Young Souls August Events!

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Young Souls August 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


Friday, August 4th, 7pm – Young Souls August 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 listserv for address). Hosted graciously by Jen Du Mond, Steven Simon, and their housemates. Questions? Contact Claire.


Wednesday, August 9th, 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 August. Questions? Contact Claire.


Saturday, August 12th, 10:00am – Young Souls Rock Creek Park Meditative Walk

Come out on a Saturday morning to enjoy a Meditative Walk in beautiful Rock Creek Park. Not many people know about or get to enjoy this massive green space in the heart of our city. We will be intentionally walking through the woods as a way to provide ourselves a little bit of refocus from the busy city atmosphere of DC. The hike will start at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, and will end at the National Zoo. Because of the slow walking pace, expect two and a half to three hours out on the trails. Location: Meet at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium at 10:00 AM. The address is: 5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015. The center is accessible via Metrobus Line E4, or feel free to drive (although you will need to hike/bus/Lyft/Uber back on your own to retrieve your car). RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact Nick Ford.


Tuesday, August 15th 7pm  – 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.


Wednesday, August 16th, 6pm – 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, August 16th, we will cover the Second Principle: “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations” Snacks and, friendship will 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: Conference Room #2- Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. RSVP on Facebook here. Contact Nick Ford for more details or with any questions!


Sunday, August 20th, 12pm – Young Souls August Brunch

Join us on Sunday August 20th 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.


Saturday, August 26th- Young Souls Beach Day!

Take a break from DC and let’s head out to the beach. We will meet at the church at 8am and depart for Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. Claire will be sending an RSVP email so that we can coordinate drivers/passengers/etc. Hope to see you there! Questions? Contact Claire.


Young Souls September Circle Suppers – Looking for hosts!

Thanks to the hosts for organizing dinners at a restaurant or at your home for our July Circle Suppers. Photos are on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. These Circle Suppers take place every other month and we are now looking for hosts for the month of September! These are wonderful events for newcomers to meet fellow Young Souls in smaller settings. If you are interested in hosting in September, please contact YS Communications Chair, Justine Rothbart.


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 August the Young Souls Book Club will read An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back. YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.

7 Principles Discussion Group Next Week! (July 19th)

I’m sure you’ve heard someone ask, or maybe thought to yourself: “We’re Unitarian Universalists. So what exactly do we believe?” I’ve wondered many times about the fact that all us all hold usually different beliefs, so what is it that brings us together to worship under one roof on Sundays?

I believe one underlying foundation for our community of faith are the Seven Principles written into the bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.”

So… Let’s talk about them! We’ll be starting with Number 1: “The inherent worth and dignity of every person.” The inaugural Young Souls 7 Principles Discussion Group is happening next Wednesday in Meridian Hill Park; meet at the Joan of Arc statue at 6:30 PM. Feel free to bring snacks, and we’ll dig into some deep conversations about the first principle. RSVP on Facebook here. Or simply send me an email back saying who you are and if you’re coming. This will help determine how l the amount of blankets and snacks to bring.

Thanks all, and I’ll look forward to seeing you there!

Nick Ford
Young Souls Spiritual Chair