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Sign Up for Young Souls July Circle Suppers!

Sign Up for Young Souls July Circle Suppers!

Young Souls July Circle Suppers – Sign up here!

Circle Suppers are back! In July we have 7 wonderful Young Souls hosting Circle Suppers in their home or at a restaurant. These are great events for newcomers to meet other Young Souls in smaller settings.

Sign up here to attend a Young Souls Circle Supper! Take a look at photos from previous Circle Suppers on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. If you have any questions, let Justine know! Have a great time : )

Young Souls July Events!

(Check the monthly email for contact information for events) 

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Young Souls July 2017 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar.

Would you like to organize a Young Souls event? Send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com.

Tuesday, July 4th, 4pm – Young Souls watch 4th of July Fireworks!!

Fireworks are fun to watch, and even more fun to watch with a group of friends. This event is in its very beginning phases of planning/development, so please stay tuned to this event for developments as they happen. Also, any venue suggestions are more than welcome. The long and short of it is: Fireworks are pretty, and Young Souls are awesome. So let’s combine these things for a pretty awesome July Fourth celebration! RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact Tiffany Jolliff.

Friday, July 7th, 7pm – Young Souls July Potluck

Join us for our monthly Young Souls potluck! Potlucks are held at a home of one of our members and is a great event for newcomers. Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. RSVP on Facebook here. Location: We’re still looking for a potluck location! Contact Claire if you’d like to host the July potluck. Visit the Young Souls Blog to see photos of previous potlucks. Please contact Claire with any questions!

Sunday, July 9th, 12 – 3pm – Joining All Souls

Interested in becoming a member of All Souls? The next session will be held on Sunday July 9th at 12:00. This session, offered several times throughout the year, provides prospective members with the opportunity to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, All Souls Church, and what being a member means. At the end, they may sign the Membership Book, make their pledge of financial contribution, and have their picture taken for the member directory. Click here to register. Location: Eaton Room, All Souls.

Wednesday, July 12th, 5:30pm – Young Souls Happy Hour

Join us for our monthly happy hour! This is an excellent event for newcomers to attend and meet other Young Souls. Local 16 donates 10% of our checks back to All Souls. Location: Local 16 (1602 U St. NW). RSVP on Facebook here. There will be no Vespers service in July or August. Questions? Contact Claire.

Sunday, July 16th, 12pm – Young Souls July Brunch

Join us on Sunday July 16th at 12pm for our monthly Young Souls brunch! We’ll meet in Pierce Hall after the service and walk over as a group to brunch. Location: Lou’s City Bar (1400 Irving St NW). RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact Claire.

Wednesday- July 19th, 6:30pm- Young Souls 7 Principles Discussion Group

Have you ever wanted to know more about the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism? Every third Wednesday of the month we will gather to discuss these 7 basic tenants of the Unitarian Universalist faith. We’ll talk about the actual language of the principle, historical UU perspectives, and our own experiences in relation to the month’s principle. On Wednesday, July 19th, our inaugural meeting will cover the First Principle: “The Inherent worth and dignity of every person.” Snacks, friendship, and a backup location in case of weather will all be provided. All are welcome, and those who are either new to the community or excited about the faith are especially encouraged to come. Bring your curiosity and join us as we delve into this intentional exploration of UU beliefs! Location: Meridian Hill Park, meet at the Joan of Arc statue. If needed, a rain location will be posted on the Facebook group and sent to the Young Souls listserv. RSVP on Facebook here. Contact Nick Ford for more details or with any questions!

Thursday- July 27th, 6:30 PM Square Dance Lessons!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to square dance? Ever heard of square dancing? Well if you like moving to old-time fiddle and banjo music, come on down to the All Souls gymnasium at 6:30 PM, July 27th and learn the basics of square dancing! You may have been to the St. Stephen’s Church monthly square dance, and if you’ve enjoyed that, you’ll definitely enjoy learning some of the tips and tricks of the square dancing trade! No experience is necessary, no formal dress, just come as you are and enjoy learning some fun moves and figures! The event will be open to the greater All Souls community, is appropriate for all ages, and will be included in the church bulletin, so feel free to invite families, friends, parents, or even your grandparents! Snacks and water will be provided. RSVP on Facebook here. Location: All Souls gymnasium. Contact Nick Ford for more details or any questions!

Friday- July 28th, 6:30pm – Young Souls Social Justice Task Force Meeting & Discussion

Get to learn from one another and become part of a community that #resists injustice! We’ll be working on generating just allyship, understanding capacity by adding ways into the community, and working on broadening our understandings of privilege while also learning and friending! All are welcome! We’ll be continuing safe space practices. Contact Alice Kurima Newberry if you’re interested.

Young Souls July Circle Suppers – Sign up here!

Circle Suppers are back! In July we have 7 wonderful Young Souls opening up their homes or going to a restaurant for a Young Souls Circle Supper. These are great events for newcomers to meet other Young Souls in smaller settings. Sign up here to attend a Young Souls Circle Supper! Take a look at photos from previous Circle Suppers on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. Questions? Contact Justine.

Classic Movie Mondays

Watch a critically acclaimed film. Popcorn and a movie inspired cocktail will be served. Showtime is at 7:30pm. Co-hosted with Souls in the Center. Contact Reeve for more information. Want to learn more about Classic Movie Mondays? Check out this blog post!

Thursdays – Young Souls Book Club

In July the Young Souls Book Club will read Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. “The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.” YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.

Interested in joining Rainbow Souls?

Rainbow Souls is a group of LGBTQIA2S+ people and allies that are a part of the All Souls community. The Rainbow Souls group meets on the third Sunday of the month. During the summer, we meet after service at 11:45 in the Tupper Room. Right now, we are looking for folks that are willing to help serve as group coordinators and in other leadership roles. If you’re interested, please contact: David Thurston, David Corsar, or Hayden Mora. Join the Rainbow Souls Facebook group here.

Interested in joining Souls in the Center?

Souls in the Center is a fellowship of members and friends of All Souls from ages thirty to fifty-something who look to celebrate and strengthen the beloved community with activities of all types. Click here to join the listserv. Click here to join the Facebook group. Click here to add the Google Calendar. Questions? Contact Souls in the Center Leadership at souls-in-the-center-leadership@googlegroups.com.

May Circle Suppers

May Circle Suppers were a success! We had over 50 Young Souls attend 10 different Circle Suppers. The dinners were hosted in several neighborhoods, from Silver Spring to Capitol Hill. Ten Young Souls opened their homes (or went to a restaurant) to share a dinner with new and old friends. Some groups were as small as three and as large as seven. It was a great way to spend time with fellow Young Souls in a smaller setting. Since this was so much fun, we’ll be having Young Souls Circle Suppers again every other month. The next month is July! Interested in hosting a Circle Supper in July? Contact YS Communications Chair, Justine Rothbart (contact information in monthly email). Once we have a list of hosts, keep an eye out on the listserv for more information about how to sign up to attend. Take a look at more Circle Supper photos on Facebook!

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End of Year Party and New Young Souls Board!

Meet? Check.
Take a photo? Check.
Celebrate? Incomplete…

Help us get off to a great start at the Young Souls End of the Year Party! We will be welcoming the new board and sending out the old one in style!

This Friday! June 9th, 7pm
(Check the YS listserv for address)
RSVP on Facebook here

Thank You from 2016-2017 Young Souls Board

Hi Young Souls family,

On behalf of your 2016 – 2017 Young Souls Board, we thank you for letting us serve this wonderful community during an especially interesting, strange, difficult, and beautiful year. We’ve been so lucky to witness and take part in supporting and organizing this space. We loved getting to know some of you better, and we cherish our deeper connections within the Young Souls family. Throughout the year, we’ve hoped to strengthen this community by creating new opportunities for friendship, learning, and meaningful discussions.

With respect to the patterns of change, we’re excited to pass this service on to a wonderful set of new folks (and some beloved old ones!) who will be your next Young Souls Board of 2017-2018. They will be introduced to you at the June potluck/annual end-of-year celebration on Friday, June 9th at 7pm. We hope to see you there!

Thank you all for all you do for our community.

Love,

Young Souls Board 2016-2017

 

Young Souls June Events!

(Check the monthly email for contact information for events) 

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Young Souls June 2017 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar.

Would you like to organize a Young Souls event? Send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com.

New 2017 – 2018 Young Souls Board Members

Congratulations to the new Young Souls Board Members: Alice Goldberg (President), Constance Paige (Vice President), Justine Rothbart (Communications Chair), Alice Kurima Newberry (Social Justice Chair), Claire Adrian-Tucci (Social Chair), Nick Ford (Spiritual Chair), and Daniel Martin (Membership and Welcoming Chair). New board members will be officially welcomed at the end-of-year party on June 9th!

 

All Souls Summer Service Schedule

Just a reminder about the All Souls summer service schedule: Summer services will take place at 10:15 am only between Memorial and Labor Days. For more information about All Souls services, visit: http://all-souls.org/.

 

June 2nd – 4th – Weekend on the Bay 2017 – Registration Closes Saturday May 20th!

Join the All Souls congregation for a weekend getaway at Camp Tockwogh (about two hours from DC on the Eastern Shore). There will be activities for infants through Silver Souls: campfires, workshops, vespers, a talent show, water sports, archery, hiking, gaga ball, and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beautiful setting. This will be a great way for Young Souls to spend time with people of all ages from the All Souls community. Register today! Online registration for Weekend on the Bay is open at www.all-souls.org/wob-2017. Registration closes Saturday May 20th!

 

Saturday, June 3rd, 11am-2pm – March for Truth DC

Bring your signs, chants, and (if applicable) bucket drums! For those in town, we’ll be marching to voice our support for an open investigation of the current administration with 90 sister marches across the country. Check out the Young Souls meetup page here for details, check out the location based Facebook page here for the general march, and check out the website for the march here. Questions? Comments? Email Alice.

 

Friday, June 9th, 7pm – Young Souls end-of-year party!

Join us on Friday, June 9th, at 7pm as we celebrate the end of the year and welcome the new Young Souls board members! Please bring food and drinks to share. Potlucks are held at a home of one of our members and is a great event for newcomers. Location: check the monthly email on the listserv. RSVP on Facebook here. For more information, contact YS Board President, Ben Whelan-Morin.

 

Saturday, June 10th, 10am – 1pm – Reeb Voting Rights Project – Registering Virginia Voters

Help register Virginia voters so that all have a voice in choosing their leaders! This November, Virginians elect a new governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and all 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates. Primaries are in June. Join us for three hours on Saturday June 10th with the progressive non-partisan group New Virginia Majority (newvirginiamajority.org). No prior experience is required, and we’ll get a brief training before heading out. Register here.We’ll meet at 10:00 am at 3801 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, and finish by 1:00 pm. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a water bottle and maybe a snack. Contact ASCVotingRights@gmail.com with any questions. Check out more info about the All Souls Reeb Voting Rights Project here.

 

The Reeb Project Virginia Subgroup is meeting this Sunday May 21st after second service at All Souls. If you’re interested in planning voter registration ahead of upcoming VA elections, here’s your chance! Contact ASCVotingRights@gmail.com or Bill Kane with any questions.

 

Sunday, June 11th, 12pm – Young Souls Ideation Discussion on Safe Spaces

Is Young Souls upholding its commitment to be a safe space? Does our safe spaces statement adequately reflect the needs of our populations and ensure that we are always an inclusive and welcoming space? How does the statement impact the way that we use our listserv for communications? Join us to share your thoughts and also to hear from Jessica Raven, Executive Director of the DC Collective Action for Safe Spaces to help us improve our ability to provide a safe space for all. This is your in-person opportunity to provide to provide feedback and help revise our official Young Souls Safe and Transformative Space Statement and our Listserv Use Guideline. These statements will be available online for review and comment from folks unable to attend the in-person meeting. As usual, the first half will focus on the theme, and we will open up the second half for any other ideas to be put on the table. RSVP on Facebook here. For more information, you can email Ben Whelan-Morin and Alice Goldberg, outgoing and incoming YS Board Presidents.

 

Sunday, June 11th-27th – Open Comment Period for Safe & Transformative Space Statement + Young Souls Listserv Guidelines

There will be a release period where we will send the products from the Ideation event (above) to the listserv along with a google survey for comments and critiques. If you were not able to make it to the event on June 11th, the comment period and the final meeting on June 27th are your opportunity to share your thoughts about both statements. Please email the board if you have any questions at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com.

 

Wednesday, June 14th, 5:30pm – Young Souls Happy Hour

Join us for our monthly happy hour! This is an excellent event for newcomers to attend and meet other Young Souls. Local 16 donates 10% of our checks back to All Souls. Location: Local 16 (1602 U St. NW). RSVP on Facebook here. For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers after the happy hour. Questions? Contact the (new) YS Social Chair, Claire Adrian-Tucci.

 

Thursday, June 22nd, 7pm – Young Souls Social Justice Task Force Meeting & Discussion

Discuss, Plan, Implement, Resist. If you are scared or tired or worn out from injustices locally or globally come chat and organize with compassion! We’ll be working on generating actionable items, plugging into the community, and working on broadening understandings of privilege/decolonizing our minds/learning and friending! All are welcome! Contact Alice Kurima Newberry for details or to share your thoughts.

 

Sunday, June 25th, 12pm – Young Souls June Brunch

Join us on Sunday June 25th at 12pm for our monthly Young Souls brunch! We’ll meet in Pierce Hall after the service and walk over as a group to brunch. Location: Lou’s City Bar (1400 Irving St NW). RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact the (new) YS Social Chair, Claire Adrian-Tucci.

 

Tuesday June 27th, 7pm – Young Souls Follow Up Safe Space Discussion

Rev. Rebecca Parker will be moderating our final discussion before we put forward our Safe & Transformative Spaces Statement + our Young Souls Listserv Use Guidelines taking into consideration comments from the previous two weeks. Contact Alice Goldberg if you have any questions.

 

Classic Movie Mondays

Watch a critically acclaimed film. Popcorn and a movie inspired cocktail will be served. Showtime is at 7:30pm. Co-hosted with Souls in the Center. Contact Reeve for more information. Want to learn more about Classic Movie Mondays? Check out this blog post!

 

Thursdays – Young Souls Book Club

In June the Young Souls Book Club will read Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. “From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.” YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.

 

Young Souls July Circle Suppers – Looking for hosts!

In May we had ten Young Souls Circle Suppers! We cooked new recipes, tried new restaurants, and had great conversations! Thanks to the hosts for organizing dinners at a restaurant or at your home. Photos are on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. These Circle Suppers will take place every other month and we are now looking for hosts for the month of July! These are wonderful events for newcomers to meet fellow Young Souls in smaller settings. If you are interested in hosting in July, please contact YS Communications Chair, Justine Rothbart.

 

Sunday, July 9th, 12 – 3pm – Joining All Souls – Mark your calendar!

Interested in becoming a member of All Souls? Mark your calendar for the next session on Sunday July 9th at 12:00. This session, offered several times throughout the year, provides prospective members with the opportunity to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, All Souls Church, and what being a member means. At the end, they may sign the Membership Book, make their pledge of financial contribution, and have their picture taken for the member directory. Click here to register. Location: Eaton Room, All Souls.

 

Interested in joining Souls in the Center?

Souls in the Center is a fellowship of members and friends of All Souls from ages thirty to fifty-something who look to celebrate and strengthen the beloved community with activities of all types. Click here to join the listserv. Click here to join the Facebook group. Click here to add the Google Calendar. Questions? Contact Souls in the Center Leadership at souls-in-the-center-leadership@googlegroups.com.

All Souls Neighborhood #3: Meridian Mansions, aka The Envoy, enduring on 16th Street

Want to learn more about the history of the All Souls neighborhood? Check out this new series on the Young Souls Blog that features historic information about the surrounding area.

Meridian Mansions, aka The Envoy, enduring on 16th Street

By John DeFerrari

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Early photo of the Meridian Mansions, Library of Congress.

 

“The quietly elegant Envoy, originally opened in 1918 as Meridian Mansions, rises opposite Meridian Hill Park at 2400 16th Street, NW. James Goode tells us that the building was once “one of the truly great apartment houses in the nation’s capital.” Its survival and adaptation say much about the changes that have occurred in the city over its lifetime. They also highlight the unique role that great buildings like this can serve to bridge the gap between past and present tastes and needs.

The sprawling apartment complex was the brainchild of prolific developer Edgar S. Kennedy (1864-1953), a successful real estate mogul during the boom days of the early 1900s. Born in Virginia during the Civil War, Kennedy came to Washington as a young man and got involved in the building trade. He built blocks of rowhouses in several suburban communities that used to be part of Washington County, including Park View and Mount Pleasant. By the 1910s his brother William joined him, and the two set their sights on bigger projects; the first large apartment building they constructed was the Argyle, completed in 1913 at the corner of Park Road and Mount Pleasant Street NW and designed by Alexander H. Sonnemann (1872-1956), a Maryland-born architect who had been Edgar Kennedy’s long-time collaborator. In 1915, two years after finishing the Argyle, the Kennedy brothers arranged a deal with Dr. Zachariah T. Sowers, a prominent local physician, to acquire the undeveloped land he owned at 16th Street and Crescent Place NW in exchange for the Argyle. The Kennedys put Sonnemann immediately to work laying out floor plans for a large new luxury apartment building on the site.

At the time it was designed, the seven-story Meridian Mansions building was massively out of scale on Meridian Hill, an exclusive neighborhood of grand residences and embassies that had been carefully curated by powerful socialite Mary Foote Henderson (see our previous profile of her). Henderson’s “castle” loomed over the block just to the south of the Meridian Mansions site. According to architectural historian Kim Williams, Henderson was generally opposed to the construction of large apartment buildings on Meridian Hill because of their scale, and it seems likely she would have disapproved of the Kennedy project. In 1922, columnist Mayme Ober Peak interviewed Mary Henderson and asked her about Meridian Mansions. Mrs. Henderson told her that when she found she couldn’t prevent the building’s construction, she tried to get it to conform to her vision for Meridian Hill:

The corporation which built it was certainly very decent…. I was delighted at the opportunity of helping design an apartment house that could spread out instead of up, with ample facilities for sunlight and air. There wasn’t an apartment in Washington where an outdoor woman could live happily. I worked with Major [George Oakley] Totten in designing the suites in ells, each with the sunroom opening on a loggia. There is also a water garden on the roof. Ten senators live there now, and their personal interest and influence are worth a good deal to us up here [on Meridian Hill]...”

 

Continue reading the post on the Streets of Washington blog.

 

Streets of Washington, John DeFerrari, January 2017.

Upcoming Events

  • YS Book Club June 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm The Young Souls Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.
  • Classic Movie Mondays July 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Watch a critically acclaimed film. Popcorn and a movie inspired cocktail will be served. Showtime is at 7:30pm. Co-hosted with Souls in the Center. Contact Reeve for more information.
  • YS Book Club July 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm The Young Souls Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.
  • Young Souls July Potluck! July 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Join us for our monthly Young Souls potluck! Potlucks are held at a home of one of our members and is a great event for newcomers. Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. Location: We’re still looking for a potluck location! Contact Claire if you’d like to host the July potluck.
  • Classic Movie Mondays July 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Watch a critically acclaimed film. Popcorn and a movie inspired cocktail will be served. Showtime is at 7:30pm. Co-hosted with Souls in the Center. Contact Reeve for more information.
  • YS Happy Hour! July 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Local 16, 1602 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA Wednesday, July 12th, 5:30pm - Young Souls Happy Hour Join us for our monthly happy hour! This is an excellent event for newcomers to attend and meet other Young Souls. Local 16 donates 10% of our checks back to All Souls. Location: Local 16 (1602 U St. NW). There will be no Vespers service in…
  • YS Book Club July 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm The Young Souls Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.
  • YS Brunch July 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lou's City Bar, 1400 Irving St NW #111, Washington, DC 20010, USA Join us on Sunday July 16th at 12pm for our monthly Young Souls brunch! We’ll meet in Pierce Hall after the service and walk over as a group to brunch. Location: Lou’s City Bar (1400 Irving St NW). Questions? Contact Claire.
  • Classic Movie Mondays July 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Watch a critically acclaimed film. Popcorn and a movie inspired cocktail will be served. Showtime is at 7:30pm. Co-hosted with Souls in the Center. Contact Reeve for more information.
  • Young Souls 7 Principles Discussion July 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Meridian Hill Park, 2400 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA Have you ever wanted to know more about the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism? Every third Wednesday of the month we will gather to discuss these 7 basic tenants of the Unitarian Universalist faith. We'll talk about the actual language of the principle, historical UU perspectives, and our own experiences in relation to the month's…