All Are Welcome…Here!

Some of
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.

May Nothing Evil Cross This Door

Our gray
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;

may
the roar and rain go by.

These words of … read more.

All Are Welcome…Here?

This
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.

Yes, Harry Potter in Church

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.

Spiritual Stores for Life’s Storms

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.

Just One Call Away

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.

Unpacking Whiteness: An Origin Story

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.

A Tale of Two Kings

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking. (Photo by Julian Wasser/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Rep. Steve
King of Iowa is a man with political power, who gained ascendancy in part
through demeaning immigrants and stirring fear.

Martin
Luther King, jr. was a man of moral and prophetic imagination, … read more.