Online Adult Religious Education — 1 August 2021

Please join us on Sunday (1 August 2021) at 9:00 AM for our adult religious education class via Zoom.

We have completed our White Fragility book study group using the book by Robin DiAngelo.

Continuing our focus on living into the Eighth Principle, we will view and discuss two videos from Emmanuel Acho’s video podcast “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.”

His book by the same name grew out of this podcast series.

We will be viewing “Uncomfortable Conversations with the NFL” — Emmanuel Acho’s conversation with Roger Goodell (Commissioner of the National Football League – NFL).

They’ll be talking about the movement among players in the NFL and other sports leagues to engage in peaceful protest during the National Anthem.

The conversation is in two parts.

We will all watch and discuss both videos together on Sunday.

Feel free to watch ahead and make notes on the points that most interest you that you want to discuss in the group.

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Dialogue on Race — August 2021 Give-Away-The-Plate Recipient

Our August 2021 Give-Away-the-Plate recipient Shreveport YWCA’s  Dialogue on Race program in memory of Thomas Ratcliff.

Dialogue on Race is a program of structured weekly conversations in small groups of 10-15 people under the guidance of two trained facilitators who endeavor to create a safe environment for open and honest dialogue on specific questions around the issue of race.

Many of our members have been through the program and several are facilitators.

We dedicate our gift to the memory of Thomas Ratcliff who grew up in our church and was tragically killed in an apartment fire on 25 June 2021.

John Ratcliff (father of Thomas Ratcliff) is a Dialogue on Race facilitator.

John and his wife Joy have designated Dialogue on Race as one of the causes that would best honor Thomas’s memory.

Two ways to donate:

OnlineGo to our donation site using this link.  If you are paying your pledge, select “2021 Pledges” and enter that amount for your pledge contribution.  Then select “Collection Plate” to give the amount you would like to give to Dialogue on Race.  All online collection plate contributions for the month of August 2021 will go to Dialogue on Race.

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

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First Sunday Food Pantry Day (1 August 2021)

Melissa Lewis will be at the church parking lot this Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 PM to collect food and other items for the Noel United Methodist Church Food Pantry.

For this month, they are requesting travel size toiletries (shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, deodorant, and toothbrushes) – no mouthwash please.

They are also requesting breakfast cereal (any size).

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Together Louisiana Meeting with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (28 July 2021)

Please join us and other Together Louisiana church and community leaders around the state for a conversation with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

The conversation will happen over Zoom on Wednesday (28 July 2021) at 1:00 PM.

Click here to register if you want to attend.

The meeting is an opportunity for us to strengthen our relationship with Gov. Edwards and collaborate with his administration to shift our state’s trajectory concerning environmental policy, fair taxes, and criminal justice reform.

Please share this link with others and encourage them to attend.

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Online Adult Religious Education — 25 July 2021

Please join us on Sunday (25 July 2021) at 9:00 AM for our adult religious education class via Zoom.

We have completed our White Fragility book study group using the book by Robin DiAngelo.

Continuing our focus on living into the Eighth Principle, we will view and discuss two videos from Emmanuel Acho’s video podcast “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.”

His book by the same name grew out of this podcast series.

We will begin with a short video where President Barack Obama answers a question asked by Mr. Acho — “How Do We Cure Racism?”:

Then we will ll watch “Race vs. Religion” — a conversation between Emmanuel Acho and Rev. Carl Lentz (a Christian pastor for Hillsong East Coast Church) on how religion works either to fuel or stop racism:

We will all watch and discuss both videos together in class on Sunday but do feel free to watch ahead and make notes on the points that most interest you and that you’d like to discuss in the group.

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18 July 2021 Worship Livestreaming Video

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we have begun to broadcast a livestream video of our Sunday morning worship services.

This worship video will be available live and in recorded formats.

For our livestream video of our worship services, we are using Facebook Live.  One does not have to log into Facebook or have a Facebook account to view this video.

You can find the 18 July 2021 worship video here.

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Online All-Ages Worship (18 July 2021)

Please join us this Sunday (18 July 2021) at 11:00 AM as we welcome the 2021 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award recipients and guest speakers Breka Peoples and Omari Ho-Sang.

Our service will be livestreamed on Facebook Live here.

We are honoring their work from the Summer 2020 organizing the 45 Days of Action Campaign in Shreveport / Bossier City, Louisiana along with their continuing work to dismantle systemic racism and create beloved community in Shreveport / Bossier City.

All Souls presents the Emerson Award each year to an individual, group, or organization in the wider community who best exemplifies Unitarian Universalist principles and the values of liberal religion.

Watch for our weekly email announcements for info on the next in-person worship service and other opportunities to gather in smaller groups in person.  You can sign up for these announcements using this link.

Our July 2021 give-away-the-plate recipient is Shreveport Green.

We will have a  virtual coffee hour after the service on Zoom.

While we are remaining physically distant, we want to know how you are doing, what you need, and what you are interested in.  You can let us know using these online surveys.

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

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Online Adult Religious Education — 18 July 2021

Please join us on Sunday (18 July 2021) at 9:00 AM for our adult religious education class via Zoom.

We have completed our White Fragility book study group using the book by Robin DiAngelo.

Continuing our focus on living into the Eighth Principle, we will view and discuss two videos from Emmanuel Acho’s video podcast “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.”

His book by the same name grew out of this podcast series.

The two videos we will watch are Episode 1 (an introduction to the series) and Episode 9 (“Uncomfortable Conversations with the Police”).

We will view the videos together but feel free to watch ahead to see what stands out for you.

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Online Adult Religious Education — 11 July 2021

Please join us on Sunday (11 July 2021) at 9:00 AM for our adult religious education class via Zoom.

We have completed our White Fragility book study group using the book by Robin DiAngelo.

Continuing our focus on living into the Eighth Principle, we will have a conversation about what our group will do next.

Bring your ideas for books, videos, or other resources we might employ to deepen our knowledge and understanding of systemic racism and how we work to dismantle it within our institution, our wider community, and ourselves.

We will also watch part 2 of a video interview with Ibram X. Kendi.

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Breka Peoples and Omari Ho-Sang — 2021 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award Recipients

Please join us at 11:00 AM on 18 July 2021 for our worship service where we will be honoring Breka Peoples and Omari Ho-Sang as our 2021 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award Recipients.

We will be presenting this award during our Sunday worship service using Facebook Live video.

We are honoring their work from the Summer 2020 organizing the 45 Days of Action Campaign in Shreveport / Bossier City, Louisiana along with their continuing work to dismantle systemic racism and create beloved community in Shreveport / Bossier City.

All Souls presents the Emerson Award each year to an individual, group, or organization in the wider community who best exemplifies Unitarian Universalist principles and the values of liberal religion.

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