Young Souls November Events!

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Young Souls November 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


NEW LISTSERV IS LIVE – Have you signed up?

Sign up for the new Young Souls listserv here! We have set up a new free-posting listserv for everything from invitations to events, rapid response protests, to housing availability and requests. Remember to follow our communication covenants and guidelines and be sure your “Display Name” is your full first and last name. After signing up, you can post to the listserv directly by emailing Questions? Contact YS President Alice Goldberg.


Sunday, October 29th, After Second Service – Fall Ideation Meeting: YS Member Caucus

Topic Change: Young Souls Caucus! Your church space is the most local organized group where you can have the greatest impact, and the Young Souls makes up a significant portion of the population of our church. With the All Souls Annual Meeting coming up (12/9), the preceding budget meeting (11/12), and Church Council Steering Committee meetings gearing up for 2018, the Young Souls Board wants to be sure you are fully informed about how all of these meetings and policies affect you, the Young Souls, and our Church community. For the first hour or so, will explore the purpose of the annual meetings, what is discussed, what we as Young Souls want to see from the church leadership in 2018 and moving forward, and how we can engage to be a positive and helpful voice within our greater community. We will be joined by Rev. Rebecca Parker, Katie Loughary (AS Exec Director), and Jen Brunaeu (Church Officer, Membership Secretary). You do not have to be a member of the church to get a lot out of this discussion! During the second half of our ideation meeting, we make room for Young Souls open discussion and feedback for the YS Board. Questions? Contact the YS Board at Facebook event here.


Wednesday, November 1st, 7pm – UCC “Fitness Review” Process Overview + Q&A

This is an educational session led by Rev. Audrey Price, chair of the United Church of Christ’s (UCC’s) Committee on Church and Ministry, to discuss the “Fitness Review” process for our Associate Minister, Rev. Susan Newman Moore. This is your opportunity to ask questions, discuss this difficult, complex topic, and learn more about the UCC review process. If you have questions, concerns, and want to be in a space to deepen understanding, we encourage you to attend. Please refer to this post on the events listserv for details about what we know so far and the purpose of the event. Location: All Souls Sanctuary.


Young Souls Fall Retreat – Nov. 3rd – 5th

Fall Retreat is a weekend getaway to the Shenandoah River Valley State Park from November 3rd – 5th. Join other Young Souls for a weekend of spirituality, community, and fun! Stalwarts and newbies alike can meet new friends and deepen current relationships. Contact Alice G or Martha Durkee-Newman if you have any questions.

Saturday Nov 4th and Sunday the 5th –  Reeb Voting Rights Project: VA GOTV Weekend

If you aren’t coming on Fall Retreat, please consider attending these awesome events organized by the Reeb Voting Rights Project!

Saturday, November 4th, 12-6pm – GOTV Canvassing

Come spend a few hours listening to what voters care about and encouraging them to vote in the November 7 statewide Virginia election. We are partnering with VOICE — Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement — as they work to increase voter turnout in traditionally low voting areas. Training will be provided. No experience or prior knowledge of local issues required. Before getting to work we will gather for food and fellowship at Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Church (BRUU).

Rob Hardies intends to join us, and we will make a push to get as large an All Souls turnout as possible. We’ll leave from All Souls at noon, have lunch at BRUU, canvass with VOICE from 2pm to 5pm (including training), then return to All Souls at about 6pm.   We’ll need some vehicles so we can carpool. Register here.

Sunday November 5th, After each service – VA GOTV Phone Bank

Join us at All Souls to make calls to help get out the vote for the Virginia election. It will be the last chance to encourage Virginians to vote on Tuesday, November 7.  We will meet in the Library after the 9:30 service and the Eaton Room at 1:00 pm, after the 11:00 service. No training is required beforehand. Register here.


Wednesday, November 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 Claire.


Friday, November 10th, 7pm – Young Souls November 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. Location: 4322 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011. RSVP on Facebook here. Hosted by Alice G, Kristin Z, Ben W-M, and their housemates. Visit the Young Souls Blog to see photos of previous potlucks. Questions? Contact Claire.


Sunday, November 12th, After Second Service – All Souls Church Budget Meeting

Every year, the outcome of the All Souls Budget Meeting creates a budget that is presented to the congregation for approval at the Congregational Annual Meeting. It is very difficult, near impossible, to make changes to the budget outside of this meeting. If you are into auditing, process, and want to nerd out, come and get into the weeds of the 2018 church budget. While budgets are technical, there are moral implications associated with the way we spend money – use your voice to be sure our community is living up to our 7 Principles. Contact YS President, Alice Goldberg, or AS Executive Director, Katie Loughary with questions. Location: All Souls Church (ask the front desk).


Wednesday, November 15th, 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, November 15th, we will cover the fifth principle: “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large”. 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: Spirit Room @ All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009. RSVP on Facebook here. Contact Nick Ford for more details or with any questions!


Saturday, November 18th, 9:30am-1pm – Reeb Voting Rights NC Redistricting Phone Bank

Join the Reeb Voting Rights Project to make calls on behalf of Democracy North Carolina and the Fair Maps campaign!  Now that the courts have ruled that some of the North Carolina districts were illegally racially gerrymandered, the state will need to draw new districts.  The Fair Maps campaign is trying to get 50,000 NC voters to support an independent commission that will respect community input and avoid racial or partisan gerrymandering – so the voters can pick their representatives, not the other way around. We will be calling potential supporters from lists developed by Democracy NC. Location: All Souls Church.


Thursday, November 16th, 6:30pm – Young Souls Social Justice Task Force Meeting

Join us for our monthly Young Souls social justice task force meeting! Feel free to bring some food/drinks. We’ll be going over social justice initiatives locally and how we want to be involved using the tools/passions we have. Location: TBD! Questions? Contact Alice Kurima Newberry.  Click here to sign up for the Social Justice Task Force e-list and receive AWESOME goodies in your inbox.


Sunday, November 19th, 1pm – Young Souls November Brunch

Join us on Sunday November 19th at 1pm for our monthly Young Souls brunch! We’ll meet in Pierce Hall after the service. Location: We’ll be in the dining room after second service.There will be bagels, cream cheese (including vegan options), juice, and fruit.

Please bring $5 cash or venmo to claire. RSVP on the google doc so that we know how much food to buy. Questions? Contact Claire.


Saturday, November 25th, 7 pm – 7 Principles Discussion Weekend Edition!

Are you interested in the ongoing 7 Principles discussion groups, but haven’t had the time to attend? Well now you have a second option! We are now meeting for a second time on the weekend for the 7 Principles Discussion Group! The event will start around 7:00 in the evening and will be a potluck style dinner and conversation about Unitarian Universalist core beliefs. For this meeting we will focus on the Second Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Location: 1002 Girard Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. For more information you can RSVP on Facebook here, or feel free to email Nick Ford.


Sunday, December 9th, After Second Service – All Souls Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting for the congregation is fast approaching! Be sure to mark your calendars! We will be voting on stuff like adopting the 8th Principle and other potential changes in policies. Please note you must be a member to vote.  Location: All Souls Sanctuary.


Young Souls November Circle Suppers and Friendsgivings! – Sign up here!

Sign up for November Circle Suppers! We only have a couple hosts this month, so make sure to sign up quickly! These are wonderful events for newcomers to meet fellow Young Souls in smaller settings. Check out Circle Supper photos on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. If you’d still like to host a Circle Supper or Friendsgiving in November, please contact Justine Rothbart.


Thursdays – Young Souls Book Club

In November the Young Souls Book Club will read Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford. “What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer people will be necessary…Rise of the Robots is essential reading to understand what accelerating technology means for our economic prospects-not to mention those of our children-as well as for society as a whole.” YS Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Lauren.


All Souls Cookbook

Have recipes to share? Want to reserve a copy of the new cookbook? Contact Maria Lee. Sponsored by the Young Souls and the Silver Souls.


Young Souls Blog –

We’re looking for new blog posts! Do you have a blog post idea for the Young Souls Blog? We’re looking for new writers to contribute. You could write about a Young Souls event, an All Souls event, or any other topic! Previous blog posts have been about spiritual resources in the DC area, Classic Movie Nights, and the history of the All Souls neighborhood. Contact Justine Rothbart if you’re interested!

Spiritual Resources

By Luciana Harrington

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D.C. bar scene not feeding your soul?  Don’t worry- all is not lost! Whether it’s an energy healing session, an evening of ecstatic dance, or weekend retreat – DC has got your soul covered!

Whether you are motivated by curiosity, community, fun, loss/devastation, desire for authentic relating or deliberately seeking to embark on an evolution of consciousness, there are many events, retreats and healers in the DC area offering their gifts to the city. Over the past 6 years I have experimented with several of them for all the above-mentioned reasons.

For healing, acupuncture, reiki sessions or holistic health counseling may be good ways to start or just drop in for a tune up. For an evening of fun and authentic relating, I’d suggest trying ecstatic dance or 5 rhythms dance as a way to connect within, meet likeminded folks and feel great afterwards! I find that fun is sometimes the best form of healing.

For a more in-depth experience, weekend, holiday and weeklong getaways are available at nearby ashrams. The closest to D.C. is Yogaville- a beautiful retreat center 40 minutes outside of Charlottesville, VA along the James river. This ashram hosts a signature silent retreat 3 times a year if you want to go Eat, Pray, Love style! About a 5 hour drive from D.C. is the Sivananda Yoga Ranch in the Catskills mountains in New York, offering weeklong beginner yoga vacation programs. Both have hiking trails and beautiful views!

Finally, the many festivals offered throughout the year are a nice happy medium covering all bases. Drop in for the day, the night, or stay the whole weekend. Festivals create a magical, celebratory environment outside of the daily grind, allowing you to get away, connect with the local tribe, expand your knowledge through workshops and most importantly- do what feeds your soul! I’d suggest looking at the many offerings at Interfusion Festival, FlowJam and East Coast Tantra Festival, to name a few.

I’ve listed specific details and recommendations below. This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, just one filled with love and gratitude from personal experience. I hope it can help you on your own spiritual journey. May you find what you seek!

  • Yogaville
    • Ashram – Spiritual retreat center in the mountains outside of Charlottesville only 2.5 hours outside of DC, also accessible by train and bus.
    • Notes – Chill spiritual getaway, offering many workshops and spiritual retreats, including a silent retreat. Ashram located on a river with a lake and hiking trails.
  • Sivananda Yoga Ranch
    • Yoga Ranch in the Catskills mountains of New York. About 5 hour drive from DC, also accessible by bus.
    • Notes- Recommend the yoga vacation programs.  Also offers ASL yoga retreat and services. Ashram located in the mountains with shorter hiking trails, lake and sauna.
  • Inner Journey
    • Weekend getaway workshop with other participants for deep reflection, self-work and spiritual healing.
    • Highly recommended by Inner Journey graduates and said to be life changing.
  • Spa World
    • Overall space to relax and rejuvenate. Korean Spa with various crystal, salt and clay saunas including nude bade pool (separate for men/women).
    • Notes- Not spiritual per se, but good for rejuvenation and re-connecting with yourself.
  • Transformational Acupuncture
    • One-stop shop for healing as holistic health counseling will point you in the direction you need, whether its physical healing, mediations, workshops or books, this clinic will work with you one-on-one to determine an appropriate healing program for you. ACCEPTS INSURANCE!!
  • Reiki Institute of Greater Washington
    • Besides offering healing sessions, also offers trainings on reiki, crystal healing as well as drumming and moon mediations.
    • Notes- Recommend basic reiki I and II trainings if you are interested in learning about energy healing.
  • Bhava DC
    • Cacao Ceremony, Ecstatic Dance, Sound Healing: Substance-free music + movement events to promote conscious and authentic connection.
  • FlowJam Festival
    • Music and yoga festival on a FARM!!! Happens every June for summer solstice in Blumont, VA.
    • Notes- Fun, chill festival vibe in NATURE with like-minded people, spiritual healers and vendors. Tent camping festival.
  • Interfusion Festival
    • Yoga, dance and tantra festival in Alexandria. Happens 2x per year.
    • Notes- Festival for many interests- dance includes all forms like salsa, zouk, bachata, belly dance and contact improv. Yoga includes acro-yoga as well as traditional yoga + meditation. Festival also has spiritual healers and vendors available at their booths the whole time.
  • East Coast Tantra Festival
    • Festival focused on the teachings, practices and philosophies of tantra. Happens once a year in West Virginia as a spiritual retreat.
    • Notes- Retreat in nature with rustic cabins or tent camping available. Diverse workshops available all day.