The Black Souls gathers All Souls congregants who identify as African-American, Afro-Caribbean, or Black to create fellowship, develop new relationships, support each other, and discuss the issues important to us in a safe environment. We desire to create a space where our Black brothers, sisters, and friends feel safe to talk about our feelings regarding social justice, racism, and various forms of systemic oppressions, including our experiences within our own faith.
We seek to tie All Souls to that larger UU world by informing the congregation about UU news and events, recruiting delegates to the UUA’s annual General Assembly, and implementing specific recommendations and programs that come from the denomination. See the Denominational Affairs page for more details and links to UU organizations.
Appointed by the Board of Trustees, we coordinate the church’s conflict resolution process. One of our responsibilities is to identify and recruit mediators and provide training in conflict resolution. More information at www.all-souls.org/right-relations.
For more than 30 years, the Mother's Day Plant Sale has brightened the courtyard, supported green growth and member gardens, and raised money for All Souls.
Supper Circles are a way to get to know other congregants in small settings over a good meal. The circle has dinner together once a month for three months. At the end of the three months, we form new circles and the fun begins again. For more information and to fill out form, go to the All Souls Supper Circle page.
A welcoming community for those aged 18-35+, we help members build connections and friendships, pursue spiritual growth, and engage in social justice and community service. Our regular calendar includes a monthly potluck, post-service brunches, a book group, trivia nights, a fall retreat, and other opportunities for fellowship and service. Our members support and respect each other’s' individual search for truth and meaning and we actively cultivate a diverse membership and welcome members from all backgrounds.
We are All Souls’ primary committee for welcoming new members into our community. From coffee hour hospitality to membership orientation classes and events celebrating new members, the committee supports the life and growth of the congregation. We encourage welcoming spaces within the church and recommend practices that can topple barriers (e.g., fostering accessibility, inclusion, support).
Join us as we create Beloved Community at Camp Tockwogh, two hours from All Souls on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. WOB brings congregants together for spiritual reflection, relaxation, outdoor fun, and a chance to make new connections while strengthening established friendships. Highlights include a Friday night bonfire and Vespers service, Saturday workshops, Saturday evening talent show and dance party, and Sunday outdoor worship service.
We greet people at the sanctuary doors, hand them an order of service, and, during the service, collect the offering. We may also seat people and help them get comfortable. This is a rewarding way to perform a vital role for the Church. A head usher sends out reminders for the upcoming service. We also need substitute ushers.