We are a congregation with passion for many social justice issues: reproductive justice, eco-justice, LGBTQ+ rights, racial justice, economic justice, health and mental health, accessibility, domestic violence and education. We know that by embracing and working on all of these issues, we are helping to build Beloved Community inside and outside our walls.
We do not all agree on every topic, and we come together to learn with and from one another. We strive to understand how all of these social justice issues are interrelated and intersect with one another, so that we might all move forward together. We welcome you to join us in learning and action.
Honoring the LGBTQ Journey
All Souls is a Welcoming Congregation, recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association. We affirm and include those of us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, transgender, non-binary, and queer at every level of congregational life.
We know all people are whole and worthy; therefore we include and celebrate all our LGBTQA+ members, friends, visitors, and staff in worship, programming, governance, and social gatherings. We appreciate and treasure the particular gifts all of us LGBTQA+ folks give to our congregation. Read more about our commitment to LGBTQ welcome here.
In accordance with our UU Principle, “We covenant to affirm and promote the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,” All Souls intends to lead in the effort to mitigate the damages brought by the changing climate while bringing about more sustainable and equitable ways of living for our congregation and our community.
We began by doing what we can to live more sustainably ourselves, by reducing our carbon footprint – both in the church facility and in our homes. From here, many have become more involved in community efforts to expand solar power in Indiana, in the community organization, Faith In Indiana, and in advocacy efforts in local and state government. We heed Pope Francis’ call to give special preference to the poor and work to mitigate the inordinate impact of global warming they will feel. All Souls expresses strong support for dealing with looming climate crisis.
We are a Green Sanctuary certified congregation. This is a designation given to Unitarian Universalist Congregations who have engaged in several years of intensive environmental work. Read more about our history on Environmental Justice.
Racial Justice Work
Our congregation has gone through several years of assessment, trainings and growth in the areas of anti-racism and multi-cultural awareness, and encouraged congregants to work with community partners for social justice.We have made education about racial justice a priority in our faith learning programming, and engaged in difficult congregational conversations around historical patterns of silence or harm. We acknowledge that we as a congregation have much work to do in the work of racial justice, but we are committed to the journey.
Partnerships and Service Projects
All Souls seeks to be relevant in the wider world around us. We know that the Beloved Community is not housed within our walls, but co-created with all we encounter on our journey. We seek to do justice in the world, and one of the best ways we do this is by partnering with, and supporting other organizations we share parts of our vision for the world. All Souls reaches out to those in need with the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School, Interfaith Hospitality Network, and East Coast Migrant Head Start Project. Read more here: https://allsoulsindy.org/justice/service-projects/