YS January Events!

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2017 Young Souls January Events

Are you ready for 2017 to begin? Well get ready and mark your calendars, because there are a lot of Young Souls events happening in the new year!

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

Friday, January 6th, 7pm – Young Souls January Potluck

Join us for our monthly Young Souls potluck! This is a fun way to start off the new year! 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: Vasu’s house (close to the Columbia Heights Metro). Please contact Alice with any questions!

January 8th-13th – Young Souls/BLM Partnership Warm Clothing Drive

Our partners with Black Lives Matter DC have requested assistance in donating winter clothing during this week. Please sign up here to help sort the items. If you are able, please donate clothing that is in good condition that is warm and/or waterproof. The goal is to disperse the items the week before the inaugural events so that it can be a fully participatory activity. Are you home and are there any clothes your family has lying around to donate as well? If you have any questions, contact Alice.

Wednesday, January 11th, 5:30pm – Young Souls Happy Hour

Join us for our fifth 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.

***Friday, January 13th, 6 PM until Sunday, January 15th at 5 PM – Jubilee Anti-Racism Training***

This is probably the singular most important thing you can put on your calendar, especially if you are concerned by the rhetoric that has been empowered by the recent presidential election. Several members and board members of Young Souls participated in this training in the Fall, and all came away feeling a renewed commitment to anti-racism and social justice. Although space is limited, we have a goal of getting as many Young Souls as possible registered for this training. The cost is $155 and worth every penny. There are scholarships available. To register for the training, you can go here: http://bit.ly/jan-jubilee. For general information on the training you may email Matt Bowen at matt@mattbowen.net. For questions about the experience of this training, you may contact Ben Whelan-Morin.

January 15th-19th – Art of Dissent: Poster Creation & Distribution

A team of graphic designers has come together via the Young Souls SJTF affinity groups in order to create and display posters before January 20th. We need help with creating posters, reaching out to local street-level businesses who might hang the posters, and dispersing them. Our goal is to show solidarity with friends coming in from out of town and to spread a counter narrative of love and solidarity with oppressed communities (including good ol’ planet Earth). If you have even an hour of time during this week to help out, please contact Alice.

Wednesday, January 18th, 7:00 pm – Leadership Transition Finalization

Should only members of All Souls be able to vote for Young Souls board members?  Should anyone and everyone be able to be part of the Young Souls board? Join us as we finalize decisions to make our next leadership transition run smoothly and be part of the future of our organization!  For more information, contact YS Membership and Welcoming Chair Samantha Bertocchi.

Weekend of January 20th – 22nd – Women’s March and Inauguration Weekend

There are many events being scheduled for this weekend by the church, some TBD info in the works. Stayed tuned for official word on possible events that will be happening the entire weekend. That being said, the church is STILL VERY MUCH in need of housing for people coming into the area that weekend. To offer up a bed, couch, or floor space, please consider it.

Here is the official blurb:

All Souls is offering two kinds of accommodations for the March Weekend: the regular Bed & Breakfast Program and Couch-Surfing. If you can provide a bed, couch, or floor space for the March, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JFJB7NP and let us know what you have to offer! You do not need to provide anything else besides accommodations. Guests will be asked to pay (through the church website) a sliding scale fee of $25-50 per person, per night to benefit the church. Hosts will receive an email when they have been paired with a guest(s). If you’re interested in joining the B&B program as host, which means offering guests a private room and breakfast with a 2-day minimum stay, please visit https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=672162.

Tuesday, Jan. 24th, 7pm Young Souls Artist Salon

Join creative Young Souls for an evening of creativity and entertainment! Share your artistic side by bringing a poem, short story, original song, visual art piece, or any other creative medium. This is a monthly safe space where we can enjoy each others work in an informal setting. You can share your art piece, receive feedback (if you would like), and talk about your creative endeavors with the group. Please bring your original art piece and something to eat or drink to share if you would like. If you’re interested in attending, contact Megan Calvert for location information or any other questions.

Saturday, January 28th, 3pm – 5pm – Young Souls/Souls in the Center Wine and Cheese Reception

Come and join Young Souls and Souls in the Center for an afternoon Wine and Cheese Reception! Please bring your favorite wine, crackers, and or cheese pairing to share. Location will be at the church, Room TBD. Please RSVP on Facebook here or to Ben Whelan-Morin.

Sunday, January 29th, 1pm – Young Souls January Brunch

Join us on Sunday January 29th 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.


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: https://secure.accessacs.com/access/memberlogin.aspx?sn=107063

If you have any questions, feel free to email Ben Whelan-Morin.

Young Souls January Circle Suppers

Sign up to attend Young Souls Circle Suppers here! Circle Suppers are small group dinners hosted by Young Souls to get to know each other in smaller settings. This month we have 12 Young Souls hosting! Circle Supper hosts will cook dinner for everyone or have the dinner potluck style (depending on the host’s preference). Questions? Contact YS Communications Chair, Justine Rothbart.

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.

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 new blog post!

Thursdays – Young Souls Book Club

The Young Souls Book Club will read Dancing with Eternity by John Patrick Lowrie. The YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.

Sign up! Young Souls January Circle Suppers

Hi Young Souls,

You can now sign up to attend Young Souls January Circle Suppers! Click here to sign up.

Circle Suppers are small group dinners hosted by Young Souls to get to know each other in smaller settings. This month we have 12 Young Souls hosting! Circle Supper hosts will cook dinner for everyone or have the dinner potluck style (depending on the host’s preference).

Enjoy! : )

Three ways to cultivate a sense of hope, even when times seem hopeless

December 21, 2016 Washington Post article by Rev. Rob Hardies:

Three ways to cultivate a sense of hope, even when times seem hopeless”

“All Souls Unitarian, a liberal church two miles north of the White House in Washington, has seen record attendance in the weeks after the election of Donald Trump. Congregants have filled the pews, bringing fears and disillusionment about what the next four years could mean for them and for progressive causes they value, including gay rights and the treatment of women, immigrants and minorities.

The following is excerpted from a sermon the Rev. Rob Hardies gave Dec. 4 in answer to people’s questions about how in the new year, with a new administration, they can find hope.

‘What gives you hope?’  As a minister I get this question often.  But in the last several weeks I’ve been getting it all the time: ‘I’m confused.  I feel vulnerable and afraid for my future.  My kids’ future.  I’m concerned that everything I’ve worked for in my life is at risk.  How do I find hope?  What gives you hope?'”

Continue reading article here on the Washington Post website.



A Message from Susan Rogers, All Souls Witness at Standing Rock

New blog post on The Green Souls at All Souls Church Unitarian Blog.

A Message from Susan Rogers, All Souls Witness at Standing Rock

“Dearest All Souls Members–

Your hearts were with me on this most inspiring journey.  The beloved community of Standing Rock – thousands of different Native American tribe members and their guests (i.e., Veterans and non-indigenous allies) – were resolute, passionate and prayerful in their objective.  Despite the harshest of conditions, I continued to witness loving relations among people whose dual purpose was to serve each other and the larger cause of justice.  Below are blog entries of this journey as well as pictures and videos for your viewing…” Continue reading here on the Green Souls blog.

Classic Movie Mondays

From classic movies like Singing in the Rain, to lesser known ones like Tokyo Story, Classic Movie Mondays covers a wide array of genres. It began at the beginning of this year as a Classic Movie Night to watch “The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time” according to Sight and Sound International Film Magazine. It has now evolved to include more recent films, such as Spotlight and the Ides of March. “Watching movies while hanging out with friends is always a great way to begin your week,” says Classic Movie Monday co-organizer Reeve Tyndall.

Watching Elf for Classic Movie Monday, December 2016

Reeve co-hosts the movie night along with Beth Conlin. They both alternate host locations at their apartments in Logan Circle and U Street neighborhood. With a gathering of usually about five to seven people, the crowd includes a mix of movie buffs and others just interested in one particular film. To celebrate the holidays, they watched Miracle on 34th Street and Elf the past few weeks. This event is co-hosted with Young Souls and Souls in the Center and is a great opportunity to meet others in both groups. Selection of films are based upon both host and viewer suggestion. So if you’re a movie buff or looking to meet more Young Souls and Souls in the Center in a smaller setting, check out Classic Movie Mondays.

To sign up for the Classic Movie Mondays listserv contact Reeve (email address in Young Souls listserv).

Watching Elf for Classic Movie Monday, December 2016

Here’s the event description:

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 at for more information.

Here’s the list of past movies:

Vertigo (1958)

Citizen Kane (1941)

Tokyo Story (1953)

The Rules of the Game (1939)

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The Searchers (1956)

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

8 1/2 (1963)

Battleship Potemkin (1925)

L’Atalante (1934)

Breathless (1960)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Late Spring (1949)

Au hasard Balthazar (1966)

Seven Samurai (1954)

Persona (1967)

Singing in the Rain (1952)

L’avventura (1960)

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

The Godfather (1972)

Ordet (1955)

City of God (2002)

Spotlight (2015)

North by Northwest (1959)

Casablanca (1942)

The Birds (1963)

The Ides of March (2011)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Elf (2003)


YS Survey Results #4: Young Souls Activities

We try to organize a variety of activity types for Young Souls. Some are just social, while others are more cultural. Some involve small groups, while others involve large groups. We are always looking for new ideas, so we want to hear from you!

What do you think about the mix of Young Souls activities?


17% think the mix is just right, but Young Souls also wanted more…

Small Group Activities (5-10 people)  –  48%

Cultural  –  42%

Intellectual  – 41%

Active/sporty  –  36%

Medium Group Activities (11-25 people)  –  33%

Inexpensive  –  30%

Silly  –  28%

Food-based  –  14%

Large Group Activities (26+ people)  –  8%

Pricier  –  2%

Do you have a Young Souls event idea? Would you like to organize it? Contact the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com.