Spirituality

Related to spiritual life at All Souls.

Vespers Village Team

We work to integrate the monthly Wednesday evening vespers service into the life of All Souls and create a vibrant shared ministry community. Vespers is a service of shared meditation, Taizé-style chanting, and reflection. It is followed by an informal social gathering in Pierce Hall. We need help with planning, ushering, setting up, providing food, and music making. Vespers music rehearsals take place immediately before the services, from 6:00 to 6:45 pm.

Mindful Souls

We are a group of All Souls congregants and affiliates who gather to practice mindfulness. After meditating, we discuss various topics, sometimes led by guests from the wider mindfulness community. We see ourselves as complementing Sunday and Vespers services as well as covenant groups (from which we differ in that our group is more fluid in structure and membership and more focused in theme). Subscribe by sending blank email to mindfulsouls+subscribe@googlegroups.com.

Jubilee Singers

Founded 36 years ago by Ysaye Barnwell, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Jubilee Singers use music to promote social justice, healing, love, and ecology. Our repertoire includes spirituals, gospel, blues, jazz, anthems, and music from around the world. We typically sing two services at All Souls Church on the second Sunday of the month, and an average of once a month at community events throughout the Washington metropolitan area.

All Souls Choir

Singing a diverse collection of music from all traditions, the All Souls Choir provides music leadership on the first and third Sundays of the month. Just show up on a Thursday and we’ll welcome you, or contact Jen.

Worship Associates

We support the ministers in the weekly service and on other occasions as needed. An intentionally diverse and welcoming presence in the pulpit, we represent lay leadership and embody the meaning behind the name All Souls. Worship Associates serve for two years (beginning in March) and meet once a year for training. Applications are accepted year-round. We need new recruits, especially people of color. 

Weekend on the Bay Committee

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.

Ushers

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.

Sunday Lunch Ministry

We cook good food and serve it with love, aiming to accommodate diverse diets with menus that appeal to a variety of tastes. As part of our green commitment, we support zero-trash lunches and composting; although there is typically a small charge for lunch, we provide free meals to guests and low-income congregants. We seek individuals or groups to chef, prepare, serve, and clean up. You can sign up for just one Sunday, but many volunteers enjoy it so much they become regulars.

Seder Committee

The goal of All Souls’ potluck Seder is to emphasize the traditional principles of freedom from oppression. Compared to other Seders, however, ours is broader in intent and inclusiveness, taking on a distinct UU flavor. We draw parallels between the Jewish slaves in Egypt and African slaves in the US and highlight other types of oppression based on sexual orientation, physical disability, or even our own harsh views of ourselves. The Seder service and dinner, free and child-friendly, includes singing and a story for the children by Rev. Hardies. It draws more than 100 people each year. 

Music Ministry Committee

We work to build, strengthen, and diversify All Souls’ Music Ministry; support concerts and events; publicize the Ministry’s activities; and support staff. Current projects include building community within/among the choirs and developing a presence on social media. We invite new members to help us represent the congregation in our work.

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