The Dalai Lama once said, “We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.”
We need each other to survive and thrive
Introvert or extrovert, we need each other to survive and thrive. The past year 2020 has been a hard one and it doesn’t seem to be done even though the calendar has flipped over to January 2021. The pandemic still rages as do some of our fellow citizens. It is times like these that we need community to help us center ourselves and get perspective on the world. Providing support is the great strength of a religious community, such as All Souls.
Starting January 27, 2021, we will convene virtually for chapel, social time, and classes led by members of your All Souls family. Rev. Cathey Edwards will again be leading meditation every week and Bill Wescott will be teaching watercolor painting. Joe Nurre will be leading Sunday Circle on Wednesdays as part of Wednesday Community Connections (WCC). Rev. Gerald Davis will join WCC every second Wednesday of the month with All Souls Reads. Intern minister Karyn Marsh will be teaching classes on the parables of Jesus in February and March, and on spiritual wills in April. Path to Membership classes will be offered in February. Additionally, there will be one-time events, like a session on cohousing. Every week promises to be a little different, so please check the schedule that will be posted weekly.
Drop in and leave whenever you like!
The Zoom room will open at 6 p.m. and chapel will begin at 6:15 p.m. After chapel ends around 6:45 p.m., we will have time to socialize before we go into breakout rooms for classes. There will be one link, but you don’t have to attend every program. You can drop in and leave whenever you like. Come just for the chapel. Come just for a class. Come just to say hello. Or come for the full evening. Register at http://bit.ly/WedCC.
2021 kickoff classes
Check allsoulschurch.org for the latest class schedule throughout the semester. More classes and groups will be added.
Sunday Circle on Wednesday: Governed by a commitment to our covenant, Joe Nurre moderates this conversational ministry from a spiritual point of view. Topics vary week to week.
Path to Membership: Learn more about our community and explore your own theology in our Path to Membership classes. This four-class series will introduce you to Unitarian Universalism, covenantal theology, Love Beyond Belief and what it means to be a member. Hear the modern-day stories that shape All Souls and how Unitarian Universalism intersects with the history of the United States, 20th Century humanism, and our vision for the future. Led by Rev. Barbara Prose.
Painting Seasonal Watercolor Cards: Bill Wescott will lead you each week through the process of creating 3 or more, if time allows, watercolor seasonal cards. For details on supplies to bring to the session, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (918) 633–1173.
Of Course You Can Meditate – Introduction to Insight Mindfulness Meditation: In these stressful ever-present Covid-19 days, having tangible spiritual tools is invaluable. Having a teaching and learning community helps overcome obstacles to learning. Recent science proves again and again meditation and mindfulness can restructure our brains, rewiring them for better concentration, more peace, greater compassion and less stress. These skills augment a Unitarian Universalist tradition. Join the Rev. Cathey Edwards, a UU minister and meditator for over 18 years, for an interactive online course. It is good for beginners as well as experienced meditators (bring your beginner’s mind!). Our gathering becomes a break from daily stress plus a means of responding skillfully to all that life brings.