October 2020 Events

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Young Souls Virtual Check-In, Sundays, 11:45 am (right after the live All Souls service)  

Are you new to Young Souls or a seasoned member? Either way, please join us for a weekly check-in call via zoom! Please see the listserv for the zoom link. We are also looking for facilitators for the call. If interested, sign up here. Questions? Please contact Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com.

Young Souls Quarantine Cookbook

Get your chef hat on and your oven mitts ready, because it’s time to start cooking! With more people cooking at home during the pandemic, we thought it would be fun to exchange recipes by making a Young Souls Quarantine Cookbook! Send in 1 or 2 recipes and include a short blurb about how you found this recipe or why you chose that one to share. Email your recipes to Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com by Friday, October 16th. 

It’s time for Round #4 of the Young Souls Phone Tree!

Are you retro-chic or getting Zoom-ed out? Is your ‘Zoom shirt’ routine a bit stale? Sign up for Round #4 the Young Souls Phone Tree! As we continue to be physically separate, it’s important now more than ever to continue to keep up our connections with our (new and old) friends in Young Souls. The Young Souls Phone Tree is a one-time 15 minute (or longer) check-in phone call where we can have a one-on-one conversation with another person in Young Souls. So far, over 40 Young Souls have participated! Sign up here by Friday, October 9th, and you’ll receive a phone call shortly after. Questions? E-mail Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com.

Young Souls October Virtual Circle Suppers and Hangouts – Physically Separate, But Socially Together Sign up here!

Wanna watch a movie? Maybe bake some cookies with friends while catching up on each other’s lives? Well, you’re in luck. We are hosting these activities and more using the magic of Zoom.

Other examples include virtual circle suppers, book discussions, and more. More events are trickling in, so please check the sign up page a couple times this month for updates.

Socially-distanced and Totally Fun Events Coming Your Way – check it out!

We listened to your feedback and have decided to host some sweet in-person events for     October. We are playing it safe by hosting outdoors BYOB hangouts and brunches. New YS folx are encouraged to participate.

Want to host your own virtual or outdoor thang-a-majang? 

Wanna host a virtual or socially-distanced event?! Read this ideas document and sign up directly as a host on the Events Spreadsheet. Questions or need some resources? Email Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com

Vespers, Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30 pm

All Souls is hosting a virtual vespers service next Wednesday. What is a vesper, you ask? Well, at All Souls it is a worship service modeled after the traditional Taizé worship service, which uses silence, scripture, prayer, and repetitive singing of short chants and rounds to quiet the mind and promote deep meditation. Come with an open mind and leave with a greater sense of peace. More info can be found here.

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For more information about Young Souls, visit our blog: https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/ 

SEPTEMBER 2020 EVENTS

Young Souls September 2020 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar

If you’d like to organize a Young Souls event, send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com

Young Souls Phone Tree – Round #3

It’s time for Round #3 of the Young Souls Phone Tree! Over 30 people participated in the first two rounds, and now it’s time to do it again! This is a great way to stay in touch with your (new and old) friends in the Young Souls community without adding to your Zoom fatigue. Sign up here by Tuesday, Sept. 8th. Questions? Email Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com.

Young Souls Caring Cards

Sign up here for Young Souls Caring Cards! It’s important to be creative about how we stay in touch as we continue our physical distancing. So writing letters to each other is a fun way to keep up our connections within the Young Souls community and say “I’m thinking of you.” Everyone is welcome to participate. If you’re new, this is a great opportunity to connect with others in Young Souls. If you have temporarily or permanently moved away from the DC area, you’re also welcome to participate. Sign up by Wednesday, Sept. 9th. Questions? Email Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com.

Young Souls Virtual Check-In, Sundays, 1:00pm 

Are you new to Young Souls or a seasoned member? Either way, please join us for a weekly check-in call via zoom! Please see the listserv for the zoom link. We are also looking for facilitators for the call. If interested, sign up here. Questions? Please contact Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com.

Young Souls September Virtual Circle Suppers and Hangouts – Physically Separate, But Socially Together Sign up here!

Wanna watch a movie? Maybe bake some cookies with friends while catching up on each other’s lives? Well, you’re in luck. We are hosting these activities and more using the magic of Zoom.

Other examples include virtual circle suppers, book discussions, and theology pub night. More events are trickling in, so please check the sign up page a couple times this month for updates.

Developing a security policy at All Souls- please complete the survey!

The Security Committee is in the initial phases of developing a security policy that will encompass the physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being of the All Souls community. This survey will provide a platform for information gathering and to express interest in getting involved. Your voice is very important to the creation of a policy that will support a safe and welcoming space for everyone when we gather again. Learn more about the Security Committee.

Socially-distanced and Totally Fun Events Coming Your Way – check it out!

We listened to your feedback and have decided to host some sweet in-person events for     September. We are playing it safe by hosting outdoors BYOB hangouts and brunches. New YS folx are encouraged to participate.

Want to host your own virtual or outdoor thang-a-majang? 

Wanna host a virtual or socially-distanced event?! Read this ideas document and sign up directly as a host on the Events Spreadsheet. Questions or need some resources? Email Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com

Vespers, Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30 pm

All Souls is hosting a virtual vespers service next Wednesday. What is a vesper, you ask? Well, at All Souls it is a worship service modeled after the traditional Taizé worship service, which uses silence, scripture, prayer, and repetitive singing of short chants and rounds to quiet the mind and promote deep meditation. Come with an open mind and leave with a greater sense of peace. More info can be found here.

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For more information about Young Souls, visit our blog: https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/ 

August 2020 Events

Young Souls August 2020 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar

If you’d like to organize a Young Souls event, send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com

Young Souls Virtual Check-In, Sundays, 1:00pm 

Are you new to Young Souls or a seasoned member? Either way, please join us for a weekly check-in call via zoom! Please see the listserv for the zoom link. We are also looking for facilitators for the call. If interested, sign up here. Questions? Please contact Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com.

Young Souls August Virtual Circle Suppers and Hangouts – Physically Separate, But Socially Together Sign up here!

Woo wee, it’s hotter’n a blister bug in a pepper patch. Don’t let that get you down, though. We are continuing to host some fun events virtually and in-person and would love for you all to join!

Some examples include virtual circle suppers, book discussions, and baking something of your choosing. More events are trickling in, so please check the sign up page a couple times this month for updates.

Socially-distanced and Totally Fun Events Coming Your Way – check it out!

We listened to your feedback and have decided to host some sweet in-person events for     August. These events include bike rides and chilling in the park near Cardozo. We would love to see your smiling faces. 

Here are the deets for the park hangout: 

Chill in the Park, Columbia Heights, Friday, August 7th at 7:00PM

Let’s hang IRL! We’ll be hanging out socially distanced and masked up. I’m going to try to borrow a speaker so we can have some jams, and feel free to bring snacks! Might play some games. Sign up here! Questions? Contact Tricia at pebusch07@gmail.com.

Want to host your own virtual or outdoor thang-a-majang? 

Wanna host a virtual or socially-distanced event?! Read this ideas document and sign up directly as a host on the Events Spreadsheet. Questions or need some resources? Email Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com

Join the All Souls New Racial Justice Action Group 

The All Souls Social Justice Ministry is forming a new group focused on external racial justice work. With the working name “Racial Justice Action,” the new effort will partner with organizations in DC leading in areas like Defund the Police, Covid response, Cancel the Rent, and Reparations. We will educate ourselves and the congregation on these issues, center the voices and leadership of impacted communities, work collaboratively with other groups at All Souls, take action with other partner organizations, and collectively reflect on our work. Racial Justice Action will host its first congregation-wide meeting to share information, brainstorm, and begin planning for how this group takes shape. Join us on Sunday, August 9, 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Please RSVP here if you are interested in getting involved, whether or not you can attend the meeting! We’ll be in touch either way.

Vespers, Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30 pm

All Souls is hosting a virtual vespers service next Wednesday. What is a vesper, you ask? Well, at All Souls it is a worship service modeled after the traditional Taizé worship service, which uses silence, scripture, prayer, and repetitive singing of short chants and rounds to quiet the mind and promote deep meditation. Come with an open mind and leave with a greater sense of peace. More info can be found here.

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For more information about Young Souls, visit our blog: https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/ 

2020 July Events

Young Souls July 2020 Events

If you’d like to organize a Young Souls event, send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com

It’s time for Round #2 of the Young Souls Phone Tree 

Are you retro chic or getting Zoom-ed out? Is your ‘Zoom shirt’ routine a bit stale? Sign up for the YS Phone Tree! As we continue to be physically separate, it’s important now more than ever to continue to keep up our connections with our (new and old) friends in Young Souls. The Young Souls Phone Tree is a one-time 15 minute (or longer) check-in phone call where we can have a one-on-one conversation with another person in Young Souls. Sign up by Wednesday July 8th, and you’ll receive a phone call shortly after. Questions? E-mail Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com. 

Young Souls Virtual Check-In, Sundays, 1:00pm 

Join us for a weekly check-in call via zoom! Please see the listserv for the zoom link. We are also looking for facilitators for the call. If interested, sign up here. Questions? Please contact Jaya at juppal09@gmail.com.

Young Souls July Virtual Circle Suppers and Hangouts – Physically Separate, But Socially Together Sign up here!

Y’all, COVID is rearing its head. Let’s make it a bit easier by hanging out virtually. Whether it’s cooking/baking together, having dinner and watching funny videos online, playing board games, chatting about a book or podcast, or doing something else, let’s find solace on one another during this difficult and stressful time. Sign up here.

Also, we’d like to do a temp check on whether folks want to hangout IRL, while being socially distanced. Therefore, we are asking for your feedback on the planning of future Young Souls events during this COVID-19 period. 

Would you be able to fill out this quick google survey by Saturday, July 11? For July, we plan on hosting a combination of virtual and in-person (socially-distanced, outdoor, and masks required) events. 

If you have any questions or are interested in hosting a July/August in-person or virtual event, please fill out the survey and/or contact the board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com.

Want to host your own virtual thang-a-majang? 

Join me in adding a fun activity. Read this ideas document and sign up directly as a host on the Virtual Thang Spreadsheet. Questions or need some resources? Email Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com

For more information about Young Souls, visit our blog: https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/ 

Announcing the 2020-2021 Young Souls Board

Hi Young Souls, 
These are the 2020-2021 election results. We appreciate that many of you took the time to vote in this election. Please join the outgoing and incoming board this Saturday, June 20th at 8pm for a Virtual end of year party! We also welcome you to submit song requests for the dance party!
Best,

Claire 


Zach Morrice, President: 

Kat Donovan, Vice President

Sweta Haldar, Social Justice Co-Chair:

Jaya Uppal, Social Justice Co-Chair: 

Steph Shelton, Communications ChairNatasha Riveron, Spiritual Chair 

Tricia Busch, Social Co-Chair

Matt Kreiger, Social Co-Chair:

Robi Rahman, Welcoming and Membership Chair:

Young Souls Election 2020-2021

Hi friends,


I hope you’ve all been faring okay in quarantine, and that you’re safe and healthy and starting to enjoy the warmer weather! Though to me it feels like life is paused, here we are at the end of May – time for the Young Souls board to turn over as we move into the 2020-2021 board cycle. 
There will be nine positions on this year’s board: President, Vice President, two Social Justice Co-Chairs, two Social Co-Chairs, Communications Chair, Spiritual Chair, and Membership & Welcoming Chair. All voting will be done through this Google form and must be completed by the end of the day on Sunday, May 31. We encourage all members of the Young Souls community to vote!


The incoming board will take over from the current board in June, and in keeping with Young Souls tradition we’ll celebrate this transition at the End of the Year Party! Look out for an email with more details about that, coming soon. 
If you have any questions about the election process, please feel free to reach out to the board. 
Missing you all and wishing you a happy Memorial Day weekend,

Abby

May 2020 Events

Young Souls May 2020 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar

If you’d like to organize a Young Souls event, send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com

Young Souls Virtual Check-In, Sundays, 1:00pm 

Join us for a weekly check-in call via zoom! Please see the listserv for the zoom link. We are also looking for facilitators for the call. If interested, sign up here. Questions? Please contact Jaya at juppal09@gmail.com.

Young Souls May Virtual Hangouts – Physically Separate, But Socially Together Sign up here!

These are wonderful events for Young Souls to meet and do a fun virtual activity in a smaller setting. Last month we baked together, played fun games, had meaningful conversations, chatted about podcasts — all while staying physically separate! Let’s find solace in one another during this difficult and stressful time. Sign up here to attend and/or host!

Want to host? Read this ideas document and sign up directly as a host on the Virtual Hangouts Spreadsheet. Questions or need some resources? Email Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com

Spiritual Discussion Meeting – Thursday, May 14th at 7pm

COVID-19 is creating a challenging time for us all in similar and different ways. What’s feeling supportive during this time? Come to share, discuss, and learn from others about what’s nourishing our minds, bodies, and spirits! Zoom information to follow. Questions? Contact Lena at lenaec@ymail.com

Young Souls Mutual Aid Sign-up Form 

The purpose of this form is to collect contact information from individuals in Young Souls who are available to provide mutual aid to people in the All Souls community and in adjacent communities in need. Right now, an expressed need from many older church goers has been help setting up Zoom. But there are other needs right now, and we expect a variety of needs to surface over the coming months. We appreciate your generosity.  Questions? Contact Jeremy at jeremy.m.neff@gmail.com

Write Letters to Local Hospitals

Let’s write letters of support to healthcare professionals at local hospitals during this time. These can include drawings, poems, or anything creative on a piece of paper that tell the doctors, nurses, etc. that we are so thankful for their courage during this time and we appreciate everything that they’re doing. If you have a specific hospital you’d like to send these to, please call ahead for details on how to send. I was able to call my local hospital for information, so if you’d like to send these to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD, here’s the address to send to: Sarah Walker, Volunteer Services Department, 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. 

Sarah said there are about 100 different departments in the hospital and she can distribute throughout. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com. Let’s start writing!

Make Masks for Local Hospitals – ‘A Mask is Better Than No Mask’

In addition to letters of thanks, hospitals around the country desperately need masks. Let’s make some for those in our area to protect the workers who are protecting us. Please visit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DAkx_mR2eSs64sGLtBBJ9Hi0oaeuHUVa?fbclid=IwAR0AKEHxF-GkBo5JgWns_rB_d4dLyPAzrMaFHZvywrOVekbFx-EOsXZO6d4 to download steps on how to make fabric masks at home.For more information about Young Souls, visit our blog: https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/

April 2020 Events

Young Souls April 2020 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar

If you’d like to organize a Young Souls event, send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com

Young Souls Virtual Check-In, Sundays, 1:00pm 

Join us for a weekly check-in call via zoom! Please see the listserv for the zoom link. We are also looking for facilitators for the call. If interested, sign up here. Questions? Please contact Jaya at juppal09@gmail.com.

Young Souls April Virtual Circle Suppers and Hangouts – Physically Separate, But Socially Together Sign up here!

These are wonderful events for Young Souls to meet and do a fun virtual activity in a smaller setting. Whether it’s cooking/baking together, having dinner and watching funny videos online, playing board games, chatting about a book or podcast, or doing something else, let’s find solace on one another during this difficult and stressful time. Sign up here. (The podcast/book conversations have been added to this spreadsheet to consolidate.)

Want to host a Virtual Circle Supper or Hangout? Read this ideas document and sign up directly as a host on the Virtual Circle Suppers Spreadsheet. Questions or need some resources? Email Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com

Young Souls Mutual Aid Sign-up Form 

The purpose of this form is to collect contact information from individuals in Young Souls who are available to provide mutual aid to people in the All Souls community and in adjacent communities in need. Right now, an expressed need from many older church goers has been help setting up Zoom. But there are other needs right now, and we expect a variety of needs to surface over the coming months. We appreciate your generosity.  Questions? Contact Jeremy Neff at jeremy.m.neff@gmail.com

Young Souls Board Elections! 

Its that time of year again, where we look for new people to serve in the Young Souls board. Want to know more about what its like to be on the board? Please keep an eye on the listserv for an information about an information session and application deadlines. Questions? Contact Abby at abigail.jones313@gmail.com 

Write Letters to Local Hospitals

Let’s write letters of support to healthcare professionals at local hospitals during this time. These can include drawings, poems, or anything creative on a piece of paper that tell the doctors, nurses, etc. that we are so thankful for their courage during this time and we appreciate everything that they’re doing. If you have a specific hospital you’d like to send these to, please call ahead for details on how to send. I was able to call my local hospital for information, so if you’d like to send these to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD, here’s the info:

Letters should be generic for all medical staff and they cannot be religious in any nature. Write the letters only on new paper. If you’d like to sign your name on the card, just write your name, but do not write “All Souls Church.” Send the letters to Sarah Walker, Volunteer Services Department, 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. 

If you have any questions about this project, please contact me, Justine Rothbart, at justine.rothbart@gmail.com. Sarah said there are about 100 different departments in the hospital and she can distribute throughout. Let me know if you have any questions. Let’s start writing!

Make Masks for Local Hospitals – ‘A Mask is Better Than No Mask’

In addition to letters of thanks, hospitals around the country desperately need masks. Let’s make some for those in our area to protect the workers who are protecting us. Please visit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DAkx_mR2eSs64sGLtBBJ9Hi0oaeuHUVa?fbclid=IwAR0AKEHxF-GkBo5JgWns_rB_d4dLyPAzrMaFHZvywrOVekbFx-EOsXZO6d4 to download steps on how to make fabric masks at home.For more information about Young Souls, visit our blog: https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/

Corona virus update from Rev. Rob

The following email was sent from Rev. Rob and Traci Hughes, Executive Director on March 12th.

Dear All Souls, 

As we contend with an ever-evolving response to COVID19, our primary objective is to take care of one another and the larger community. As you may be aware, the Mayor of the District of Columbia yesterday declared a state of emergency and a public health emergency. The DC Department of Health recommends that non-essential mass gatherings, including conferences and conventions be postponed or cancelled through March 31. The Unitarian Universalist Association now advises that churches cancel all gatherings of 25 people or more. What is most critical at this time is that we all do our part to help stem the spread of COVID19. It is with the health and safety of our staff, congregation, loved ones, and the larger community in mind that we have made the decision to close the church building and hold worship online through the end of the monthWe want to reassure you that the ministry of the church will continue during the building closure and that your church is here for you during this uncertain timeOnline worship – The staff is developing an intimate, online worship experience to share with you on Sunday morning. By 9:00 am this Sunday you will receive an email with a link to a pre-recorded worship experience led by Rev. Rob Hardies, Rev. Tony Coleman, Jen Hayman, and Rochelle Rice. You may also access this worship experience through the church’s Facebook page. Worship experiences will be provided online every Sunday the church building is closed. 

Congregational care and support – Our congregational care team is ready is ready and willing to help. If you are in need of pastoral or spiritual care, please reach out to our Minister of Congregational Care, Rev. Tony Coleman (tcoleman@allsouls.ws); our chaplain Christin Green (cgreen@allsouls.ws); Rev. Rob Keithan (rkeithan@allsouls.ws); or me (rhardies@allsouls.ws). Furthermore, the congregational care team will be creating opportunities for congregants to connect through Zoom in order to check-in and support one another. We’ll be sending you more details about these online support groups next week. Religious education for children and youth – Dolores Miller and James Ploeser will soon send an email updating families and teachers about interim solutions for our RE program. 

Church meetings and business – Because the church building will be closed through March 31, we encourage you to convene church committees, affinity groups, and classes via Zoom or another online platform. Please contact your committee chair or group leader about meeting information. To gain access to a church Zoom account for your meeting, please contact Executive Director Traci Hughes (executivedirector@allsouls.ws). Finally, just as your church will be here for you, we ask that you please be here for the church. Our full-time staff will be working throughout the building closure, and we will also pay our part-time hourly employees through the closure. Your generous support of the church will keep our community strong through this difficult time. You can make a contribution online or by texting ‘ascu’ to 73256 and following the directions. You can let us know how you plan to support the church in FY 2020-21 by filling out this commitment card. Friends, trust and believe that we will get through this together. Thank you for your care for one another and for our congregation. 

Love,

Rev Rob and Traci

Young Souls March Events

Young Souls March 2020 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar

If you’d like to organize a Young Souls event, send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com

Young Souls March Circle Suppers – Sign up here! 

Circle Suppers are back! These are wonderful events for newcomers to meet fellow Young Souls in smaller settings. Sign up for March Circle Suppers here. Check out Circle Supper photos on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook.

Friday, March 6th: 7:00pm-Young Souls Potluck

Join us for our monthly Young Souls potluck! Potlucks are held at a home of one of our members, and they are great events for newcomers. Hosted by Ben Whelan-Morin, see the listserv for the address.  Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. RSVP on Facebook. Questions? Contact Matt at  Mattkriegervii@gmail.com.

Sunday, March 8, 1:00 pm – Young Souls Hike

Join us for our monthly hiking event! We will meet at Pierce Hall at the conclusion of the 11:15 service. We will go to Rock Creek Park’s Western Ridge Trail and end at Astrolabe Brewing Co. Please drive if you can! Trail info here and driving directions here.  Questions? Please contact Emily at Emilypolvado@gmail.com. RSVP on Facebook.

Wednesday, March 11th 5:30-7:30pm- Young Souls Happy Hour 

Join us for our monthly happy hour! This is an excellent opportunity for newcomers to meet other young souls. We will meet at Local 16, 1602 U St. NW.. RSVP on Facebook. Questions? Contact Matt at Mattkriegervii@gmail.com.  

Invitation to join the Young Souls BIPOC Caucus

The YS BIPOC Caucus was founded early in 2018, in recognition of the need for a Young Soul BIPOC space. They are currently opening the group to new YS BIPOC members! The caucus is a chance for people of color in our community to gather for fun activities (dinner parties, game nights, book circles etc.) or more serious conversations (discussions on making All Souls an inclusive and affirming space etc.). If you are interested in joining, email Alice (alicekurimanewberry@gmail.com), a founding member of the caucus and former YS Social Justice Chair, if you have any questions!

Sunday, March 15th, 1:00pm – Young Souls Brunch

Brunch is an excellent event to attend if you are new. Meet at the back door of Pierce Hall and we’ll walk to a nearby brunch spot together.  RSVP on Facebook. Questions? Contact Matt at Mattkriegervii@gmail.com.  

Saturday March 21st, 7:00-10:00 pm Young Souls Attend the Suffragist Ball! 

All Souls Church is hosting a Suffragist Ball in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. Let’s attend together! Get your ticket here and RSVP on Facebook. There will be dancing and fun, you don’t want to miss out. Questions? Contact Claire at claire.adrian.tucci@gmail.com

__________________________________________________For more information about Young Souls, visit our blog: https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/