You Need to Know
Our programs reflect the aims of our covenant—To dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.”
Emphasizing curiosity, creativity, personal expression, mutual respect, environmental responsibility, and service. Our intention is not to tell our children what they must believe, but to give a variety of perspectives to promote personal confidence and to instill a deep respect for their own beliefs and the beliefs of others.
The mission of the All Souls Kids (ASK) 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. ASK manages multiple programs at All Souls including Children’s Religious Exploration (CRE), Coming of Age, Youth Programs and Youth Groups.
We strive to welcome everyone regardless of race, culture, economic status, gender identity or sexual orientation. As an extension of this welcoming attitude, we call our children and youth by the name they prefer and use whatever gender pronouns they are most comfortable with. Our goal is to know and appreciate each individual person in our program.
What We Believe
Although Unitarian Universalism does not claim any religious doctrine as its supreme truth, our church covenant dictates how we conduct ourselves:
Love is the spirit of this church, and Service is its law.
This is our great covenant:
To dwell together in peace,
To seek the truth in love, and to help one another.
To make it possible to live out our covenant when we are in community, we have three simple Peace Practices:
- Be kind in word or deed.
- Respect yourself and all others.
- Everyone gets to play.
ASK is one way the All Souls community lives out its covenant:
In keeping with the non-creedal nature of All Souls and of Unitarian Universalism in general, ASK does not privilege any particular religious beliefs as absolute truth. Instead, we aim to present children with a full breadth of stories, ideas, and traditions from different peoples and religions around the world including our own contemporary culture. We hope you will bring your unique views to this kaleidoscope and share them with us so that we may gain a greater understanding of the whole.
September through May, our congregation is organized around monthly themes to help provide a shared focus. Members of our Worship Team introduce the themes on the first Sunday in services and offer further insight on our blog, beyondbelief.online. In addition, themes are explored in Touchstone Circle groups and in our children’s and youth programs.
2021 themes are:
- January – Justice
- February – Love
- March – Brokenness
- April – Transformation
- May – Transcendence
Children & Family
All Souls POP! - Parents of Preschoolers
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. 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. To express your interest or learn more contact email@example.com.
Join Religious Educator Shannon Boston on org/live & All Souls Facebook each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. or on demand later in the week for a full, Family Chapel experience with hymns, songs, prayer, and children’s story related to our church-wide theme. Find the Chapel or Sunday School message you need, when you need it on our Facebook Playlist!
Religious Educator Shannon Boston leads thisZoom time geared toward kids in grades K – 5, their siblings and families. We create rituals, tells stories, share our glads and sads, and get to know each other better. Come as soon as Family Chapel ends. New comers are always welcome. Register at: ly/asucvss
Parents as Sexual Educators
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. Once several families have expressed an interest and a time is agreed upon, we begin a class series. To express your interest or learn more contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unitarian Universalist Parents (UUPs)
Unitarian Universalist Parents (UUPs) is parents, grandparents, and caregivers working to support each other through what can be the hardest and most rewarding job known to humankind. Come share in the joy and the misery, compare notes, and find fellow travelers. Group forming. Meeting time to be determined by the group.
Middle School (6th-8th grades)
- Gaming on Saturdays – On Saturday afternoons from 1:00-2:00 p.m. the middle school group meets for an online gaming session alternating between “Dungeons, Dragons and Divinity” and “ChUUrchcraft.”
- Huddle on Sundays – Our Middle School Group meets on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Here, we check in and discuss our monthly theme, and of course we always find time for some fun and games as well!
Coming of Age (9th grade)
Coming of Age – Our Freshmen are on a spiritual journey that will lead them to develop their own credos which they will deliver to the congregation on Coming of Age Sunday in the Spring of ‘21. It is a smaller class this year, but the credos will be powerful nonetheless!
High School (9th-12th grades)
- Youth Huddle – Our High School Youth meet on Sunday afternoons from 1:00-2:00 p.m. We check in and discuss the issues that we are facing. These meetings focus on interaction and community. We also have combined with Hope Unitarian for a combined group for these meetings as well as our work with Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ)! Are monthly meetings may also include the following:
- Anti-Racist Workshop – This is a monthly discussion based on the book ‘This Book is Anti-Racist’ by Tiffany Jewell. This is an interactive workshop where we learn, share and grow together.
- The Bible for Cynics, Skeptics and Heretics – This monthly discussion is led by member Riley Kern. We take several passages from the Bible and analyze them through a Unitarian Universalist lens. Selected readings often relate to current events in our world and to our church-wide theme, and as a result spirited discussion often materializes during this meeting. This program is focused on our high school aged youth, but adults are welcome to observe and participate respectfully.
- Youth Jams – Our upper classmen meet every Wednesday night from 6pm to 7pm to plan the Youth Sunday service scheduled for Spring 2021. We explore potential songs, themes, readings and everything that goes into a fabulous Youth Sunday service.
- For any additional information about our middle and high school youth programs, please contact Corey Smith, Youth Director, at email@example.com.
Coming of Age Sunday
March 21, 2021 | 10 am central | Watch & join the service live.
Each Spring we celebrate our 9th graders with this special Sunday service. As Unitarian Universalists, we give our youth the power and responsibility of sharing with us what they believe. Throughout the year, the 9th grade Coming of Age class learn to identify their values, understand their beliefs and learn more about themselves. The Coming of Age class culminates in the youth delivering their credo—their own, personal statement of belief that they want to share with the world. Be a part of this experience and support our youth in taking authority of their own spirituality and theology. You may even be inspired to better articulate your own beliefs!
April 25 | 10 am central | Watch & join the service live.
Every year, the high school youth are given the honor and privilege to take over the sanctuary, the chancel and the pulpit. With this responsibility, they are able to show All Souls and the world what they are about, what matters to them, and to share their considerable wisdom. The youth will create, select, and perform every bit of the service; from music to prayer to our Seniors sharing their sermons. This inspiring service will fill you with hope.
OCCJ Teen Trialogues
Normally this is a series conducted by OCCJ and includes denominations across the city. This year this event was held on via Zoom on February 21, 2021.
Access the video of the event with Carlos Moreno here.
Centered on the 1921 Race Massacre and the response from each attendee’s faith concerning these events.