All Souls Neighborhood #4: The Woodner: 65 Years Of D.C. History In A Single Building

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


WAMU, June 27, 2017

The Woodner: 65 Years Of D.C. History In A Single Building

By Brakkton Booker and Tanvi Misra

Built in 1952, the lobby entrance of the Woodner features lots of glass and light and elegant curved lines. (Tyrone Turner, WAMU).

“In its heyday in the 1950s, The Woodner was a swanky apartment-hotel, where residents and guests entered the massive lobby through a door held open by a doorman and walked to the elevators over a carpet emblazoned with a cursive “W.” Celebrities like Bob Hope and Jimmy Hoffa roamed its segregated lobby surrounded by women in glittering gowns. Today, the massive building at the northern tip of Mount Pleasant on 16th Street overlooking a branch of Rock Creek is one of the last bastions of affordable housing in the area.

Local historian Izetta Autumn Mobley calls The Woodner “an entire cultural landscape,” a microcosm of the changes Washington has undergone in the last 65 years. As the area around the building transformed from upscale in the 1950s to crime-ridden after the 1968 riots to multi-ethnic and middle class in the 1980s, the community within the Woodner also changed. Now the neighborhood is gentrifying, and The Woodner is moving in the same direction, threatening the sense of community that makes this place unique.

WAMU partnered with The Atlantic’s CityLab to track how change within the walls of this illustrious structure reflects the sweeping demographic shifts taking place outside it.”

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Sign Up for Young Souls July Circle Suppers!

Young Souls July Circle Suppers – Sign up here!

Circle Suppers are back! In July we have 7 wonderful Young Souls hosting Circle Suppers in their home or at a restaurant. These are great events for newcomers to meet other Young Souls in smaller settings.

Sign up here to attend a Young Souls Circle Supper! Take a look at photos from previous Circle Suppers on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. If you have any questions, let Justine know! Have a great time : )

Young Souls July Events!

(Check the monthly email for contact information for events) 

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Young Souls July 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

Tuesday, July 4th, 4pm – Young Souls watch 4th of July Fireworks!!

Fireworks are fun to watch, and even more fun to watch with a group of friends. This event is in its very beginning phases of planning/development, so please stay tuned to this event for developments as they happen. Also, any venue suggestions are more than welcome. The long and short of it is: Fireworks are pretty, and Young Souls are awesome. So let’s combine these things for a pretty awesome July Fourth celebration! RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact Tiffany Jolliff.

Friday, July 7th, 7pm – Young Souls July 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: We’re still looking for a potluck location! Contact Claire if you’d like to host the July potluck. Visit the Young Souls Blog to see photos of previous potlucks. Please contact Claire with any questions!

Sunday, July 9th, 12 – 3pm – Joining All Souls

Interested in becoming a member of All Souls? The next session will be held on Sunday July 9th at 12:00. This session, offered several times throughout the year, provides prospective members with the opportunity to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, All Souls Church, and what being a member means. At the end, they may sign the Membership Book, make their pledge of financial contribution, and have their picture taken for the member directory. Click here to register. Location: Eaton Room, All Souls.

Wednesday, July 12th, 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. There will be no Vespers service in July or August. Questions? Contact Claire.

Sunday, July 16th, 12pm – Young Souls July Brunch

Join us on Sunday July 16th at 12pm for our monthly Young Souls brunch! We’ll meet in Pierce Hall after the service and walk over as a group to brunch. Location: Lou’s City Bar (1400 Irving St NW). RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact Claire.

Wednesday- July 19th, 6:30pm- Young Souls 7 Principles Discussion Group

Have you ever wanted to know more about the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism? Every third Wednesday of the month we will gather to discuss these 7 basic tenants of the Unitarian Universalist faith. We’ll talk about the actual language of the principle, historical UU perspectives, and our own experiences in relation to the month’s principle. On Wednesday, July 19th, our inaugural meeting will cover the First Principle: “The Inherent worth and dignity of every person.” Snacks, friendship, and a backup location in case of weather will all be provided. All are welcome, and those who are either new to the community or excited about the faith are especially encouraged to come. Bring your curiosity and join us as we delve into this intentional exploration of UU beliefs! Location: Meridian Hill Park, meet at the Joan of Arc statue. If needed, a rain location will be posted on the Facebook group and sent to the Young Souls listserv. RSVP on Facebook here. Contact Nick Ford for more details or with any questions!

Thursday- July 27th, 6:30 PM Square Dance Lessons!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to square dance? Ever heard of square dancing? Well if you like moving to old-time fiddle and banjo music, come on down to the All Souls gymnasium at 6:30 PM, July 27th and learn the basics of square dancing! You may have been to the St. Stephen’s Church monthly square dance, and if you’ve enjoyed that, you’ll definitely enjoy learning some of the tips and tricks of the square dancing trade! No experience is necessary, no formal dress, just come as you are and enjoy learning some fun moves and figures! The event will be open to the greater All Souls community, is appropriate for all ages, and will be included in the church bulletin, so feel free to invite families, friends, parents, or even your grandparents! Snacks and water will be provided. RSVP on Facebook here. Location: All Souls gymnasium. Contact Nick Ford for more details or any questions!

Friday- July 28th, 6:30pm – Young Souls Social Justice Task Force Meeting & Discussion

Get to learn from one another and become part of a community that #resists injustice! We’ll be working on generating just allyship, understanding capacity by adding ways into the community, and working on broadening our understandings of privilege while also learning and friending! All are welcome! We’ll be continuing safe space practices. Contact Alice Kurima Newberry if you’re interested.

Young Souls July Circle Suppers – Sign up here!

Circle Suppers are back! In July we have 7 wonderful Young Souls opening up their homes or going to a restaurant for a Young Souls Circle Supper. These are great events for newcomers to meet other Young Souls in smaller settings. Sign up here to attend a Young Souls Circle Supper! Take a look at photos from previous Circle Suppers on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. Questions? Contact Justine.

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 July the Young Souls Book Club will read Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. “The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.” YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.

Interested in joining Rainbow Souls?

Rainbow Souls is a group of LGBTQIA2S+ people and allies that are a part of the All Souls community. The Rainbow Souls group meets on the third Sunday of the month. During the summer, we meet after service at 11:45 in the Tupper Room. Right now, we are looking for folks that are willing to help serve as group coordinators and in other leadership roles. If you’re interested, please contact: David Thurston, David Corsar, or Hayden Mora. Join the Rainbow Souls Facebook group here.

Interested in joining Souls in the Center?

Souls in the Center is a fellowship of members and friends of All Souls from ages thirty to fifty-something who look to celebrate and strengthen the beloved community with activities of all types. Click here to join the listserv. Click here to join the Facebook group. Click here to add the Google Calendar. Questions? Contact Souls in the Center Leadership at

May Circle Suppers

May Circle Suppers were a success! We had over 50 Young Souls attend 10 different Circle Suppers. The dinners were hosted in several neighborhoods, from Silver Spring to Capitol Hill. Ten Young Souls opened their homes (or went to a restaurant) to share a dinner with new and old friends. Some groups were as small as three and as large as seven. 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 every other month. The next month is July! Interested in hosting a Circle Supper in July? 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. Take a look at more Circle Supper photos on Facebook!

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Thank You from 2016-2017 Young Souls Board

Hi Young Souls family,

On behalf of your 2016 – 2017 Young Souls Board, we thank you for letting us serve this wonderful community during an especially interesting, strange, difficult, and beautiful year. We’ve been so lucky to witness and take part in supporting and organizing this space. We loved getting to know some of you better, and we cherish our deeper connections within the Young Souls family. Throughout the year, we’ve hoped to strengthen this community by creating new opportunities for friendship, learning, and meaningful discussions.

With respect to the patterns of change, we’re excited to pass this service on to a wonderful set of new folks (and some beloved old ones!) who will be your next Young Souls Board of 2017-2018. They will be introduced to you at the June potluck/annual end-of-year celebration on Friday, June 9th at 7pm. We hope to see you there!

Thank you all for all you do for our community.


Young Souls Board 2016-2017