2015 December YS Events


Thursdays – Young Souls “Book” Club

The Young Souls book club meets Thursdays at 7:30 pm.  Although in December, the group will be reading some short stories and/or poetry.  So the word book has to be in bunny ears (that’s what you call those right?). Email Reeve for more information.


Sundays – Mindful Souls

After second service, join Mo and Priya Edjlali for meditation and reflection. On Sunday, December 6 (and every Sunday), meet in Classroom #2 from 12:45 am – 1:30 pm. Visit http://www.mindfulsoulsdc.org/index.html for more information. (What? They have their own website? How? Technology, that’s how.)


Friday, December 4th, 7 PM – December Potluck + Monthly Headline Social Justice Event !

Lidie Lajoie will host. Remember if you bring something you cook/bake please label ingredients (we don’t want any shrinking throats)! This potluck will also be social justice themed, so bring 1-3 cans of food, which we will donate to DC Central Kitchen. Together, we’ll make a great contribution!


There will also be a special spiritual component about social justice! You’ll learn more about the church’s exciting and important work in affordable housing, racial justice, voting rights and more. As you’re picking an item to bring, please note that there is no stove or oven at this location, just refrigerator & microwave available.

You can also contact the Social Justice Chair, Sarah Burgess.

Please RSVP on Facebook or contact Bridget O’Brien for more information.


Sunday, December 6, 1:15 PM – All Souls Annual Meeting

Please join us after second service (especially if you are a voting member) for the annual congregational meeting for All Souls Church. We’ll be reviewing the past year, discussing important changes, and electing new members to the Board of Trustees and the Nominating Committee. This is a most important opportunity each year to engage in collective decision-making – a vital part of our shared ministry and efforts to build the beloved community at All Souls. Contact Cledwyn Jones with any questions



Wednesday, December 9th, 7:30 PM – Vespers at All Souls

Ever seen that annoying camel on the commercials getting all excited for hump day and wanted to tell him to calm down and meditate? Practice what you preach, by coming to these monthly services, which combine singing, chanting, and candle-lit meditation to bring calm to the middle of your week.


Friday, December 11th, 7:00 PM – Happy Hour with Rev. Rob Hardies

Sounds too good to be true right? But that’s Young Souls; pooling our resources to bring super star speakers to drink with you. The Reverend Rob Hardies is that guy who speaks at All Souls on Sundays and leaves you reeling in tears from time to time. Rumor has it he’s been on television before, and you know you want to have a drink with a famous person before 2015 ends and he goes on sabbatical, so join us at a soon-to-be-determined location after work on December 11th.


Saturday, December 12th, 5:00 PM – Strictly Vocals & SongRise Winter Concert

Strictly Vocals, the acapella group of Young Souls Andrew Callard and Vasu Abhiraman, famous for singing at the past two YS end-of-year parties and the most recent YS church service, is hosting its annual charity winter concert on December 12 at Sidwell Friends School, 3825
Wisconsin Ave NW. That’s the Obama girls’ school! Which makes Vasu and Andrew as cool as the Obama girls.


This year SV is teaming up with SongRise, the fantastic all female social justice acapella group many of you have seen perform around town, to raise money for Sadiki Educational Safari. Come join!! Email Andrew Callard with any questions and RSVP on Facebook.


Sunday, December 13th, 5:30 PM – Christmas Tree Outing

Join Jen Du Mond to check out the National Christmas Tree at the White House and watch performances from local dance and vocal groups. Meet at the Peet’s Coffee at corner of Pennsylvania Ave and 17th Ave at 5:30 to grab a warm drink and walk down to the ellipsis together, or join the group down by the tree around 6pm.


Monday, December 14th, 7 PM – Zoo Lights

Geoff Corey leads this fateful tour of the national animal prison when it’s all decked out in lights and festive stuff. We’re certain that you’ve always wanted to go and just needed an excuse to be there as an adult, so we’re giving you one. Meet at the Zoo main entrance at 7 pm. RSVP on Facebook to help us get a headcount.

Wednesday December 16th, 6:30 PM – Tara Brach’s Dharma Talk

Please join Danny Lambert to receive Tara Brach’s dharma talk on Wednesday, December 16. It occurs at a fellow UU church, River Road. We will meet on the platform of the Friendship Heights metro station at 6:30PM.
Why the 6:30 meet-up time? The talk begins at 7:30PM, and 250-300 people attend. The last T2 bus that will get us there comfortably leaves the station at 6:45PM.
Why go at all? Tara Brach’s dharma talks are helping me to be a happier, kinder person, and they may be able to help you too. If her message on the podcast is penetrating, I anticipate how her physical presence will feel.
How will we get back? The talk ends at 9PM. One T2 bus towards the Friendship Heights metro station leaves across the street from the River Road Church at 9:06PM. Another T2 bus leaves at 9:36PM.

Friday, December 18th, 8 PM – Holiday Improv

Benny Johnson wants to laugh with you. Join him for Seasonal Disorder, a show that embraces the chaos of the holidays. Come for an unforgettable night of surprises! Meet at Source Theatre at 14th & T NW at 8 PM. Purchase tickets here (Benny has five tickets already, check with him first).


Sunday, December 20th, 1:15 PM – Brunch at Meridian Pint

Come have a Bloody Mary or Mimosa (but not a beer. After all it’s barely afternoon on a Sunday; that would be cray). After the service, meet the Young Souls in Pierce Hall to head over as a group. Or meet us at Meridian Pint at 1:15 pm.  The brunch is downstairs and it requires an ID to get into so don’t forget that! (Don’t worry, we’ve got Reed Project volunteers prepped to give them a piece of our mind). Please RSVP on Facebook to help us get a headcount.  Contact Bridget O’Brien with any questions.


Monday, December 21 – All Souls Goes Caroling!

Note: this is SUPER casual and anyone and everyone is invited.  We will gather at the church, handout some lyrics sheets for carols, and head out into the neighborhood.  Then, we’ll gather back at the church for hot cocoa and cider afterwards.   Mark your calendars for more details on the initial meeting location and time, likely to be All Souls at 5:30.


Per Jen Hayman, our wonderful choir director: “Singing in the Atrium of the Target shopping plaza last year melted away all my Grinch-y-ness. I encourage you to join us if you’re able!”


Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Services

In town over the holidays? Then join the All Souls community for some of our most deeply moving services of the year.


7:00 pm “Family Candlelight Service.” Our early Christmas service is designed especially for families with young children-as well as the “young at heart” of all ages! This year features a dramatic reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s Twas the Night Before Christmas. The Jubilee Singers and Children’s Choir will sing. Don’t forget to bring a bell to ring every time we sing “Alleluia.”


10:00 pm – “Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols.” Join our ministers and the All Souls Choir in welcoming Christmas into the world and into our hearts during this candlelit service of lessons and carols. Don’t forget to bring a bell to ring every time we sing “Alleluia.” An All Souls tradition.


Sunday, December 27th, 10:15am – Intergenerational Kwanzaa Service

We continue our holiday celebrations honoring Kwanzaa in this special intergenerational service. Please note that there will be only service that Sunday, and the earlier time (10:15)


Winter Escape – Friday, January 15 – Monday, January 18

Come join UU Young Adults from the DMV area on a 4-day, 3-night cross-congregrational retreat at the beautiful Shenandoah River State Park. There will be hiking, singing, danicng, music, cooking, group activities, time to rest and relax, and many opportunities to hang out and meet new people from our area! The cost is $89, which includes meals and accommodations for the weekend. Find more info on Facebook, and Register Here.


Jubilee Anti-Racism Training – Friday, January 15 – Monday, January 18

Do you wish to nurture your congregation’s multicultural future in the face of opposing cultural currents? Do you wish to deepen your understanding of how race and ethnicity play out in our institutions and our daily lives?

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training helps participants understand what is involved in nurturing a multicultural community and working against racism in all of its forms. The workshop requires a weekend commitment; and it is worth every minute of that commitment.

Cost: $150 per participant (includes cost for trainers, meals and materials). Scholarships are available. Contributions in support of this work are welcome.

The training runs Friday, January 15th (6pm to 10pm); Saturday, January 16th (8:30am to 9pm); Sunday, January 17th (8:30am to 5pm).

Register Here