Congrats March birthdays! You’re the rare breed of child whose parents’ seasonal hormones were slightly delayed and didn’t awaken in full until June. You’re parents share that proclivity for unprotected sex in June with the parents of Lady Gaga, Elton John, Spike Lee, Eva Mendes, Aretha Franklin, and Rob Kardashian (but not David Schwimmer). Happy birthday to ya!
Fun Fact: noun; a fact that is so fun, it may not be a fact at all.
Friday, March 4th, 7 PM – February Potluck
A table of hummus options comes to Alonzo McPhaul’s house. Fun Fact: The fabulous Young Souls who brought rice or pasta-based casseroles, chicken curry salad, or that one Texas Chili with Fritos (!) were all overheard at different times saying something to the effect of, “I thought I was going to regret putting so much effort into my YS Potluck dish, but it turned out to not be much effort at all! And once I arrived, I got so many fricken compliments that I’ve never been happier in my life or since! I finally realized that the key to happiness and a long life is bringing a substantial dish to the YS potluck. It took me longer to realize that, than it took to actually prepare the dish (or in some cases buy it at the Giant).” Please label 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 animal products, you should probs label that too. Big thanks to Eric Jesteadt for the spiritual component.
Please RSVP on Facebook. Contact Bridget O’Brien for more information!
*Thursdays – Young Souls Book Club
The YS Book Club is reading The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. The book is a collection of fictional short stories described as a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. Fun Fact: Legend has it the original Back to the Future storyline involved Marty McFly zooming back to the 1960 Democratic Convention with a copy of The Things They Carried, which he was determined to deliver to Senator Lyndon Johnson so he could read it before further entangling the U.S. in the Vietnam War. It concluded with Johnson dropping the book in the toilet before getting past page 1, and even though he knew in his head that the water was clean, he just didn’t want to risk it. The book remained unread and water-damaged, and the U.S. still went to war. Producers didn’t like the concept and suggested Marty fall in love with his mother instead. The YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve for more information.
Saturday, March 5, 4 pm – Rockville graveyard and Dinner
In February the Young Souls Book Club read Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern by Joshua Zeitz. We learned a lot about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald, so we’re going to take a field trip to visit their grave in Rockville, MD (Why are they buried in Rockville? Read here.) Afterwards, we’re going out to dinner. Here are the details:
- What: Visiting F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald’s grave and dinner at American Tap Room
- When: Saturday March 5th at 4:00 pm
- Where: We’ll meet at the Rockville Metro Station (Red Line) at 4:00 pm and walk (5 min) to St. Mary’s Church. Then afterwards we’ll walk over to American Tap Room for dinner!
Fun Fact: Membership in the book club, or even reading the book, is not required to join this journey. This activity, plus a later one that involves a bike ride (keep scrolling) seems to suggest the coming formation of a #SuburbanSouls group. All in good time I suppose. Questions? Contact Justine Rothbart.
Sunday, March 6 – The famous Rev. Barber preaches & signs books
Leader of the Moral Mondays Civil Rights protests in North Carolina, Rev. Barber will be preaching at All Souls Sunday and signing copies of his book, The Third Reconstruction, after service. Fun Fact: When All Souls finished the renovation, safety experts started pestering leadership about testing the strength of the structure by filling the church with as many people as possible. Hence, the idea to bring a guest preacher who would attract record crowds was born. (In other words, get to service early folks).
*Sundays – Mindful Souls After Second Service – 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
Join Mo and Priya Edjlali for meditation and reflection in Classroom #2. Fun Fact: Meditation involves breathing deeply over and over again, which coincidentally is necessary for life itself. Therefore, meditation is necessary for life itself. Visit http://www.mindfulsoulsdc.org/index.html for more information.
Mondays – Young Souls Classic Movie Night
We meet every Monday and watch a critically acclaimed film. Popcorn and a movie inspired cocktail will be served. Fun Fact: Those who watch old movies and actively point out subtle sexist/racist/oppressive parts of them are more likely to overcome their own internalized isms and unlock ultimate friendship goals. Showtime is at 7:30pm. Contact Reeve for more information.
The March lineup:
3/7 – Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
3/14 – The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
3/21 – 8 1/2 (1963)
3/28 – Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Wednesday, March 9th, 7:30 PM – Vespers at All Souls Sanctuary
These monthly services combine singing, chanting, and candle-lit meditation to bring calm to the middle of your week. Fun Fact: 40% of Young Souls who’ve attended Vespers in the past have reportedly discovered what God means to them.
Sunday, March 13th, 1:00 PM – Brunch at Meridian Pint
After the service, meet the Young Souls in Pierce Hall to head over as a group. Or meet us at Meridian Pint at 1:00 pm. Fun Fact: The inventor of brunch was a retired genderqueer pop star named Kharma Sands who suffered from medically diagnosed FOMO. Ze was so fed up with hir friends leaving hir out for breakfast (because ze was a late sleeper) and lunch (because ze wasn’t quite ready when ze had just eaten breakfast at 12) that Kharma invented brunch and everyone played along because the word was so fun to say. Please RSVP on Facebook to help us get a headcount. Contact Bridget O’Brien with any questions.
Monday, March 21rd, 6:30 PM – Young Souls Ideation Meeting
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. We need your brilliant (and mediocre) ideas on how to create engaging events. Fun Fact: No Young Soul who has ever taken the lead on an event themselves has ever regretted it. Huge shoutout to Reeve, Justine, and Anita this month! Contact Cledwyn Jones with questions.
Saturday, March 19th, 7pm – All Souls Presents Concert Series
Prism concert, featuring the entire All Souls Music and Arts program. What is a Prism Concert? An interactive, never-stopping experience of music, poetry, and dance from every nook and cranny of our sanctuary. Fun Fact: A review of 23 studies by Bradt & Dileo (in 2009) involving almost 1,500 people found music helped to reduce blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety in heart disease patients, and a 2013 Finnish study of 1,000 pupils who took singing classes found they reported higher satisfaction at school in almost every area. That one’s actually just a fact.
Sunday, March 20: 1:00PM – Social Justice Headline Event: Teach-In on Democracy in Crisis
Disenchanted, unheard, disengaged, outraged – that’s how many Americans feel about their government and the democratic process. However, few recognize that our most pressing problems – poverty wage work, expensive housing, structural racism, public and student debt – have everything to do with democracy. Come attend this teach-in organized by the Social Justice Task Force, in partnership with the Reeb 5th Principal Initiative. Learn about the largest attack on the right to vote in 60 years, and the simultaneous effort to make money, not votes, control the political process. Fun Fact: Despite the rhetoric, in many ways, the U.S. is not very democratic at all. It’s like when CBS advertises that they have the #1 drama in America and the #1 comedy in America, and everyone’s like, really though? Here’s 5 charts demonstrating a few reasons why we kinda suck. Save the date, watch for a facebook invite, and contact Brendan Orsinger for more information.
Thursday, March 24 – White Allies Group First Meeting – $20 for all 4
Led by Rev. Keithan, and open to any white-identified congregants who want to explore the particular roles, responsibilities, and dynamics of being a white person working for racial justice. We’ll reflect on what it means (and doesn’t mean) to be an ally, how we can be accountable to people of color, what we’re doing to educate and support each other, and how we can engage more white people in the work. Through some presentation and a lot of conversation, we’ll help each other figure out how to be more effective allies and how our UU values can help guide and sustain us. Fun Fact: It’s extremely difficult to write jokes about race relations.
Four Thursday evenings, 6:45-8:45 pm, Mar. 24, Apr. 7, 14, 28
Facilitators: Whitney Cooper, Alisa Goldman, Rev. Rob Keithan, Bill Kules
Sunday, March 27th: 12:45 pm – Post service Bike trip
This would be a 20-mile ride from All Souls to downtown Bethesda via Rock Creek Park (approximate route) with a break for lunch in Bethesda. The return trip is nearly 100% downhill via the Capital Crescent Trail and the C&O Canal. (approximate route). This would be a 3-hour trip, returning to church no later than 4pm. Suitable for cyclists of all levels and nearly 100% on off-street, designated bike paths. Fun Fact: In the middle of Frank Underwood’s season 2 meeting with Zoe Barnes at Rock Creek Park, 3-4 bicyclists pass them and not a single one recognizes that the Vice President of the United States is just casually in Rock Creek Park. We’ll have a rain delay in April, if needed! RSVP on Facebook please! Contact the organizer, Anita Kinney, with questions.
March 30: Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly Scholarships
The actual GA is in June, but scholarship applications for youth and young adults are due at the end of this month! Travel to exotic Columbus, OH, and join UUs from across the country in workshops, worship, and fellowship as we gather for this once-a-year event, this year featuring the musical leadership of our own Jen Hayman! Fun Fact: Columbus, Ohio has been ranked the third most fashion-forward city in America. I truly did not make that up.