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Young Souls March Events!

Young Souls March Events!

(Check the monthly email for contact information for events) 

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Young Souls March 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.

 

Friday, March 3rd, 7pm – Young Souls March 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: Pooja Jhunjhunwala’s house (811 Quintana Pl NW Washington DC 20011). Directions: If needed, plenty of street parking. The nearest metro is Takoma at a mile away, but the 70 and 79 will drop you off within a few blocks. Visit the Young Souls Blog to see photos of previous potlucks. Please contact Alice at with any questions!

 

Sunday, March 5th, 1pm – Young Souls Leadership Interest Meeting

Are you interested in serving on the Young Souls Board for the 2017-2018 year? Are you interested in learning more about the *new* leadership transition process and how the Young Souls Board functions? Come to the Young Souls Leadership Interest Meeting on Sunday, March 5th, after the second service. Location: All Souls, Dining Room. Note: Attendance at the meeting is NOT required to be eligible for a position on the board. Check out the position descriptions here. RSVP on Facebook here. For more information contact Ben Whelan-Morin at or Samantha Bertocchi.

 

Wednesday, March 8th, 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 YS Social Chair Alice.

 

Saturday, March 11th, 9:00am – 1:00pm – Courage for Racial Justice Training at All Souls with Chris Crass, Anti-Racism Movement Builder

We will deepen our commitment to work for racial justice; reflect on our particular roles, responsibilities, and opportunities as white people; and find the emotional and spiritual resources to sustain our action. Event open to everyone. Location: All Souls Church. Register here.

 

Sunday, March 19th, 1pm – Young Souls March Brunch

Join us on Sunday March 19th at 1pm for our monthly Young Souls brunch! We’ll meet in Pierce Hall after the service and walk over as a group to brunch. Location: Acre 121 (1400 Irving St NW). RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact the YS Social Chair, Alice Goldberg.

 

Wednesday, March 22nd, 6pm – Young Souls Social Justice Task Force Meeting

Come join for a discussion of upcoming events and plug the events that you are working on. We usually have somewhere between 4-10 people at each meeting, with a mix of both new Young Souls and longtime Young Souls members. Come educate us on what you are working on and where you could use the most help and let new people know how they can get involved. Location: All Souls. RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact Annie.

Young Souls March Circle Suppers – Sign up!

Circle Suppers are back! This month we have 14 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 the photos on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. Questions? Contact YS Communications Chair, Justine Rothbart.

 

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 March the Young Souls Book Club will read Danny Lambert’s suggestion written by his own former teacher, The Priority List by David Menasche. In this poignant and inspiring memoir, a beloved high school English teacher with terminal brain cancer undertakes a cross-country journey to reunite with his former students in order to find out if he made a difference in their lives, discovering along the way what is truly important in life. Based on a beloved teacher’s most popular lesson, The Priority List is a bold, inspirational story of learning, love, and legacy that challenges us to ask: What truly matters in life? The YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.

Are you interested in serving on the Young Souls Board?

Sunday, March 5th, 1pm – Young Souls Leadership Interest Meeting

Are you interested in serving on the Young Souls Board for the 2017-2018 year? Are you interested in learning more about the *new* leadership transition process and how the Young Souls Board functions? Come to the Young Souls Leadership Interest Meeting on Sunday, March 5th, after the second service. Location: All Souls, Dining Room. Note: Attendance at the meeting is NOT required to be eligible for a position on the board. RSVP on Facebook here. For more information contact Ben Whelan-Morin at or Samantha Bertocchi. 

Position Descriptions:

President

  • General Desc.
    • The President shall manage the group’s relationships with staff, the larger church community, and other specific external communities of interest.
  • Tasks
    • Liaise with the Church Council on behalf of the group
    • Serve as primary point of contact with staff for the Young Souls community, and the primary speaker for the group more generally
    • Maintain contact list for other Church Committees for Young Souls
    • Maintain relationships with external organizations (other local churches, universities, etc)
    • Maintain general connections to UUA activities as relevant
    • Generally ensure that Young Souls stays on track throughout the year
    • Coordinate Young Souls representation at the FInd Your Ministry Fair
  • Larger goals
    • Creating new opportunities for connections and collaborations

 

Vice-President

  • General Desc.
    • The Vice-President shall focus on the the running of the board, and the group’s processes more generally
  • Tasks
    • Schedule board meetings in a timely fashion
    • Share draft agenda around 5 days before board meetings
    • Track/follow-up on action items for the board
    • Ensure that signature events such as the Fall Retreat are properly coordinated
    • Manage the finances of the group
  • Larger goals
    • Improve the functioning of the group more generally

 

Social Chair

  • General Desc.
    • The Social Chair shall coordinate potlucks, brunches, and other social opportunities for the group.
  • Tasks
    • By the middle of the month, have potluck for following month coordinated
    • Have regular monthly brunch coordinated in time for monthly newsletter
    • Point of contact for coordination of other/new events.
    • Liaise with the broader church to create inter-community opportunities for members of Young Souls
    • As appropriate to capacity and need, lead the Young Souls Social Committee
  • Larger goals
    • Create new opportunities for social events

 

Social Justice Chair

  • General Desc.
    • The Social Justice Chair shall coordinate and promote social justice activities within the Young Souls community.
  • Tasks
    • Serve as point of contact for social justice opportunities within the Young Souls community.
    • Liaise with the broader church to connect members of Young Souls to Social Justice activities
    • Coordinate one Young Souls Social Justice event per month
    • As appropriate to capacity and need, lead the Young Souls Social Justice Committee
  • Larger goals
    • Reach out to other social justice groups and events in the larger community.

 

Membership and Welcoming Chair

  • General Desc.
    • The Membership and Welcoming Chair shall track membership information and provide outreach and recruitment for new members.
  • Tasks
    • Coordinate tracking of event attendance
    • Liaise with the All Souls Connecting Souls Committee
    • Manage outreach to potential new members
    • With the Spiritual Chair, liaise with All Souls Pastoral Care
    • As appropriate to capacity and need, lead the Young Souls Welcoming Committee
  • Larger goals
    • Keep an eye on retention/activity of membership

 

Spiritual Chair

  • General Desc.
    • The Spiritual Chair shall coordinate spiritual opportunities for the young souls community and help direct pastoral concerns within the group.
  • Tasks
    • Coordinate spiritual component leaders for monthly potlucks
    • Arrange periodic interfaith visits
    • With the Membership and Welcoming Chair, liaise with All Souls Pastoral Care
    • Be point of contact for spiritual opportunities at All Souls Church
    • As appropriate to capacity and need, lead the Young Souls Spiritual Committee
  • Larger goals
    • Keep an eye on Young Souls spiritual growth

 

Communications Chair

  • General Desc.
    • The Communications Chair shall provide outreach to the Young Souls community.
  • Tasks
    • Issue monthly email announcements and make announcements at events
    • Coordinate with All Souls staff to place announcements in the weekly
    • Ensure that All Souls events are placed on Facebook
    • Maintain the Young Souls web presence
    • As appropriate to capacity and need, lead the Young Souls Communications Committee
  • Larger goals
    • Improve communications within the group

 

** The YS Social Justice Digest: Upcoming Opportunities **

Are you looking for ways to continue working with others at the church or in the community who are involved in social justice work?  Here is a list of just some of the upcoming SJ EVENTS and also a list of local ORGS and MOVEMENTS that are doing really important work in the DMV.

 
Would you like to recommend that YS get involved in other organizations or events?  Come join us at our next Social Justice Task Force meeting next Wednesday, February 1st at 6:00 pm at All Souls.  This is a change from the meeting’s original date of 1/25.  Feel free to email Annie with information about your events or just show up!
January:
 
Sunday, January 29th: All Souls’ Housing Ministry annual meeting, after 2nd service at All Souls.  Location: Eaton Room.  Time: 12:45.  Contact: Mark Chambers.
 
Sunday, January 29th: Reproductive Justice Group meeting at All Souls.  The official Women’s March may be over, but join others at All Souls as we march on together.  Location: Library.  Time: 10:30.  Contact: Tracy Zorpette.
 
February:
 
Saturday, February 4th.  Making Green Resolutions with our Muslim Brothers and Sisters.  Join Green Souls and Green Muslims as we learn how the Islamic faith can help us seek sustainable living habits and develop realistic “Green Resolutions” for 2017. Light vegetarian lunch included. Sponsored by Green Muslims, Green Souls, and Young Souls. All are welcome.  Location: ASC Dining Room. Time: 12:30 pm.  RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-green-resolutions-event-tickets-31005252545.  
 
Saturday, February 11th – Sunday, February 12th.  Mass Moral March.  Rev. Barber of the NAACP/NC has called on all who support voting rights and equal justice to converge in Raleigh. The Reeb Voting Rights Project’s response is clear: we must walk in the footsteps of James Reeb and ensure that the spirit of Selma lives on! The struggle against voter suppression and other anti-democratic movements in NC rages on, and they need our support now more than ever. Our sister congregation—Eno River UU in Durham—is opening their hearts and their homes to us once again for lodging, and the Reeb Project is arranging transportation.  Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBxAnZhu0c0e_UXswm-V9HvPiIBSbhud_4p8oZRs07xLLOkA/viewform.  
 
Looking for local movements to join and other ways to participate in action?
 
 
 
Join Black Lives Matter DC: http://www.blacklivesmatterdmv.org
 
Join Code Pink, Women for Peace: http://www.codepink.org
 
Join the Center for American Progress’ Action Fund: https://www.americanprogressaction.org
 
Join in the 10 Actions from the Women’s March on Washington: https://www.womensmarch.com/100
 
Join All Souls’ current ministry programs: http://www.all-souls.org/%3Cnolink%3E/social-justice-all-souls.  These include the Reeb Voting Rights project, All Souls’ Housing Ministry, Green Souls, All Souls’ ESL program, Haitian NGO Empowerment Collation, All Souls’ Refugee Support Initiative, and others.  Not sure how to get involved?  Contact Annie for meeting and contact information.
 
Volunteer for a role at All Souls.  Here is a list of current needs at the church: https://secure.accessacs.com/access/mydashboard/volavailvolunteering.aspx.  Volunteer needs include ESL teachers, Worship Associates, ESL tutors, Caring Souls (make and deliver food, provide transportation, and provide other assistance to congregants – especially older congregants – in need), and others.
 
 
Our next Social Justice Task Force meeting will be Wednesday, February 1st at 6:00 pm at All Souls.  Come join for a discussion of upcoming events and plug the events that you are working on.  We usually have somewhere between 4-10 people at each meeting, with a mix of both new Young Souls and longtime Young Souls members.  Come let us know what you are working on and where you could use some support from those who might be looking to get more involved.
 
Thank you!
 
Annie

Young Souls February Events!

Find contact information in the monthly email on the Young Souls listserv. 

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Young Souls February 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.

 

Women’s March on Washington

A group of Young Souls went to the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st. Check out our photos on Facebook and the Young Souls Blog. Interested in participating in the Women’s March 10 Actions for the first 100 Days? Come to the Young Souls Potluck on Feb. 3rd – We’ll have a postcard writing station where you can write to your government officials about what matters to you.

 

Wednesday, February 1st, 6pm – Young Souls Social Justice Task Force Meeting

Come join for a discussion of upcoming events and plug the events that you are working on. We usually have somewhere between 4-10 people at each meeting, with a mix of both new Young Souls and longtime Young Souls members. Come educate us on what you are working on and where you could use the most help and let new people know how they can get involved. Location: All Souls. Questions? Contact Annie.

 

Friday, February 3rd, 7pm – Young Souls February 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: (Check the YS listserv for address). NW. We’ll have a postcard writing station for Action #1 of the Women’s March 10 Actions for the first 100 Days. Please contact Alice with any questions! Also, reach out if you are available to host the March potluck on 3/3/17!

 

Saturday, February 4th, 12:30 – 2:30pm – Making Green Resolutions with our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

Join Green Souls and Green Muslims as we learn how the Islamic faith can help us seek sustainable living habits and develop realistic “Green Resolutions” for 2017. Saturday, February 4, 12:30 – 2:30 pm in the All Souls Dining Room. Light vegetarian lunch Included!  Sponsored by Green Muslims, Green Souls, and Young Souls. All are welcome. RSVP here. Questions? Ping Laura or Muna directly.

 

Wednesday, February 8th, 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 YS Social Chair Alice.

 

Saturday, February 11th – Sunday, February 12th – Mass Moral March in Raleigh

Rev. Barber of the NAACP/NC has called on all who support voting rights and equal justice to converge in Raleigh. The Reeb Voting Rights Project’s response is clear: we must walk in the footsteps of James Reeb and ensure that the spirit of Selma lives on! The struggle against voter suppression and other anti-democratic movements in NC rages on, and they need our support now more than ever. Our sister congregation, Eno River UU in Durham, is opening their homes to us once again for lodging, and the Reeb Project is arranging transportation.  Click here to register. 

 

Sunday, February 12th, 12:45pm – Young Souls “Right Fit”’ Events Discussion + Ideation

12:45pm. Only 17% of Young Souls think our mix of activities is juuuuust right, so… room for growth! We need YOUR ideas! Come chat, brainstorm, eat food, relax. Top requests were more events that are: #1 small, #2 cultural, #3 intellectual, and #4 sporty/active. What events should we throw? Should we encourage YS members to organize more informal events? Please direct questions to Annika Brink. Location: All Souls, Eaton Room. Bringing a contribution of food is encouraged (fruit, snacks, etc), and other light refreshments will be available. We’ll have a “right fit” events discussion followed by open ideation on any topic relevant to Young Souls. RSVP on Facebook here.

 

February 17th – 20th – Winter Escape 2017 Retreat

Wait list spaces available! Winter Escape is an annual 4-day, 3-night fun-filled getaway for UU young adults (ages 18-35+) in the DC area. Winter Escape attendees typically come from All Souls, UUCA (Arlington), MVUC (Mount Vernon), River Road, Silver Spring, and other congregations. This year’s event is at the beautiful Westmoreland State Park (VA)

 

Sunday, February 26th, 1pm – Young Souls February Brunch

Join us on Sunday February 26th at 1pm for our monthly Young Souls brunch! We’ll meet in Pierce Hall after the service and walk over as a group to brunch. Location: Acre 121 (1400 Irving St NW). RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact the YS Social Chair, Alice Goldberg.

 

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 February the Young Souls Book Club will read Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Check out this Washington Post article that explains why Wonder should be the one novel that the entire country should read: “The lesson from this book is that we should always choose to be more kind than is necessary. It isn’t just that we should choose kindness, but we should be more kind than we have to be.” The YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.

 

Young Souls March Circle Suppers – Looking for hosts!

January Circle Suppers were a success! We had a total of 70 Young Souls attend 10 Circle Suppers. It was a great way to spend time with other Young Souls in a smaller setting. Thank you to the hosts for hosting such wonderful dinners! Since this was so much fun, we’ll be having Young Souls Circle Suppers again in March. Interested in hosting a Circle Supper in March? Contact YS Communications Chair, Justine Rothbart. 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 the photos on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook.

 

Young Souls Spiritual Engagement

Curious about digging deeper into what it means to be human? Looking for some silence in the madness of this temporary experience? Interested in helping organize interfaith visits? Have questions on how to grow your individual or community-supported spiritual life or ideas on how Young Souls can better support you? We’ve got questions too, and we’d love to hear your ideas. Let’s talk them over together and put a couple into fruition. Contact Laura.

 

All Souls Database – Sign up today!

All Souls is creating a database to track participation in church events. Signing up for this database has numerous advantages for individuals (including easy access to church information, room requests, and calendars) and also for Young Souls (in showing the church just how active we are and utilizing it to track and organize things for our own purposes). Regardless of whether you are a member of the church or not, you are encouraged to create a profile on the database which can be found here. If you have any questions, feel free to email Ben Whelan-Morin.

 

January Circle Suppers

January Circle Suppers were a success! We had a total of 70 Young Souls attend 10 different Circle Suppers. The dinners were hosted in several neighborhoods, from Columbia Heights to Capitol Hill. Ten Young Souls opened their homes to share a dinner with new and old friends. Some groups were as small as three and as large as ten. 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 in March! Interested in hosting a Circle Supper in March? 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.

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Young Souls at the Women’s March on Washington

Young Souls at the Women’s March on Washington

https://www.womensmarch.com/

January 21, 2017

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All Souls Neighborhood #1: Mary Foote Henderson’s Boundary Castle

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.

Lost Washington: Mary Foote Henderson’s Boundary Castle 

By John DeFerrari

Boundary Castle. Image from DC Public Library Commons on Flickr. Built in 1888 for Senator John Brooks Henderson, the castle stood at the intersection of Florida Avenue and 16th Street, NW (northwest corner). Henderson was a skilled politician and was the man who drafted the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. In 1949 the house was razed, with only the great stone entrance gate posts having survived the wrecking ball.

Boundary Castle. Image from DC Public Library Commons on Flickr. Built in 1888 for Senator John Brooks Henderson, the castle stood at the intersection of Florida Avenue and 16th Street, NW (northwest corner). Henderson was a skilled politician and was the man who drafted the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. In 1949 the house was razed, with only the great stone entrance gate posts having survived the wrecking ball.

“The Gilded Age, from the 1870s until the 1910s, was a unique period in Washington’s history. The city attracted many nouveaux riches who were drawn by the fact that upper-class Washington society in those days was wide open to anyone with lots of money, a circumstance not found in other major Eastern cities…” Continue reading hereGreater Greater Washington

 

Upcoming Events

  • Young Souls Brunch! February 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Acre 121, 1400 Irving St NW, Washington, DC 20010, USA Join us on Sunday February 26th at 1pm for our monthly Young Souls brunch! We’ll meet in Pierce Hall after the service and walk over as a group to brunch. Location: Acre 121 (1400 Irving St NW). RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact the YS Social Chair, Alice Goldberg.
  • Classic Movie Mondays February 27, 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 March 2, 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 March 6, 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 March 9, 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 March 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 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 March 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm The Young Souls Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.
  • Young Souls Fall Retreat November 3, 2017 – November 5, 2017 Shenandoah River State Park, 350 Daughter of Stars Dr, Bentonville, VA 22610, USA