go to class, that is also OK — our services are welcoming for all ages.

We will be starting out initially with two classes grouped by age / grade:

Elementary – Pre-K – 5th Grade (Teachers:  Ashford McLain and Kevin Henry) — Our theme is “Peace, Social Justice, and the Interdependent Web.”  This week the group will continue their focus on our connections to all life in the interdependent web of all existence turning their focus to conflict resolution.  They will also continue with their weekly service project of cleaning up the church grounds.

Middle and High School (Teachers:  Ken Peterson and Eric First) — This Sunday the group will update any newcomers on the mural plans and continue their focus on justice issues in Louisiana in light of the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Note — We have not yet brought back nursery care for our littlest members and visitors who cannot yet be vaccinated for COVID.  However, babies and toddlers are welcome to stay with their parents in the sanctuary.  We are very understanding about baby sounds in worship.

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Shreveport March for Reproductive Rights (14 May 2022)

The Shreveport March for Reproductive Rights will be happening on Saturday (14 May 2022) from 10:45 AM to 11:30 AM.

Use this link to RSVP in you are planning to attend.

The march will begin at the Shreveport Police Department (1234 Texas Avenue) and proceed to the Caddo Parish Courthouse (501 Texas Street).

The All Souls monthly building and grounds work day will be rescheduled (details TBD) so that our members and friends may attend this event.

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Online Adult Religious Education — 8 May 2022

Please join us on Sunday (8 May 2022) at 9:00 AM for our adult religious education class via Zoom.

This Sunday we continue our work through the book Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad.

As the author says, “This is not a book you read, this is a book you do” and we will be discussing some of the journal prompts throughout the book.

Layla Saad is a black Muslim woman who was raised in the UK but who now lives in Qatar.  She has written, taught, and offered workshops to a global audience.

We will discuss the journal prompts for days 15, 16, and 17:

  • White Apathy
  • White Centering
  • Tokenism
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Holocaust Remembrance Service of Northwest Louisiana (1 May 2022)

The 39th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Service of Northwest Louisiana will happen on Sunday (1 May 2022) from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM at Broadmoor United Methodist ChurchThis service will also be livestreamed on the Broadmoor UMC web site.

This service is a multifaith service in remembrance of the Holocaust in honor and memory of those who died and those who saved lives.

It will feature the winning entries of the High School and Middle School essay contests along with the High School Poetry, Prose, Art, and Music Composition contests.

Our own Rev. Barbara Jarrell will light the candle in honor of the LGBTQ victims of the Holocaust and the candle in honor of Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharp (who were recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations for their Unitarian Service Committee work saving hundreds of Jews and others from the Nazis).

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Noel Food Pantry Donation Drive This Week (1 May 2021)

It’s the first Sunday of the month and Melissa Lewis will be in the grove  in front of the church from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday (1 May 2022) collecting food for the Noel United Methodist Food Pantry.

This month’s requests:

  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned chicken
  • Saltine crackers

You can either bring your food donation to the 11:00 AM worship service or drop it by between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

Thanks in advance for helping hungry people in Northwest Louisiana.

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Online Adult Religious Education — 1 May 2022

Please join us on Sunday (1 May 2022) at 9:00 AM for our adult religious education class via Zoom.

This Sunday we begin our work through the book Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad.

As the author says, “This is not a book you read, this is a book you do” and we will be discussing some of the journal prompts throughout the book.

Layla Saad is a black Muslim woman who was raised in the UK but who now lives in Qatar.  She has written, taught, and offered workshops to a global audience.

We will be discussing the journal prompts for days 12, 13, and 14 (all dealing with anti-blackness).

  • Day 12  — Racist Stereotypes
  • Day 13 — Cultural Appropriation
  • Day 14 — a review of Week 2 that lets us consider — among other questions — “what we now see that we cannot unsee.”
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