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Young Souls September Circle Suppers – Sign up!

Young Souls September Circle Suppers – Sign up!

Young Souls September Circle Suppers – Sign up here!

Circle Suppers are back! In September we have seven 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. Have a great time : )

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Young Souls September Events!

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Young Souls September 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, September 1st – NEW LISTSERV IS LIVE

After months of deliberation and democratic changes in posting policies, our new open listserv will go live! We have set up a new free-posting listserv for everything from invitations to events, rapid response protests, to housing availability and requests. Posts made to the new listserv will be immediate again; in order to encourage posts and replies in line with our covenants and guidelines, the YS Board reserves the ability to suspend or remove posting privileges if covenants are broken.<<CLICK HERE TO ADD YOURSELF TO THE NEW LISTSERV>> Be sure to 2x check that your display name is your first and last name and type in “I Agree” to the question response box to indicate you agree to our posting guidelines found here. Questions? Contact YS President Alice Goldberg.

Thursday, September 7th, 7:15pm – Fall Retreat Discussion Meeting

Do you want to help organize fall retreat 2017? We need help to make this event a big success, so if you want to help with anything from the food, the worship activities, to workshops and music, please come out and help us delegate some of the work. Location: 1702 ½ 10th St. NW, Washington DC 20001. Contact Alice G and Martha Durkee-Newman if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, September 8th, 7pm – Young Souls September 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. Hosted by Alice G, Kristin Z, Ben W-M, and their housemates. Location: Check the listserv for address. Visit the Young Souls Blog to see photos of previous potlucks. Questions? Contact Claire.

Saturday, September 9th – Young Souls Beach Day! – Rescheduled!

Take a break from DC and let’s head out to the beach. We will meet at the church at 8am and depart for Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. Please contact Claire by email or the facebook event if you are interested in coming so that we coordinate drivers/passengers/etc. Hope to see you there! Questions? Contact Claire.

Wednesday, September 13th, 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 Claire.

Wednesday, September 13th, 7pm – U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Public Program

“How Did Ordinary Citizens Become Murderers?” This is a free public program event at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. For tickets, visit the event website. “In the Holocaust era, countless ordinary people acted in ways that aided the persecution and murder of Jews and other targeted groups within Nazi Germany and across Europe. The Museum’s current special exhibition, Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust, examines one vexing question: what prompted average people to commit extraordinary crimes in support of the Nazi cause?” Danny Lambert will be attending and hopes to see you there so we can share this enlightening experience together. Register with the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and let Danny know you are coming. Email Danny.

Sunday, September 17th, 1pm – Young Souls September Brunch

Join us on Sunday September 17th 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: TBD. RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact Claire.

Wednesday, September 20th, 6pm – 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, September 20th, we will cover the Third Principle: “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations” Snacks and, friendship will 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: Conference Room #2- Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. RSVP on Facebook here. Contact Nick Ford for more details or with any questions!

Sunday, September 24th – Find Your Ministry Fair

Young Souls will have a booth at the “Find Your Ministry Fair” at All Souls (Pierce Hall) on September 24th after both services. We need assistance setting up around 10:00 AM and also some Young Souls who would like to talk about what they like about being a part of our group! If you are able, please bring a baked good we can give away at the table. If you want to help out, please email Daniel Martin or just show up and we’ll find something for you to do!

Young Souls September Circle Suppers – Sign up here!

Circle Suppers are back! In September we have seven 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. Questions? Contact Alice Goldberg. Want to learn more about Classic Movie Mondays? Check out this blog post!


Thursdays – Young Souls Book Club

In September the Young Souls Book Club will read Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra. “Written in the form of a standardized test, Multiple Choice invites the reader to respond to virtuoso language exercises and short narrative passages through multiple-choice questions that are thought-provoking, usually unanswerable, and often absurd.” YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Alice Goldberg.

Young Souls Fall Retreat – Mark your calendars! – Nov. 3rd – 5th

Fall Retreat is a weekend getaway to the Shenandoah River Valley State Park from November 3rd – 5th. Join other Young Souls for a weekend of spirituality, community, and fun! Stalwarts and newbies alike can meet new friends and deepen current relationships. The sign-up sheet will be posted at a later time, so keep an eye out for it! Contact Alice G or Martha Durkee-Newman if you have any questions.

Interested in joining Souls in the Center? Souls in the Center is a fellowship of members and friends of All Souls from ages thirtyish+, who look to celebrate and strengthen the beloved community with activities of all types. Souls in the Center is planning events for September and beyond. We already have a Nerd Day (September 9, details here); a Happy Hour (September 21, details here) and will be planning other events TBD. We urge you to join us at our General meeting on October 1, after second service, to get involved! We will announce a meeting room soon. This is a perfect time to get involved as we are looking for social chairs, and to plug in folks for larger spiritual and advocacy events. 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. Would love to hear from you!

Happy Hour Location Change

Hi all,
Hope you are having a great week. Just wanted to remind you that we have our monthly happy hour on Wednesday (Aug. 9th)  at 5:30pm.  Please note that there has been a change in the location. We will be meeting at Right Proper Brewing. Hope that you can make it!
Best,
Claire

 

July Circle Suppers

July Circle Suppers were a success! We had about 30 Young Souls attend 5 different Circle Suppers. The dinners were hosted in several neighborhoods, from Trinidad to Mount Rainier, MD. Five 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 September! Interested in hosting a Circle Supper in September? 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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Young Souls August Events!

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Young Souls August 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, August 4th, 7pm – Young Souls August 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 listserv for address). Hosted graciously by Jen Du Mond, Steven Simon, and their housemates. Questions? Contact Claire.

 

Wednesday, August 9th, 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 August. Questions? Contact Claire.

 

Saturday, August 12th, 10:00am – Young Souls Rock Creek Park Meditative Walk

Come out on a Saturday morning to enjoy a Meditative Walk in beautiful Rock Creek Park. Not many people know about or get to enjoy this massive green space in the heart of our city. We will be intentionally walking through the woods as a way to provide ourselves a little bit of refocus from the busy city atmosphere of DC. The hike will start at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, and will end at the National Zoo. Because of the slow walking pace, expect two and a half to three hours out on the trails. Location: Meet at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium at 10:00 AM. The address is: 5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015. The center is accessible via Metrobus Line E4, or feel free to drive (although you will need to hike/bus/Lyft/Uber back on your own to retrieve your car). RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact Nick Ford.

 

Tuesday, August 15th 7pm  – 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.

 

Wednesday, August 16th, 6pm – 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, August 16th, we will cover the Second Principle: “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations” Snacks and, friendship will 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: Conference Room #2- Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. RSVP on Facebook here. Contact Nick Ford for more details or with any questions!

 

Sunday, August 20th, 12pm – Young Souls August Brunch

Join us on Sunday August 20th 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.

 

Saturday, August 26th- Young Souls Beach Day!

Take a break from DC and let’s head out to the beach. We will meet at the church at 8am and depart for Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. Claire will be sending an RSVP email so that we can coordinate drivers/passengers/etc. Hope to see you there! Questions? Contact Claire.

 

Young Souls September Circle Suppers – Looking for hosts!

Thanks to the hosts for organizing dinners at a restaurant or at your home for our July Circle Suppers. Photos are on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. These Circle Suppers take place every other month and we are now looking for hosts for the month of September! These are wonderful events for newcomers to meet fellow Young Souls in smaller settings. If you are interested in hosting in September, please 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 August the Young Souls Book Club will read An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back. YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.

7 Principles Discussion Group Next Week! (July 19th)

I’m sure you’ve heard someone ask, or maybe thought to yourself: “We’re Unitarian Universalists. So what exactly do we believe?” I’ve wondered many times about the fact that all us all hold usually different beliefs, so what is it that brings us together to worship under one roof on Sundays?

I believe one underlying foundation for our community of faith are the Seven Principles written into the bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.”

So… Let’s talk about them! We’ll be starting with Number 1: “The inherent worth and dignity of every person.” The inaugural Young Souls 7 Principles Discussion Group is happening next Wednesday in Meridian Hill Park; meet at the Joan of Arc statue at 6:30 PM. Feel free to bring snacks, and we’ll dig into some deep conversations about the first principle. RSVP on Facebook here. Or simply send me an email back saying who you are and if you’re coming. This will help determine how l the amount of blankets and snacks to bring.

Thanks all, and I’ll look forward to seeing you there!

Nick Ford
Young Souls Spiritual Chair

All Souls Neighborhood #4: The Woodner: 65 Years Of D.C. History In A Single Building

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

 

WAMU, June 27, 2017

The Woodner: 65 Years Of D.C. History In A Single Building

By Brakkton Booker and Tanvi Misra

Built in 1952, the lobby entrance of the Woodner features lots of glass and light and elegant curved lines. (Tyrone Turner, WAMU).

“In its heyday in the 1950s, The Woodner was a swanky apartment-hotel, where residents and guests entered the massive lobby through a door held open by a doorman and walked to the elevators over a carpet emblazoned with a cursive “W.” Celebrities like Bob Hope and Jimmy Hoffa roamed its segregated lobby surrounded by women in glittering gowns. Today, the massive building at the northern tip of Mount Pleasant on 16th Street overlooking a branch of Rock Creek is one of the last bastions of affordable housing in the area.

Local historian Izetta Autumn Mobley calls The Woodner “an entire cultural landscape,” a microcosm of the changes Washington has undergone in the last 65 years. As the area around the building transformed from upscale in the 1950s to crime-ridden after the 1968 riots to multi-ethnic and middle class in the 1980s, the community within the Woodner also changed. Now the neighborhood is gentrifying, and The Woodner is moving in the same direction, threatening the sense of community that makes this place unique.

WAMU partnered with The Atlantic’s CityLab to track how change within the walls of this illustrious structure reflects the sweeping demographic shifts taking place outside it.”

Click here to continue reading this article.

Upcoming Events

  • YS Book Club September 28, 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 Book Club October 5, 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 October Potluck October 6, 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. Hosted by Lucianna Harrington. Location: Check the YS listserv for address. Visit the Young Souls Blog to see photos…
  • YS Happy Hour! October 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Local 16, 1602 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA 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. For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers after the happy hour. Questions?…
  • YS Book Club October 12, 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 7 Principles Discussion October 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, 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…
  • UU United Nations Office Reception October 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA The UU United Nations Office (UU-UNO) invites you to celebrate the UU-UNO’s important work supporting human rights around the world, including LGBTQ equality, gender equality, climate justice, and racial justice for all on Saturday, October 21, from 4pm to 6:30pm. Maryland State Senator—and Cedar Lane member—Rich Madaleno will deliver keynote remarks, including presentation of the…
  • 7 Principles Discussion Group- Weekend Edition! October 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Are you interested in the ongoing 7 Principles discussion groups, but haven't had the time to attend? Well now you have a second option! Jessi Salute has offered their house for a weekend meeting of the 7 Principles Discussion Group! Come on over around 7:00 PM for a potluck style dinner and conversation about Unitarian…
  • Young Souls Fall Retreat November 3, 2017 – November 5, 2017 Shenandoah River State Park, 350 Daughter of Stars Dr, Bentonville, VA 22610, USA