Jerusalem Youth Chorus Livestream Watch Party (14 April 2024)

Please join us on Sunday afternoon (14 April 2024) at 3:00 PM for a Jerusalem Youth Chorus livestream performance watch party.

Join us in the social hall as we gather in community to hear the Jerusalem Youth Chorus (an Israeli-Palestinian music and dialogue project dedicated to singing a different song and raising their voices in opposition to violence, occupation, and terror in support of peace, justice, inclusion, and equality).

Register just to help us plan (but it’s also OK just to show up).

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Bake Sale for UNRWA

This Sunday after the 11:00 AM worship service, we are having a bake sale to benefit United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees in the Near East — especially providing much-needed relief for the people of Gaza.

You will find delicious baked goods in exchange for your worthy donation, to benefit the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

You can help by baking, by donating something you buy from a nice bakery, or by buying and eating (a tasty form of social justice work).

This bake sale is being organized by Jennifer Russell, Eva Peck, and the members of the Shreveport Chapter of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East.

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All Ages Worship (7 April 2024)

Please join us this Sunday (7 April 2024) at 11:00 AM for “Why We Cannot Turn Away (Resources for Unitarian Universalist Leaders Engaging on Israel and Palestine).”

We will be meeting in the sanctuary for this worship service.  Please join us in person at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 9449 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport LA  71106 if you are able to do so.

Our service will also be livestreamed on Facebook Live here if you cannot attend in person.

The COVID risks for Caddo, Bossier and De Soto Parishes (the Shreveport metro area) are all low — the CDC does not recommend mandatory masking for all indoor events in “low” risk areas.

See the CDC website and the COVIDActNow website for more details.

Starting on 13 November 2022, masks will be optional indoors at All Souls.

Anyone who prefers to keep wearing a mask is welcome to do so and attending worship through livestream video is also an option.

We will still have KN95 masks available in the foyer for anyone who needs one.

We continue to recommend that you stay home if you have any symptoms, and that you keep up with all available vaccinations and boosters.

Please use this link to evaluate the current COVID risk for the Shreveport-Bossier City metro area as you make your decisions regarding masking and other COVID preventive measures while attending All Souls.

We no longer require proof of vaccination against COVID for all attendees ages 11 and up for indoor events.

However, we do strongly encourage that anyone attending our worship services or other indoor events at All Souls be vaccinated against COVID.

Please use good judgment and stay home if you have any symptoms.  Even those who have tested negative for COVID can later test positive.

Our April 2024 give-away-the-plate recipient is Chimp Haven.

And you can contribute to All Souls using this online resource.

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Chimp Haven — April 2024 Give-Away-The-Plate Recipient

Each month we dedicate all of our non-pledge income to an organization doing the work that best embodies our Unitarian Universalist principles and values.

For the month of April 2024, we choose Chimp Haven.

Chimp Haven is the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary and is a home for more than 300 chimps formerly used in biomedical research.

Chimp Haven provides 200 acres of beautiful, forested sanctuary where the chimps finally get to just be chimps and enjoy many of the experiences they would have in the wild.

Two ways to donate:

OnlineGo to our donation site using this link.  If you are paying your pledge, select “2024 Pledges” and enter that amount for your pledge contribution.  Then select “Collection Plate” to give the amount you would like to give to Chimp Haven and then put “GATP APR 2024” or “Chimp Haven” in the comment section.  All online collection plate contributions for the month of April 2024 will go to Chimp Haven.

Offline — Please send your give away the plate contribution checks to All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 9449 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport LA  71106.  Please put “Chimp Haven” on the memo line of the check if  you want to have 100% of your check go to Chimp Haven.  If you want less than 100% of your check to go to Chimp Haven, please put the amount you want going to Chimp Haven on the memo line.

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Field Gay — Saturday, 6 April 2024

Field Gay is happening this Saturday (6 April 2024) from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at A.C. Steere Park in Shreveport, Louisiana.

We will have a table at Field Gay to represent All Souls and this is how you can help.

We need help setting up between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM.

We need staffing at our table throughout the day.

We need help at 3:00 PM when we will break down our table display.

Text Susan Caldwell at 318-465-3427 if you can help or if you want more information.

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All Ages Worship (3 March 2024)

Please join us on Sunday (3 March 2024) at 11:00 AM for “If We Abandon Palestine, We Abandon Ourselves:  Palestinian Liberation is a Jewish Value” by Josh Teitelbaum (Jewish Voice for Peace New Orleans).

Josh is the grandson of Holocaust survivors and will speak on how his Jewish faith compels him to work for Palestinian rights and what we as U.S. citizens can do in the cause of peace and safety for all.

We will be meeting in the sanctuary for this worship service.  Please join us in person at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 9449 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport LA  71106 if you are able to do so.

Our service will also be livestreamed on Facebook Live here if you cannot attend in person.

The risk for Caddo, Bossier and De Soto Parishes (the Shreveport metro area) are all low — the CDC does not recommend mandatory masking for all indoor events in “low” risk areas.

See the CDC website and the COVIDActNow website for more details.

Starting on 13 November 2022, masks will be optional indoors at All Souls.

Anyone who prefers to keep wearing a mask is welcome to do so and attending worship through livestream video is also an option.

We will still have KN95 masks available in the foyer for anyone who needs one.

We continue to recommend that you stay home if you have any symptoms, and that you keep up with all available vaccinations and boosters.

Please use this link to evaluate the current COVID risk for the Shreveport-Bossier City metro area as you make your decisions regarding masking and other COVID preventive measures while attending All Souls.

We no longer require proof of vaccination against COVID for all attendees ages 11 and up for indoor events.

However, we do strongly encourage that anyone attending our worship services or other indoor events at All Souls be vaccinated against COVID.

Please use good judgment and stay home if you have any symptoms.  Even those who have tested negative for COVID can later test positive.

Our March 2024 give-away-the-plate recipient is Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention (LA-AID).

And you can contribute to All Souls using this online resource.

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Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention — March 2024 Give-Away-The-Plate Recipient

Each month we dedicate all of our non-pledge income to an organization doing the work that best embodies our Unitarian Universalist principles and values.

For the month of March 2024, we choose Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention and more specifically Home is Here Shreveport.

Our Home is Here group here in Shreveport has a sponsoree who has been living here for several months.  His asylum process is still in progress so he can use our help as he continues to build a life here.

Two ways to donate:

OnlineGo to our donation site using this link.  If you are paying your pledge, select “2024 Pledges” and enter that amount for your pledge contribution.  Then select “Collection Plate” to give the amount you would like to give to the Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention and then put “GATP MAR 2024” or “Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention” in the comment section.  All online collection plate contributions for the month of March 2024 will go to the Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention.

Offline — Please send your give away the plate contribution checks to All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 9449 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport LA  71106.  Please put “Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention” or “LA-AID” on the memo line of the check if  you want to have 100% of your check go to the Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention.  If you want less than 100% of your check to go to the Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention, please put the amount you want going to the Louisiana Advocates for Immigrants in Detention on the memo line.

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A Prayer for Compassion Documentary Screening — 18 February 2024

Please join us at All Souls for a free screening of the documentary film A Prayer for Compassion on Sunday (18 February 2024) at 4:00 PM.

This film is an award-winning documentary that shows us the path to peace through compassion for all beings.

Stay for non-judgmental discussion afterward.

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A Prayer for Compassion Documentary Screening — 18 February 2024

Please join us at All Souls for a free screening of the documentary film A Prayer for Compassion on Sunday (18 February 2024) at 4:00 PM.

This film is an award-winning documentary that shows us the path to peace through compassion for all beings.

Stay for non-judgmental discussion afterward.

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Online Adult Religious Education — 4 February 2024

Please join us on Sunday (4 February 2024) for our adult religious education class at 9:00 AM.

For this Sunday only, our class will be Zoom only and not meeting in person.

If you show up tomorrow at the church at 9:00 AM , you can still participate on Zoom using your smartphone.

For this Sunday, we will listen to part 2 of a podcast from the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) titled “Nationalism vs. Patriotism: What’s the Difference?

This is a discussion featuring NAE President and Pastor Walter Kim and Paul Miller (Southern Baptist and Professor of Practice of International Affairs — Georgetown University School of Foreign Service).

Join us as we listen to Part I of this discussion between two Evangelical Christians who express their concern about the rise of Christian Nationalism in the evangelical movement.

They are part of a small but growing segment of that movement who worry that this trend is a turning away from the teachings of Jesus.

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