Community - activities and volunteerism that build relationships and community

Building community is to the collective as spiritual practice is to the individual.

~ Grace Lee Boggs

Black Souls

The Black Souls gathers church 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.

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Caring Cards

Hand-messaged cards are a way to let All Souls congregants and friends know that fellow congregants are thinking of them and sharing in their joys, sorrows, or difficulties. Volunteers make this card ministry happen every week. We send condolences to those grieving, birthday wishes, healing prayers to those dealing with illness or injury, congratulations on a life achievement, and other reasons as varied as congregants’ lives. When we are back in the building, we want and need a few more volunteers to give an hour at the Caring Card Table on Sundays after either service, whenever your schedule permits. 

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Right Relations

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B&B

The All Souls Bed & Breakfast program hosts UU’s visiting the nation’s capital. Since the B&B’s inception in 2009, we have placed over 800 guests, making this an important component of the church’s annual budget. We always need additional hosts, especially in DC and close-in suburbs, who live near public transportation.
If you have a spare room and want to participate in a ministry of hospitality, please consider being a host family! This ministry is on hiatus until it is safe to host visitors again.

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Young Souls

A welcoming community for those ages 18-35+, we help members build connections and friendships, pursue spiritual growth, and engage in social justice and community service.
Activities include potlucks and brunches, book group, happy hours, fall retreat, and other opportunities for fellowship and service. Members support and respect each other’s individual search for truth and meaning, and actively cultivate a diverse membership from all backgrounds.

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Silver Souls

We provide a voice for the concerns and wellbeing of the senior members of All Souls. We offer educational programs on the issues of aging, and sponsor several
intergenerational, social fundraising activities such as the Crab Fest and the Annual High Tea. We are keenly interested in telling the church’s history. The Silver Souls have supported several history projects and restorations, and other projects of historical significance. 

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Gardening Team

We keep the All Souls flowers, trees, and plants thriving, blooming, healthy, and beautiful throughout the year. We care for the Courtyard, South and Front Lawns, Harvard St Garden, the Terrace, and the trees along 16th and Harvard Streets. We have jobs for all ages and experience to include planting, transplanting perennials, pruning shrubs and trees, mulching, weeding, watering, edging, maintenance, and more. It’s great exercise, fellowship, and good for anyone who comes to the church for any reason.

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Annual Plant Sale

For more than 30 years, the Mother’s Day Plant Sale has brightened the church yards with greenery, and supported green growth and member gardens, while raising money for All Souls.

The congregation is encourage to raise plants during the spring for donation to the sale, which will be held on Mother’s Day. This is an intergenerational activity, great for all ages and all abilities!

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Sunday Lunch Ministry

We cook good food and serve it with love, aiming to accommodate diverse diets with menus that appeal to all. As part of our green commitment, we support zero-trash or low waste lunches. There is a small charge for lunch, but provide free meals to guests and those in need. We generally cook one Sunday a month and always need help with preparation, serving, and cleanup. Volunteer once or often! We also encourage other lay groups to sponsor a luncheon and come cook with us! Our ministry is suspended until it is considered safe for large scale food service indoors.

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Shippen Red Cross Program

Named for ASC minister Rev. Shippen, who helped Clara Barton found the American Red Cross, the Red Cross Program is a licensed, in-house training program. We provide Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR and Defibrillator training, and Basic First Aid. By being in house with an instructor on staff, we are able to provide these courses at a far lower cost than would be found in the wider community. Individuals who complete courses are certified providers and receive a certificate good for two years. This program is on hiatus until it is safe to utilize shared training equipment.

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Souls In The Center

The Souls In The Center are just that: a social group of age mates in the ‘middle’ of life! We provide social and service opportunities for All Souls members and friends who are in their 30’s to 50’s, or beyond! The SITC have had an extensive calendar of events throughout the year including internal and external volunteerism days, outdoor activities from biking, hiking, and more, to indoor events such as museum visits, happy hours, game nights, brunches, potlucks, worship, and more! If you’re looking to connect,  reach out! This ministry has been on hiatus and is in need of revitalization and new leadership. Reach out if you may be interested in taking this on. 

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Rainbow Souls

The Rainbow Souls welcomes all folx who identify outside of ‘traditional’ gender identity and/or sexuality (GLBTQIA+, nonbinary, etc). We are committed to creating a safe, welcoming church environment and community that engages all who enter our doors and/or engage with the All Souls community. We strive to build a Beloved Community that incorporates all eight UU principles where people are free to openly be their authentic selves. We honor the fullness and complexity of identity as it exists in the intersections of oppressions and discrimination. This group is in a period of reorganization and looking for folx who are willing to take on the task of leading and rebuilding this important ministry.

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