All Souls Programs

All Souls offers a variety of classes and small groups designed to engage and support the growth of our members and friends.

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Wednesday Community Connections!
Nov 11-Dec 4 (Not meeting on 11/25) | 6 – 8:30 p.m.

With the help of our members and friends, we’ve developed a new way to connect, recharge, and support each other. The evening will begin with a half-hour chapel service, we’re calling “Midweek Meditations,” and will move into various online activities after a brief dinner/social break. Each week, choose from a mindful meditation, yoga, singing, discussion groups, and even watercolor painting —all 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!

See all of the ways you can connect with others, learn, and engage on our calendar!

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

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.

(Nov. 8) is open to adults to join in on this Youth-led conversation!

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 Facebook Playlist!

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. 

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.  

Youth Dungeons & Dragons Zoom!

Middle School D&D – The Splinterlands 
Saturdays | 1 p.m. | bit.ly/thesplinterlands 
Our Middle School Youth are encouraged to join us for an afternoon of gaming with our Dungeons and Dragons adventure via Zoom.  The “Splinterlands” is an apocalyptic afterworld we’ve created where courage and faith are needed for survival.  All skill levels are encouraged and welcome to play.  Pre-registration is required for participation. 

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. 

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 
*In December, the Wednesday session will be on December 9. Our Memorial Chapel will be held on December 16.
All Souls Reads is a book discussion group that explores the human condition when encountering and overcoming oppressive circumstance. November’s selection is The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson. *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. 

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.

Reconstructing Your Own Theology

Sundays through November 15 | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. | Register: bit.ly/UUTheology
Has your life-experience ever put your beliefs to the test?  If so, you have experienced what is called a “Theological Impasse.” When this happens we have a choice to deny our experience, to deny our beliefs or to become a theologian. In this course, Rev. Lavanhar invites you to become your own theologian. The course is part instruction, part introspection and part interaction.  

Many people who come to Unitarian Universalist Churches have deconstructed their earlier belief systems, but when this happens it is important to reconstruct a set of values and understandings to replace them in a way that is authentic. The aim of the course is to end with each person having written their own credo (or statement of belief).  Credo has also been defined as, “What you give your heart to.” Whether you have taken his Foundations of Faiths course or not, you are welcome to join and to work on re-constructing your own theology. 

 

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. 

Touchstone Circles - a safe space to rest and refuel

3rd Tuesdays through January 19, 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! 
Nov 11 – Dec 9 | 6 – 8:30 p.m. | bit.ly/WedCC 
With the help of our members and friends, we’ve developed a new way to connect, recharge, and support each other. The evening will begin with a half-hour chapel service, we’re calling “Midweek Meditations,” and will move into various online activities after a brief dinner/social break. Each week, choose from a mindful meditation, yoga, singing, discussion groups, and even watercolor painting —all led by fellow members of All Souls—all for free. We can’t wait to be with you online.
6 – 6:30 p.m. Midweek Meditations Chapel
6:30 – 7 p.m. Dinner Break and Social Time
7 – 8:30 p.m. Programs and Activities
(Not meeting on 11/25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday)

 

November 25 – No chapel or programs for the Thanksgiving holiday.

December 2

Midweek Meditations Chapel: “The Blessings of the Dark” In the dominant culture of the United States, darkness is generally considered to be negative and associated with evil. Consider, for example, Star Wars’ “dark side of the force.”  This view of darkness may originate from a time long before human civilization rose up, when night posed danger to small groups of early humans. But darkness is a necessary part of our planetary system and life has not only adapted to it, but also relies upon it to sustain itself.  Darkness provides time to rest and reset. In Earth-centered religious traditions, winter or the dark of the year, is considered a time of regenerative rest. As in the womb, life is sheltering within the depths of Earth waiting for the arrival of Spring. During this chapel, led by intern minister Karyn Marsh, we will reflect upon the blessings of darkness and what we are nurturing within the depths of ourselves.

Sunday Circle on Wednesday: Governed by a commitment to our covenant, Joe Nurre and Dan Piazzola moderate this conversational ministry from a spiritual point of view. Topics vary week to week.

Life Decisions: This year has been a wakeup call for many of us to think about what’s necessary if someone else has to take care of us when we can’t; and vice versa. Life Decisions is offering a three-session series, aimed especially for those who haven’t thought about these issues much before.  Learn about advance directives and durable power of attorney among other things. The All Souls website has materials on each of these three topics, and it will help attendees to download and read through these materials prior to each session. The link is: http://allsoulschurch.org/get-involved/life-decisions-group/.

Painting Seasonal Watercolor Cards: Bill Wescott will lead you each week through the process of creating 3 or more, if time allows, watercolor seasonal cards. For details on supplies to bring to the session, please RSVP to bwestcott@cox.net or (918) 633-1173.

Of Course You Can Meditate: Introduction to Insight Mindfulness Meditation with Rev. Cathey Edwards: In these stressful post-election, pre-holiday, ever-present Covid-19 days, having tangible spiritual tools is invaluable. Having a teaching and learning community helps overcome obstacles to learning. Recent science proves again and again meditation and mindfulness can restructure our brains, rewiring them for better concentration, more peace, greater compassion and less stress. These skills augment a Unitarian Universalist tradition. Join the Rev. Cathey Edwards, a UU minister and meditator for over 18 years, for an interactive online course. It is good for beginners as well as experienced meditators (bring your beginner’s mind!). Our gathering becomes a break from daily stress plus a means of responding skillfully to all that life brings.

Yoga for Every Body with Stacey Beckert:  This intergenerational yoga class is designed for all body types. Come stretch and breathe with us! Please bring a mat.

4 Best Ways to Miss Out on Comfort Food: In this workshop, Nattasha Bogdanova will invite attendees to take a different look at emotions, their causes, and ways to regulate them. Chili not included.

Turning Response into ACTION: A “What’s Next?” Conversation: ACTION (Allied Communities of Tulsa Inspiring Our Neighbors ) is leading this conversation plan actions in response to the election. All are welcome. The discussion will be guided by the conversation held on Nov. 1. You need not to have attended to join in on the planning. Hope to see you there.

December 9

Midweek Meditations Chapel: “Great Expectations” Winter can often feel like a time of great expectation as we wait for spring and the return of the Sun. The cold and shorter days seem to invite reflection on both the past and the future, which may be why the New Year is celebrated in Western cultures at this time of year. Beatle John Lennon died 40 years ago on December 8, 1980.  Just before his death, he released the song, “Imagine”, which set forth his vision for a new peaceful world.  In today’s chapel, led by intern minister Karyn Marsh, we will reflect upon our hopes for a brighter future where we can all live in peace.

Sunday Circle on Wednesday: Governed by a commitment to our covenant, Joe Nurre and Dan Piazzola moderate this conversational ministry from a spiritual point of view. Topics vary week to week.

Of Course You Can Meditate: Introduction to Insight Mindfulness Meditation with Rev. Cathey Edwards: In these stressful post-election, pre-holiday, ever-present Covid-19 days, having tangible spiritual tools is invaluable. Having a teaching and learning community helps overcome obstacles to learning. Recent science proves again and again meditation and mindfulness can restructure our brains, rewiring them for better concentration, more peace, greater compassion and less stress. These skills augment a Unitarian Universalist tradition. Join the Rev. Cathey Edwards, a UU minister and meditator for over 18 years, for an interactive online course. It is good for beginners as well as experienced meditators (bring your beginner’s mind!). Our gathering becomes a break from daily stress plus a means of responding skillfully to all that life brings.

Yoga for Every Body with Stacey Beckert: This intergenerational yoga class is designed for all body types. Come stretch and breathe with us! Please bring a mat.

4 Best Ways to Miss Out on Comfort Food: In this workshop, Nattasha Bogdanova will invite attendees to take a different look at emotions, their causes, and ways to regulate them. Chili not included.

Turning Response into ACTION: A “What’s Next?” Conversation: ACTION (Allied Communities of Tulsa Inspiring Our Neighbors ) is leading this conversation plan actions in response to the election. All are welcome. The discussion will be guided by the conversation held on Nov. 1. You need not to have attended to join in on the planning. Hope to see you there.

All Souls Reads with Rev. Gerald Davis: All Souls Reads is a book discussion group that explores the human condition when encountering and overcoming oppressive circumstances.  December’s selection will be The Given Day: A Novel by Dennis Lehane. See https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2830067-the-given-day.

The Short Stories of Jesus: In the Zen Buddhist tradition, koans are riddles that are meant to provoke spiritual insight and awakening.  In his ministry, Jesus frequently employed parables to illustrate his teachings. Much like koans, the parables contain twists that are meant to shake listeners up. In her book, Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi, biblical scholar, Amy-Jill Levine points out some of the less obvious meanings of the parables that were meant to provoke the Jews of the time.  In this class, intern minister Karyn Marsh will facilitate a discussion of the Parable of the Good Samaritan based upon Dr. Levine’s book.  There is no need to buy the book, but if you are interested the book can be found at https://www.cokesbury.com/Short-Stories-by-Jesus-1.

 

 

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 January 19, 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.

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.