January Events – Young Souls

Thursdays – Young Souls “Book” Club

The Young Souls book club meets Thursdays at 7:30 pm, and may be the longest-running Young Souls event of this year so far. The January book is $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin. Email Reeve for more information.


Sundays – Mindful Souls

After second service, join Mo and Priya Edjlali for meditation and reflection. Who knows, if the Force is strong with you, you might realize without being told that Leia is your sister. Every Sunday after service, meet in Classroom #2 from 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm. Visit http://www.mindfulsoulsdc.org/index.html for more information.


Thursday, January 7th, 7:55 PM – Star Wars Episode VII

Come one, come all to see the least problematic installment in the Star Wars saga yet. Geoff Corey is excited to be going to the Air and Space Museum’s IMAX to see it for the second time and promises not to reveal any spoilers if you haven’t seen it yet. (But if you have seen it we can go off in a corner for a second to be like “Oh my God! Vader is Luke’s father, whaaaat??” Whoops. Spoiler alert. My bad.) We’ll just meet in the Air and Space Museum lobby at 7:30. Buy your tickets for the 7:55 pm show ahead of time online and text Geoff an RSVP so he knows who to wait for.


Friday, January 8th, 7 PM – January Potluck
Sarah Hausman will be hosting at a home that is affectionately known as the Treehouse. Our gracious host warns us that the space may get a little tight if we exceed 40 people, so if all attendees could refrain from breathing, that would stop stomachs from moving, saving enough room for at least two more people.  Remember if you bring something you cook/bake please label ingredients (both for common allergens as well as those nasty things only some of us are allergic to, like gluten and the like. If your dish includes burned pieces of dead animals, you should probs label that too, kaythanx)!


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


Wednesday, January 13th, 7:30 PM – Vespers at All Souls

It was recently revealed that Jack Dorsey is able to serve as CEO of two companies simultaneously (Twitter and Square) through exercise and meditation. Come do half of that at these monthly services, which combine singing, chanting, and candle-lit meditation to bring calm to the middle of your week.


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

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


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

Come join UU Young Adults from the DMV area on a 4-day, 3-night cross-congregational retreat at the beautiful Shenandoah River State Park. There will be hiking, singing, dancing, 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.


Friday, January 22nd, 7:00 PM – Young Souls Jam Session

An evening to gather and jam about passions, events, interests, cares, and concerns. Anyone is welcome to join and play! Instruments will be provided, though folks are welcome to bring their own. Please feel free to bring refreshments or snacks to share. Contact John Haylor for more information.


Saturday, January 23rd, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Church Council Meeting

Far more deliberative than the top-down style of the Jedi Council (which didn’t work out so well, amiright?), Church Council Meetings decide the direction of the church and a Young Souls presence is key to making that direction reflect our concerns. Join fellow congregants and lay leaders at All Souls to brainstorm with staff, discuss current goals, and chart a course for the church’s future. Welcome to join, you are; contact Cledwyn Jones for more information.


Sunday, January 24th, 1:15 PM – Brunch at Meridian Pint

The integration of breakfast and lunch is the UU vision of a beloved community in food. 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! Please RSVP on Facebook to help us get a headcount.  Contact Bridget O’Brien with any questions.


Monday, January 25th, 6:30 PM – Young Souls Ideation Meeting

Behind the scenes of Young Souls! If you’d like to come enjoy or participate in the second DVD of The Young Souls Board movie, we will be meeting at Potters House at 1658 Columbia Rd NW to have an open brainstorm about different things Young Souls can do this year. All brilliant (and mediocre) ideas are welcome. For example, if during all my Star Wars references throughout this email, you were all like:

then maybe I went too far and you want some non-Star Wars representation. (More serious ideas encouraged as well.)

*Saturday, January 30 – January Social Justice Headline Event

Coffee+ Community Action: Teach-In On Affordable Housing

Organized by Young Souls’ Social Justice Task Force and the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), this teach-in will focus on charting the power landscape of the DC affordable housing movement. Get comfortable talking to your housemates, friends, and family about why affordable housing is essential to your vision for your city. Details on where and when coming to your inbox soon.

Young Souls Contact: Brendan Orsinger.


Sunday, January 31 – Find Your Ministry Fair

Curious about all the amazing things going on at All Souls? Visit the Find Your Ministry Fair after first AND second service and peruse the various tables for each of our committees, organizations and groups. You’ll find everything from musical opportunities to social justice activities to communities like our very own Young Souls. It’s like college clubs, but without the crushing debt that keeps you from revolting.

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