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FAMILY, CHILDREN’S & YOUTH PROGRAMS

The mission of the All Souls Family, Children’s and Youth Programs is to foster the lifelong exploration of religious thought and values through a program that promotes spiritual development by means of free inquiry, mutual respect, and responsible behavior.

2020-2021 Children’s & Youth Registration

Even though we are currently virtual, we are creating innovative, safe, and meaningful programs for all ages, and it is important that each family register annually for these programs. Children and youth who attend regularly build deeper connections, even on-line, and derive greater benefits from their lessons and shared community. Our schedule will be shifting and expanding with live zoom meetings, on-demand, and outside, physically-distant in-person meetings as we are able. Please keep us up to date on your information so that we can share the same with you!

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Bible for Cynics, Skeptics and Heretics

December 13 |1 p.m. | Zoom: bit.ly/bibleforcynics 
Join Riley Kern as we discuss various themes in the Bible through a Unitarian lens. Open debate and discussion makes this a lively way to discuss these themes and relate them to issues we face every day. This program is focused on our high school aged youth, but adults are welcome to observe.

Riley Kern is back for our November edition of this popular bible class for our youth.  Adults are welcome for this particular meeting as well.  This is a youth driven, interactive class where we look at several verses in the bible, and more importantly how these teachings are applicable in the world around us today!  
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Family Chapel

Sundays | 9 a.m. |  allsoulschurch.org/live & All Souls Facebook
Join Shannon for a full, Family Chapel experience with hymns, songs, prayer, and children’s book reading. Find the Chapel or Sunday School message you need, when you need it on our YouTube Playlist!

Helping Families Process Current Events

Explaining scary, sad, and shocking events to our children is one of my least favorite parts of parenting. Not only is it painful, but it feels rife with possible pitfalls. In times like these, I always fall back on Mr. Rogers’ sage advice to “Look for the helpers.” Beyond that, staying in the conversation, staying open to questions and concerns, and setting aside time away from news and media are key.

Here are some solid resources that you may find helpful as we all process current events.

How to Explain to your Kids Why a Violet Mob Stormed the US Capitol is great for discussing recent event with tweens and teens.

This article, How to Process a Scary Day in the Nation with Your Kids, is particularly good for those with younger children.

But I advise reading Parenting While Shocked. As the local grown-up, I don’t need to be responsible for fixing everything; helping my girls process their sense that everything seems broken is enough first. Just to settle yourself down and give yourself some grace.

And here is a great podcast on the subject. From NPR’s Up First: What To Tell Kids When The News Is Scary:
“When the headlines are terrifying, how can parents make sure kids get the facts without traumatizing them? Whether it’s a school shooting, a global pandemic or an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, child development experts have some advice. In this bonus episode brought to you by NPR’s Life Kit, hosts Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner have answers. “

Please feel free to email me at sboston@allsoulschurch.org with specific questions or concerns.

With Love Beyond Belief,

Shannon Boston, Executive Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Middle School, High School & Coming of Age

Middle School Huddle 
Sundays | 11:30 a.m. | Register: bit.ly/middlehuddle 
Middle School Youth meet each week to discuss the monthly theme in an all-inclusive environment. 

Youth Huddle 
Sundays | 1 p.m. | Register: bit.ly/youthhuddle 
Our Youth meet each week to discuss the theme of the month and current events in an all-inclusive environment. 

Coming of Age 
Sundays | 4:30 p.m. | Register: bit.ly/asuccoa 
Our 9th graders learn about themselves, belief systems and UU history to develop their own Credo on Coming of Age Sunday. 

Grades 9 – 12  
The Bible for Cynics, Skeptics and Heretics  
November 8 & December 13 |1 p.m. | Zoom: bit.ly/bibleforcynics  
Join Riley Kern as we discuss various themes in the Bible through a Unitarian lens. Open debate and discussion makes this a lively way to discuss these themes and relate them to issues we face every day. This program is focused on our high school aged youth, but adults are welcome to observe. 

Middle School Virtual Lock-In

December 20  |  1 to 4 pm  |  Register: https://bit.ly/MSLockIn
We have a virtual, fun afternoon planned for our Middle School Holiday Lock-in this year. Come and check out our NEW Minecraft room, the virtual scavenger hunt, Holiday snack challenge and we will do some planning for 2021 all via ZOOM. It’s going to be a good time. Come and join us, won’t you?

 

 

 

Parents as Sexual Educators

Sundays | 3:30 p.m. | Register: bit.ly/asucpase 
In a small group setting, adults explore their roles as the most important sexuality educators their children will have. Ten 75-minute sessions invite parents and caregivers to explore their role as the primary sexuality educators of their elementary through teen age children. Registration is required. Class size is limited.  

POP! Parents of Pre-Schoolers

Sign up for our first POP! group by emailing programs@allsoulschurch.org!
Visit http://allsoulschurch.org/programs/pop/ for full details & program.

What is POP?
POP (Parents of Preschoolers) is an easy video-based, at-home curriculum grounded in Unitarian Universalism and designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 2-5.
By engaging with POP videos, parents and caregivers will learn to understand their child’s spiritual development, to build rituals that support this development, and to see themselves as spiritual teachers 

How does POP work?
Each month, three short videos and worksheets will be shared with registered families.  Enjoy working through the month’s videos and worksheet content at your own pace. At the end of the month, we’ll gather on Zoom with All Souls Religious Educator Shannon Boston, and fellow-parents and caregivers to check in and share what you have learned and experienced. The schedule of the monthly zoom will be determined by the group.

January 2021: Family Culture: What do we value?, Show & Tell, Doing together

February 2021: Living with Preschoolers: A Deeper Meaning, Patterns, Methods of Connection

March 2021: Building Rituals: The Elements of CALM, A CALM Ritual, Finding your CALM

April 2021: Storytelling: Tell Me Again, Your Sacred Stories, Once Upon A Time  

May 2021: At the Table: Why We Gather, Questions, We Are Makers   

June 2021: Let’s Play: Pete and Repeat, Light Bright, Imagine This

July 2021: Sleep Tight: The Witching Hour, Comfort and Connection, Say the Magic Words

August 2021: Teaching and Learning: Who Were You; Eat, Play, Rest, How to Be

September 2021: What’s Next?: Reflecting, To Be Continued, Onward

 

Youth Gaming!

Middle School Gaming – The Splinterlands/ChuurchCraft 
2 & 4th Saturdays | 1 p.m. | bit.ly/thesplinterlands (DnD) 
1, 3 & 5th Saturdays | 1 p.m. | bit.ly/thesplinterlands (Minecraft) 

Middle schoolers (6th through 8th grades) are invited to join Corey Smith and Arron Matzenbacher on Saturday afternoons on Zoom for: 

  • chUUrchcraft – where we build our own virtual world while abiding by the Peace Practices 

alternating with 

  • Dungeons, Dragons, and Divinity where characters’ courage and heart are developed and tested. 

All skill levels are encouraged and welcome to play.  Pre-registration is required for participation. Please contact Corey Smith, Youth Director at csmith@allsoulschurch.org for additional information. 

Virtual Sunday School

Sundays | 9:30 a.m. | Register:  bit.ly/asucvss
Geared toward kids in grades K – 5, their siblings and families. We will create rituals, tells stories, share our glads and sads, and get to know each other better. Come as soon as Family Chapel ends. 
Find the message you need, when your family needs it! Check out past Family Chapels on our YouTube playlist!

ADULT PROGRAMS

Adult Programs—including Wednesday Connections classes, Sunday discussion groups, and special events—are intentional, inclusive, and inspiring. We strive to cultivate a community of people who lead in all aspects of their lives, and to be living “beacons” for religious freedom, We encourage personal growth, diversity, and justice in our community and beyond.

All Souls Reads with Rev. Gerald Davis

2nd Sundays | 1:30 p.m. | Register: bit.ly/ASRSunday
2nd Wednesdays | 7 p.m. | Register: bit.ly/WedCC 

All Souls Reads is a book discussion group that explores the human condition when encountering and overcoming oppressive circumstance. *Note – the Wednesday meeting will be part of our Wednesday Community Connections. Join the zoom link as early as 6 p.m. for a mid-week chapel/meditations, music, social time, and free online programs.
January 10 & 13 – “The Yellow House: A Memoir” by Sarah M. Broom
February 14 & 17 – “The Nickel Boys: A Novel” by Colson Whitehead
March 14 & 17 – “Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country” by Sierra Crane Murdoch
April 11 & 14 – “God Help the Child” by Toni Morrison
May 16 & 19 – “Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World” by Jacqueline Novogratz

*All books are available at Fulton Street Books & Coffee. Support your local black-owned and operated businesses! https://bookshop.org/lists/book-inventory 

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Braver Angels Workshops

Skills for Bridging the Divide: A Braver Angels Workshop
Saturday, March 6 | 2 – 4:30 p.m. | allsouls.me/bridgingthedivide
Skills for Bridging the Divide workshops help you through difficult political conversations with people in your life. Learn how to talk across the divide in a constructive, empathetic way.

What is a Skills for Bridging the Divide Workshop?

In our current polarized political environment, many people avoid or dread political conversations with friends or family members whose politics differ from their own. They worry, rightly so, that any attempts at political discussions will devolve into arguments and acrimony, and result in hurt feelings or anger.

Braver Angels Skills for Bridging the Divide Workshops teach skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship. They also give participants a safe environment to practice those skills.

Depolarizing Within: A Braver Angels Workshop
Saturday, March 27 | 2 – 4:30 p.m. | allsouls.me/depolarizingwithin
Depolarizing Within workshops teach participants to look within and develop strategies for engaging politics without demonizing, and how to constructively intervene in social conversations with like-minded peers.

What is a Depolarizing Within Workshop?

The Depolarizing Within Workshop is designed to foster skills to help you lessen the effects of polarization when you encounter them in your political conversations.

Note that by “polarization,” we are not referring to healthy disagreements over issues or philosophy. We are talking about how we regard and talk about large groups of ordinary people on the other side of the political aisle.

Coffee Half Hour! 30 minutes before and after Sanctuary Service

We miss seeing you before & after service. Drop in to our Coffee Half Hour before and after the 10 a.m. service so we can see each other, visit, and connect!  Links here.

In Her Honor: Celebrating RBG's contributions to Women's Rights

Presented by Women of All Souls
2nd Tuesdays | 7 p.m. | bit.ly/allsoulswomen (Zoom link unless otherwise noted) 

In Her Honor is a series of events celebrating Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s contributions toward women’s rights. The monthly presentations by notable women, from our community and beyond, celebrate and inform us of the progress women have made toward equality, equity, and justice 

All are welcome to attend, regardless of gender identity. The Women of All Souls looks forward to engaging programs and conversations. All who identify as women are welcome to join Women of All Souls the first, third, fourth Tuesday’s of the month!  

Upoming Events:
To the Hilt: the RBG Ethos & Modern Medicine with Dr. Jennifer Clark
Tuesday, March 9 | 7 p.m. central | https://bit.ly/allsoulswomen 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg fundamentally changed the LAW to better serve ALL lives. To this same end, the RBG ethos can also serve as a model to challenge the long standing and exclusionary practices of MEDICINE. Our discussion will take us on a trip through the historical narrative of modern medicine, to its current crossroads, and to a RBG future we can ALL “enjoy and thrive…to the hilt!”  
Check out Dr. Clark’s TEDxUTulsa Talk: Suffering, Well-Being, and the Redefinition of Health 

IHH Mission: To grow a community of diverse, multi-generational women that value each member’s histories and life experiences, to celebrate the progress made in women’s empowerment and equality and to honor RBG’s role in that progress. 

Sunday Circle

Sundays  |  1 p.m.  |  Register to join: bit.ly/sundaycircle
Joe Nurre & Dan Piazzola moderates this conversational ministry from a spiritual point of view, governed by a commitment to our covenant.

Sunday Salon

Sundays  |  3 p.m.  |  Register to join: bit.ly/asucsundaysalon
Joe Nurre moderates this weekly forum on current events. All opinions are respected, few questions are answered, and all answers are questioned.

Sunday Circle on Wednesday

Wednesdays | 7 p.m. | Zoom: bit.ly/WedCC
Join us in an Exploration of Connections through conversational ministry, guided by a commitment to our covenant. 

Touchstone Circles - a safe space to rest and refuel

3rd Tuesdays through April 20, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. | Register: bit.ly/touchstonecircles
In the midst of many storms: COVID-19, economic stress, and political divisiveness, small groups provide a stable place to rest and refuel. Each of us can offer shelter and refuge to each other, in the midst of cultural chaos and instability. Touchstone Circles are rooted in deep listening and sharing from the heart, these groups meet our shared need for strength, support, stability and inspiration.

Wednesday Community Connections - Mid-week chapel & free programs for adults to develop & grow

Wednesday Community Connections! 
Beginning January 27 | 6 – 8:30 p.m. To join: bit.ly/WedCC
For a list of classes and groups, visit allsoulschurch.org/programs/wedcc

Wednesday Community Connections creates a safe, online space to come together in community, recharge, make new friends and see faces you’ve been missing! This year, our Mid-week Meditations Chapel will begin at 6:15. All are welcome to join us for chapel, or pop into the zoom at any time to catch chapel, social time, or a class. Each week, you can choose from groups and classes that are led by fellow members of All Souls — all for free! We can’t wait to be with you online. Please register with the link so we can be ready to welcome you! 

6 p.m. Zoom room opens 
6:15 – 6:45 p.m. Midweek Meditations Chapel 
7 – 8:30 p.m. Programs and Activities 


Write To Be Heard: Method Writing with Meditation, Mindfulness, and Movement
Thursdays, January 14 – February 18 | 7 p.m. | Registration is required and space is limited. bit.ly/WritetobeHeard
In “Write To Be Heard” virtual member Kabba Anand weaves together techniques from Method Writing, meditation, mindfulness, and Open Floor Movement, guiding us to reconnect with our true voice, be heard and witnessed, as well as hear and witness others.
Method Writing asks us to set aside our habitual writing style, and start again, with the voice that we use every day in “normal” conversation. Open Floor Movement recognizes that “we are always in relationship” with ourselves, with others, in groups as well as God/Spirit, and supports our expression and relationships through body-oriented resources.


SOCIAL & SUPPORT PROGRAMS

At the heart of All Souls is connection with each other. All are welcome to benefit from these programs & many have opportunities to volunteer!

Touchstone Circles - A safe space to rest and refuel

3rd Tuesdays through April 20, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. | Register: bit.ly/touchstonecircles
In the midst of many storms: COVID-19, economic stress, and political divisiveness, small groups provide a stable place to rest and refuel. Each of us can offer shelter and refuge to each other, in the midst of cultural chaos and instability. Touchstone Circles are rooted in deep listening and sharing from the heart, these groups meet our shared need for strength, support, stability and inspiration.

Living Beyond the Loss of a Spouse

1st & 3rd Wednesdays through January  | 6 – 7 p.m. 
If you have lost your life mate, join All Souls member Rhonda Lindsey Jacobs in a facilitated group for those who are learning to live beyond their loss. ❤ Sessions are limited to four or five participants at a time. For information, contact Rhonda Jacobs. 

Men of All Souls

Tuesdays | 7 p.m. | Zoom: bit.ly/allsoulsmen
Men of All Souls offers the opportunity for those who identify as men to get acquainted and to deepen their bonds.

Women of All Souls Zoom!

Tuesdays | 7 p.m. | Zoom: bit.ly/allsoulswomen
Gather virtually with those who identify as women to discuss the trials, triumphs and tribulations of the times.

All Souls Trekkers: Cancer Advocacy and Support

Wednesdays | 5:30 p.m. | Zoom: bit.ly/astrekkers
Trekkers is a educational, advocacy support group open to all who are affected by the cancer experience, including care givers. 

Music & Choirs

We celebrate music’s power to stir and express the deepest feelings of our hearts in a way that, indeed, seems to know no linguistic barrier. Music is one of the most powerful ways we experience Love Beyond Belief together.

All Souls is one of a few churches in Oklahoma with a fully-graded choir program—with choirs for young children through adults!

David B. Smith, Executive Director of Worship
Rick Fortner, Director of Music
Libby Sublett, Cherub & Children’s Choir Director
Mike McCrary, Organist
Matt Edwards, Percussionist

All Souls musicians and choir members strive for excellence. Wherever you feel your talent or experience level lies, there is a place for you!

 

Adult Music Program

Adult Choir

From sacred to popular Jazz, our music is as diverse as our singers and their ranges. All Souls Adult Choir is open to everyone. A vocal assessment is required.

New Dimensions Chorale

Originating from New Dimensions with Carlton Pearson, the Chorale’s repertoire represents Gospel, pop, and sacred music. Often, New Dimensions Chorale accompanies local singers and spoken word artists creating a powerful experience!

YAVE

YAVE is open to all. YAVE’s repertoire is eclectic including gospel, jazz, and pop, and occasional classical and sacred music. YAVE often performs with professional instrumental and vocal musicians from the greater Tulsa area.

A commitment to regular rehearsals and performances is required for all choirs.

Cherubs, Children's and Youth Music Program (CCYC)

1st & 3rd Wednesdays through January  | 6 – 7 p.m. 

As an extension of our Children’s Religious Exploration, our CCYC program offers a high-quality music education and opportunities for children to learn about their own talents, interests, and forms of self-expression. CCYC fosters personal growth and the development of life skills through travel, study, teamwork, and excellence in performance.

All children are welcome to join our three CCYC choirs:

Cherub Choir: K-3rd grades Wednesdays, 6:00 to 6:45 p.m.

Children’s Choir: 4th-7th grades Sundays & Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Youth Choir: 8th-12th grades Sundays, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

CCYC Choir Board

The CCYC Board consists of parent volunteers who oversee event planning, coordinate trip funding, and assist the choir director in annual fundraising events. Parent support is a vital part of the Children’s and Youth Choir program.