“Two years ago while I was attending Youth Midwest Leadership School, they asked us to split up by our respective districts and talk about how we can accomplish more in our communities. After a bit of talking, I brought up how I wished I could … read more.
When I was about eight, my brother was shot. He was walking
in Boston, and got caught in some crossfire. He was in college then, and when
he came home over the summer some months later, he was walking with a cane still.
He let me run my … read more.
I clearly remember my shock when I went to a Path to Membership class when I was 25, and was told that it was expected for members (me!) to give 3-5% of my income to the congregation. I was raised largely “unchurched”; this ask was … read more.
you may have noticed that in some of our outside communications we are trying
to be very clear that all are welcome and valued here at All Souls.
We declare that Black Lives Matter with our roadside sign, which was recently either stolen by the wind … read more.
hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition,
opens with a ward of protection:
My home’s mezuzah.
May nothing evil cross this door, and may ill fortune never pry about these windows;
and may ill fortune never pry about these windows;
the roar and rain go by.
These words of … read more.
All Souls high school youth with their advisers
I spent last Tuesday driving from mall to mall in search of Harry Potter merchandise. I found Hufflepuff everywhere, occasionally a Ravenclaw shirt, but seldom anything Gryffindor or Slytherin in any size I needed. The All Souls High … read more.
As Winter Storm Harper pummeled its way across the country and toward us last week, with only hours to spare before the rain turned to ice, I ventured to my local Menards (a home improvement store). There, I purchased flashlights and ice melt, along with … read more.
The fragility of life is sometimes so apparent. A family is financially stable, and then a parent loses their job; grocery store runs become less frequent and the mortgage becomes hard to pay. A car breaks down and cannot be repaired, and suddenly a single … read more.
When I was in nineteen, one of my friends – who I partnered
with to help our college student body engage in conversations about racism and
privilege – looked at me and said, “You know you are white right?” I was
startled, but answered “Yes.”
Still this question … read more.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking. (Photo by Julian Wasser/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
King of Iowa is a man with political power, who gained ascendancy in part
through demeaning immigrants and stirring fear.
Luther King, jr. was a man of moral and prophetic imagination, … read more.