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Shannon Boston

Shannon Boston

Religious Exploration, Executive Director

Welcome!

Welcome to you, and welcome to all of your questions.  I can’t promise to be able to answer them, but I will walk with you while we look for the responses together. The All Souls Religious Exploration Community is a wonderful place to join together to think outside of the box and reframe life’s big and little quandaries. From “What happens when we die?” to “How do I say I’m sorry?” we tackle it all through our three-year rotation of themes, Sunday School for all ages, classes for parents and caregivers and intergenerational and age-specific events.

We are currently doing most everything virtually, but we hope with the vaccine roll out and warmer weather that will be changing shortly.  While learning together, whether virtually or in real space, we have three basic principles upon which we draw.  These are our PEACE PRACTICES:

  • Be kind in word and deed
  • Respect yourself, one another and the environment
  • Everyone gets to play

We have found that when we focus on achieving these elements, we can create a welcoming place for everyone. 
Reach out anytime. sboston@allsoulschurch.org.

Come be a part of our community!
Shannon

 

Corey Smith

Corey Smith

Youth Director

Hello!
Our goal is to create a loving, all-inclusive environment for our youth where we encourage youth grades 6 through 12 to join is us on a spiritual journey where everyone is included! There are many ways UUs express faith. At All Souls, we explore the many beliefs about God, including atheism. The curriculum for our youth programs touch on bible literacy, world religions, anti-racism and social justice as well as Unitarian Universalist history.

Our students develop their own personal beliefs through various lessons, workshops and classes throughout the year that will introduce different religions. In essence, we want to do our best to prepare our youth for the path, not the path for our youth.

We have lots of fun as we learn together! We have MINECRAFT and Dungeons and Dragons for Middles, online gaming for Youth, fireside worship campouts, and various online get togethers that we will have throughout the year to help strengthen our bonds together. Traditionally, our 9th grade class takes a Boston Pilgrimage to help solidify some of things we have learned about the Unitarian City. This trip will commence in Spring 2022!

There are so many ways that we will engage our youth to help them shine like a diamond! If I can be of any assistance, please email me! csmith@allsoulschurch.org.
Peace,
Corey

Arron Matzenbacher

Arron Matzenbacher

CRE Team Member

We consider our Children’s Religious Exploration mission of vital importance. During the pandemic, our team has been working to continue this mission in the virtual arena. Middle schoolers (6th through 8th grades) are invited to join me in some of our current offerings on Saturday afternoons:

  • Middle School chUUrchcraft – where we build our own virtual world while abiding by the Peace Practices.
  • Middle School Dungeons, Dragons, and Divinity where characters courage and heart are developed and tested.

 We are working to provide safe and enriching experiences for our young community during these difficult times. All of our virtual development has this goal in mind.  If you have any questions or you’d like to help out, don’t hesitate to contact me at programs@allsoulschurch.org.