Wednesday Community Connections!

Connect. Recharge. Grow.

Wednesday Community Connections! 
6 – 8:30 p.m. central. To join: bit.ly/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! 

Schedule (Central Time):
6 p.m. Zoom room opens

6:15 – 6:45 p.m. Midweek Meditations Chapel with Rick Fortner & Karyn Marsh
7 – 8:30 p.m. Programs and Activities 

Chapel

Wednesday, March 3

There is a crack in everything
In his song, Anthem, Leonard Cohen writes, Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack, in everything. That’s how the light gets in. This lyric suggests that perfection isn’t so perfect and that maybe, imperfection is the key to something better.  Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery.  Instead of hiding the mended cracks, however, kintsugi paints them with gold lacquer, thereby honoring the history of the pottery.  In today’s chapel, we will explore how to honor our brokenness. 

Wednesday, March 10

Wholeness and Holiness

Classes

Wednesday, March 3 

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. 

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: In these stressful 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. 

Shawl Ministry: The Shawl Ministry is a group of fiber artists who make a spiritual practice of creating shawls to give to people in our church community who are in need of comfort and solace. Members and friends infuse each shawl with positive intention, prayers, hope, love, and healing.  Each shawl is blessed and sent along the way.  We make baby hats, blankets, booties, and more.  During these online sessions, Tiffany Cross will facilitate discussion as we share our work. People of all skill levels are welcome! 

Is the ACTION Agenda YOUR Agenda? Join other congregation members at one of these small group sessions to review the ACTION issues agenda and share YOUR story. Last summer, the ACTION Coalition listened to stories of the pressures people in our community were facing to develop an issues agenda to guide our work. The themes of citizen health and economic well-being, public school funding, tenants’ rights and racial equity emerged from these stories. However, the ACTION issues agenda is a ‘living document’ which must always reflect what those in our member institutions are CURRENTLY experiencing and what they’re willing to work on to meet the challenges we face. YOU MATTER and your voice is needed as a part of this conversation! 

Wednesday, March 10

All Souls Reads: Led by Rev. Gerald Davis, All Souls Reads is a book discussion group that explores the human condition when encountering and overcoming oppressive circumstances. March’s selection is Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country by Sierra Crane Murdoch.

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. 

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: In these stressful 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. 

Creating Sense—Speaking and Writing about Life in Times of Big History: In this four-part series, author Katja Blum will guide writers, journalers, chroniclers, and people with a need to feel less bewildered by the interesting times we live in. This first session, “Witness”, will focus on how to tell small stories to paint a big picture. Each person’s perspective and lived experience is part of the big historic event and illuminates an aspect of it. We will look at personal and communal stories and then practice how to identify stories to tell and how to tell them, looking at different formats and techniques, such as journals, short stories, collages, and memoirs. Participation in all four sessions is recommended. 

Shawl Ministry: The Shawl Ministry is a group of fiber artists who make a spiritual practice of creating shawls to give to people in our church community who are in need of comfort and solace. Members and friends infuse each shawl with positive intention, prayers, hope, love, and healing.  Each shawl is blessed and sent along the way.  We make baby hats, blankets, booties, and more.  During these online sessions, Tiffany Cross will facilitate discussion as we share our work. People of all skill levels are welcome! 

Is the ACTION Agenda YOUR Agenda? Join other congregation members at one of these small group sessions to review the ACTION issues agenda and share YOUR story. Last summer, the ACTION Coalition listened to stories of the pressures people in our community were facing to develop an issues agenda to guide our work. The themes of citizen health and economic well-being, public school funding, tenants’ rights and racial equity emerged from these stories. However, the ACTION issues agenda is a ‘living document’ which must always reflect what those in our member institutions are CURRENTLY experiencing and what they’re willing to work on to meet the challenges we face. YOU MATTER and your voice is needed as a part of this conversation! (Please note: If you joined us on March 3 for this discussion, you don’t need to attend this session.) 

All Souls Tulsa and All Souls Everywhere Members join us online via live streamFacebook, YouTube, Instagram, and through various gatherings via zoom. For more information about membership, or to connect directly, email Nefertiti Sanders at nsanders@allsoulschurch.org.