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**The YS Social Justice Digest: Upcoming Opportunities**

(Check the monthly e-mail on the listserv for contact information for specific events)
Happy Sunday all!

Here is a list of upcoming social justice events and opportunities that YS members are participating in.

If you would like to add something to the next social digest or join the email list for the Social Justice Task force, please email Annie!

Finally, Black Lives Matter DC is organizing a local emergency drive to help victims of the flooding in Louisiana.  Please let Annie know if you would like to play a role in helping All Souls Church organize, collect, and ship donations to those affected by the flood.  Please let me know if you might be interested in helping with this relief effort!
TONIGHT
Sunday, August 28th, 5:00 – 8:00pm – The Moral Revival 
Remember Rev. William Barber’s sermon at All Souls or his speech at the DNC?  “The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values” is a national tour to redefine morality in American politics and challenge leaders of faith and moral courage to be more vocally opposed to harmful policies that disproportionately impact the poor, people who are ill, children, immigrants, communities of color, and religious minorities. Location:  Pennsylvania Ave Baptist Church 3000 Pennsylvania Ave SE Washington, DC 20020. Let members of All Souls and the Reeb project know you’re coming by RSVPing here.

Sunday, September 11th, 7:00 – 9:00pm – Ralph Nader – A More Just Country For You
Ralph Nader will give a talk on his profound beliefs that “A More Just Country Can Be Yours….It’s Easier Than You Think!” Ralph believes it is up to everyone to develop alliances with the left and right for social justice, healthy children, affordable education, safe food and environments, reliable pensions and waging peace as a foreign policy.  Ceder Lane Unitarian Universalist (9601 Cedar Lane Bethesda, MD) Church auditorium.  Contact: Dick Kauffunger.
https://www.facebook.com/events/861605600617704/
Register here:  http://bit.ly/SuperForumNader

FridaySunday September 16th – 18th – Jubilee Anti-Racism Training
You’ve been hearing about the Jubilee Anti-Racism Training at All Souls but have you decided to register yet? Join members of the Young Souls board and another ASC members at a weekend-long anti-racism training. This is a training that many church members and leaders have attended in the past, and it’s a training we strongly encourage Young Souls to participate in as we work to build a future without racism. Contact: Whitney Cooper with questions and click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jubilee-anti-racism-training-all-souls-september-2016-tickets-26469768791#tickets.

Sunday, September 18th, 1pm – Refugee Sponsorship Workshop
Sunday, September 18th, 1:00pm, All Souls Church – Refugee Sponsorship Initiative – Refugees and asylum seekers in the District will share their experiences and organizations that are providing services to refugees and asylum seekers will describe their work and let us know how we can help. Contact Reeve Tyndall.

Saturday, September 24th – Sunday, September 25th – Opening Weekend for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
The 19th Smithsonian museum will open its doors in late September with passes available online: https://nmaahc.si.edu/visit/opening.  Passes for September may no longer be available but passes for October and November are still available.  
Other opportunities to get involved:

DC Fair Elections Bill.  Volunteers have canvassed almost all of Ward 5 about the bill and now need to spread out into wards 7, 8, and everywhere else.  If you are interested in participating or hosting a future Brunchvass (brunch & canvassing), please contact Aquene. Learn more about the DC Fair Elections Bill here: http://www.dcfairelections.com.

Donating to victims of the Louisiana flood. Please consider giving to YS Pooja’s page on the Baton Rouge Area Foundation: https://www.classy.org/fundraise?fcid=738549 or to the Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/local/louisiana/flood-information

Dakota Access Pipeline petition:  https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-dakota-access-pipeline

Our next task force meeting will be held Wednesday, September 21st from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at All Souls Church.

 
Thank you!
Annie
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Young Souls Breakfast Club

Sick of happy hours and spending a bunch of money on drinks you don’t really want? Are you a morning bird who wishes you had friends to share the lovely early morning hours with? Join us for a great start to your day with the Young Souls Breakfast Club!

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Friday, September 30th
Lincoln’s Waffle Shop (504 10th St NW @ Metro Center)
6:30am until whenever

Questions? Contact Benny Johnson.

RSVP on Facebook here.

 

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See you there!

Hear ye, hear ye: Young Souls Survey!

Hello Young Souls!

We want to hear from all Young Souls–that means YOU!  Do you have opinions about the types of events we throw? About this listserv? About the cost of Young Souls events? Personal pet peeves or kudos to share?
It’s time for the Young Souls 2016 Survey!
The survey will be open through this Sunday, August 28th, so head on over RIGHT NOW: https://goo.gl/forms/8kaAZyrQU1KLmT4J3.
The information we collect here will help us determine whether we are meeting members’ needs and help us make Young Souls even better. There are four sections to the survey; most questions are required. The survey should take 5-10 minutes: thank you in advance for your thoughtful feedback!
Your daring VP,
Annika
p.s. Please take the Young Souls Survey: https://goo.gl/forms/8kaAZyrQU1KLmT4J3.

YS September Events!

(Check the monthly e-mail on the listserv for contact information for specific events)

2016 Young Souls September Events

Saturday, August 27th, 2:00 – 3:30pm – Imagining a World Without Police

Have you ever wondered what communities would look like with little or no state-based policing? For many, a world without police is controversial or even unimaginable, but it is possible. Join us on Saturday, August 27th to discuss the fundamental problems with our current model of policing and imagine a world without police as we know them. This event will be conversation-based, allowing  us to learn from each other as we think about community-based alternatives to policing and making our communities safer for everyone. Availability will be limited due to room capacity, so please RSVP here. We look forward to a insightful and stimulating conversation! Location: NOE Meeting Room, Northeast Library, 330 7th St., NE.

Sunday, August 28th, 5:00 – 8:00pm – The Moral Revival

Remember Rev. William Barber’s sermon at All Souls or his speech at the DNC?  “The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values” is a national tour to redefine morality in American politics and challenge leaders of faith and moral courage to be more vocally opposed to harmful policies that disproportionately impact the poor, people who are ill, children, immigrants, communities of color, and religious minorities. Rev. Barber and the Rev. Dr. James A Forbes Jr. are leading a nationwide Moral Revival, with stops across the country.  Location:  Pennsylvania Ave Baptist Church 3000 Pennsylvania Ave SE Washington, DC 20020. Let members of All Souls and the Reeb project know you’re coming by RSVPing here.

Sunday, September 4, 8 pm – Labor Day Capitol Concert

The National Symphony Orchestra is playing a free Labor Day Concert (the night before 🙂 on the Capitol West Lawn. We’ll stake out a spot at 4pm but feel free to stop by anytime. We’ll have blankets, snacks, drinks, and board games. RSVP on Facebook here.

Friday, September 9th, 7pm – Young Souls September Potluck

Join us for our monthly Young Souls potluck! We’re still looking for a location for the September Potluck! The venue will need to support between 40-60 people. Ideally the home will be centrally located and/or easily accessible using public transportation. The YS board will be happy to help you in any way we can to make the event as easy on you as possible! RSVP on Facebook here.

Wednesday, September 14th, 5pm – Young Souls Happy Hour

Join us for a Young Souls happy hour! We’ll be meeting at Local 16 (1602 U St NW). Stop by anytime after 5pm! 10% of the upper bar will be donated to All Souls Church. RSVP on Facebook here.

FridaySunday September 16th – 18th – Jubilee Anti-Racism Training

All Souls is hosting a weekend-long Jubilee Anti-Racism Training. This is a training that many church members and leaders have attended in the past, and it’s a training we strongly encourage Young Souls to participate in as we work to build a future without racism. Click here to register.

Sunday, September 18th, 1pm – Refugee Sponsorship Workshop

Sunday, September 18th, 1:00pm, All Souls Church – Refugee Sponsorship Initiative – Refugees and asylum seekers in the District will share their experiences and organizations that are providing services to refugees and asylum seekers will describe their work and let us know how we can help.

Saturday, September 24th, 7pm – Opera in the Outfield

The Washington Opera is simulcasting The Marriage of Figaro on the jumbo-screen at National’s Stadium. We’ll stake out a spot in the outfield at 5pm but feel free to stop by anytime.  You can drink a beer, eat a half-smoke, and lounge around with friends – the only way to watch some high-brow opera :-). RSVP on Facebook here.

Sunday, September 25th, 1pm – Young Souls September Brunch

Join us on September 25th at 1pm for our monthly Young Souls brunch! We’ll meet in Pierce Hall after service and walk over as a group to brunch. Location: TBD. RSVP on Facebook here.

Mondays – Young Souls Classic Movie Night

Every Monday watch a critically acclaimed film. Popcorn and a movie inspired cocktail will be served. Showtime is at 7:30pm.

Thursdays – Young Souls Book Club

The YS Book Club will read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe in September. The YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm.

***New Young Souls Google Calendar!***

Stay on top of all of the Young Souls events by adding this calendar directly to your Google Calendar (Use this link)! Click here to view the calendar, and click here for instructions.

Young Souls Blog

Keep up to date with Young Souls events by reading our blog! https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/.

Young Souls Brunch 8/21 at 1:30pm

Join us on August 21st for our monthly Young Souls brunch at Acre 121 (1400 Irving St NW, Washington, DC 20010) for an afternoon of great food and friends! We’ll be going to brunch at 1:30 after the Discussion: Organizing Young Adults for Change.

http://www.acre121.com/

RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/289745501379489/

Cledwyn Jones’ “Letting Go” Sermon – Young Souls Service

Young Souls Service – August 7, 2016

“Letting Go” Sermon

By Cledwyn Jones

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“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” – Lao Tzu

Letting go. “Letting go” and I have a long history together; in some ways, it was the first spiritual practice I truly adopted. When graduating high school, perhaps steeped all too long in the Deep South’s rather Biblical culture, I quite literally put away my “childish things”. Into a small wooden box I placed a pearl acquired at the Epcot Center at Disney World, the rattle from a six-foot-long rattle snake found lurking outside my one-time childhood home, and numerous other trinkets and trappings of my youth. I gifted this box to my father, and then, as in the start of any good coming-of-age tale, alone went west, looking to find myself far from the family I had known. In that journey, or so the story goes, I even found my name; long before I was Cledwyn, my middle name, and that of my grandfather before me, I was, for eighteen years, one of myriad Mike Joneses. But the time had come to let go of all that, of the “I” I had been, and discover the “I” I might be.

Not every attempt in letting go, however, is so steeped in adventure. A few short years ago, listless and lost I was let go from a job that had paid the bills but had worn me down to the bone. The freedom that came with that release was wondrous… for the first few weeks. But, as I tried, once again, to reinvent myself, to find anew my calling, I met that bitter sting of defeat. Weeks became months, and month over month tumbled into a year, and everything that I thought about myself, about who I was to be, about who I had to be, trembled before the open question that was my life. In the darkest of those hours, I even tried to push away those who loved me, unable to see the “me” that I was convinced that I should be.

I count my blessings to have been loved with an intensity far fiercer than my self-regret.

Once, in a sermon Rev. Rob spoke of one’s ship coming in, blaring its horn, and how far too often we find ourselves clinging to the idea that we were traveling by train. It can be so very hard to let go of that train ticket, and all the dreams that were bound to that vision, to let land slip away to a sea, deep and unknown, unanticipated.

After over a year and a half of unemployment, and all the side-hustles that my mind could invent to keep me afloat, I found myself once again in the employ of a large corporation. I also found myself leaning upon those around me, in a way that, in an all-too-British sense of reserve, I might never have before. I found myself learning, again, who I could be. I found myself letting go of old plans, old visions, old ideas. I found myself, at times unexpectedly, truly happy.

I found myself, anew, again, again.

Martin Luther, sixteenth century, not twentieth, once wrote that, “This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road.”

May you, too, let go of what you have been, that you may continue becoming. Amen, and blessed be.

Laura Chen’s “Letting Go” Sermon – Young Souls Service

Young Souls Service – August 7, 2016

“Letting Go” Sermon

By Laura Chen

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When there are so many ways and so many things of which we can let go, how do we choose when and to what we hold on?  A quick run-through of things worthy of our release conjures up jobs, relationships, old ideas, stalemate resentments, and expired ambitions.  From long remembered homelands in places and people to where and to whom we can no longer to return, to our carnal cravings for chocolate, meat, and the illusion of certainty, how do we let go of these tangible things, but also of the intangible ones?

 

Every day, we bury ourselves in the routine and cyclical thinking of our carefully crafted egos, narratives, judgements, and things – so many material things!  There is so much we hold close, so little of which we need, and yet still we can’t bear to part — perhaps because it is familiar, or safe, or habitual – even when it is no longer useful, or relevant, or kind.

 

Letting go, at least to me, means letting go of everything “else”, whatever the “else” constitutes.  It means critically and intentionally carving a path and cautiously and carefully picking the people we choose to walk alongside.  It means bravely and perhaps too hopefully, staying true to our convictions, even and especially in the unknown, uncharted, and unexplored areas of ourselves, our communities, our histories, and our embarrassingly imperfect track records – as pairs, schools, countries, and beloved communities.

 

And it takes work, a lot of it – the conscious and deliberate kind, the daily kind that is boring and mundane and yet unheedingly necessary – the slow and steady kind that turns corners only when you’re not looking, only when you’re just about to heave a sigh and turn back.  And perhaps that really is just the beautiful process of letting go – that along the way we may find the sweet surprise in our unexpected ability to peel off what keeps us heavy, of the ways we’ve been wronged or disappointed, by our peers, by our politicians, by our parents, by our own personal proclamations of the ideal in its ongoing war with the real.  There is such a fine line upon which we balance in this fragile and fierce experience of life, between everything we know and everything we don’t- and all the tiny and still seconds of small moments like this one.

 

Letting go means shedding the else – judgements, irrational fears, a narcissistic concern with self, the luxury of the privileged.  It means balancing with less in order to go further, in order to go deeper.  It means taking one step at a time, maybe letting go a little more, maybe picking up a few new things, maybe being okay to fall along the way.  But most importantly, at least to me, at least on this day, at least in this hour – it means cultivating a joy in loving without attachment in a world where everything is temporary at best – our dear ones, our ideals, our tiny, humble, miraculous, and finite human lives.  After all, are we not just together in a long process of letting go?

 

Perhaps it takes a lifetime to learn all the ways that we belong not to ourselves.  Perhaps letting go is yet another illusion that assumes we had a grasp of permanence on anything, if ever, if at all.

 

Letting go, at least to me, is the very definition of what we already know to do too well our breath – each time an inhalation of the generous air we’ve been availed (and had we deserved it?), and each time an exhalation of relief, because we simply cannot hold it in (and hadn’t we tried yet, nonetheless?).  What a thing it is – just to breathe.  We have to take, we have to give.

 

I don’t know the answers, nor do I have faith in the folks who say they do.  But I do know the relief in lightened weight when what is unnecessary is shed, with a quiet and brave sense of peace, perhaps as difficult as a lifetime of memories or as barren as a lifetime of vacancies.

 

Perhaps it really is as simple and as enough as the culmination of all the single breaths we take:

each one its own, each one different, each one complete, each one not yet our last.