Adult Spiritual Development

The All Souls Adult Spiritual Development program brings people together in different places and formats, like different threads, to form a spiritual, intellectual, communal tapestry for our daily lives. ASD offerings fall into five categories. Click on each to be brought directly to that section.

Registration

  • Payment at the time of registration is appreciated, as facilitators are not equipped to handle money and registration details. It also guarantees you a spot in the class.
  • If you’re unable to pay when you register, please contact Leo Jones (ljones@allsouls.ws) to request a scholarship.
  • If a class reaches its maximum before you register, you can be placed on a waiting list by contacting Leo.

Fees

All ASD offerings, other than those related to membership or fellowship, have fees. Fees cover some portion of the cost of the whole program, but most of the cost is covered by congregant annual pledges. We encourage everyone (member or not) who takes an ASD class to pledge annually.

Registration

To register, find the class below and click on the appropriate link. NOTE: Dates listed below are subject to change. Please check the class registration page for finalized dates. Classes without registration buttons are either full or have already taken place.

Spiritual Growth and Transformation

All Souls Bible Discussion Group

Gather with fellow UUs interested in Bible history and literacy, as we journey through the Hebrew Scriptures (otherwise known as the “Old Testament”). This comfortably paced reading will give us a grounded, structured method for discussing universal themes of contemporary relevance, such as love and fidelity, filial duty, group identity and survival, hospitality to strangers, inter-ethnic marriages, justice, territoriality and political power, our human search for divinity, transcendence, and wholeness. Conversely, in trying to situate ourselves in biblical times, we may learn that “self-evident and timeless” truths are actually time- and culture-bound. We’ll explore contradictions and repetitions and discover who wrote the Bible, for what purposes, and how it became holy over the centuries. All are welcome, and welcome any time: come every week or when the topic interests you! Although participants are encouraged to contribute perspectives from secondary literature, the only required text is a Bible (any version—in fact, different translations will help us extract the essence of the texts). We will place the Bible in its historical and cultural context, without deference to any dogmatic interpretations or theological teachings. Together we’ll discuss and evaluate the relevance of the Bible’s texts to UUs and other spiritual seekers. After working through the Hebrew Scriptures in 2015-16, we’ll move to the Christian Scriptures in 2016-17.

When: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Sep. 15, 2015-May 31, 2016
Where: All Souls
Cost: free
Facilitators: Jose Luis Sanchez (jl.sanchez@verizon.net) and Dana E. Connors (dana.e.connors@gmail.com)

Philosophical Souls

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:00–8:30 PM
Where: All Souls Church or John Tambornino’s apartment
Facilitators: John Tambornino and Sara Frueh

Honoring Socrates’ belief in the unique rewards of the examined life, Philosophical Souls holds monthly discussions to tackle big questions in small settings. To participate, you only need what is available to us all—an open and inquiring mind. During each gathering we will explore a basic philosophical or theological question. Join us for one gathering or many! To be added to the mailing list to be notified about future meetings, e-mail Sara (sarafrueh@gmail.com).

Welcoming, Diverse, Vibrant Community

About All Souls

Location varies
Several Sundays throughout the year. Look for dates in weekly announcements.
Learn and ask questions about Unitarian Universalism and All Souls Church. This informal session lasts about an hour.
No registration, no fee; just drop in.

Service and Prophetic Action

Escalating Economic Inequality

At last year’s General Assembly, UUs selected Escalating Economic Inequality as Unitarian Universalism’s four-year study/action Issue. Gather with fellow All Souls congregants to discuss the possible causes and solutions to this core social justice issue. This spiritual development class will be facilitated by Craig Dylan Wyatt, MSW, who has adapted the UUA’s curriculum to create a class that’s engaging, meaningful, interactive, and--yes--even fun. Six Wednesday evenings, Sep. 23 through Oct. 28, 7:00-9:00 pm, Tupper Room. Register here.

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