Young Souls

March Circle Suppers

March Circle Suppers

March Circle Suppers were a success! We had over 50 Young Souls attend 10 different Circle Suppers. The dinners were hosted in several neighborhoods, from Foggy Bottom 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 twelve. 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 May! Interested in hosting a Circle Supper in May? 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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Young Souls April Events!

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Young Souls April 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 youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com.

Friday, April 7th, 7pm – Young Souls April 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 monthly email). Visit the Young Souls Blog to see photos of previous potlucks. Please contact Alice with any questions!

 

Wednesday, April 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. For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers after the happy hour. Questions? Contact YS Social Chair Alice.

 

Wednesday, April 19th, 6:00pm  – 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, Room TBD. RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact Annie.

 

Sunday, April 23rd, 1pm – Young Souls April Brunch

Join us on Sunday April 23rd 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.

 

Friday, April 28th – Monday, May 1st – Young Souls Board Elections

Stay tuned for more information on who is running and how to vote for the 2017-2018 Young Souls Board! For more information, contact Ben Whelan-Morin or Samantha Bertocchi.

 

Sunday, May 7th, 12:45pm – Young Souls Ideation Discussion on Safe Spaces

Keep an eye out for more information about our next ideation meeting in May where we will be discussing safe spaces within Young Souls.

All Souls Spring Auction

This year’s Spring into Auction is approaching! In April, we are looking for donations and volunteers – especially from Young Souls. (This means you!) Popular donations last year included seats at dinner parties, wine tastings, game nights, photo shoots, bike lessons, computer lessons, help moving – ways that people can get to know each other in our community. The more creative, the better! Volunteer-wise, we have needs for committee members – including outreach/communications, updating the auction website/organizing items online and wo/manning the tables between service for donations. Since it’s a short term project (~6 week start to finish), It’s easy to be a one time volunteer or stick around for the whole gig. If you have any questions, suggestions, or just want to help out, please contact Pooja Jhunjhunwala. Would love to hear from you!

 

Young Souls May Circle Suppers – Looking for hosts!

March Circle Suppers were a success! We had over 50 Young Souls attend 10 different 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! Interested in hosting a Circle Supper in May? Contact YS Communications Chair, Justine Rothbart. Take a look at Circle Supper photos on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook.

 

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 April the Young Souls Book Club will read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. This classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the unique vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “Our Father Below.” At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written. The YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.

Young Souls Leadership Nomination Form

Hi Young Souls!
To nominate yourself or someone else for leadership on the Young Souls Board, please fill out the form here.

Anyone can nominate themselves or someone else for a position, we are just asking that, if you are nominating someone else, that you please check with that other person first to see if it is something they are interested in doing.
To see the position descriptions, you can find those here.
Nominations will be taken until March 15th, 2017. This Sunday there will be an open leadership meeting to discuss the process and questions about the positions. Attendance at the meeting is NOT mandatory.
Happy nominating!
 – The Young Souls Board

Souls in the Center Organizational Meeting

Hi Young Souls!
See the following blurb from Valerie Briggs regarding an organizational meeting for Souls in the Center. After a very successful joint event in January, it would be nice to see some “rising Young Souls” take on some leadership in Souls in the Center so we can make that partnership even stronger in the coming year!
– Ben

Souls in the Center Organizational Meeting, 12:45 (after the second service), March 19 in the Library
Let’s make plans for the future of the Souls-in-the-Center! All ideas on the table. We’ll be seeking new leaders as well. Contact Valerie Briggs if interested. Bring snacks to share during the discussion. The Souls-in-the-Center is All Soul‘s community-building group for individuals in their 30s though 50s+.

Sign Up for Young Souls March Circle Suppers!

Young Souls March Circle Suppers – Sign up!

Circle Suppers are back! This month we have 14 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 the photos on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. Questions? Contact YS Communications Chair, Justine Rothbart.

Young Souls March Events!

(Check the monthly email for contact information for events) 

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Young Souls March 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 youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com.

 

Friday, March 3rd, 7pm – Young Souls March 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: Pooja Jhunjhunwala’s house (811 Quintana Pl NW Washington DC 20011). Directions: If needed, plenty of street parking. The nearest metro is Takoma at a mile away, but the 70 and 79 will drop you off within a few blocks. Visit the Young Souls Blog to see photos of previous potlucks. Please contact Alice at with any questions!

 

Sunday, March 5th, 1pm – Young Souls Leadership Interest Meeting

Are you interested in serving on the Young Souls Board for the 2017-2018 year? Are you interested in learning more about the *new* leadership transition process and how the Young Souls Board functions? Come to the Young Souls Leadership Interest Meeting on Sunday, March 5th, after the second service. Location: All Souls, Dining Room. Note: Attendance at the meeting is NOT required to be eligible for a position on the board. Check out the position descriptions here. RSVP on Facebook here. For more information contact Ben Whelan-Morin at or Samantha Bertocchi.

 

Wednesday, March 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, March 11th, 9:00am – 1:00pm – Courage for Racial Justice Training at All Souls with Chris Crass, Anti-Racism Movement Builder

We will deepen our commitment to work for racial justice; reflect on our particular roles, responsibilities, and opportunities as white people; and find the emotional and spiritual resources to sustain our action. Event open to everyone. Location: All Souls Church. Register here.

 

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

Join us on Sunday March 19th 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.

 

Wednesday, March 22nd, 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. RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact Annie.

Young Souls March Circle Suppers – Sign up!

Circle Suppers are back! This month we have 14 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 the photos on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. Questions? 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 March the Young Souls Book Club will read Danny Lambert’s suggestion written by his own former teacher, The Priority List by David Menasche. In this poignant and inspiring memoir, a beloved high school English teacher with terminal brain cancer undertakes a cross-country journey to reunite with his former students in order to find out if he made a difference in their lives, discovering along the way what is truly important in life. Based on a beloved teacher’s most popular lesson, The Priority List is a bold, inspirational story of learning, love, and legacy that challenges us to ask: What truly matters in life? The YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.

Are you interested in serving on the Young Souls Board?

Sunday, March 5th, 1pm – Young Souls Leadership Interest Meeting

Are you interested in serving on the Young Souls Board for the 2017-2018 year? Are you interested in learning more about the *new* leadership transition process and how the Young Souls Board functions? Come to the Young Souls Leadership Interest Meeting on Sunday, March 5th, after the second service. Location: All Souls, Dining Room. Note: Attendance at the meeting is NOT required to be eligible for a position on the board. RSVP on Facebook here. For more information contact Ben Whelan-Morin at or Samantha Bertocchi. 

Position Descriptions:

President

  • General Desc.
    • The President shall manage the group’s relationships with staff, the larger church community, and other specific external communities of interest.
  • Tasks
    • Liaise with the Church Council on behalf of the group
    • Serve as primary point of contact with staff for the Young Souls community, and the primary speaker for the group more generally
    • Maintain contact list for other Church Committees for Young Souls
    • Maintain relationships with external organizations (other local churches, universities, etc)
    • Maintain general connections to UUA activities as relevant
    • Generally ensure that Young Souls stays on track throughout the year
    • Coordinate Young Souls representation at the FInd Your Ministry Fair
  • Larger goals
    • Creating new opportunities for connections and collaborations

 

Vice-President

  • General Desc.
    • The Vice-President shall focus on the the running of the board, and the group’s processes more generally
  • Tasks
    • Schedule board meetings in a timely fashion
    • Share draft agenda around 5 days before board meetings
    • Track/follow-up on action items for the board
    • Ensure that signature events such as the Fall Retreat are properly coordinated
    • Manage the finances of the group
  • Larger goals
    • Improve the functioning of the group more generally

 

Social Chair

  • General Desc.
    • The Social Chair shall coordinate potlucks, brunches, and other social opportunities for the group.
  • Tasks
    • By the middle of the month, have potluck for following month coordinated
    • Have regular monthly brunch coordinated in time for monthly newsletter
    • Point of contact for coordination of other/new events.
    • Liaise with the broader church to create inter-community opportunities for members of Young Souls
    • As appropriate to capacity and need, lead the Young Souls Social Committee
  • Larger goals
    • Create new opportunities for social events

 

Social Justice Chair

  • General Desc.
    • The Social Justice Chair shall coordinate and promote social justice activities within the Young Souls community.
  • Tasks
    • Serve as point of contact for social justice opportunities within the Young Souls community.
    • Liaise with the broader church to connect members of Young Souls to Social Justice activities
    • Coordinate one Young Souls Social Justice event per month
    • As appropriate to capacity and need, lead the Young Souls Social Justice Committee
  • Larger goals
    • Reach out to other social justice groups and events in the larger community.

 

Membership and Welcoming Chair

  • General Desc.
    • The Membership and Welcoming Chair shall track membership information and provide outreach and recruitment for new members.
  • Tasks
    • Coordinate tracking of event attendance
    • Liaise with the All Souls Connecting Souls Committee
    • Manage outreach to potential new members
    • With the Spiritual Chair, liaise with All Souls Pastoral Care
    • As appropriate to capacity and need, lead the Young Souls Welcoming Committee
  • Larger goals
    • Keep an eye on retention/activity of membership

 

Spiritual Chair

  • General Desc.
    • The Spiritual Chair shall coordinate spiritual opportunities for the young souls community and help direct pastoral concerns within the group.
  • Tasks
    • Coordinate spiritual component leaders for monthly potlucks
    • Arrange periodic interfaith visits
    • With the Membership and Welcoming Chair, liaise with All Souls Pastoral Care
    • Be point of contact for spiritual opportunities at All Souls Church
    • As appropriate to capacity and need, lead the Young Souls Spiritual Committee
  • Larger goals
    • Keep an eye on Young Souls spiritual growth

 

Communications Chair

  • General Desc.
    • The Communications Chair shall provide outreach to the Young Souls community.
  • Tasks
    • Issue monthly email announcements and make announcements at events
    • Coordinate with All Souls staff to place announcements in the weekly
    • Ensure that All Souls events are placed on Facebook
    • Maintain the Young Souls web presence
    • As appropriate to capacity and need, lead the Young Souls Communications Committee
  • Larger goals
    • Improve communications within the group

 

Upcoming Events

  • YS Circle Supper #10 May 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • YS Book Club May 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm The Young Souls Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.
  • Classic Movie Mondays May 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm 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.
  • YS Circle Supper #11 May 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • YS Book Club June 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm The Young Souls Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.
  • Weekend on the Bay 2017 June 2, 2017 – June 4, 2017 Join the All Souls congregation for a weekend getaway at Camp Tockwogh (about two hours from DC on the Eastern Shore). There will be activities for infants through Silver Souls: campfires, workshops, vespers, a talent show, water sports, archery, hiking, gaga ball, and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beautiful setting. This will…
  • Classic Movie Mondays June 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm 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.
  • YS Book Club June 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm The Young Souls Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.
  • Young Souls end-of-year party! June 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm Mark your calendars for the Young Souls end-of-year party! Join us on Friday, June 9th, at 7pm as we celebrate the end of the year and welcome the new Young Souls board members. For more information, contact YS Board President, Ben Whelan-Morin.
  • YS Ideation Discussion on Safe Spaces June 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm All Souls Church, Unitarian, 1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA Is Young Souls upholding its commitment to be a safe space? Does our safe spaces statement adequately reflect the needs of our populations and ensure that we are alway an inclusive and welcoming space? Join us to share your thoughts and also to hear from Jessica Raven, Executive Director of the DC Collective Action for…