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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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ASK: All Souls Kids

Dive in to our interactive space where you can learn what All Souls has to offer our children and youth. Learn about the who, what, when, and how of All Souls Kids!

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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

Sunday, May 16 | 1:30 p.m. | Register: bit.ly/ASRSunday
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 & 13The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom
February 14 & 17The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
March 14 & 17Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country by Sierra Crane Murdoch
April 11 & 14God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
May 16 – 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 

Braver Angels Workshops

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.

Circle Songs with Kay Bourgine

Saturday, April 3 | 12 Noon Central | Register: allsouls.me/csongs

Spring is springing up all over and it’s time to sing about it! Back by popular demand, Kay Bourgine will be offering another Circle Songs class (via Zoom).
What is circle singing? Circle singing allows everyone, regardless of skill level, to explore one’s voice and discover new possibilities through collective vocal improvisation inspired by Bobby McFerrin. Circle singing allows you to play with your creativity, with rhythm and melody and gain confidence in your ability to express yourself freely and clearly. With circle singing, you develop your ability to listen–to yourself and others.
Kay trained with Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon, Judi Vinar, Joey Blake and many others and has been leading Circle Songs Paris sessions for over 10 years.
Circle Songs is open to all—singers and would-be singers. You only need to have a desire to express yourself through song. The class is free but registration is required. Class size limited to 14, so please only register if you will attend. Register at allsouls.me/csongs.
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.

Great Decisions

Register & Join Wednesdays at 7 pm central: allsouls.me/greatdecisions
Join America’s largest discussion group on U. S. foreign policy issues – Great Decisions, organized nationally by the Foreign Policy Association and coordinated locally by the Tulsa City-County Library Friends of Library.  Each week, Mack Vanderlip and Earl Goodman will lead participants here at All Souls in a virtual discussion group on critical global issues facing America today after a brief reading and the viewing of a video.  The schedule of topics and dates are as follows:
   

  • March 10—Global Supply Chains and National Security 

  • March 17—Persian Gulf Security Issues 

  • March 24—Brexit and the European Union 

  • March 31—Leadership Gathering Online
  • April 7—Struggles Over the Melting Arctic 

  • April 14—China’s Role in Africa 

  • April 21—The Korean Peninsula 

  • April 28—Roles of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic 

  • May 5—The End of Globalization 

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

Presented by Women of All Souls
2nd Tuesdays | 7 p.m. | allsouls.me/ihh (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 Tuesdays of the month at bit.ly/allsoulswomen!

Upcoming Events:

A Conversation with Dr. Tiffany Crutcher
Tuesday, May 11 | 7 p.m. | allsouls.me/ihh
Rev. Barbara Prose continues her conversation with Dr. Tiffany Crutcher around racial healing and justice.  

Future Events (subject to change):

June 8 – Women’s Progress in the LGBTQ+ community
July 13 – Native American Women’s Progress with Joy Harjo
August 10 – TBA
September 14 – Women’s Progress in Politics with Kara Joy McKee & Norma Eagleton
October 12 – TBA
November 9 – Women’s Progress from a Youth Perspective

Past Events:

April 15 – RGB & Me: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Professor Amanda L. Tyler
April 13 – Sex Appeal with Tulsa attorney Kirsten Bernhardt
March 9 – To the Hilt: The RBG Ethos & Modern Medicine with Dr. Jennifer Clark – Watch on YouTube

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.

REWIRE & SHADZ: Racial Identity Work

Join the movement to unlearn and uproot racism, personally and systemically.      

As we become more racially conscious as a congregation and a country, you may be feeling it’s time for you to engage. If so, please consider signing up for REWIRE, a racial identity group for white people to unlearn racism or connecting with other people of color around racial identity in our SHADZ program 

SHADZ (Formerly Mosaic) is a racial identity group for people of color which equips participants with tools to effectively challenge racism and develop allies across racial lines. For more information and to apply, email programs@allsoulschurch.org.

REWIRE is a racial identity group for white people to unlearn racism. Participants explore racial identity formation and learn how to be effective allies for racial justice. Registration required. For more information and to apply, email programs@allsoulschurch.org.

All Souls Members: $ 150 
Non-members: $250
Scholarships based on need available for members only. Become a member here.    

  • REWIRE 1: In small groups, meeting monthly, over an 8 month period, participants are invited to explore their own racial identity formation, break through conditioned ways of perceiving, feeling and thinking about race, and begin exploring how to be effective allies for racial justice.  
  • REWIRE 2: In small groups, meeting monthly, over an 8 month period, participants continue the exploration of their own racial identity formation, learn to use their own stories as teaching tools and embrace being effective allies for racial justice in their daily lives.   
  • REWIRE Facilitator Training: Participating in REWIRE is a way to unlearn and uproot racism, personally and systemically.  Thanks to the increased demand, we have been focused on training facilitators and are very proud of our new 6-hour facilitator training module. The price for facilitator training is to be determined.  
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/wednesdaycircle
Join us in an Exploration of Connections through conversational ministry, guided by a commitment to our covenant. 

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!

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.