Young Souls February Events!

Find contact information in the monthly email on the Young Souls listserv. 

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Young Souls February 2017 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar.

Would you like to organize a Young Souls event? Send your idea to the Young Souls Board at


Women’s March on Washington

A group of Young Souls went to the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st. Check out our photos on Facebook and the Young Souls Blog. Interested in participating in the Women’s March 10 Actions for the first 100 Days? Come to the Young Souls Potluck on Feb. 3rd – We’ll have a postcard writing station where you can write to your government officials about what matters to you.


Wednesday, February 1st, 6pm – Young Souls Social Justice Task Force Meeting

Come join for a discussion of upcoming events and plug the events that you are working on. We usually have somewhere between 4-10 people at each meeting, with a mix of both new Young Souls and longtime Young Souls members. Come educate us on what you are working on and where you could use the most help and let new people know how they can get involved. Location: All Souls. Questions? Contact Annie.


Friday, February 3rd, 7pm – Young Souls February Potluck

Join us for our monthly Young Souls potluck! 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: (Check the YS listserv for address). NW. We’ll have a postcard writing station for Action #1 of the Women’s March 10 Actions for the first 100 Days. Please contact Alice with any questions! Also, reach out if you are available to host the March potluck on 3/3/17!


Saturday, February 4th, 12:30 – 2:30pm – Making Green Resolutions with our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

Join Green Souls and Green Muslims as we learn how the Islamic faith can help us seek sustainable living habits and develop realistic “Green Resolutions” for 2017. Saturday, February 4, 12:30 – 2:30 pm in the All Souls Dining Room. Light vegetarian lunch Included!  Sponsored by Green Muslims, Green Souls, and Young Souls. All are welcome. RSVP here. Questions? Ping Laura or Muna directly.


Wednesday, February 8th, 5:30pm – Young Souls Happy Hour

Join us for our 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.


Saturday, February 11th – Sunday, February 12th – Mass Moral March in Raleigh

Rev. Barber of the NAACP/NC has called on all who support voting rights and equal justice to converge in Raleigh. The Reeb Voting Rights Project’s response is clear: we must walk in the footsteps of James Reeb and ensure that the spirit of Selma lives on! The struggle against voter suppression and other anti-democratic movements in NC rages on, and they need our support now more than ever. Our sister congregation, Eno River UU in Durham, is opening their homes to us once again for lodging, and the Reeb Project is arranging transportation.  Click here to register. 


Sunday, February 12th, 12:45pm – Young Souls “Right Fit”’ Events Discussion + Ideation

12:45pm. Only 17% of Young Souls think our mix of activities is juuuuust right, so… room for growth! We need YOUR ideas! Come chat, brainstorm, eat food, relax. Top requests were more events that are: #1 small, #2 cultural, #3 intellectual, and #4 sporty/active. What events should we throw? Should we encourage YS members to organize more informal events? Please direct questions to Annika Brink. Location: All Souls, Eaton Room. Bringing a contribution of food is encouraged (fruit, snacks, etc), and other light refreshments will be available. We’ll have a “right fit” events discussion followed by open ideation on any topic relevant to Young Souls. RSVP on Facebook here.


February 17th – 20th – Winter Escape 2017 Retreat

Wait list spaces available! Winter Escape is an annual 4-day, 3-night fun-filled getaway for UU young adults (ages 18-35+) in the DC area. Winter Escape attendees typically come from All Souls, UUCA (Arlington), MVUC (Mount Vernon), River Road, Silver Spring, and other congregations. This year’s event is at the beautiful Westmoreland State Park (VA)


Sunday, February 26th, 1pm – Young Souls February Brunch

Join us on Sunday February 26th 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.


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 blog post!


Thursdays – Young Souls Book Club

In February the Young Souls Book Club will read Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Check out this Washington Post article that explains why Wonder should be the one novel that the entire country should read: “The lesson from this book is that we should always choose to be more kind than is necessary. It isn’t just that we should choose kindness, but we should be more kind than we have to be.” The YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.


Young Souls March Circle Suppers – Looking for hosts!

January Circle Suppers were a success! We had a total of 70 Young Souls attend 10 Circle Suppers. It was a great way to spend time with other Young Souls in a smaller setting. Thank you to the hosts for hosting such wonderful dinners! Since this was so much fun, we’ll be having Young Souls Circle Suppers again in March. Interested in hosting a Circle Supper in March? Contact YS Communications Chair, Justine Rothbart. Once we have a list of hosts, keep an eye out on the listserv for more information about how to sign up to attend. Take a look at the photos on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook.


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.


All Souls Database – Sign up today!

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


January Circle Suppers

January Circle Suppers were a success! We had a total of 70 Young Souls attend 10 different Circle Suppers. The dinners were hosted in several neighborhoods, from Columbia Heights to Capitol Hill. Ten Young Souls opened their homes to share a dinner with new and old friends. Some groups were as small as three and as large as ten. It was a great way to spend time with fellow Young Souls in a smaller setting. Since this was so much fun, we’ll be having Young Souls Circle Suppers again in March! Interested in hosting a Circle Supper in March? Contact YS Communications Chair, Justine Rothbart (contact information in monthly email). Once we have a list of hosts, keep an eye out on the listserv for more information about how to sign up to attend.

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All Souls Neighborhood #1: Mary Foote Henderson’s Boundary Castle

Want to learn more about the history of the All Souls neighborhood? Check out this new series on the Young Souls Blog that features historic information about the surrounding area.

Lost Washington: Mary Foote Henderson’s Boundary Castle 

By John DeFerrari

Boundary Castle. Image from DC Public Library Commons on Flickr. Built in 1888 for Senator John Brooks Henderson, the castle stood at the intersection of Florida Avenue and 16th Street, NW (northwest corner). Henderson was a skilled politician and was the man who drafted the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. In 1949 the house was razed, with only the great stone entrance gate posts having survived the wrecking ball.
Boundary Castle. Image from DC Public Library Commons on Flickr. Built in 1888 for Senator John Brooks Henderson, the castle stood at the intersection of Florida Avenue and 16th Street, NW (northwest corner). Henderson was a skilled politician and was the man who drafted the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. In 1949 the house was razed, with only the great stone entrance gate posts having survived the wrecking ball.

“The Gilded Age, from the 1870s until the 1910s, was a unique period in Washington’s history. The city attracted many nouveaux riches who were drawn by the fact that upper-class Washington society in those days was wide open to anyone with lots of money, a circumstance not found in other major Eastern cities…” Continue reading hereGreater Greater Washington


YS Survey Results #5: Connecting Young Souls to All Souls Volunteer and Social Justice Opportunities

Have you ever poured your heart into giving feedback, never to hear a peep about how your input was received or acted on? Well, your Young Souls Board is not going to let that happen!


Back in August, 64 of you filled out the Young Souls survey. Great job! Thank you! What what did we do? Right off the bat in September, we connected everyone to volunteer and social justice opportunities they expressed interest in. We…


  • Connected 14 potential ushers, greeters, and counters with Reeve Tyndall
  • Connected 14 potential religious educators with Dolores Miller
  • Shared joining instructions with 19 people interested in the All Souls Caring Network (contact is Rev. Rebecca Parker while Rev. Susan Newman-Moore is on sabbatical)
  • Reached out to the All Souls lunch team (Bill Kules) and set up a Young Souls lunch prep volunteer opportunity for December (which 13 of you had expressed interested in)
  • Added 18 new people to the YS Social Justice Task Force email list via Annie Weinberg
  • Connected 17 potential voting rights defenders with the Reeb Voting Rights Project at All Souls via Mattie Feder, Brendan Orsinger, and José Woss
  • Connected 11 potential environmental justice seekers via Susan Rogers of Green Souls
  • Connected 14 potential anti-racism activists with ADORE (A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity) at All Souls and Young Souls who are involved in SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice)
  • Connected 15 potential affordable housing advocates with Rollie Smith of the All Souls Housing Ministry
  • Connected 10 potential immigrant/re-settlement supporters with Laura Chen, Andrew Hall, and Reeve Tyndall, representing re-settlement programs, anti-Islamaphobia and the Refugee Support Initiative at All Souls
  • Connected 7 potential English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors with the All Souls ESL Program


There are over 900 people on the Young Souls listserv, so if you’re reading this and want to get connected, but didn’t take the survey, please reach out to the appropriate contact listed above. You can find the appropriate contact information by signing into the All Souls member database–you do not have to be a member to create a login and it is very helpful to have access! Sign in/up here:

** YS Social Justice Digest – Upcoming Events & Opportunities **

Contact information can be found in the email sent out on the Young Souls listserv.

Happy New Year!

January’s headline events will be 1. the Jubilee Anti-Racism training the weekend of January 13-15 and 2. the events of the Women’s March on Washington on January 21: and 3. a warm clothing drive in partnership with Black Lives Matter DC.

Our next SJTF meeting will be on Wednesday, January 25th at 6PM at All Souls.


Are you able to provide out of town UUs with a place to stay for the Women’s March on Washington?

All Souls is offering two kinds of accommodations for the January 21 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 and let us know what you have to offer!  You do not need to provide anything 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

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. Questions? Contact Alice.


Wednesday, January 11 – Refugee Initiative Volunteer Training at All Souls

Join the Refugee Initiative program at All Souls for a volunteer training from 6-8 PM in the Eaton Room at All Souls.  For more information, please contact Reeve.


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: For general information on the training you may email Matt Bowen. 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.


Saturday, January 21, Women’s March on Washington & Follow Up Events at All Souls

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Women’s March on Washington

2:00 PM – 8:30 PM J21 Teach-In at All Souls Church

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Post-March Welcome Gathering at All Souls for UU Marchers

6:30 PM – 7:45 PM Solidarity Sing

7:45 PM – 8:30 PM Closing Session

Above is information about the schedule of the Women’s March and J21 teach-in on Saturday, January 21 at All Souls. Here is the full schedule with details for the day:  Feel free to tell your friends and family about the events planned at All Souls and be sure to pass on the information that we still have spaces available for the weekend in our couch-surfing program, open to Unitarians and other progressive people of faith.


Wednesday, January. 25th – 6pmYS Social Justice Task Force Meeting at All Souls

Come join the YS Social Justice Task Force for a discussion of upcoming social justice events at the church and in our area. We’ll be meeting at All Souls. New members and regular members always welcome. Please contact Annie for more information about meetings or with information about upcoming events.


Also, there will be regular opportunities to table with the Refugee Support Initiative in Pierce Hall and get involved.  Questions or want to get involved?  Email Reeve. We are planning to set up a table in Pierce Hall every Sunday with information about refugee/asylum/undocumented issues.

Thank you!