Building the Beloved Community
At All Souls, we hold that respecting the inherent worth and dignity of every person and recognizing the interdependent web of life will lead to the creation of the Beloved Community, and that that community has a home called Earth. Beloved Community is one of total relatedness requiring courage, empathic presence, and perseverance. At All Souls we seek to foster this spiritual awareness and skill set.
As much of our ministry is focused on the wider community we are in – Indianapolis – where racism, poverty, over-incarceration, under-education, underemployment, and violence are a part of everyday experience. We seek to build relationships with individuals and families and partner with organizations who have the passion for education, a commitment to equity, and who work to spread anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices. We work to keep families together. We recognize we cannot do this alone, nor should we. Here are some of the ways you could join us in this transformational work of relationship and community building.
Explore our current programs that help equip us to create the Beloved Community.
Hosting homeless families through Family Promise’s Interfaith Hospitality Network program: Four weeks out of the year, we host up to four families (16 individuals) at All Souls. We drive vans; prepare bedrooms and common rooms; bring, set up and serve meals; stay as overnight hosts; clean; and recruit volunteers.
Working for systematic change through the Faith in Indiana: Though each person can offer individual charity to another person, only groups of dedicated people can change systems. We regularly work on improving the criminal justice system, working to keep immigrant families intact and safe, economic mobility and dignity, and mass transit.
Protecting People and Planet: The All Souls EarthCare Team offers events, trainings, and updates of on climate change, environmental justice, local and national legislation, and tips on how to save energy.
Reducing Educational Disparities: We host the All Souls’ Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Program. This proven, evidence-based program mitigates summer learning loss for 82% of participants by focusing on literacy,empowerment, good citizenship and cultural affirmation. During the summer, we utilize over 50 volunteers to help serve meals, welcome families, and offer enrichment programming.
Being Openly and Enthusiastically Affirming of the LGBTQ Community: We regularly act to support members of the LGBTQ community – from marching in the pride parade, to rallying for civil protections, to financially supporting Freedom Indiana, and beyond.
Women’s Rights and Reproductive Justice: During the Christmas season, we collect items to donate to Coburn Place families, and regularly donate to shelters housing domestic abuse survivors. During the legislative season, we work with Planned Parenthood to defend a woman’s right to choose.
Stocking the Mid North Food Pantry: Drop off non-perishable food items under the coat rack, by the water fountain.
Welcoming a refugee family through Exodus Refugee Immigration: Join the All Souls’ Welcome Team! Welcome Teams partner with Exodus to assist a refugee family with adjusting to life in the U.S. during their first 90 days.