11 August 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (11 August 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Starving Darkness” by Rev. Barbara Jarrell.

In these times when the darkness seems particularly pervasive and daunting, how do we continue to be the light, for ourselves and for others?

Our summer fun activity for children and youth on this Sunday is making Ojos de Dios (Eyes of God) with Sam First and making Friendship Bracelets with Maggie Molisee.

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4 August 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (4 August 2019) at 11:00 AM for our Water Communion Service with Rev. Barbara Jarrell.

We welcome Rev. Barbara back this Sunday for our annual Water Communion Service.

This is a time when we bring water — whether real or symbolic — from our experiences of the summer (from far away across oceans or from a puddle in your own backyard).

We pour the water into a common vessel as we briefly share our stories.  No one drinks this water.  Instead, we boil, filter, and freeze it and add it to water from previous years of this service.  The water is used for child dedications and other special rituals of the church.

We’ll have the water ceremony while the children and youth are in with us and then sing them out to their summer fun activity — preparing a salad bar lunch for the church in celebration of Lughnasadh (the beginning of the harvest season in the Druid tradition) with help from Kevin Henry and friends.

This is Green Bag Sunday for Noel UMC Food Pantry.  This month, they need canned green beans (15 oz.) and packaged side dishes such as mac and cheese, Rice-a-Roni or Zatarain’s side dishes.

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28 July 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (28 July 2019) at 11:00 AM for “After Apologies, Then What?” by Claudia Harris.

We are delighted to welcome counselor and All Souls member Claudia Harris back to our pulpit as she explores the interplay between apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

This is Give Away the Plate Sunday, and our recipient this month is the 2019 North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival sponsored by PACE.  All Souls is proud to be a co-sponsor of the festival and this Sunday’s non-pledge collection will go toward our sponsorship.

Our summer fun activity for this Sunday is making and racing little cars with Amanda Lawrence.

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21 July 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (21 July 2019) at 11:00 AM for “There is Love More Powerful than Differences or Fears in its Claim on Our Hearts” by Judy Cantil and Bishop Shaun Cooper.

While religions may differ in their metaphysical views, religious and secular views converge in the realm of compassion and ethics.

Join Judy and her friend Bishop Shaun for this joyful service full of music and life in celebration of bridging differences in these polarizing times.

Our summer fun activity for this Sunday is water balloon painting with Leigh Anne and Joshua Chambers.

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14 July 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (14 July 2019) at 11:00 AM for “When Lady Liberty Weeps” by Dr. Pamela McPherson.

Dr. Pamela McPherson is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Shreveport, Louisiana.  She has been recognized for her role as a whistle-blower regarding the care and conditions at the immigration detention facilities and has seen firsthand the state of the facilities and people housed there.

We are thrilled to have her at All Souls as our guest speaker this Sunday.

Her presentation is called “When Lady Liberty Weeps” and will include video.

Our summer fun for this Sunday will be “How to Read Music” with Ash McLain and Kevin Henry.  And for the not-as-musically-interested — “Jewelry Making” with Georgia Morgan.

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7 July 2019 Worship Service and Summer Fun for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (7 July 2019) at 11:00 AM for “The Myth of Self-Sufficiency” by Susan Caldwell (All Souls Director of Lifespan Religious Education).

If we all “get by with a little help from our friends,” then why do we set the highest standards of autonomy for those with the fewest resources?

How does the myth distort our reading of history and how do we hurt ourselves and our communities when we attempt to “go it alone” and demand the same of others?

Our summer fun activity for children and youth this Sunday will be “Building an Edible Campfire” with Betty Parent and Kevin Henry (who will teach the basics of fire-building in a novel and non-flammable way),

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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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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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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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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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