“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.
Written by Jackie Anderson, lay leader at All Souls
Published by Rev. Kayla, Minister of Congregational Life
For me, one of the great, good benefits of being part of the All Souls community is that we are capable of taking ourselves right to our growing edge — … read more.
Growing up in a small town, I attended the church where both sides of my family had worshiped for generations. The church was full of my relatives, both distant and close, and I worshiped alongside my cousins older and younger, great-uncles and -aunts, and many … 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.
week, the United Methodist Church voted to affirm that they still do not allow
their clergy to perform marriage ceremonies for gay couples. They also made stricter
guidelines and punishments for clergy who are out and are not celibate.
This was devastating news to many Methodists, including LGBTQ … 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.
I appreciated the engagement that our White & Woke worship series generated. We had people come for
these worship services specifically, comment on our related Facebook posts, and
want even more post-service engagement. All this to say, we commonly recognize
that antiracism work (both the healing and the … read more.